The Suzuki Gixxer is unquestionably one of the most exciting budget motorcycles that has been launched in India, in the recent times. I had been eagerly waiting to put the streetfighter through its paces over an extended period, ever since I first got a taste of it a few months ago. Now that it finally became a part of our long term fleet, I quickly stepped on every other team mate’s shoes and made a mad dash to grab the keys of the Gixxer.
While my daily commute doesn’t involve a lot of travel, my allocated 500 kilometers disappeared quickly thanks to the 250 kilometre round trip to my home in Raigad that I did on the weekend. Not many will call the NH17 monotonous, but try doing the same road thrice a month and you will be in the same boat as I am. My Honda CBR250R is probably the best Indian motorcycle for such a ride, and it was going to be a tough challenge for the Gixxer to match up to the same. The 150cc motorcycle was never going to match the CBR250R in terms of performance, but it was pleasant surprise to see the Gixxer managing to be around the triple digit mark all the time, and that too with minimum vibrations. On dual carriage highways like the NH17, is where the advantage of having abundant low and mid-range torque really comes to assistance. Overtaking was surprisingly easy and the 14.8 horsepower gets you to the cruising speed of 100kmph very quickly. The loud rumble of the Gixxer was music to the ears, and was way better than the muted note of the CBR250R. While it is unfortunate that I didn’t time my journey, I don’t think the Gixxer took a lot of extra time to cover the entire journey. Of course this meant the bike was kept at higher rpms for a major part of the journey, which took a toll on the efficiency. I could only extract 39kpl from the Gixxer, which is three kmpl less than what my quarter-litre bike usually manages on these runs.
- 155 cc
- 47 kmpl
- 14 bhp
- 135 kg ;
Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price
After extensively riding it on highways and through the concrete jungles of Mumbai, I felt that Suzuki has struck an ideal compromise for ride and handling with the suspension setup of the Gixxer. While the average consumer might feel that the suspension is a bit on the stiffer side, it has been perfectly adjusted to help you make the most of the eager chassis. However, with a pillion aboard, the Gixxer does tend to scrape its underbody on tall speedbumps.