Powering Up With Precision: Suzuki Gixxer SF
The Gixxer SF 150 is a competent bike in its category, with good looks, a refined engine and decent handling. That being said, it lacks the raw power it takes to make a full fairing bike exciting. Therefore, it was never really seen as tough competition for segment favourites such as Honda's CBR250R or Yamaha's Fazer 25. Suzuki seems to have listened to this feedback, as they have added a new 249cc engine to the bike and re-released it as the Gixxer SF 250.
By re-releasing, we mean exactly that, since by looks alone you would be hard-pressed to find a significant difference between the two bikes. This also means that if you already liked the design of the SF 150, you won't be disappointed. Despite the old design, one thing that you will appreciate is the riding position. Since the footpegs are pretty much centre-set, you won't feel that weight in your ankles that makes sports bikes such a pain to ride. The handlebars are also high enough to remove most of the weight from your elbows, giving the bike a more relaxed riding position, much akin to a sports-tourer.
The real difference comes with the engine, which is a 4-stroke, single-cylinder, oil-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve, 249-cc unit that churns out a healthy 26.5 PS at 9,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm torque at 7,500 rpm. What makes this engine really special is that despite being oil-cooled, Suzuki hasn't used any cooling fins in the engine, which is a new development.
The new engine makes it one of the most powerful bikes in the segment, with a decent top speed of 154kmph that can be reached without much fuss, thanks to the smooth 6-speed gearbox. The suspension has been strengthened to carry the extra weight, making the bike feel planted. The dual disk brake and dual-channel ABS systems do their job, even if they could use a bit more bite. At a starting price of Rs 1.70 lakhs, it is still more than enough bike for some riders and will certainly satisfy most of their cravings.