Flash back :- Previously I had Yamaha R15(2009) Have a good experience with her and called her my Flying Duck. Still my favorite Bike till date (see if Inazuma can change that).
I was searching the bike for quite some time short listed the following on Duke 390, Ninja 250 and Inazuma 250
But Ninja was getting out of budget. And test ride Duke it was little harsh. I had to ride my bike for 125+km on daily basis( five days a week).
So finalized on Inazuma and with price reduction of approx. 1 lac (Ohh! god look at margins) affordable for me.
Asked at different Suzuki showroom and max price difference was 6000/- INR and finally i got the Inazuma after really hard negotiation & threatening to dealers is 2,29,000/- on road on Sept. 04, 2014.
My Inazuma after rainy night and road ride. after showroom ride
Looks are subjective. so let the fellow bikers decide. Inazuma looks different in up close & personal than on videos or pictures. Biggest let down was headlight (
my wife does not like it at all). but over all looks heavy & muscular and easily stands out from rest and don't compare with ninjas or R15, lots of people asked me specifically about the engine capacity (CC) of this bike . when I was driving to office and return even two car drivers/owners also. At first sight looks not so good but its kind of grow on you as you look more & more on it appreciating little curves & hooks & crooks easily neglected in first looks like look at the tank scoop below
those sharp groovy lines can not be seen easily but surely increase the appeal. But compared to my previous R15 its ugly Duckling, i Think Duckling will be good name for this bike " Black Duckling".
dual exhaust seem to attract lots of attention, though adding to lots of wgt.
Quality is good much better than my previously owned Yamaha R15 and every thing from paint quality to switches to other plastic part and chrome plating, bike looks expensive.
Next day morning for office i was early 15 minutes, put the keys opened the lock, engine self check was quick to complete. Bike feels heavy you can feel the 180 Kg of wgt. and engine started with just touch of button, sound was deep & calm. seat was soft & comfortable with lots of space, Before reaching main road drove through various small streets with pot holes & speed breakers, drive was smooth & easy ride on those pot holes & breakers, now my back and wrist can take rest while riding bike also, both suspension on this bike is doing best job. On main road twisted the throttle ( to 5500RPM) and Black duckling responded with strong pull, but Inazuma was very composed.
I tried to bend it like R15 on a turn and it refused and refused strongly. Its not flick able & bad cornering machine and i learned the lesson that try not to turn it like R15. But it was running very smooth & composed up came the flyover no need to increase throttle Black Duckling maintained its speed with out any hard work.
Though because of running in i hadn't crossed 5500rpm so speedometer reads 5th gear 57KMPH-> 6th gear 73KMPH on highway Yamuna expressway, every time tried to accelerate bike responded with strong pull, but speed was nothing to talk about may be lets see how bike responding after 5500 rpm & first service. And when i will start using more engine RPM/gear
I was cruising at 75KMPH on my R15 on same highway & I will surely look for 110+ KMPH cruising speed with same comfort & smoothness as it is offering right now. Till now as the bike is responding i had a feeling it is fully possible to cruise 110+KMPH with comfort and ride quality it is pampering me with.
Overall, may be Inazuma lacks character in looks & bit confused but this bike has character and strong character, which you will start to feel as soon as you seat on the saddle. Its strong & powerful, very stable, calm, smoothness oozing form engine,
Though this is not a screamer and beautiful lady who gives hell of ride & excitement, but this duckling is soft & reliable partner giving you comfort & stability at every stage. I don't know how many takers are there for comfort & ride quality But Suzuki had nailed it.
I will update this review and capabilities of this bike(if it is there or not) after first services and seeing if engines start to rev more freely and speed on speedometer starts to show some respectable figures on every gear etc.
Readers are welcome to comment & ask few question as desired by them.