Suzuki has committed to developing its motorcycle range in the 150+ segment. They already have the Gixxer street bike and the Gixxer SF, its fully-faired sibling. The cruiser format is represented by this, the Intruder. The name, as well as the styling, is derived from the M1800R, the cruiser that among other things, had the widest rear tyre on a production motorcycle when it was launched.
The Intruder shares its powertrain with the Gixxer – a 155cc single-cylinder motor with fuel injection that pumps out 14 bhp and 14Nm and comes coupled to a five-speed gearbox. The rear tyre on this motorcycle is the widest in the segment, at 140mm, and that feeling is echoed when you sit on the motorcycle – those tank extensions make the Intruder feel a whole lot wider than it is, and it thus feels like a whole lot more motorcycle as well. The seat is also a lot wider than a standard seat, but it is very low as well, offering confidence and comfort to the cruiser aficionado.
The Intruder does look odd from certain angles – that tail lamp and surround echoes the lines of the GSX1300R Hayabusa, but most people will not pick that bike for design inspiration, to begin with. The exhaust design looks great from a distance but up close the daylight behind the mesh at the tip doesn’t look good. However, if a modern 150cc cruiser is what you’re looking for, you can’t currently do better than an Intruder on both looks and handling.
The Intruder has three paint options: Metallic Matte Titanium Silver, Metallic matte Black/Candy Sonama Red and Glass Sparkle Black/Metallic Matte Titanium Silver. It also adds a pillion backrest to the motorcycle.