Suzuki Gixxer SF
(Representational image) Suzuki Gixxer SFSuzuki

Suzuki has been working on a 250cc fully-faired motorcycle to be pitted against Yamaha YZF-R3 and Honda CBR250R. Emerging reports indicate that the Japanese motorcycle maker will unveil the final product at the EICMA show in Milan in November.

The first prototypes of the motorcycle were spied last year in China and patent images of the motorcycle were leaked online earlier this year. Both shed some light on the design of the model.

To be called the Gixxer 250 or GSX-R250, the new motorcycle's design has been influenced by the larger GSX-R1000. It features more angular silhouette that lends a muscular stance. The motorcycle will come with a sculpted fuel tank, clip-on handle bars and split seats. The body panels at the rear section are minimum and sports an LED tail light.

Pictures also indicate that the instrument cluster and switch gears are identical to the 150cc model sold in India. Except the 250cc engine, the new motorcycle will share most of its parts with Gixxer 150.

Reports say that Gixxer 250 will use the retuned 250cc twin-cylinder engine from Inazuma motorcycle of Suzuki's stable. The liquid-cooled engine is expected to churn out 25bhp and 24Nm of torque mated to six-speed transmission.

Suzuki is expected to employ telescopic forks up front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. Braking power will come from disc brakes for the front and rear wheels. ABS is expected to come as standard since safety regulations in India from next year will demand ABS on motorcycles above 125cc.