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The Sleeping Giant Awakens : Suzuki Gixxer

Suzuki has never been as aggressive as their competitors in the two wheelers market, but things are changing. They began with refreshing their scooters with the introduction of the Let’s and moved on to their premium commuter bikes. They made a half hearted attempt with the GS150R, which was a pretty decent motorcycle, but still didn’t create any massive waves.

We doubt this will be repeated with the new Suzuki Gixxer 150 because this one is a screamer. With mechanical inputs from the MotoGP GSX-R engineers and designs inspired from the same series, Suzuki means business. The premium commuter bike market might be looking at a new contender for the throne.

The street sport bike tagline seems befitting to this handsome machine, and after seeing it at the NADA Auto-expo, we knew we would be getting our hands dirty soon.

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FEATURES AND STYLING

The Gixxer is a good looking motorcycle, albeit on the smaller side on the size scale. It is definitely the best from Suzuki in the segment. A muscular plastic tank and twin port exhausts might be the first things you notice, but on closer inspection you will see that the attention to detail is impeccable. As expected from a brand like Suzuki, the fit and build of the entire machine is up to par.

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Put your keys into the ignition and the digital console lights up displaying a cascading rev counter right at the top, a large and easy-to-read speedometer, two trip modes, a gear position indicator, and other telltale lights all nicely fitted within a compact LCD display. It also incorporates a rev redline warning flasher that we loved to light up any chance we got.

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The tank, although small, has a meaty feel to it. It incorporates wide grooves and indents that perfectly assist in leveraging and gripping the tank with your thighs. An unhinged fuel cap, which can be burdensome at times, might be the only glitch in this beautifully designed tank.

On any other bike, the large protruding headlight might have been out of place, but on the Gixxer it somehow fits in. The grips are comfortable with easy to access to the engine-kill switch, indicators and horn.The fat tyres with Hayabusa inspired six spoke wheels; robust fork and rear suspension accentuate the design of the Gixxer. But the showstopper is the twin port exhaust which is the first in a sub- 250cc bike from Suzuki.

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Like the rest of the motorcycle, the tail end of the Suzuki Gixxer is short but is designed to look its best. With an appealing tail light piece and fibre made grab handles in between to save weight, the rear of the motorcycle is as impressive as the front.

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PERFORMANCE

The moment you press the ignition switch, the Suzuki Gixxer eagerly comes to life. Suzuki has dubbed it the street sports bike and the Gixxer vouches for the claims as soon as you put it to gear. It gets off its mark in a hurry and the digital speedometer tallies up in similar fashion.

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Powered by a Suzuki-built four-stroke, 155cc, SOHC and CV carburettor fed powerplant, the Gixxer puts out a healthy 14.6bhp at 8,000rpm, and 1.43kgm of peak torque. In simpler terms, this little screamer pulls like no other in the segment. The throaty noise resonating from the engine tempts you to rev the engine to its limit at every gear; it turn the Gixxer responds with smooth enthusiasm.

Gearbox performs seamlessly with transmission that’s smooth as butter. Although gear ratios fall on the taller side, the short powerband with the 10000 rpm redline makes it appear to have short gear ratios. Overall, the engine remains refined and unstressed throughout. Acceleration and midrange is where you will have all the fun.

The riding position is not very demanding. Slightly rear footpegs and low handlebars aren’t uncomfortable for city riding yet provide the sporty spirit in open roads as well as winding tarmac. The Bybre front disc has a bit of a bite which helps stop the machine on a dime. Rear is a drum unit and works very well and is calibrated in a sense not to lock up despite hard braking. Accompanied with massive tyres and 41mm front forks the Gixxer ticks all the boxes when it comes to stability and mid corner balance. The suspension however is slightly stiff on patchy tarmac.

VERDICT

Suzuki has an amazing machine at hand. The power delivery is seamless and ranks amongst the best in the segment. Add to it the amazing spot on stability and braking, the Gixxer is a very capable and encouraging motorcycle that will urge you to push yourself on the motorcycle.

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Although small in stature, the Suzuki Gixxer thoroughly gives out a big bike feel. The Gixxer surpasses the levels set by its predecessor by a long shot and has set the bar high in the premium commuter motorcycle market. The pricing is also very satisfying which might just give the Gixxer a major upper hand. This all rounder might have brought the Suzuki moniker back to life in the Nepali market.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Engine Type: 4 stroke

Cylinder Layout: single cylinder OHC

Cooling System: air cooled

Displacement:154.90 cc

Torque: 14Nm @ 6000rpm

Bore & Stroke: 56 x 62.9 mm

Maximum Power: 10.4 KW (14 Ps) @ 8000 rpm

Starting Method: Electric/Kick

Transmission: 5-Speed constant mesh

Final Drive: Chain

Frame Type: Diamond Type

Wheelbase: 1330mm

Height: 1030mm

Ground Clearance: 160mm

Front Suspension: Telescopic Fork

Rear Suspension: Swing Arm, Mono Suspension

Front Tire: 100/80 -17

Rear Tire: 140/60R-17

Front Brake: Single Disc

Rear Brake: Drum

Kerb Weight: 135 kg

Fuel Tank: 12 litres

Pricing: Rs. 2, 29,000

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CONTACT:

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