Coming to reinforce the offer of a cubic capacity (Re) renaissance in Europe, Suzuki GW250 Inazuma is the first true roadster twin-cylinder. Will its affiliations with B-King 1300 and GSR 600 be enough to attract customers to him usually sensitive to the strongest cubic capacities? A whole education to be built!
Taking again the name of the new-retro roadsters 750 and 1200 of the years 2000, Suzuki Inazuma 250 is marketed since January 2012 at Japan and the previous year in China, where it is built. Without to have caused media tidal wave at the time of the living room of Paris where it was interview last year, it unloads today on the Old continent to undo some with two other reduced cubic capacities: Kawasaki Ninja 300 and sporting Honda CBR 250 R. eminently, the Kawasaki rival is armed with a vertical twin of 39 horses, while Honda, careened for the pageantry, is satisfied with one-cylinder developing 26.4 horses.
With its liquid twin-cylinder injected asserting only 24.48 horses, Suzuki does not compete here in pure performances. Stripped but however heavier, the Suzuki GW250 Inazuma rather plays the card of the luxury and the personality to allure the beginners, men or women, and more generally a wise public, insensitive with the sirens of the scooters.
Kid size or not
The Asian markets evolve. Being formerly satisfied with utility small-engine cars type Yamaha YBR 250, their customers see themselves from now on offering more elaborate motor bikes. With a licked completion, the image of the double exhaust or instrumentation hi-tech, Suzuki Inazuma 250 answers standards become universal.
Gray engine enameled, broad handle passenger out of aluminum, indicators integrated into the scoops of tank, it hardly has there but the mudguard before very (too much) enveloping tarnishing the table visually. The sharp-edged, recognizable line between thousand, is obviously less heavy than that of a gross Suzuki B-King.
Like his/her sisters of range, this Suzuki GW250 Inazuma is seen proposing optional accessories. The jump-wind, luggage stands and top-box, avoid-casings and central crutch will satisfy all those which will make an intensive use of it. Because it is above all for the daily newspaper that this motor bike was thought.
With its pushed functions, the instrument panel does not evoke to in no case a motor bike with the reduction. And if 181 kg all full facts already defrayed the chronicle on the bikescatalog.com forum, it is necessary to go obviously: this plumpness is never sensitive and one is immediately at ease on this Suzuki GW250 Inazuma with the generous, but sufficiently narrow gauge and runs to handle oneself easily.
If one besides will seek the half-handlebars further raised than on certain large cubes, the knees are plated perfectly in the reserve of 13.3 liters. On its side, the saddle dug and with the ergonomic drawing does not oblige to fold normal to move back the legs.
To 780 mm, its height remains acceptable for less than 1.75 m because of its low width. And not to waste the festival, the passenger is also cherished, with part of saddle punt and rubberized footrests, like those of the pilot. Admittedly, 181 kg, it is the “weight to pay” to make illusion near the neophytes who believe in a cubic capacity much more important, but, even in operations, it is never a handicap, taking into account the position of natural control, right bust.
Since the re-qualification of the center town benefiting from the tram, circulation became intolerable in Montpellier! Soft and comfortable, Suzuki Inazuma 250 draws its pin there from the play. It directs well between the cars, its position of control is relaxed and the comfort of its suspensions on coating embossed very acceptable for a motor bike of line entry. Let us add to that a braking present, soft orders and a good vision in the rear view mirrors.
As for small the twin vertical and fixed with 180°, it makes velvet leg by producing pleasant bellows with the ear. Its box with 6 reports, of an extreme smoothness, makes it possible to forget very quickly its modest power to rent only its good will, without dizzy spell. Under these conditions, the beach from the 3,000 to 6,000 tr/min quickly becomes the most used, making it possible to obtain sufficient guarantor.
