Japanese motorcycle maker Suzuki has been working on a 250cc fully-faired motorcycle to be pitted against the Yamaha YZF-R3 and Honda CBR250R. The first prototypes of the motorcycle were spied last year in China and patent images of the motorcycle have been leaked online now.
To be called the GSX-R250 or Gixxer 250, the new motorcycle features a design influenced from the larger GSX-R1000. The design is more angular and that lends it a muscular stance. It features sculpted fuel tank, clip-on handle bars and split seats that make the motorcycle look more premium and sporty. Towards the end, the body panels are minimum and it sports an LED tail light. Pictures indicate the instrument cluster and switch gears are identical to the 150cc model sold in India. Apart from the engine, the 250cc motorcycle will share most of the cycle parts with the Gixxer 150.
The information on the powertrain is under wraps now. However, several reports indicate the motorcycle will use the retuned 250cc twin-cylinder engine from the 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.
The motorcycle will come with telescopic forks up front and a monoshock 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.
The 250cc fully-faired motorcycle from Suzuki is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year, most probably at the EICMA show in Milan in November.