Suzuki has unveiled a fully faired touring version of the Inazuma motorcycle in Japan, called GSR250F. The GSR250F will join the naked GSR250 (Inazuma) and the semi-faired GSR250S in the Japanese manufacturer’s quarter-litre GSR series of motorcycles. The Suzuki GSR250F will go on sale in the Japanese market from September 18 with a price tag of 5,14,080 yen (Rs 2.97 lakh).
Mechanically, the GSR250F is identical to the Inazuma, though it does get additional bits to aid its touring ability. It gets a full fairing in the front with a tall windshield to deflect wind. The handle bars get a black coating and have been raised to give the GSR250F a comfortable riding position. The fairing adds 6kg to the wet weight of the motorcycle. While the shape of the headlamp is more or less the same as in the naked Inazuma, it is surrounded by a large fairing which integrates turn indicators.
The GSR250F retains the 248cc parallel twin engine which churns out 24bhp and 22Nm of torque. The liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine comes mated to a six-speed gearbox.
The Inazuma is a distinctively styled motorcycle and a highly capable motorcycle which sticks to the basics, though it does fall short on thrills. While the new fairing might have its own set of advantages including better aerodynamics, wind protection and heat dissipation, we doubt if it adds to the motorcycle's appeal.
Like the other two GSR motorcycles, the GSR250F for the Japanese market is manufactured in China, though the completely knocked down (CKD) kits for the Inazuma sold in India are imported from Thailand. The GSR250F will be available in two paint schemes- blue and black.