KOZHIKODE: In a country like India with a cluttered two-wheeler industry, it was not easy for Japanese giant Suzuki to carve a niche for itself. Their two-wheelers— both scooters and motorcycles— were not exactly runaway successes when compared to some of the other motorbikes in the industry. However, it looks like Suzuki is not going to give up. They recently launched the Suzuki Gixxer, a hunky sports bike, targeting the youth of the country. The bike competes with Yamaha FZ, Honda Trigger, Bajaj Pulsar 150 and Hero Extreme.
At one look, the bike does look like its design has been inspired by the Yamaha FZ, it also borrows traits from the GSX-R sports bike. However, a chiseled tank which is capable of holding 12 lts of fuel, Y-spoke wheels, chrome-tipped muffler, which is also quite beefed up, 140 section rear tyre and an LED tail lamp are the ones that make this beauty stand out.
The styling and the design of the bike compliment the modern street bikes. However, the head lamp, which is quite plain in its looks, can turn out to be a disappointment. In fact, one might say, with all the well chiseled look of the bike the head light seems to be out of place. This bike comes with a complete digital instrument cluster. The instruments give a whole lot of information which might get a bit difficult to read when riding.
The Gixxer also features telescopic forks at the front and single-shock suspension with aluminium swing-arm at the rear. The bike is equipped with disc brakes at the front and drum brake at the rear. With Y-shaped alloy wheels, the bike also has tyre with a width of 140/60R at the rear and 100/80 at the front, both of which are tubeless.
The Suzuki Gixxer is powered by a 155cc four stroke single cylinder air-cooled engine. It produces 13.94bhp of power and 14Nm of torque. It also comes with an electric start and a carbureted fuel system. Besides, Gixxer is equipped with Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) technology, which helps in delivering good performance and fuel efficiency, as claimed by the company.
The bike is available in five colours- metallic triton blue, oort grey metallic, candy antares red, peal mirage white and glass sparkle black. The ex-showroom price for the bike is `74,552.