After a lot of detailed research, mostly internet search about experiences from owners, i bought a black gs150r in 2010. It was definitely a head turner - the number of gs150r was practically one in 1000 bikes on road that time. I enjoyed everyone enquiringly about the ...
After a lot of detailed research, mostly internet search about experiences from owners, i bought a black gs150r in 2010. It was definitely a head turner - the number of gs150r was practically one in 1000 bikes on road that time. I enjoyed everyone enquiringly about the 6th gear, looks and mileage.
Despite being a front heavy and assumable large bike looks,the bike is a breeze to move and ride, both in stop-and-go traffic and long winding roads. The sixth gear especially comes in useful when touring. With a large fuel tank, bigger than its competitors, it returns a decent mileage of 40 to 45kmph for a heavy 150cc engine. It also offers excellent seating comfort, both for the driver and the pillion. The pillion feels very comfortable, even when seated facing sideways.
The tyres and brakes are a bit smaller and don’t offer you the confidence and comfort you would expect from a bike of this range. Rear disc brakes would have been a better option, while suzuki should have considered offering wider tyres, considering the size of the bike. The default tyres don’t offer great grip, especially when driving on unpacked roads or on sand. The headlights too offer poor illumination, and are mounted at a wrong angle which cannot be altered much, leading to glare for opposite vehicles (i have faced many vehicles who constantly complain about my headlight glare, even on low beam).
Long term ownership:
The bike doesn’t demand any pampering and doesn’t cry for excess attention. All that it needs is your regular oil, brake and wash, and it drives like a charm. A regular service at a suzuki dealer, or a local mechanic also doesn’t cost much, with my 4 to 6 month checkup only being around 600 to 800. A few parts like the outer cover (a small plate) of the silencer and the side-stand showing signs of some rust, which could have been avoided. This is overall a no problem bike from suzuki.
Suzuki has never been successful at its sales and marketing campaigns in India in the two wheeler segment, which shows in the poor sales of this bike. However, the bike has never put me down when riding for long distances, over wet roads or in corners, and feels planted due to its weight, and offers great comfort on highways without any discomfort to the driver. Save for the cons mentioned above, i have also never faced any niggling issues over my long term ownership, and would definitely rate this better than any other 150cc bikes, for both personal and family commute.