Style when it comes to style, suzuki gixxer sf is a clear winner. Others may have a different viewpoint but no matter from which angle you look at the bike, it seems the machine is waiting to race. I read a few reviews by experts and users where they said the bike looks smaller at times and the headlight design does not fit well to the overall built but i would differ with them. Yes, this bike grabs instant attention, from people of all age groups -- male and female. In the midst of bumper to bumper traffic, gixxer sf enjoys the attention from people driving audis, bmws and all high-end brands. They say royal enfield rides are arrogant but i noticed even them turning their head. You hit the road, park it somewhere or just cruise on the highway -- gixxer becomes the central point of attention immediately.
Engine performance, fuel economy and gearbox the engine is incredibly powerful. In fact, i might be exaggareting if i say gixxer sf actually throws you backward when revved hard. Undoubtedly, it can't meet the power delivery of yamaha r15 or honda cbr but it can't be counted out as well. Just rev the throttle and you get power on demand, adequate enough to make vehicles disappear on the rear-view mirror. On highways, the bike just flies, sans any vibration. The engine does not sound stressed even after crossing the 100 kmph mark.
Though my bike is still new, it is giving me a good mileage. I ride in mixed conditions mostly and refuel once a week (5 litres of petrol), less than half of the fuel tank's capacity and still don't need to switch to reserve mode. I hope you get the hint here.
The gear shifting was incredibly messy before the first servicing. Even after getting the servicing done, gear shifting has not become that smoother. But don't lose heart, it is very muchmanagable. While it's not butter smooth, it won't leave you stuck also.
Ride quality & handling ride quality is awesome and handling is brilliant. For a bike, that weighs more than 300 pounds and carries me (almost 200 pounds), the handling is brilliant. It maintains a straight line, sticks to the ground and does not deviate. The wind blasts are taken care off by the fairing and windshield and you don't need to worry while riding in high speeds. Oh yes, if you duck down while riding post 90-100 kmph, your body would tackle the windblasts better.
Final words suzuki gixxer sf is a no-nonsense commuter bike that can double up as tourer. Gifted with super sporty looks, the bike is an excellent companion for city as well as highway riding. The seating position, (during solo riding) can be customized according to the rider's comfort. The mileage is good considering the fact that it has a poweful engine.
Areas of improvement the bike should get a more aggressive seating position, rear disc brake, split seats, brighter headlamp and a 200-cc version (being greedy here) would make it a class apart.
looks, styling, built, handling, engine, power delivery, braking, acceleration, ride quality
headlamp brightness, no rear disc brake, less aggressive seating posture
Value for Money