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    Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

    Whacky! The first word which comes to mind when you lay eyes on the new Suzuki Intruder 150.



    As I headed to Lavasa for the first ride of the Intruder 150, I couldn’t help but wonder at Suzuki’s choice of location for a cruiser motorcycle. Lavasa has been made famous by motorcyclists of Pune as the perfect ghat section, which isn’t the natural home for a cruiser. But as I rode the curves I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong, more on that later…

    Visual Appeal

    There are a few motorcycles in the world which bring together a common motorcyclists consensus about its aesthetics. The Suzuki Intruder 150 isn’t one of them. It is difficult to brand it gorgeous or bad looking. The front will leave you delighted and the rear not so much. I am not someone who generally cares about looks, because it is so subjective. But the Intruder leaves me perplexed. The bike looks muscular and intimidating from the front three quarters with the big headlight dome, 41mm chunky forks and the flowing plastic shrouds. It gives an impression of a motorcycle larger than its 150 mill. From the rear, well let's say it would have looked better with a larger section rear tyre, though understandably Suzuki couldn't do that with a 150cc engine. The end result is a bit out of proportion.


    In detail the Intruder has quality plastics and components. At no point of time will you find anything looking cheap. The only thing which sticks out like a sore thumb are the RVMs; chrome where there is almost none on the rest of the motorcycle. Simple black ones would have sufficed.








    Gixxer Sibling


    Look beneath and the Intruder 150 is basically the same as the successful Gixxer 155. The same engine, chassis and suspension with all of it tweaked for the cruiser layout. The Intruder uses a different gearing ratio, with the rear sprocket having an extra tooth. The Airbox is also different, a bigger intake and a different exhaust is employed on the Intruder. The chassis is essentially the same. A longer swing arm and a different rake angle increase the wheelbase and give the bike decidedly cruiser ergonomics. These along with the cosmetic changes add 8 kg over the Gixxer.


    Whether you like how the motorcycle looks or not, you surely cannot ignore it. Wherever we rode the bike, people would stop to stare and click pictures. But the proof of the pudding is in the eating and the Intruder turned out to be one delicious package. If you can forget the appearance for a minute (and it is pretty darn hard to do that!) then you will truly appreciate the Intruder for what it is. Throw a leg over the saddle and settle in, because you are in for a proper joy ride.










    Mill at work


    The sweet motor from the Gixxer makes its appearance as you thumb the starter and the Intruder rumbles to life and settles into a steady rhythm. The same tractable motor does a fantastic job of getting you around the blocks, riding at 1st Gear slow traffic speeds or even providing sufficient grunt to keep you happy mid-corner. Of course even the 14 Nm struggles to accelerate up a slope with a pillion. But the fact that you expect it to do so, just shows how good this 154.9cc mill is.


    The 5-speed gearbox is slick, with a heel-toe type shifter, which is easy to use with riding boots. Though I did manage to get my boot stuck between the footpeg and gear lever once. The clutch is light and will be comfortable to use for heavy traffic and I didn’t experience false neutrals at any point of time.









    Braking and comfort


    Brakes are as good as the Gixxer, progressive and with good feel and bite. You can get it stopped in a hurry. The safety net of ABS is always present in case you find yourself in a sticky situation, though it is a single channel unit. The tyres and wheels are the same as the Gixxer and therefore perform as per expectation.


    The saddle is plush and broad and the pillion should be reasonably happy as well, while the footpeg-saddle-handlebar triangle was near perfect for my 5’11’’ frame. Though I reserve my comment till we take it for a substantially longer spin. The suspension is firm and tuned for better handling, though it did manage to absorb the bumps and potholes on the post-monsoon Lavasa roads.










    Handling


    What really makes you sit up and take notice is the handling. The bike handles almost as well as the Gixxer 155, which is a very big deal. It is light, nimble and can be thrown around with aplomb. It feels stable through the corners and does a decent job of changing direction. Slow speed U-turns are also disposed off with ease. Even the mild bit of off-pavement excursions we threw at it was swallowed wholeheartedly. That is when you realise why Suzuki held the first ride on the curves of Lavasa. This cruiser shines in the corners.














    Lighting on the bike is taken care of by a 35W halogen with an LED pilot lamp and taillamp, though the trafficators miss out on the LED treatment.


    Conclusion


    The Intruder 150 is very much a Gixxer 155 in different clothing. A bike which will bring a smile on the face of the rider. Buy it if you like or are indifferent to the looks, don’t if you think it is a monstrosity! This is a big step-up from the limited competition in every respect. The price is Rs 98340/- Ex-Showroom Delhi, which is a cool 17k more than the Bajaj Avenger 150. Commuters and college kids will be happy to have more options in this niche segment. Which of the two will they buy? We are very keen to find out.







