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    xBhp rides and reviews the recently launched Suzuki Gixxer 155 on the wonderful roads of Lavasa.






    Text: Avinash Noronha/ The Monk
    Photos: Sunil Gupta/ sunilg

    The Suzuki Gixxer 155 is the latest attempt by the Japanese manufacturer to get a foothold in the ever growing motorcycle market of India. The bike’s name has been derived from the extremely popular GSX-r series that has been running strong for almost three decades. Dating back to March 1985 when the first GSX-r 750 was launched, this series of motorcycles have come a long way, gaining thousands of diehard fans worldwide. Suzuki Motorcycle India has taken a big gamble by using the legendary name, the Gixxer, as the motorcycles were popularly known, for its 155cc offering in the country. How will the fans react to a small capacity bike being honoured with this iconic series and does the Suzuki Gixxer 155 have the DNA to match its name. Well, we need to ride it to find out. And what better place than the curvy tarmac of Lavasa on a wet monsoon morning to have some fun on this ‘street sport’ motorcycle.







    Suzuki has come up with a new category - the street sport tag. But the Gixxer 155 does realistically belong to the executive commuter segment and it has the Yamaha FZ fair and in its crosshairs. The bike is designed to appeal to the younger crowd who want a powerful, good looking bike which wouldn’t burn a hole through their pocket! And in that Suzuki looks to have a winner on their hands. The bike does not just look muscular but is also built like a tank. With the typical robust Suzuki quality, which looks like it will last a century! The beefy front forks, the muscular chiselled tank, the devil horn like grab rails, all give the bike a wicked look. The chunky exhaust makes the bike look bigger than it actually is. The 140 section rear tyre has a rounder profile and doesn’t look as broad as it is, but is a boon while cornering. The rear LED tail lamp is a welcome addition, but doesn’t gel so well with the rest of the bike, while the rear mud flap is broad enough to keep those behind you clean. A little too broad some might say, and therefore is easily removable to make it sleeker. The switchgear on the motorcycle is top-notch and works smoothly. But the best bit is the extremely comfortable saddle which is where the rider would always want to be, and gives you a great view of a well thought out console. The fully digital display is clear and gives all the information you require, it is visible in bright sunlight and is orange backlit for night riding. The mirrors on the bike are simple and give an adequate view of the traffic as you leave it behind!







    And that is the biggest strength of the Gixxer, the ability to leave traffic standing as you make a quick getaway. Suzuki has put in a lot of effort to ensure that you have an adrenalin packed ride every time you go for a spin on this bike. Some of the top race engineers who are involved in WSBK and MotoGP worked on the design of this bike according to the company. The lightweight chassis helps this motorcycle achieve the lightest in category kerb weight of just 135 kg. The Gixxer, as with other offerings from the company, is equipped with SEP (Suzuki Eco Performance). SEP is a relatively new design process of the company wherein maximum performance is extracted without compromising on the efficiency. Companies are generally vague on how did they go about achieving this, but Suzuki did give us a few hints. To reduce mechanical losses and maximize combustion efficiency, lighter engine components have been used. An inverted triangle shaped piston skirt has also been utilised to increase bottom end torque, smaller and lightweight rocker arms and a reduced angle of the valves have all helped better combustion, aided by the good looking dual type exhaust. The bike also sports a 41mm fork at the front and a 7 step adjustable mono shock at the rear to give it better overall rigidity. The 154.9cc engine produces a healthy 14.8 Ps @ 8000 rpm of power and 14Nm of torque @ 6000 rpm. All this from an Air-Cooled Carburetted engine, which makes it quite impressive, both on paper and presumably also in practice.







