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Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Feb 04 2020 Share this blog

Suzuki has always made fun to ride and involving machines that are high on quality and have a fine blend of efficiency and performance. The Indian line-up has always been underrated and we were missing out on well built incredible machines. Suzuki took note of this and thus revamped their line-up for 2020 and spice things up a bit. The Gixxer line-up is one that got an extensive makeover.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 moto gp edition

2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 has been designed sharply and complements the sweet and flexible motor beneath. It is priced at Rs. 1.7 lakhs and flaunts two new matte shades that help it stand out on the road. It has an edge over the competition that includes the age-old Honda CBR 250R and the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 due to its fresh entry and modern uplift. Let's see if the Gixxer can truly live up to its predecessor name as an overall package.

Pros

  • Looks much sharper than the outgoing generation

  • Impressive riding dynamics

  • Very well build

Cons

  • Higher revs have buzz kicking in

  • LCD instrument console could have been more informative

What’s New

  • BS6 norms compliant

  • Standard Fuel Injection

What’s the source of firepower in the 2020 Gixxer SF 250?

How balanced is performance and efficiency in the Gixxer SF 250?

Performance is flexible in the Gixxer SF 250. We say this because this Suzuki holds to its calm and composed nature. The engine is a high revving unit but the power and torque curve makes it a very competent touring machine as well. Suzuki has been smart to keep the weight down by using oil-cooling for its 249cc mill.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 engine

This omits the usage of extra cooling bits like the water-cooled competitors. There are no vibrations and this makes you enjoy the bike to its fullest. The power and torque surge in at the top end and so you will have to run all over the rev band to squeeze out every bit of power. But despite this high energy nature, the Gixxer SF 250 manages to provide us with commendable mileage figures. This is mostly due to lower kerb weight and an efficient cooling system that keeps the engine temperature under control.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,70,655

Rs. 1,65,409

Rs.1,43,000

Engine 

249cc oil-cooled single-cylinder SOHC engine

249.6cc Liquid-cooled DOHC SI engine

199.5cc Liquid Cooled Single Cylinder Triple Spark Engine

Power 

26.13 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

26.13 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

24.16 bhp

@ 9750 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm

@ 7500 RPM

22.9 Nm

@ 7000 RPM

18.6 Nm

@ 8000 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

Fuel Injection

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

38.5

30.0

35.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

12

13

13

The Gixxer has a smaller fuel tank as compared to the competition but it makes up for it with the added mileage. Honda CBR 250R has been around for quite some time and needs an overhaul very fast, or else a very impressive machine will be forgotten forever. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 also has the same engine mapping but the refinement doesn’t come close to that of the Gixxer and that makes all of the difference.


How linear and confidence-inspiring is the acceleration; 0-60?

Unlike the sharp looks of the Gixxer SF 250, its acceleration is surprisingly linear. This helps it to be used as both as a full on-track machine or a composed urban commuter. This also gives it an edge in this segment.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 acceleration; 0-60

But don’t get fooled by the toned-down attitude as the sprint run is swift and it takes just under 4 seconds to cross the 60 kmph mark and triple digits come up pretty fast. The bike stays very stable even at high speeds and that credit goes to the well-tuned suspension setup.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Transmission

6-Speed

6-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

3.66 s

3.30 s

9.19 s

Top Speed(kmph)

135.0

135.0

140.8

Honda CBR 250R locks in with the Gixxer due to the similar engine characteristics but it is let down due to age and much-dated features. The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 comes in shy due to the 50cc handicap which translates to lower performance figures.


How grippy are the bybre brakes?

The brakes are impressive on Gixxer SF 250 and provide ample of bite. It is linear and you will get used to the braking very quickly. Braking doesn’t alter the geometry of this Suzuki even in hard braking as the centre of gravity is low which keeps it stable even during sudden manoeuvres.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 bybre brakes

The Dual-channel ABS unit is confidence-inspiring and engages at the right time without overlapping with natural braking. The slotted rotors make sure to keep the temperature in check and maintain efficiency during long rides.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

300

296

300

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

220

220

230

80-0 kmph(m)

38.16

N/A

N/A

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

-

Dual-Channel

The age of Honda CBR 250R is visible above as it lacks even a single-channel ABS unit. An ABS unit variant is available but it will cost you close to Rs. 2lakhs which isn’t the least inspiring. Baking distance is optimum and both the brakes work in conjunction to stop the Gixxer swiftly and in control.

How impressive is the handling and how well does it complement rider comfort?