    Suzuki Intruder 150 Review Tech Spec





    Photos: Mohit Gena
    Last edited by The Monk; 11-07-2017, 04:26 PM.
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    Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

    wow monk. I was just reading intruder launch thread and was wondering when will i read xBhp review. And then i just saw new thread under Reviews section and was so happy. Thanks for the review.

    I liked the looks of the bike from front. Rear is an issue but we all know it so don't want to say anything.
    Prices are wrong for gixer155 and intruder.
    Last edited by atulmnh; 11-07-2017, 03:51 PM.

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      Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

      [MENTION=38603]The Monk[/MENTION], wonderfully put up as always.. Just few pointers.. The cost of Gixxer 155 and Intruder M1800 is 1,59,000/- are you sure about this?
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      • #4
        Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

        Originally posted by rreneav1987 View Post
        @The Monk, wonderfully put up as always.. Just few pointers.. The cost of Gixxer 155 and Intruder M1800 is 1,59,000/- are you sure about this?
        Absolutely sure We took the average of the two. Correcting it now! Thanks
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        • #5
          Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

          I currently own a Pulsar 220, I love it an all but, long drives are absolutely painful on it. If I go for Intruder will it be a step back??

          Thank for the review.

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          • #6
            Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

            Such beautiful pictures there.
            As you correctly pointed out, first 3 quarters are best looker for the bike, all pics have been taken from there only. No pics from rear. does it look that bad!!
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              Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

              Originally posted by sambit View Post
              Such beautiful pictures there.
              As you correctly pointed out, first 3 quarters are best looker for the bike, all pics have been taken from there only. No pics from rear. does it look that bad!!
              Not bad. Just disproportionate.
              :D

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                Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                Originally posted by atulmnh View Post
                wow monk. I was just reading intruder launch thread and was wondering when will i read xBhp review. And then i just saw new thread under Reviews section and was so happy. Thanks for the review.

                I liked the looks of the bike from front. Rear is an issue but we all know it so don't want to say anything.
                Prices are wrong for gixer155 and intruder.
                Cheers

                Originally posted by Hero View Post
                I currently own a Pulsar 220, I love it an all but, long drives are absolutely painful on it. If I go for Intruder will it be a step back??

                Thank for the review.
                I also own a Pulsar 220. The two bikes are so different that they cannot be compared. I personally am no fan of cruiser motorcycles be it an Intruder 150 or a Rocket III! I don't like the foot forward position.

                But if you like cruisers, then you should seriously give it a thought. The bike is better than the Avenger 150, though the price difference is also a LOT!

                Originally posted by sambit View Post
                Such beautiful pictures there.
                As you correctly pointed out, first 3 quarters are best looker for the bike, all pics have been taken from there only. No pics from rear. does it look that bad!!
                Thanks We at xBhp love clicking beautiful pictures as you have probably noticed over the last few years! So here is a stock image of the bike since you insist

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                • #9
                  Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                  Everything looks good except the rear , it has that scooter feeling but need to see in person before judging.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                    The pillion seat looks small.. similar to Gixxer. I heard they have a back rest option too to give cruiser look. Is it true?
                    The handle position looks odd ( like a scooter) especially from the front. Trust we get tubeless tyres.

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                      Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                      Originally posted by sant vasudev View Post
                      The pillion seat looks small.. similar to Gixxer. I heard they have a back rest option too to give cruiser look. Is it true?
                      The handle position looks odd ( like a scooter) especially from the front. Trust we get tubeless tyres.
                      My pillion for a short distance was reasonably happy!

                      Yes, there was a backrest on one of the display bikes. But didn't get a chance to shoot it.

                      The handlebar, saddle and footrest geometry is great, very comfortable.

                      Tubeless same as the Gixxer
                      Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                        Great review @ TheMonk , one of my friend was considering this bike, I hope this will help him take an informed decision.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                          On a lighter note: It looked more of your photoshoot than the bike. You stole the limelight there!!!! 😂😂😂
                          Everybody has their own version of TRUTH!!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                            Originally posted by Karthik019 View Post
                            Great review @ TheMonk , one of my friend was considering this bike, I hope this will help him take an informed decision.
                            Thanks

                            Originally posted by ajextreme View Post
                            On a lighter note: It looked more of your photoshoot than the bike. You stole the limelight there!!!! ������������������
                            Hahaha. I will photoshop myself out of the pictures in future
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                            • #15
                              Re: Suzuki Intruder 150 Review

                              More of a silent guy here and was looking purely for a weekend touring bike with a budget south of 1.5L.
                              I need ABS as a safety mechanism and though i liked Gixxer SF, pillion comfort was not at all good. But really liked the drivability of gixxer.

                              Now this baby intruder helps me revisit the suzuki showroom since the missing pillion comfort is addressed (Please elaborate reasonable comfort) But not very happy with the Scooter like looks of this bike.

                              Also the increased price makes me think of buying FZ25 or Avenger 220 instead !!

                              Just waiting for Avenger 220 with ABS(Bajaj has to bring in this before april 2018 isnt it ? )

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