Now to the question that we asked at the beginning – have the BS6 emission norms made the engine dull? We are happy to report that despite complying with the newest emission standards, the Gixxer 250 still packs the same engaging character as before. The 249cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled motor makes 26.1bhp at 9,300rpm and 22.2Nm at 7,300rpm. The motor is linked to a six-speed transmission.
The engine starts to pull away cleanly from 4,000rpm with a noticeable step-up in acceleration post 6,000rpm mark, and it continues to build momentum even close to its redline. It keeps you engaged without being intimidating, which should appeal the novice riders. The motorcycle feels comfortable to sit at highway speeds with minimal stress on the engine. You can also cruise in three-digit speeds, but as aforementioned, the lack of a protective windscreen makes the windblasts evident. The six-speed transmission feels crisp and smooth, and we didn’t face any issue with it. It does, however, miss the slipper and assist clutch function. The vibrations are well-managed too and you wouldn’t feel them unless you’re revving very close to the motorcycle’s redline.
The braking setup, too, delivers decent feedback but it would’ve felt even better with some more initial bite. The current setup, which comprises disc brakes on both wheels, feels progressive. The safety net is handled by dual-channel ABS.
Another USP of the Gixxer 250 is its handling prowess. It’s remarkably effortless to push around corners or flick from one side to the other. The muscular fuel tank offers enough space to hold on to the motorcycle when leaning into a corner and it’s very enjoyable on twisty roads. The sporty suspension tuning further aids the cause, although it can get bothersome on rough surfaces. Meanwhile, the turning radius isn’t something to write home about, and filtering through bumper-to-bumper traffic takes some effort.
The hardware is premium, but there is a scope for improvement. The LED headlight, for example, delivers a decent spread in low beam, however, the high beam is set too tall. The rear-view mirrors, too, aren’t very helpful, and you would end up staring at your elbows for most of the time. Lastly, the motorcycle misses the safety net of the side-stand inhibitor function, which would have further improved the safety aspect.