Suzuki is all set to launch made-in-India quarter liter sportsbike, called the Gixxer SF 250. All new Suzuki Gixxer 250 has been in the making for years now. Ahead of official launch, brochure of the bike has been leaked, detailing all important specs. In an earlier post, we had compared the Gixxer 250 with other 250 cc motorcycles in the segment. Here is a brief comparison between Suzuki Gixxer 250 and top performing faired 200cc bikes in the segment. Suzuki Gixxer 250 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 vs KTM RC 200.
Engine – 2019 Suzuki Gixxer 250 is powered by an all new 250 cc single cylinder engine, which will be used for the first time in any Suzuki motorcycle in the world. Suzuki has a quarter liter engine on sale outside India, but that is a parallel twin, which powers the GSX-250R. But compared to the GSX250R, which generates 25 PS / 23.3 Nm, the single cylinder engine of Gixxer SF 250 is more powerful, delivering 26.5 PS / 22.6 Nm.
Speaking about Bajaj Pulsar RS 200, it is powered by a single cylinder 200 cc liquid cooled engine which delivers 24.5 PS / 18.6 Nm. KTM RC 200 on the other hand, is powered by the same 200 cc engine, but is tuned to deliver 25 PS / 19.2 Nm. All three above motorcycles are mated to six speed transmission. Below is a detailed comparison chart.
Dimensions – It is the Suzuki Gixxer 250 which is the longest of the three, at 2010 mm. But it is the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 which is the widest and tallest at 765 mm and 1114 mm respectively. When it comes to seat height, Gixxer 250 has the lowest, while KTM RC 200 has the highest at 820 mm. In terms of ground clearance as well, it is the KTM RC 200 which leads with 178.5 mm GC.
Kerb Weight – In spite of being powered by a bigger engine, Suzuki Gixxer 250 is not the heaviest of the three bikes, that feat goes to Bajaj Pulsar 200 with a kerb wt of 164 Kgs. Gixxer 250 comes second at 161 kgs followed by RC 200 at 154 kgs.
Suspension, Tyres, Brakes – Except KTM RC 200, which features USD forks in the front, other two bikes feature standard telescopic forks in the front. Rear suspension in all three bikes is via monoshock. Tyre size of Gixxer 250 and RC 200 are same – 110/70 F, 150/60 R, while that of Pulsar 200 is 100/80 F, 130 / 70 R. All three bikes get 17 inch alloys. All three bikes get disc brakes in the front and rear. Gixxer 250 gets dual ABS, while other two get single ABS.
Price – Price of Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 has not been officially revealed yet. It is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 1.7 lakhs, ex-sh. This will place it in between the Pulsar RS 200 and RC 200, which are respectively priced at Rs 1.4 lakhs and Rs 1.88 lakhs, ex-sh.