Suzukis are known for its sweet-handling and the Gixxer SF 250 is no different. It takes on both; straight stretches and those curves with ease and composure. The suspension is so well tweaked which gives you a heightened sense of confidence. Despite all of the added cowling, as compared to its naked brother, you don’t feel the added weight and thus has the same nimble nature as the Gixxer 250.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 cornering

The riding posture is neither dedicated nor relaxed and this added to its flexibility. The steel downtube frame eliminates engine vibrations and enhances rider comfort. The riding posture motivates you to take the wide-open roads with ease and the rider’s triangle is well preserved in this one.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Chassis 

Steel Downtube

Twin-spar

Perimeter

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

110/70-17

110/70-17

100/80-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

150/60-17

140/70-17

130/70-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic oil damped coil spring

Telescopic forks

Telescopic Forks with anti-friction bush

Rear Suspension

Swingarm type mono-suspension

Pro link mono-shock

Nitrox mono-shock with canister

Seat height(mm)

800

784

800

Ground Clearance (mm)

165

145

157

Kerb Weight(kg)

161

167

164

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

Clever engineering has helped Suzuki to keep the weight in check and thus have an edge over the competition. It helps the Gixxer to be much more nimble and relaxed in terms of riding. Honda CBR 250R is also known for its neutral riding stance which makes it both a dedicated machine as well as a daily driver. Gixxer has the most polished riding experience of the lot.

How sharp-looking is the new Gixxer SF 250 look?

The new generation Gixxer line-up has improved drastically and it has added to the value of the much-underrated motorcycle in this segment. The design language is now much sharper and blends in with the competitors. The uniquely designed triple split LED headlight stands out in the sea of motorcycles.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 sharp looks

The sharp design cues help showcase the character of this motorcycle aptly and thus contribute to the overall character. The split seats are well-padded and are comfortable even during long hauls. The pillion seat is equally comfortable for a fully cowled motorcycle and the rear end has a clean look highlighted with the wider LED taillight.


Aesthetic Features

  • Sharp cowling

  • Double barrel exhaust

  • Windshield

  • Bronze engine cover

  • Rear tyre hugger

  • Triple split headlight

  • A contoured and tall tank

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Length (mm)

2010

2030

1999

Width (mm)

740

720

765

Height(mm)

1035

1127

1114

Wheelbase(mm)

1345

1369

1345

Bajaj Pulsar RS200 has thrown in everything and has managed to make it into a mess. Honda CBR 250R looks very subtle and on-point. We would have been obliged to the prior sentence happily a decade ago! The Honda has passed way over its tipping point and now doesn’t manage to tickle us like it used to, back then.

What are the various safety and class-leading features available?

Suzuki has bundled the necessary bits into this Gixxer and thus gives the rider freedom to enjoy it; tension no bar. You are treated to a very swift Dual-channel ABS unit that intervenes at the right moment.

2020 suzuki gixxer sf 250 lcd instrument cluster

The LCD instrument cluster is minimal and shows all of the necessary information crisply. The new design also comes with an overhauled lighting setup that is all-LED and thus helps in the safety front as well. Oil-cooling is a smart move from Suzuki as this eliminated additional bits and thus helps curb on the overall weight.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Honda CBR 250R (STD)

Bajaj Pulsar RS200

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1,70,655

Rs. 1,65,409

Rs.1,43,000

Features

Triple Split LED headlight

Dual Split LED headlight

Twin-Projector Headlamps


Windshield

Semi digital instrument cluster

Perimeter frame


LCD Instrument cluster

Split seats

Clear LED tail lamp


Double barrel exhaust

Four new colour schemes

Mid-mounted  exhaust

Presently, Gixxer SF 250 is the most bundled one of the lot as it has all of the latest bits which helps it surpass the ageing and vaguely feature-packed ones. Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 manages to be well stacked and subtle at the same time which is also seen in the now old CBR 250R. Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is the complete opposite of “subtle”

How does the competition stack up against this Suzuki?

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Honda CBR 250R

2020 honda cbr 250r

Honda CBR 250R is a very promising offering and has the fine balance of Honda’s smooth engine and grin worthy riding dynamics. It was the choice of hardcore riders and we say “was” because Honda has not cared to update it aptly to go with the modern bunch of competitors. So, it fails gravely when compared to the Gixxer SF 250 mostly because of its age and steep pricing. Gixxer is the better overall package of the two. 


Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200

2020 bajaj pulsar rs200

Bajaj went all “Transformers” with the RS200 and that is visible from the extravagant design language. It will not be of everyone’s taste but manages to strike a chord with commendable performance and impressive mileage figures. But the Pulsar’s engine lacks the level of refinement and character found in the Gixxer’s and so we stand inclined with the more involving ride of the two, Gixxer SF 250.

Does the 2020 Gixxer SF 250 live up to the Suzuki legacy?

Suzuki has yet again managed to work its magic with a very well balanced product. The Gixxer SF 250 provides us with an energetic engine coupled to a well-balanced frame that contributes to the impressive and involving riding dynamics. It is a perfect mixture and thus managed to woo in a wide audience base just like its small brother, Gixxer SF 155.