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  • Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's Ride Report

    The Suzuki Inazuma 250 ridden and reviewed by xBhp. Complete details, specs and price.




    Suzuki Inazuma: The Time MachineLooksPerformanceAural
    Sounds decent, in-between the single cylinder CBR250 but definitely not sweet as the Ninja 250 at higher revs. But you will get heard if you are maxing it out at 10500 rpm or thereabouts.




    Rideability
    The bike is incredibly easy to ride. Flip the stand, thumb the starter and you are off. Everything is very functional and the seat is widest in class offering great comfort, especially for the pillion. The build quality is also very good, the kind expected from Suzuki.

























    What Else?

    The success of this bike will depend on the price and the positioning. It can be marketed any which ways, but there are bikes which do not need any marketing and the customer knows they are worth their salt. The Suzuki Hayabusa was an insane success. The Suzuki Bandit 1250 was also a plain looking bike but very functional and served the purpose. It was a decent success. However the IZ250 is different, it is competing in an already very competitive market and its major buyers will be the youth who are very tired of going through decades of drought of good performance bikes in India. I am not sure if they would like to relive that again.
    Put this mill into a mini BKing or a GSXR 250 if you may and I will line up first to buy it!





    *Unofficial figure, could not be verified
    For those who love numbers, here's what market has to offer
    Last edited by The Monk; 09-23-2013, 08:16 PM.
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    Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

    Thanks for the review and the beautiful clicks, Sunny. The quality of the panels and paint looks top notch. Candy red colour looks bit tacky though, I remember having a toy plastic motorcycle replica with the same colour!

    The headlight unit is the main objection I can see in the design part. We have had such 'humble' (mundi neeche ) designs of motorcycles before, for example Yamaha Libero, which looked horrible. The wide seats, importance given to pillion seating as well, commuterish (which means good for your back!) seating are perfect. The GS150R has official tank capacity of 15.5, and people have reported filling above 17 liters in that tank. Here the bike is bigger, and still tank capacity is lower. Wonder whether those side fins ate up the tank space!

    Any words on:
    1. Horn sound? Is it loud or low?
    2. Wind effect at speed, as there is no fairing?
    3. Red and black are available internationally. Any more colours for Indian market (rumour: Blue and Silver)?
    4. Expected arrival in India?
    5. Internationally it's cost is as much as CBR250 non ABS, and even lesser in some market. Any idea about costs here?

    Lastly, congrats on a full blown writeup and photoshoot of the Inazuma, which I believe is a first for any Indian website.

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      Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

      Originally posted by animeher View Post
      Thanks for the review and the beautiful clicks, Sunny. The quality of the panels and paint looks top notch. Candy red colour looks bit tacky though, I remember having a toy plastic motorcycle replica with the same colour!

      The headlight unit is the main objection I can see in the design part. We have had such 'humble' (mundi neeche ) designs of motorcycles before, for example Yamaha Libero, which looked horrible. The wide seats, importance given to pillion seating as well, commuterish (which means good for your back!) seating are perfect. The GS150R has official tank capacity of 15.5, and people have reported filling above 17 liters in that tank. Here the bike is bigger, and still tank capacity is lower. Wonder whether those side fins ate up the tank space!

      Any words on:
      1. Horn sound? Is it loud or low? Didnt test it, rode this in Australia, didnt need to
      2. Wind effect at speed, as there is no fairing? There is wind buffeting for sure, but then then many naked and more powerful bikes suffer from the same. A fly screen can resolve this.
      3. Red and black are available internationally. Any more colours for Indian market (rumour: Blue and Silver)? No word on that yet, but Suzuki might create combos for the finicky Indian market. However IMHO only sober colors would look good on this bike.
      4. Expected arrival in India? It has already arrived (courtesy the spottings ), however the official release is anyones guess.
      5. Internationally it's cost is as much as CBR250 non ABS, and even lesser in some market. Any idea about costs here? No idea. However it should cost around 1-1.15 lacs, anything above would mean it has to compete with the likes of CBR250, which as I mentioned is just not worthwhile for it to try and do.

      Lastly, congrats on a full blown writeup and photoshoot of the Inazuma, which I believe is a first for any Indian website.
      My replied in RED besides your questions^
      Last edited by Sunny; 05-20-2013, 04:49 PM. Reason: Changed Price
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        Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

        Nice clicks.
        The bikes jst too simple for my taste. Looks from another era.
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          Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

          Nice review Sunny, but I fear if its going to sustain in the current competitive market. Hope for the best. The bike is definitely a cult in its category. But 30 Kms for you would have been too less for the review I think. Great Work though. Cheers to Xbhp.

