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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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
Displacement 248cc
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Ignition Electric
Fueling EFI
Maximum Power (Claimed) 24.7 hp @ 8000 rpm
Maximum Torque (Claimed) 17.3 lb-ft. @ 6500 rpm
Clutch Wet, multi-plate clutch
Transmission 6-speed
Ignition ECU
Battery 12V, 8Ah
Fuel Capacity 4 gallons
Frame Cross cradle
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
Length 82.1 inches
Width 29.1 inches
Height 43.7 inches
Wheelbase 56.3 inches
Ground Clearance 6.3 inches
Seat Height 31.1 inches
Curb Weight 392.4 pounds

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  • Born to Ride

    It amazes me how this segment was completely and utterly neglected for decades, and now in the course of 2-3 years it is completely oversaturated. Welcome to the party Suzuki. Better late than never.

  • HazardtoMyself

    Hope your right about the larger displacement version for western markets. A baby gixxer could do well. I have had a lot of fun riding all these new little 300’s. Waiting on the Beemer to arrive before making a final decision on which one to put in the garage.

    With all the options available today, I think a 250 would be DOA in the U.S. Even if focusing on low cost, I think it would have to be priced like a GROM. GW is already $4100. CBR300 is $4400 with the Ninja and R3 not far off. Not sure a $300-$800 difference would swing people Suzuki’s way. It would need something more….

    • ‘Mike Smith

      I was thinking the same thing. It would need to be “Chinese bike” cheap, otherwise what’s the point?

  • Randy Darino

    another kiddie toy for the fainthearted.

    • ‘Mike Smith

      Considering that virtually every bike made in 2017 will be faster with the Grom being the exception, you’ll be lucky to get a raised pulse, much less faint heart.

  • Colonel Matumbo

    The GW250 (Inazuma) is a twin cylinder motorcycle Dennis and so is this one.
    Unless 53.5mm x 55.2mm = 248cc’s during this time of National mathematical confusion.

    • denchung

      Odd, thought I made that correction already.

  • SRMark

    A day late and 50ccs short. And still no Stratosphere.

  • Shlomi

    The first that put 4 cylinders 400cc race replica gets my money

    • spiff

      Won’t be my money, but I agree. One bike 3 models, SS, GT, and naked.

  • JMDonald

    I cannot read about these small displacement bikes without wishing ththey were available in the seventies.

  • Jon Jones

    Looks terrific.

  • HazardtoMyself

    Well, this thing is now listed on the Suzuki USA site as a 2018 model. MSRP is TBA.

    Really surprised that it is coming to the U.S as a 250.