In our initial First Ride Review, we got our hands wet with the Suzuki Gixxer 250. Well, that article just entailed our initial experience, which we got after spending about an hour or so.
However, the initial experience is, as the name puts it, initial. So, it’s about time to put Suzuki Gixxer 250 to the real hardcore test. For this full review, we tested the Gixxer 250 for about three days! In that time frame, we tested out everything Gixxer 250 had to offer, in the real-world scenarios.
2019 Suzuki Gixxer 250 Full Review
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Pricing
A few months back, we kept complaining about Suzuki’s lack of updates on its Gixxer lineup. Perhaps, Suzuki heard our grumbles then ultimately decided to bring change for the better. And, those changes were in the form of four new motorcycles!
Suzuki Gixxer 155, Suzuki Gixxer SF, Suzuki Gixxer 250, and Suzuki Gixxer SF 250.
Right now, we need to talk about the Suzuki Gixxer 250. As we already know, Suzuki Gixxer 250 price in Nepal is Rs. 4,63,900.
Well, that seems like a huge asking price of a motorcycle. Despite boosting the offering price, Suzuki can easily back that up with the number of features on offer.
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Design
Starting with the design, there are so many new elements here. However, those new elements do not overpower the familiarity of its predecessor. Moreover, Gixxer 250 also shares a familiar look with its younger Gixxer 155.
Suzuki Gixxer 250 comes in two different color variants: Matt Silver and Matt Black. TechLekh is reviewing the Matt Black one. Since it is a dual-tone finish, it is treated with Bronze and Silver finish.
Sure, there are few key differences to separate between the two. Gixxer 250 comes with a 250cc engine, dual-tone color, fatter suspension setup, 250 logos, bar ends, premium instrument cluster and an engine cover. Other than that, the overall look and finishing feel very much the same.
You get a chrome-plated double port muffler, plastic body, and new all-LED light system. Again, the overall body still resembles the very familiar Gixxer look. Plus, you also get an improved instrument cluster, which looks so much better than previously congested clusters. Likewise, you get an rpm indicator, speedometer, odometer, twin trip meter, fuel indicator, and gear position indicator. Additionally, you also get Neutral light, ABS light, side-indicator light, check engine light, white shift light, and high beam light.
Moving on, you see an edgy styling everywhere, even in its massive fuel tank. Gixxer’s main theme seems to be edginess here. Unlike other controversial design choices from the competition (*ahem* Yamaha FZS-FI v3.0 *ahem*), Gixxer 250 pulls it off marvelously!
Key Design Elements
Yes, Suzuki Gixxer 250 comes with a full plastic body. It is obviously cost-cutting, but it doesn’t really make much of a difference. All said and done, Suzuki still gives with a part of the premium experience with chrome treatments, negative instrument clusters, super bright LED lights, and so on.
Interestingly, Suzuki Gixxer 250 comes with a black-colored single-piece handlebar. In contrast, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 comes with a sporty clip-on handlebar and a fully faired body.
So, is a single-piece handlebar bad or good? Honestly, it might seem bad at first, but it is pretty good in reality.
My every ride was simply fun and exciting! I felt completely in control, even handling and cornering is on point!
Talking about the bad design choices, I am not a big fan of the pillion seats. Sure, Suzuki gave split seats to give a sportier feel. Unfortunately, the pillion will have ride forth in an awkward position. Plus, the comfort of the pillion seat is yet to be seen.
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Features
Alright, we need to talk about the sheer number of features it offers.
You get a massive 150/60R-17 rear tire and 110/70R-17 front tire, both are radial tires. Furthermore, you also get huge dual-discs for improved braking performance. Plus, you are secured safely with Dual-Channel ABS!
The seat height is set at 800mm with ground clearance at 165mm. Moreover, the max fuel capacity is 12 liters while the weight is set at 156kg. Comparatively, it isn’t all that different from the competition.
Additionally, it gets a FULL LED headlamp and V-shaped LED taillight. Unfortunately, the side indicators are halogen lamps. The included front LED headlamps are so bright, that it makes every other motorcycle in this category seem meaningless. Honestly, I am very much amazed by the sheer power of the front LEDs!
Suzuki Gixxer 250 is powered by a 250cc 4V liquid-cooled engine. Similarly, the engine is made with Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) and Suzuki Oil-Cooled System (SOCS). Moreover, it can generate a max power of 26.1BHP at 9000rpm and a max torque of 22.6Nm at 7500rpm. Honestly, this is a very impressive power train number, beating out its main competition like Yamaha FZ25.
As of this writing, Yamaha FZ25 is available in Dual-Channel ABS. Despite being the update, I’d still go for the Suzuki Gixxer 250, any day of the week!
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Mero Experience
For a more focused test, I took the Suzuki Gixxer 250 for both on-road and off-road.
On a short ride, the engine felt smooth and super refined. Even the gear shift was done with ease! The overall riding experience felt like a mix of commuter meets sport.
Talking about the gear shifts, it just so smooth. It excels in all three RPMs: low rpm, mid rpm, and high rpm. Moreover, it packs a ridiculous punch to make a grown man cry. Furthermore, the throttle response is so precise and so responsive!
Interestingly, I kept coming back to the third gear. It just had enough power and torque, leaving me satisfied for every little city commute. On the highway, the 6th gear, although not necessary, gave me an extra boost to make it more of a tourer.
Whether it’s rough terrain, pitch-roads, high climb or downhill. Gixxer 250 takes it with so much ease! Moreover, it is still the same when there’s a pillion.
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However, during high climb or a downhill ride, you start to feel a slight pressure on the wrist. So, in the longer rides, you should take brief brakes to ease up the pressure.
Talking about the vibrations, there wasn’t any. Obviously, there were some, but that became more apparent after 7000rpm. However, those vibrations were limited to footpegs and seats, nothing major of a hinderance.
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Everything Else
Judging by the packed power, you never really have to get past the 7000rpm figure. Moreover, you don’t have to keep downshifting when you need the pickup. You can easily hit that throttle, (in gear 2, 3,4) for the overtaking maneuvering.
Likewise, the included telescopic front forks and swingarm type rear monoshock seem a little stiff. Interestingly, it felt just right on the streets of Kathmandu. Cornering and handling are top-class on the pitch-roads. However, on rough roads, the rear suspension might be a little too rough for my liking. Yet, Suzuki deserves huge props for reworking on these suspensions.
Anyways, I think I love the braking performance! I know, the Dual-channel ABS plays a huge part in this. I just, I am really happy with the Suzuki Gixxer’s braking performance. Moreover, the front has a satisfying bite to it. Nevertheless, the rear needs some getting used to.
However, combining them together, you have a confidence-inspiring braking performance, which makes cornering at high speeds look easy.
Suzuki Gixxer 250: Overall
I rode the Suzuki Gixxer 250 for almost a grueling 8 hours. Honestly, those were the best 8 hours of my life. I had so much fun riding it, everything about it points to Gixxer 250 as a total package.
But there’s one slight hiccup that I didn’t really like; the pillion seat. Suzuki Gixxer 250 had reworked on everything, design, engine, and performance. Someone, they forgot about the pillion seat. It’s the same awkward, high-mounted seating position, which needs a complete redesign.
However, that’s really much of a big deal, considering everything else that Suzuki Gixxer 250 offers. On top of that, if Suzuki had just included a slipper clutch, I’d say we have a best-seller in our hands.
That’s just a gist of everything put in a capsule. We’ve covered everything, more extensively, on our official Suzuki Gixxer 250 Full Review video, so be sure to check that one out!