It’s no secret that 180 to 250cc motorcycles are fast gaining popularity in India. In fact, in the foreseeable future, this class of motorcycles may soon take over from the 150 to 180cc segment. Despite the rapid growth of the segment, Suzuki has been late to join the quarter-litre party – it launched the Gixxer SF 250 only in May this year.
We got our first taste of the motorcycle at the Buddh International Circuit, but, back then, we couldn’t test its performance to the fullest. During our anniversary mega test, Simran managed to go around the short loop of the BIC in a time of 1:18.7, which is just a tenth of a second slower than the more powerful Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. Riding around the twisty sections of the track, the strong mid-range really helped in getting on the throttle earlier and finding a quick exit out of corners.
Despite being a single pot offering, the refinement of the motor is impressive. Even when riding at speeds of 120km/h, it barely has any vibes on the pegs, seat, or the handlebar. We rode the motorcycle thoroughly in the city as well, and here too its refinement meant that it made for a good touring bike as well.
The clip-on handlebar isn’t extremely low and aggressive, and the foot-pegs aren’t exceedingly rear-set either. The neutral riding posture ensured that the Gixxer scored quite well in the comfort and practicality department.
Living up to the Gixxer reputation, the 250 is a decent all-round performer, but it isn’t the most exciting 250cc package out there. It loses points in the value for money department as well, especially keeping in mind that you can get the more powerful Bajaj Dominar for a similar price. To really make a mark, then, the Gixxer needs to provide slightly better value.