    True that motorcycles are not made to be ridden on paper, they are best take onto some smooth sinewy tarmac like Lavasa. Unfortunately our flag off point was at the wrong end of Pune, which meant we had to traverse through a big part of the city to head towards Lavasa. But even dark clouds have a silver lining, and our route was littered with many dark clouds! We rode the commuter bike through the busy streets of Pune during rush hour traffic before we could see a patch of highway tarmac. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to experience the motorcycle where it would spend the majority of its time. Weather was anything but ideal, a light drizzle ensuring that the roads were wet and slippery and potholes filled with rain water. Ideal conditions for testing out a bike’s capabilities! And the Gixxer passed with flying colours; it is light and nimble and easy to flick through traffic. The MRF tyres the bike is shod with provides adequate grip even in low traction conditions. Braking is a breeze what with that 240mm responsive front disc, those beefy 41mm front forks and a light stiff chassis, the bike never feels perturbed. The low end torque allows one the convenience of riding without too many gear changes and the ergonomics ensure the rider is in a commanding position to see all that is going on in traffic.

    Once we had stormed out of traffic and leaned into the curves of Lavasa, the bike was in its elements. Throwing the Gixxer around on the wet roads up there was far easier than expected. Holding steady through the corners, the bike egged on the rider to go faster. And even though this is a peppy bike with good pull through the rev range, you do get reminded that this is a 150cc every time you try overtaking a bigger vehicle uphill. It feels as if it has run out of juice just that tab bit too early. Which was surprising considering that this bike pulled uphill in second gear with a pillion on board at 14 kmph without the engine even lugging! Presumably the low end torque comes at a price. The overall ride quality on good tarmac was an extremely pleasing affair and will surely bring a smile on the face of the rider.











    My list of grievances from this motorcycle is rather short, starting with the headlight. The 35W bulb might be adequate for most city riding, but a 55W would have been a blessing on the highways. There should have at least been an option of a rear disc brake, and I do hope Suzuki will add this feature in the near future. The pillion seat is not the most comfortable in the market, with the pillion complaining that the edges were pressing against the posterior! The rear mud flap could have had a sleeker design and the kick lever would have looked better with a simpler design. Barring these minor setbacks, the Suzuki Gixxer 155 is a wonderful bike.






    The muscular tank


    The double hole exhaust not just looks good but helps improve efficiency


    The rear LED Tail Lamp



    The Gixxer 155 may be very humble in comparison to its elder siblings, but Suzuki has done an awesome job of bringing out a fun motorcycle to commute on. The company has got a winner on its hands and priced at INR 72199 ex-showroom Delhi, it undercuts the Yamaha FZ series by a few thousands, making it a very attractive proposition for the buyer. How well will the Gixxer fare in the Indian market depends entirely on how aggressively Suzuki markets the product.







    The reserve switch has been placed very neatly, but a bit cumbersome to use while wearing riding gloves


    The name - the legacy




    The comfortable rider seat, but slightly uncomfortable pillion seat


    The disc with the bybre calliper do a good job of bringing the bike to a halt in a hurry




    The good quality finishing on the Gixxer









    Last edited by The Monk; 09-11-2014, 03:52 PM. Reason: Added Instrument cluster
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    Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

    Finally a good looking bike from Suzuki and a serious threat to Yamaha FZ and other 150cc counterparts. Design should have been different and not very similar to its rival.

    Love the twin exhausts, sleek headlight, console. The only thing that might not go Suzuki's way is the availability of SVC's.

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    • #3
      Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

      This one is looking good, its much looking like as new Yamaha FZ to me but overall its a good looking bike and it weight lightest in the segment, means Suzuki really worked to develop it....
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        This is quite a looker from Suzuki
        Now, if someone could explain "SEP is a relatively new design process of the company wherein maximum performance is extracted without compromising on the efficiency. Companies are generally vague on how did they go about achieving this, but Suzuki did give us a few hints. To reduce mechanical losses and maximize combustion efficiency, lighter engine components have been used. An inverted triangle shaped piston skirt has also been utilised to increase bottom end torque, smaller and lightweight rocker arms and a reduced angle of the valves have all helped better combustion, aided by the good looking dual type exhaust."

        Inverted triangle shaped piston skirt? Does this mean size of the piston is comparatively small?

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        • #5
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          Suzuki has a winner in hand, even if a little late. Bike looks proportionate from every angle. Now only if the ASS improves, they would go the Yamaha way and turn their fortune in India.
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          • #6
            Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

            I had a brief test ride last Saturday & I must say this is a sprightly little bike; two things stood out well - the low-to-mid range torque (in higher gears) & the smoothness of the engine. A job well done. However, taller (and bulkier) riders can probably look elsewhere, as this looks small in the flesh.