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            Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

            As usually, beautifully clicked photos. and nice simple and small review.
            [MENTION=1]Sunny[/MENTION],
            Question on the pricing point. What made you state that price would be between 1 and 1.5 Lacs? Yes, it is not outright performer but a decent commuter or able tourer.
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              Originally posted by ithebiker View Post
              Nice review Sunny, but I fear if its going to sustain in the current competitive market. Hope for the best. The bike is definitely a cult in its category. But 30 Kms for you would have been too less for the review I think. Great Work though. Cheers to Xbhp.
              Yes, it is a first impression review. Though a few facts will always remain - the looks et al. A longer test review might result in a conclusion that the bikes starts to rev more freely etc, the standard things. I love the Jap three as a brand, however I feel Suzuki should come up reallys oon with a mass youth oriented product. The R15 and FZ16 were a masterstroke from Yamaha.

              Originally posted by riazmomin View Post
              As usually, beautifully clicked photos. and nice simple and small review.
              [MENTION=1]Sunny[/MENTION],
              Question on the pricing point. What made you state that price would be between 1 and 1.5 Lacs? Yes, it is not outright performer but a decent commuter or able tourer.
              Thanks. I am sorry, I mean 1 to 1.15 lacs (not 1.5). Looks are subjective, however it is easy to say what looks good and bad from a general view point. Another point to note is resellability. It is infinite times easier to find a willing teenage college goer to buy your second hand bike which he wants rather than a mature person who would go only for the functionality.
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                Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                Originally posted by Sunny View Post
                Yes, it is a first impression review. Though a few facts will always remain - the looks et al. A longer test review might result in a conclusion that the bikes starts to rev more freely etc, the standard things. I love the Jap three as a brand, however I feel Suzuki should come up reallys oon with a mass youth oriented product. The R15 and FZ16 were a masterstroke from Yamaha.
                Aye Aye Sir... Agreed. Take Care and all the very best for the remaining of your Journey. God be with you.. Nikhil

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                  Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                  Nice pics there! Finally some justice to the legend of Inazuma! Looks quirky but is damn functional!
                  Waiting for pricing info for when it comes! Should be a good commuting machine!
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                    Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                    Originally posted by Sunny View Post
                    The torque is good enough for you to set up little red light GPs, but watch out if it’s a bike like the KTM 200.
                    This sentence doesnt make sense? especially the last part.
                    Regardless, Life shall go on.

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                      Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                      I am sure it is bound to fail here in India. For a bike only(majority) youth is shelling lacs and I feel atleast this design doesn't belongs to youth. This is practical no doubt and it will find some homes as well but I feel a game over very soon. Wakeup SUZUKI we have high hopes.....
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                      • #12
                        Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                        A half-faired version of this motorcycle would do better. The people who still purchase the tried and tested Zma might give the half faired version some thought.

                        I gun the throttle, the motorbike wails, the forks heave up, the revs climb, my view blurs, air gushes in my lid, muscles tighten, street lights streak. Just another day at work...


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                          Originally posted by yellowspunk View Post
                          This sentence doesnt make sense? especially the last part.
                          Impromptu red light drags.

                          Originally posted by Wheeli Junkie View Post
                          A half-faired version of this motorcycle would do better. The people who still purchase the tried and tested Zma might give the half faired version some thought.
                          There is:

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                            Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                            Originally posted by Sunny View Post
                            Impromptu red light drags.



                            There is:

                            [ATTACH=CONFIG]101726[/ATTACH]
                            This is what they should launch, the high screen suggests some serious touring intent. Also did the bike have bungee points? The riding position on this half-faired version seems more comfortable, i hope this hits the markets soon after the naked version is launched.

                            I gun the throttle, the motorbike wails, the forks heave up, the revs climb, my view blurs, air gushes in my lid, muscles tighten, street lights streak. Just another day at work...


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                              Re: Suzuki Inazuma 250 Review : xBhp's First impression & ride report

                              Originally posted by yellowspunk View Post
                              This sentence doesnt make sense? especially the last part.
                              It means the Inazuma has a good pick up. One can use it to launch it quickly when the signal turns to green from red, and leaves all the other traffic behind. However, if there is a KTM Duke 200 bike in that traffic waiting at the red signal, it can/will be the first to be ahead because of its tremendous pickup.

                              In short, if you are on Inazuma at a signal. Look at your left, then right, then again left. If you don't see any KTM, get ready to race, else look busy so that you won't get shamed into losing that race to an orange bee

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