A few weeks ago Suzuki invited us to the launch of its GSX250R. During the event we were briefed on Suzuki’s plans for bringing new and returning riders back into the sport with this new motorcycle. Many critics, upon hearing news that Suzuki was coming to market with a 250, were asking why not a 300 like most of the other bikes in its class. Whatever Suzuki’s reasoning may have been for the decision, it should be notedthat the 2018 GSX250R is a great bike. It may not be the lightest or fastest but it does an adequate job of being a practical sportbike that looks good.
Having the chance to ride with a diverse group of journalists, everyone seemed to come away satisfied with the motorcycle. We weren’t chatting about mind-blowing horsepower while at the watercooler, but the mention of a “Katana frame of mind” from Suzuki does well to describe the GSX. A practical, great-looking, sporty motorcycle.
We spent some time after the shoot putting the bike through its paces to get a thorough impression of how it performed in a variety of scenarios that a rider might typically experience. The motorcycle is still in my garage and is my preferred choice to swing a leg over when bouncing around town for quick errands. It is as unintimidating as it comes while having uncompromising style. We will have a comparison put together with some of the other lightweight sportbikes soon. For now, take a look at our video review of the 2018 Suzuki GSX250R.