Suzuki entered the premium 150cc segment with their 155cc powered Gixxer range of bikes. It is said to be the game changing model for the Japanese brand in India. This street commuter was purposely built for the Indian and nearby market. It is based on the all time popular GSX-R range of premium sports bikes. This one primarily targets on style, fuel efficiency, minimal performance and the cost effective production.
The engineers of Suzuki has well crafted this bike according to the latest trend and demand in the market. This naked looking street bike have many sharp characters throughout its body, especially those sharp lines which runs from head to tail. The triangular shaped headlamp with bikini fairing is an eye catchy element. Side panels bearing the ‘Gixxer’ badge is incorporated as an extended part of the fuel tank. The sculpted fuel tank is the other attention seeking element in this bike. It gives a manly bossing nature to the model. It also bears a ‘3D Suzuki logo’ in glossy chrome finish.
In order to give an aggressive look to the model, they have made the tail section bit sharp and more attractive. The body colored grab rails and the use of LED taillight has made it even more presentable. The carved out seat provides a spot on riding position with the perfect combination of wide one-piece handlebar.
Gixxer features full digital smart instrument console displaying RPM Indicator, LCD trip meter, gear position indicator and programmable gear shift indicator as well. Another unique feature of the Gixxer series is the dual-type exhaust kit, which is used for the first time in a 150cc motorcycle. It gives a premium looks to the bike as well as delivers a smooth exhaust note. The ‘Y’ shaped alloy wheels are usually found in high end GSX-R bikes and Hayabusa models are also used in the Gixxer variant. Altogether, the fit and finish of the bike is superb and it definitely stands with the quality built of Suzuki motorcycles.
It uses the 154.9cc, 4-stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve engine found in the all Gixxer range of motorcycles. It is mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox for smooth operation. The mill churns out a maximum power of 14.8 Ps @ 8000 rpm and a peak torque of 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm. The engine is constructed using all aluminium ultra light weight component for maximum efficiency and top class power performance.
Suspension, Chassis and Brakes
Suzuki Gixxer is built with single downtube frame. At the front conventional telescopic forks with 41mm diameter are used for sporty styling and riding performance. At the back combined effort of swingarm and mono shock with 7-step adjustment provides flexibility and riding comfort for various riders. Disc brakes are used for smooth and optimum stopping force at both the ends. The 17-inch MRF tyres are perfect combination for braking, providing superior grips on the tarmac.
The Suzuki Gixxer is a perfectly balanced 150cc bike with perfect riding posture, interesting design culture, well balanced chassis, finely tuned engine and fairly tagged price. It competes well with Yamaha FZ series, Honda Unicorn and even horns with CB Hornet 160R.