Somewhere in Lavasa’s twisty mountain switchbacks, surrounded by rain and greenery, the all-new Suzuki Gixxer was happily shrugging off the arduous conditions. I was, in fact, having a blast on this 150cc-equivalent of the Japanese brand’s twin-cylinder Inazuma.
In the time it took me to get from my house to the venue for the official first ride I had plenty of thoughts about the new Gixxer, and I must admit my expectations weren't really high. This new premium 150cc model is bound to go head-on with the new Yamaha FZ and it’s something which is inevitable. And it should be since they both belong to the same segment, after all. The trouble is, the FZ sells like hotcakes and there ought to be reason for that. Arguably, there are many.
Could Suzuki really challenge the mighty Yamaha or even Honda and Hero to sell a motorcycle that’s more than equally capable all round? The brand has struggled quite a bit with the GS150R and now with the newly launched Gixxer, it has a lot to live up to. It’s a tall order whichever way you look at it.
The Gixxer, then, is a very important product for Suzuki, but is it capable enough to overwhelm the current crowd favourite – the Yamaha FZ? After a thrilling, wet ride in the rain, I had my answer.