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).


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
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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