Suzuki showed off a GSX-R150 model at AIMExpo to gauge consumer interest in the small-displacement sportbike. The bike is already being offered in other markets, introduced in Asia earlier this year, and derived from the GSX-R125 that’s being sold in Europe. As it’s competitors push their entry-level sportbikes into larger displacements, Suzuki is considering going smaller and creating its own niche.

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This isn’t the first time Suzuki has tried this tactic for the U.S. market. At last year’s AIMExpo, Suzuki did the same with the V-Strom 250, showcasing the adventure-style bike to an American audience to determine whether it was worth importing it to the U.S. (last we heard, Suzuki still hadn’t decided either way on the mini-Strom.) For a company like Suzuki, the smallest of the Japanese “Big Four” manufacturers, the margins are much slimmer and the costs of importing, homologation and marketing a new model needs to be balanced against consumer demand.

In Europe, Suzuki offers the GSX-R125 which has similar styling and a smaller engine to fit the A1 license tier.

The GSX-R150 is powered by a fuel-injected DOHC four-valve single-cylinder engine displacing 147.3cc. At this size, the GSX-R150 would fit into its own category, as most bikes in the U.S. offered in the sub-250 range are either scooters or air-cooled. A 150 would also be much smaller than the entry-level models offered by competitors, such as the Honda CBR300R and Yamaha YZF-R3. It would also buck the trend of small-displacement models getting larger and larger, which Kawasaki has done turning its Ninja 250 into a 300 and then a 400. Going smaller might be a smart gambit for Suzuki, but only if there’s sufficient demand.