There are riders who always look for a bike, which has to look futuristic and yet be easy to ride, and the credit goes to the Indian wing of the Japanese two-wheeler maker, Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited to bring these two key features together by unveiling their naked sports bike – Suzuki Gixxer. This bike targets the young blood of the nation and will be sold along side the GS150R, Suzuki's other 150cc two-wheeler. It is expected to go on sale in July.
The new Gixxer boasts an SOHC, mono-cylinder engine with a displacement of around 149cc. Using SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance) technology, this air-cooled, 4 stroke engine, which is fed via a carburetor, gets better fuel-efficiency without compromising on performance and power due to this new technology as the company claims. The exact power and torque figures are not revealed yet, however, it is speculated that this bike will have its upper-leg in this sector than many of its peers like GS150R and Trigger. A 6 speed manual transmission is going to serve the engine of the bike and its clutch will be multi-plate.
This naked bike gets comfortable on various terrains with the help of telescopic forks at the front and mono-shock absorbers at its rear. The safety of the rider and the pillion will depend on its powerful disc brake at the front and drum at the rear help to get an emergency stop. The fuel-guage, techo-meter, trip-meter and speedometer make the instrument console fully digital and keep the rider updated with every minor detail. There is a bright tail-light, rear grab rail, with wide tubeless tyres. It has 17 inch cast alloy wheels with the wheel size of 100/80/17 mm and 140/60/17 mm. The battery of this two-wheeler is maintenance free, and there is a low battery indicator provided to keep the riders informed.
In terms of design, it has got edgy naked styling. It features a cool and funky cowl and a halogen headlamp is fixed inside it. The front mud-guard is not very lengthy, nevertheless, it covers well the front tyre and looks sporty. The fuel-tank too of the bike is sporty enough and quite resembles its sibling GSX's tank. The length, height and width figures of the bike are not revealed yet, though, the pictures express its well-crafted dimensions. Suzuki has kept the bike light-weight to make it more aerodynamic and easy to handle, and that is why they have used quality plastic to cover it and to give it a distinct design. It is going to be available in the shades like Blue, Black, White, Silver and Red.
On the whole, the other competitors of this sports bike are Hero Hunk, Honda CB Trigger and Bajaj pulsar 150, and TVS Apache in the same segment, however, it might win the race as it gets fresh looks and better power and performance than others as expected. A number of features will be unveiled soon, and this will show a clear picture whether Gixxer gets such exposure that will allow it to go a mile away than the current 150cc bikes available in India.