Launched on May 20, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is the first Suzuki bike to make its global debut in India. With Gixxer SF 250, Suzuki is hopeful of making its mark in the quarter-litre segment, which has generated immense interest among customers in recent times. Gixxer SF 250 will primarily compete with the likes of Yamaha Fazer 25, Honda CBR 250R, Bajaj Pulsar RS200, KTM Duke 250, KTM RC 200, etc. Here’s a quick comparison between new Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 and rivals to understand which one offers the best value to customers. New Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Honda CBR250R vs Bajaj Pulsar 200 vs Yamaha Fazer 25.
Design and styling: Based on European design trends, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 has fluid characteristics with aerodynamic properties clearly evident in its sharp headlamps and curvaceous fairing. Key features include LED headlamp, snazzy chrome tipped dual muffler, fully digital instrument console, clip-on handlebars, split seats, and stylish LED tail lamp.
Yamaha Fazer 25 comes in a tightly knit, sinewy package featuring an aerodynamic front cowl, LED headlamp, dual LED auxiliary lights and LED tail lamp. Honda CBR 250R is relatively toned down as compared to other bikes in this group, but it still qualifies as a head turner with its sporty graphics, LED headlamp, snazzy front cowl, futuristic instrument panel, and contemporary pentagonal muffler. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 makes an aggressive stance with its twin-projector headlamps, sharp cuts and grooves, sporty colours and crystal LED tail lamps.
Powertrain: With the exception of Bajaj Pulsar RS200, which belongs to the adjacent segment, all bikes are powered by quarter-litre engines. Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 gets its power from a 249 cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder, oil cooled SOHC engine that makes 26.5 PS @ 9000 rpm and 22.6 Nm @ 7500 rpm. Yamaha Fazer 25 is powered by a 249 cc, air-cooled 4-stroke SOHC engine that generates 20.9 PS @ 8000 rpm and 20 Nm @ 6000 rpm. Honda CBR 250R comes with a 249.60 cc, liquid cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC engine that makes 26.5 PS @ 8500 rpm and 22.9 Nm @ 7000 rpm. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is powered by a 199.5 cc, liquid cooled DTS-i engine that makes 24.5 PS @ 9750 rpm and 18.6 Nm @ 8000 rpm. With the exception of Yamaha Fazer 25 that has 5-speed transmission, all bikes have 6-speed transmission.
Power to weight ratio: At 157kg, Yamaha Fazer 25 is the lightest of the four bikes. The heaviest is Honda CBR 250R at 167 kg, followed by Bajaj Pulsar RS200 at 164 kg and Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 at 161 kg. In terms of power-to-weight ratio, the most powerful is Suzuki Gixxer SF 250, delivering 164.59hp/tonne. Next is Honda CBR 250R with 158.68hp/tonne, followed by Bajaj Pulsar RS200 with 149.39hp/tonne and Yamaha Fazer 25 with 133.12hp/tonne.
Suspension and brakes: All four bikes have telescopic fork at the front and monoshock unit at the rear. Front and rear disk brakes are also common to all four bikes. With the exception of Pulsar RS200 that has single-channel ABS, all bikes come with dual-channel ABS. Gixxer SF 250 can effectively tackle rough roads, as it has a higher ground clearance of 165 mm. Next is Fazer 25 with 160 mm ground clearance, followed by Pulsar at 157 mm and CBR 250R at 145 mm.
Price: At 1.95 lakh, Honda CBR 250R is the costliest in the group. Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 comes second, priced at Rs 1.71 lakh, followed by Yamaha Fazer 25 at Rs 1.44 lakh. The most affordable is Bajaj Pulsar RS200 at Rs 1.39 lakh.