To optimize the petrol consumption, Suzuki placed on the very electronic instrument panel a shift-light indicating the mode to which to pass speeds ideally. One can thus choose a release of the indicator as of 6,000 tr/min (in eco mode), dice 9,000 tr/min (in mode “sport”)… or at all. To close the urban chapter, force is to note that Suzuki Inazuma 250, thanks to its elastic engine, is as alert as one there 125 however lighter.
Lastly, Suzuki Inazuma 250 fall the mask
The Suzuki sales leaflet affirms that the Suzuki GW250 Inazuma is not confined only at the city. Would motor bike of the daily newspaper, it discharge Sunday escapades just as easily? We head for the throats of Herald, in full heart of the Evenness to check it. On road, the remarks concerning the weight, near to that of a GSX-R 600, are only one distance memory.
While passing from low at more high-speeds, one realizes that Inazuma is a small well balanced motor bike. If the position of control little rocked on before does not make it particularly nimble, nor an extreme precision of the trajectories does not support, it is in any event not what one awaits from it. Rather stable, the news 250 Suzuki transfers of a block when it is requested.
And the engine, will you tell me? Will know that if it is shown finally effective below 6000 tr/min, small the Japanese twin delivers a constant and regular push beyond, but never overflowing, you suspect it! Vis-a-vis the more inflamed Ninja, Suzuki GW250 inazuma canned step minus the advantage over one-cylinder which is blown more quickly with “high mode.
And finally, without much surprise, the modest power of Suzuki GW250 will enable him to be played only of the 125 on opened road, the large advantage of its cubic capacity being the possibility of preserving the same report to double. Sometimes but attention, one needs as a fill one or two in the event of urgency! For information, in 6th with 7000 tr/min, one is to 90 km/h.
Economic, but amusing
After the main road, the small laces which lead to Saint-Guile the Desert are a better playing field. Whereas the engine mixes with the riff-Raff, the back suspension shows the possibility for its limits on the battered bitumen of certain portions. The rather flexible shock absorber, although adjustable in 6 positions of spring, lack of behavior in compression and reserve in relaxation.
It is imagined that in duet, he will have more difficulty still achieving his work, even if he does not put the crew in danger. The nonadjustable fork, as for it, filter without pumping nor to pursue the bumps and hollow of the road. Even the tires inhabitant of Thailand IRC are not easy to take at fault on one 250!
Side braking, the simple front disc is enough to stop the machine in all conditions, but its clamp with double piston misses progressiveness. It is thus necessary to draw extremely on the lever (adjustable in spacing) to get an immediate result. The back disc fulfills its function suitably. For questions of costs, the coupling, not more than ABS, is not registered with the specifications of the model.
A required passage by the motorway of the return will tell some to us more on the performances of Suzuki GW250 Inazuma, which one knows by advance slower than his competitors. The motor bike hangs 130 km/h with 9500 tr/min. and without too much evil 148 km/h meter in limit of red zone, with 11000 tr/min. One notes also light vibrations, only significant in the footrests judiciously covered with rubber.
However, the respect for mechanics, as much as protection very symbolic system of the cap of headlight, does not encourage preserving such an insane pace a long time! At the end of a test of almost 200 km carried out beating drum, the consumption of the Suzuki GW250 Inazuma was hardly assembled to 3.2 l/100 km. Autonomy considered is thus of 400 km
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Nearly 2,000 Suzuki GW250 Inazuma would have been past in Japan in only three months… It will undoubtedly not be the case for France, where this cubic capacity which met little success there is still little would however be dedicated to a more radiant future. For this reason, Suzuki hopes to sell 300 to 400 models 250 Inazuma in 2013, which will be already a beautiful performance.
Proposed 3,999 €, is 500 € moreover than Honda CBR 250 R but 1,000 € of less than the Ninja, the last born of Suzuki thus has a playing card, general-purpose and more exciting that a scooter or a basic motor bike. But for as much, will these qualities be enough to allure the holders of the future motorbike license A2 European, to which will be dedicated of other innovations revealed to next living room EICMA of Milan? The question is asked.