Suzuki’s bumper crop of 2017 models continues as the Japanese manufacturer announces the price of its long awaited A2 licence friendly sports bike the GSX250R.
2017 is looking to be one of the busiest years in Suzuki’s history as the factory are putting 13 new models in the shop window this year. Some of those are updates of existing bikes tweaked to fit the new Euro4 compliancy rules, while some like the GSX250R are completely new from the valve caps up.
The GSX250R is being launched into the highly competitive A2 licence friendly sports bike sector where bikes like the Honda CBR500R, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Yamaha YZF-R3 are selling well. The Suzuki’s trump card is the price. At just £4,399 the baby ‘Gixxer’ is £1400 less than the Honda! Given that the vast majority of the potential buyers of this bike will be new riders paying high premiums, the price alone could be reason enough to overlook the competition.
The GSXR250's 248cc single overhead cam twin cylinder engine puts out an undaunting but useable 25bhp. This means the bike is a perfect option for a newly qualified rider looking for a first ’big’ bike. The Suzuki is though at the bottom of the pile in terms of power as all the other bikes in the class make the most of the 46.9bhp limit for A2 licence holders - Honda 46.9bhp, Kawasaki 39bhp and Yamaha 42bhp. But again the lower power output could mean lower insurance premiums for new riders along with the possibility of better fuel economy.
Suzuki it seems are not looking to fight the power battle in this class. The GSX250R is more about getting new riders on the road safely and connecting them to the Suzuki brand early on. The focus with this bike is Responsive and easy to control performance, nimble handling and comfort.
The GSX250R is available in black £4,299, and Suzuki has also announced a version in the teams MotoGP livery, which will retail for £4,399 when units arrive in Suzuki dealerships in April.
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