The US market has always loved powerful motorcycles more than small displacement machines, which is one of the reason why once there was a scarcity of entry level machines. But in the recent times the situation has changed drastically and now global motorcycle manufacturers are showing interest in injecting small displacement motorcycles into the US market.
Suzuki has announced that the GW250 or Inazuma would join its 2013 lineup at its annual dealer meeting this past weekend. The bike joins the entry level line-up consisting of Suzuki TU250X.
Coming to the styling now, the GW250 or Inazuma is a naked bike that offers much more character than the TU250X. It looks wide and very masculine, and is quite attractive. Having said that the headlamp cluster is a letdown for us, and we believe Suzuki can do much better than this.
In spite of the fact that the GW250 and TU250X are from the 250 CC family both equip entirely different engines. Instead of an air cooled single cylinder unit, Suzuki has installed a liquid cooled parallel twin engine into the Inazuma. It features fuel injection and is claimed to deliver perfect low and mid range torque for city driving.
2013 Suzuki GW250 a.k.a Inazuma 250 Technical Specifications
- Engine: 248 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC
- Bore x Stroke: 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm
- Compression Ratio: 11.5 : 1
- Fuel System: Fuel Injection
- Starter: Electric
- Lubrication: Wet sump
- Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh
- Final Drive: Chain
- Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
- Suspension Rear: Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped
- Brakes Front: Disc
- Brakes Rear: Disc
- Tires Front: 110/80-17M/C 57H
- Tires Rear: 140/70-17M/C 66H
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 3.5 US
- Color: Pearl Nebular Black
- Ignition: Electronic ignition, fully transistorized
- Overall Length: 2,145
- Overall Width: 760 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,430 mm
- Ground Clearance: 165 mm
- Seat Height: 780 mm
- Curb Weight: 401 lb
- Warranty: 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
2013 Suzuki GW250 Inazuma Price
The official price is yet to be announced, though it is expected to cost a little less than $4500.
Stay tuned to Ride Talks for 2012 EICMA Show updates.