            Now, only if Suzuki could bring in a proper 'Gixxer', at the affordable category (read 250 to 500 cc) & look at manufacturing it in India, to keep the costs low - is that too much to ask?
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              Those are one fine set of awesome photos... kudos SunilG @sunilg.

              Similar thoughts here about kicker shape. Detachable rear mud-guard extension is of my liking, however front mud-guard(/fender) ought have been extended to prevent mud slinging onto engine block. Poking grab rails(rear horns) are a revelation to us.

              All Delhi registered bikes ridden in Lavasa?
              Can you tell us more about GiXXeR Jackets? Are they sold over the counter @ Suzuki SVC?

              Nice to see you're getting jeans dirty for the review.

              Edit: @The Monk

              Something is wrong with watermarking implementation. Why do you've to watermark every photo request? Overloading the xBHP server, rendering browser cache useless!!!

              An alternate review:



              PS: Opening this page on my low bandwidth internet connection sucks.
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                The exhaust design is unique for a 150cc. Strong competition to FZ and Trigger. And obviously GS150R!
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                  Originally posted by SparKot View Post
                  All Delhi registered bikes ridden in Lavasa?
                  Same question :P
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                  • #10
                    Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

                    Good bike, good move by Suzuki, a bold one but yet good one.

                    Coming to the review, I did not like the review. It was like reading an essay. Its just few photos and description thats it. No photo of instrument cluster at all. Can anything be done in this review?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

                      nice review.

                      somehow i dont like its design, which lacks "flow" in certain parts.

                      rest is ok.
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                        Originally posted by sambit View Post
                        Now only if the ASS improves, they would go the Yamaha way and turn their fortune in India.
                        True, and we do believe that Suzuki guys themselves are aware of this as well and they admitted it during the launch that their next focus is to increase the service network and number of dealerships across the country.

                        Originally posted by raja_ghuru View Post
                        Now, only if Suzuki could bring in a proper 'Gixxer', at the affordable category (read 250 to 500 cc) & look at manufacturing it in India, to keep the costs low - is that too much to ask?
                        Right now, expecting a quarter-liter or above Gixxer would be pure day dreaming and nothing else.

                        Originally posted by SparKot View Post
                        Those are one fine set of awesome photos... kudos SunilG @sunilg.
                        Thanks man. glad you liked it

                        Originally posted by SparKot View Post
                        All Delhi registered bikes ridden in Lavasa?
                        Can you tell us more about GiXXeR Jackets? Are they sold over the counter @ Suzuki SVC?


                        There were other number plate bikes as well besides the delhi registered ones. Besides I guess it was easier for them to get the bike registered here to make them road-legal before taking them to lavasa. [/quote]

                        Edit: @The Monk

                        Originally posted by SparKot View Post
                        Something is wrong with watermarking implementation. Why do you've to watermark every photo request? Overloading the xBHP server, rendering browser cache useless!!!
                        Got your message. Should be fixed soon.



                        Originally posted by lalitp View Post
                        Coming to the review, I did not like the review. It was like reading an essay. Its just few photos and description thats it. No photo of instrument cluster at all. Can anything be done in this review?
                        thanks for the feedback Lalit . The instrument cluster photo has been added.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

                          Regarding the Gixxer jackets, those were provided by Suzuki as souvenirs to the journos.

                          Not sure if they'd make it to the market as well. Though you can buy the same jacket minus the Gixxer branding from DSG.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Suzuki Gixxer 155 Ridden and Reviewed

                            Hi,

                            By any chance, able to check the mileage of the bike as well as the ride quality compared to the new FZ/FZ-s?

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                            Last edited by sentnms; 09-11-2014, 10:23 PM.

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                            • #15
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                              excellent work from Suzuki....now they have to work on improving the ASS.

                              BTW which frame is used in Gixxer 155...? is it better than FZ in terms of handling..?


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