Suzuki GSX-R150 First Look at AIMExpo

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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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.

suzuki gsx r150 first look at aimexpo, In Europe Suzuki offers the GSX R125 which has similar styling and a smaller engine to fit the A1 license tier
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.

2018 Suzuki GSX-R150 Specifications

Engine Type4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke62.0mm x 48.8mm
Engine Displacement147.3
Compression Ratio11.5:1
Fuel SystemFi
Cooling SystemWater Cooled
Front SuspensionTelescopic fork
Rear SuspensionSwing-arm with single shock
Front Tire90/80 – 17M/C (Tubeless)
Rear Tire130/70 – 17M/C (Tubeless)
Front BrakesSingle disc with two-piston caliper
Rear BrakesSingle disc with single-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity2.9 gallons
Length79.5 inches
Width27.6 inches
Height42.3 inches
Wheelbase51.2 inches
Ground / Road Clearance6.3 inches
Seat Height30.9 inches
Curb Mass288 pounds (claimed)
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  • Paul Compme Paul Compme on Nov 17, 2020


  • Paul Compme Paul Compme on Nov 17, 2020

    I'm a buyer if this comes to the US. First day it shows it face I'll get me one of these. Also what great about this bike is you will not need a motorcycle license to ride it. Just buy it, put a tag on it and your good to go. No need to take a motorcycle test. Bring it on Suzuki.