In an effort to attract new and young riders into motorcycling, over the past several years manufacturers have introduced a wide variety of small-displacement bikes. Suzuki’s pint-sized lineup includes the GW250 sport standard (with styling inspired by the mighty but long gone B-King) and two retro-styled models, the VanVan 200 and the TU250X (the latter is not available in California, however).
Suzuki has announced a fourth addition to its sub-250cc family, the 2018 GSX250R, which combines the chassis and liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, SOHC 248cc parallel twin from the GW250 with fully-faired bodywork inspired by the Katana line of sportbikes that were last seen in Suzuki’s lineup during the mid-2000s.
Suzuki says the GSX250R is an approachable sportbike with “responsive yet easy-to-control performance, exceptional fuel efficiency [76 mpg, claimed], nimble handling, plus a comfortable and roomy riding position.” It has a compact, 56.9-inch wheelbase, a 31.1-inch seat height with “roomy ergonomics for rider and passenger,” a slim fuel tank that holds 4 gallons (good for 250 miles of range, claimed) and a light, 392.4-pound curb weight (claimed).
The GSX250R has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive, KYB suspension and single-disc Nissin brakes front and rear with petal-type rotors. It rolls on 17-inch, ten-spoke cast aluminum wheels shod with tires in 110/80 front and 140/55 sizes, and it features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, a bright halogen headlight and LED position lamps and taillight.
The 2018 Suzuki GSX250R will be available in Pearl Glacier Nebular White or Pearl Nebular Black, and in dealerships by April 2017. Price is TBD.