Suzuki Two-Wheelers is all set to launch their naked street bike the Inazuma, rather known by the name GW250 in Indian market soon. The literal meaning of the term ‘Inazuma’ is ‘lightning’; however some people love to call it a ‘time machine’ as well.
Some of you may recall that in the year 2001, Suzuki for the first time introduced the concept of the BKing, the visual appeal itself was so strong that the bike became the most ‘desired’ one even before the commencement of its production! As we know that a concept always is different from the original production and most importantly, through a vehicle’s concept the look is only judged and not its performance. So the companies tend to forget the performance part while brooding over the positive judgments. The BKing looked tad different compared to its design concept but by its performance it could not do well in the market either. After a gulf of five years since then, Suzuki launched the Inazuma 250 but have shattered the moto-enthusiasts’ wish of Inazuma to look alike BKing. Nonetheless, Inazuma did borrow some styling cues from its elder sibling and looks much different than Suzuki Inazuma 750. Suzuki shall bring this bike in India through the CKD route.
Here is an overview of the Inazuma which is sold worldwide; we’ll update this space as soon as it hits the Indian roads. Also check out our picture gallery of Suzuki Inazuma 250.
UPDATE 20/01/14Suzuki Inazuma Launched In India. The pricing has been provided below
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Whatever one might assume but ‘beautiful’ can never be the right adjective for the Inazuma, the bike looks a bit fatter from a few angles. In some countries, this bike has been already segmented as ‘commuter’ bike inspite of its boldness. This is because when compared to its precedent BKing from which it borrowed styling ideas, Inazuma stands as a simpleton with a bland appeal. Nonetheless Suzuki Inzuma 250 speaks a design language of its own; the naked chassis appeal of the bike looks extremely aggressive, the fairing gets edgy cuts and sharp lining, the handlebar is comfortable and so is the seat.
The sculpted fuel tank looks meaty and the most attractive part of the bike is the dual exhausts which gets a little chrome treatment. To one’s surprise, how heavy the bike may look, but it actually is a very lightweight motorcycle and reliable at the same time. The seating position is very relaxed with rear set footpegs and wide seats, which allows happy touring in the city roads or in the open roads and the highways.
Suzuki Inazuma has been loaded with twin cylinder, 248cc, in-line, 4-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled engine that is known to churn out an approximate power of 24.5 Bhp at 7000 rpm. Suzuki claims that this engine is well suited for the urban and country roads and feels refined and as smooth as silk and the advanced liquid cooling system keep the bike in the optimum performance zone whatever the conditions may be.
The fuel injection system of the bike helps the rider to receive minute throttle response thus enhancing the fuel efficiency and reducing the exhaust emissions. The mill produces the power through a six-speed transmission gearbox which provides a wide range of gearing that may suit the city roads. The engine details in pen and paper certainly looks very promising. It can only be tried and tested after its launch in the Indian market
Ride and Handling
Inazuma offers a hassle free easy ride, all you have to do is to hop on the board, flip the stand, push the starter. Suzuki has used the telescopic front forks and the rear mono-shocks, seven way adjustable spring pre-load as the suspension set up for Inazuma. The braking system includes disc brakes for both front and rear which means that the brakes are incredibly quick and responsive. The seat is comfortable, especially the pillion seat which is very wide, and probably the first in its segment also, the build quality of the bike is of top notch quality and like every other Suzuki bikes these bike also promises to offers everything to impress the motorcycle enthusiasts.
The Suzuki Inazuma has been priced at Rs. 3.10 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
In India, Suzuki Inazuma shall compete with the much popular Honda CBR250R.
Honda CBR250R is a sportsbike from the stable of the company which is very popular in the Indian market because of its extravagant looks and an impressive power delivery. Honda gives away the bike at a very reasonable cost and people buys it as it suits the Indian road conditions well. Suzuki Inazuma is known well as a commuter bike in many countries rather than a ’performance bike’ so it is highly anticipated that it will suit the Indian roads and give a tough competition to CBR250R.
The Suzuki Inazuma will be placed in a competitive segment of entry level premium bikes which is rapidly becoming the most competitive market segment of India. Like it or not, Inazuma has everything to woo its riders, only if it is priced accordingly in India, Suzuki Inazuma 250 will manage to snatch away the spotlight from its competitors.
|Engine Type||Twin-cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC, liquid-cooled|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13.3 litres|
|Bore x Stroke||53.5x55.2|
|Lubrication System||Wet Sump|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Suspension (Front/Rear)||37mm KYB telescopic forks, coil spring, oil damped/Swingarm type, KYB coil spring, oil damped with adjustable spring preload|
|Brake (Front/Rear)||Nissin twin-piston caliper, 290mm disc/Nissin single-piston caliper, 240mm disc|