Suzuki and its Chinese partner Haojue revealed a new GSX-250R sportbike at the 2016 Chinese International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition (CIMAMotor). The small-displacement sportbike is the production version of a design Suzuki trademarked earlier this year.
The GSX-250R is powered by a 248cc SOHC Twin, apparently the same one used on the GW250. The bore, stroke and compression ratio are all the same as the GW250’s engine, but Suzuki claims a bit more power (24.7 hp at 8000 rpm) and torque (17.3 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm) on the GSX-250R which claims a weight of 392.4 pounds (about 11 pounds less than the GW250).
The suspension system also appears to be similar to the GW250’s, with a 37mm KYB telescopic fork and adjustable rear shock. Braking is provided by a two-piston Nissin caliper gripping a single 290mm disc up front and a single-piston caliper with 240mm disc at the rear.
While it shares its underpinnings with the GW250, the styling is more in line with Suzuki’s larger GSX-R sportbikes. Other features include an LCD multi-function display, 31.1-inch seat height and a choice of six color options: a MotoGP-inspired livery, white, black, black with gold and white stripes, red and black or blue and white.
We hold out hope that Suzuki has a larger-displacement version planned for western markets which would make it more competitive with other entry-level sportbikes such as the Yamaha R3 and KTM RC390, but the GSX-250R’s genetic ties with the GW250 suggest a stronger focus on low cost than high performance. We hope to learn more at EICMA when we expect Suzuki to provide more details.
|2017 Suzuki GSX-250R Specifications|
|Engine Type||Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Twin, SOHC, two valves|
|Bore x Stroke||53.5mm x 55.2 mm|
|Maximum Power (Claimed)||24.7 hp @ 8000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque (Claimed)||17.3 lb-ft. @ 6500 rpm|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate clutch|
|Fuel Capacity||4 gallons|
|Front Brake||Two-piston caliper with 290mm disc|
|Rear Brake||Single-piston caliper with 240mm disc|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic fork|
|Rear Suspension||Monoshock with adjustable damping|
|Front Tire||110/80-17 57H|
|Rear Tire||140/70-17 66H|
|Ground Clearance||6.3 inches|
|Seat Height||31.1 inches|
|Curb Weight||392.4 pounds|