Suzuki Big on Small Displacement Bikesafter uveling the GSX250R, V-Strom 250 and GSX125R at EICMA 2016.
Suzuki has further extended its small capacity model lineup for 2017, with four new machines unveiled today at Eicma, Milan, taking Suzuki’s total number of new models for the new year to 12. Following the announcement of Suzuki’s flagship GSX-R1000R at Intermot, motorcycle enthusiasts at EICMA saw their added offerings in the small capacity sector of the market, with a new V-Strom 250, GSX-S125, GSX250R, and Burgman 400 joining the newly unveiled GSX-R125 in the brand’s expanding sub-400cc range.
While the prospects of seeing the V-Strom in the States remain uncertain, the trend in small-bore sports continues to grow. A new version of Suzuki’s 248cc parallel twin engine powers the new V-Strom 250, with a particular focus on the engine’s low and midrange torque giving the new adventure-styled machine 23.4Nm of torque at 6500 rpm.
The punchy Twin-cylinder power-plant revs on to produce peak power of 25PS at 8000 rpm. Information is displayed to the rider on a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, and includes speed, rpm, gear position, and fuel range, and sits inside a compact screen that has been extensively wind tunnel tested for optimal weather protection.
Similar to the bigger V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650 models, the V-Strom 250 benefits from an integrated luggage system that removes the requirement for an additional rack for side cases. An additional top box is also available from Suzuki’s accessory range.
The baby GSXR likewise may or may not be headed Stateside, but we think it would be a welcome addition. The GSX250R combines sharp, sporty looks and nimble performance with comfortable ergonomics, and is as at home cutting through city traffic as it is taking the long way home on twisty B-roads. Designed to give the best performance in the low to midrange, the GSX250R produces 23.4Nm of torque at 6500rpm, with peak power 25PS at 8000rpm.
Intake valves are designed to optimize airflow into the combustion chamber, improving performance and reducing emissions, while a new two-into-one exhaust enhances performance in the midrange. Clip-on handlebars give a direct, sporty, yet comfortable ride, which matches the GSX250R’s design as a sporting machine equally comfortable on the daily commute or a weekend tour.