Gixxer for a Biker - The New Indian Express

Gixxer for a Biker

Published: 02nd February 2014 06:00 AM

Last Updated: 01st February 2014 01:57 PM

The latest bike from the Suzuki stable is a beautifully styled creation targeting younger, college-going lot along with young executives. Many of its features give it a street presence that’s currently unparalleled in its class.

The Gixxer is, in fact, the best-looking motorcycle in the affordable 150cc category. According to Suzuki, the Gixxer’s engine is all new; it uses new piston and combustion chamber design, lighter and more slippery components; and it doesn’t even sport the same bore and stroke values as the GS. The Gixxer’s engine also uses SEP or Suzuki Eco Performance—a technology Suzuki says enhances fuel economy without eating into the power stakes. It is a single-cylinder engine with a single overhead cam operating two valves. The power or torque figures for the motorcycle haven’t been revealed yet, but according to the Japanese two-wheeler giant (which hasn’t acquired that status in India yet), the Gixxer’s engine will have best-in-class performance.

The frame for the Gixxer is all new as well, and along with plastic panels for body work (including the fuel tank), Suzuki says the Gixxer is the lightest motorcycle in its class. Given the claims on engine performance and weight, this 155cc motorcycle should certainly set a new performance benchmark in the affordable 150cc product category. Getting back to the frame—the Gixxer uses a diamond type frame which is suspended on beefy 41mm front forks and a preload adjustable monoshock at the rear. The swing arm is a box section one for added rigidity.

The Gixxer’s braking duties are handled by a single disc setup from Bybre at the front and a drum setup at the rear. The bike also sports a 100/70 section 17-inch tubeless tyre at the front and a fat 140/60 x 17 tubeless rubber at the rear. It has a high set and wide handlebar that feels natural to hold. The seat is low and along with footpegs which are rearset but not uncomfortably so, the Gixxer should make for a comfortable motorcycle both to ride in the city and over long distances. One can also grip the bike well, thanks to a thoughtfully shaped fuel tank which has knee recesses that a majority of riders will find usable.

The Gixxer will be launched in July in the price range of Rs 70,000-75,000.

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