The Mumbai Police Suzuki Gixxer 250 units feature some interesting additions
Suzuki Motorcycle India has handed over 10 Gixxer SF 250 motorcycles to the Mumbai Police; a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) initiative wherein the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer regularly supplies its products to various police departments. Police fleets in Gurgaon and Surat already employ Suzuki motorcycles.
Gixxer SF 250 Motorcycle For Police Fleet
The specially kitted Gixxer SF 250 units are essentially stock motorcycles with add-on accessories specific to policing requirements. The Mumbai Police Gixxer SF 250 is white in colour like almost every other motorcycle used by the nation’s police departments. The colour isn’t available at dealerships. Viewed from the front, there is a red beacon (right) and a blue beacon (left) close to the handlebars.
The tall extra windscreen has a ‘POLICE’ board (white against black). ‘POLICE’ is written in red at both sides of the fuel tank as well. Coming to the rear, there is a couple of side storage compartments. A blue beacon pole rises from one side.
Corporate Social Responsibility
With CSR spending becoming more pronounced and noticeable in recent years, the availability of such police bikes has become a norm. Suzuki Motorcycle India is also one of the prominent names in the two-wheeler segment when it comes to supplying specially kitted bikes for polling duties across states.
Gixxer SF 250 Specs
Suzuki’s Gixxer SF 250 (and Gixxer 250) is powered by a BS6 249cc FI SOHC single-cylinder engine with SOCS (Suzuki Oil Cooling System). SOCS tech promises smoother acceleration, better output and higher fuel efficiency. It churns out 26.14bhp @ 9300rpm and 22.2Nm @ 7300rpm while paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Dual-channel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) features as standard.
Business During COVID-19
Alongside services designed for convenience and safety during COVID-19 pandemic, the company was able to introduce its BS6-compliant Gixxer range. This includes the Gixxer 250, Gixxer SF 250, and Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP edition. In fact, SMIPL’s (Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd.) five-millionth product was a Gixxer SF 250 from the Gurgoan plant.
Introduced in early June, Suzuki Motorcycle India’s doorstep sales-and-after-sales online channel is available across 279 cities. This is in conjunction and addition to dealerships that are currently operational under local lockdown protocols.
With a full BS6-compliant portfolio, a price hike of roughly Rs 2,000 has also come into effect. While FY2021 ended on a positive note for Suzuki Motorcycle India, given the current circumstances, last year’s growth of 5.7 per cent (over FY2019) would be difficult to match in the months to come.