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

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By Tijo Tenson - Content Writer Jan 15 2020 Share this blog

Suzuki is back for 2020 with a completely redesigned iteration of its extremely successful offering, the Gixxer line-up. This was the duo that changed the course of Suzuki two-wheelers in India. Suzuki Gixxer SF is now back in a much sharper with the same old fun-to-drive nature. It is priced at Rs. 1,09,870 and even gets a special MOTO-GP edition for a premium of Rs. 1000. Japanese engineering backs up its robust firepower and takes the fight to the cult favourite, Bajaj Pulsar 220F and the all-new Hero Xtreme 200s.

Pros

  • Impressive build quality

  • Smooth revving engine

  • Value for money

Cons

  • BS6 conversion steals a bit of performance

  • Styling takes away from fuel tank capacity

What’s New

  • Full LED redesigned headlamp unit

  • Redesigned LED tail lamp

  • Redesigned tank

  • Shorter body and longer wheelbase

  • Split Seat

  • Higher seat height

  • Carbureted variant has been discontinued


What is the source of firepower in 2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF?

How well is the performance and Efficiency balanced in Gixxer SF?

The only difference between Gixxer SF and Gixxer is the added fairing. It shares the same engine which is tuned the same. The engine is a high revving unit which is perfect for city hauls. 2020 iteration also carries forward the same character despite losing a bit of power and torque to comply with BS6 norms. If you are migrating from the 2019 iteration, you would feel the slight difference in power delivery.

The added 6 kg of kerb weight as compared to its naked brother steals a bit of mileage from it but the difference is negligible which won’t be an issue at all. The lean nature of fuel along with precise fuel injection system is what coincides with the mileage figures. It sacrifices performance to provide these figures.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,09,870(Standard)/

Rs.1,10,605(Moto-GP)

Rs.1,00,900

Rs.1,08,326

Engine 

155cc Air-Cooled SOHC Engine

199.6cc Air-cooled OHC Engine

220cc Oil-Cooled Twin-Spark Engine

Power 

13.90 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

18.14 bhp

@ 8000 RPM

20.64 bhp

@ 8500 RPM

Torque

14.0 Nm

@ 6000 RPM

17.1 Nm

@ 6500 RPM

18.55 Nm

@ 7000 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injected

Carburated

Fuel Injected

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

48.0

54.0

40.0

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

12

12.5

15

These numbers are perfect for the daily city haul and will be light on the rider’s pocket as well. The 12 litres fuel tank gives you a range of  576 km which is ample for a week’s work run. Suzuki has perfectly balanced out, performance and efficiency here to provide you with a guilt-free experience.


How quick is the sporty Gixxer SF from 0-60?

Gixxer 155 SF accelerates linearly and crosses the 60 kmph mark in under 6 seconds. You are not rushed here as the motorcycle takes its own sweet time to eat up tarmac. The high revving nature of this motor makes you thread the needle all over the rev band until you reach a top speed of 115 kmph.

But after the 90 kmph mark, you start to feel the strain and can see each digit crawl by, until the top speed is obtained sluggishly. This is mostly due to the added kerb weight which doesn’t make it a “top-speed run” machine.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Transmission

5-Speed

5-Speed

5-Speed

0-60 kmph

5.21 s

4.60 s

3.90 s

Top Speed(kmph)

127

112

136

Despite the added weight and power crunch, Gixxer SF manages to outrun Hero Xtreme 200s in the top speed. But the weight gain makes it a sluggish sprinter which ends up at the end of this list. Nevertheless, you will have fun riding this Jap, its slow, but fun.

How sure-footed are the brakes on Gixxer SF?

Gixxer SF shares the same disc brake setup as its naked brother. The added kerb weight doesn’t take away its braking performance but we felt the ride to bite gradually, which might be of hindrance in an aggressive environment like the racetrack.

There is minimal play in the brake lever and feedback is instantaneous with a progressive nature. The Single-Channel ABS is not dramatic and only comes into action when needed. You are not robbed of control here, unlike some competitors.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

266

276

260

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

240

220

230

80-0 kmph(m)

34.82

42.65

38.03

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Single-Channel

Bitey brakes on the Gixxer helps you come to a halt without a fuss and also the quickest. Its heavier counterparts take more time to stop. So, the progressive and constant braking force is its strongpoint against the competition.

How sharp is the 2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF in handling those curves?

The addition of fairing has not fiddled with the impressive handling characteristics of Gixxer. This is the key aspect in which Gixxer triumphs in this segment. The lower centre of gravity makes the motorcycle very nimble and a breeze to handle in tight traffic conditions. We would have loved a more proactive rubber combo, as the MRFs are a bit shy and take time to heat up. The suspension is well balanced and is neither too soft or hard and thus soaks in most of our roads easily and without any hiccups.

The clip-on handlebar does make the riding stance a bit more focused but it still maintains the relaxed overall set up which can make you ride longer without fatigue kicking in. You have the liberty to move around and ride aggressively only if needed. It now ditches the uni-seat setup for a more comfortable split seat unit. The pillion still sits above the rider and is not the most comfortable in its class.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Chassis 

Diamond

Diamond

Double-cradle down tube

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

100/80-17

100/80-17

90/90-17

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

140/60-17

130/70-17

120/80-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic oil damped coil spring forks

Telescopic forks with anti-friction bush

Telescopic forks with anti-friction bush

Rear Suspension

Swingarm tyre mono suspension

7-Step adjustable mono-shock

5-Way adjustable Nitrox shock absorber

Seat height(mm)

795

795

795

Ground Clearance (mm)

165

165

165

Kerb Weight(kg)

146

149

155

Starting System

Self

Kick/Self

Self

You get a clear view behind as well with the sturdy rearview mirrors but it would have been more outwards for better visibility. Both of the competitors provide us with a comfortable riding posture as the Gixxer but the Jap manages to provide it without compromising on riding dynamics, which isn’t the case with the others.

How unique does the 2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF look?

2020 Gixxer 155 has been heavily redesigned aesthetically and it has gotten better than ever. The triple LED headlamp layout makes it stand out in the crowd. The LED headlamp setup has completely changed the outlook of this motorcycle and has provided it with the much-needed upgrade. But all of these changes have not fiddled with the already perfect riding dynamics which made it a best seller and changed the face of Suzuki in India.

The uni-seat has been swapped in for a more comfortable and pleasing split seat setup. The rear LED gives it a much wider stance and it adds to the street presence. It still retains the double-barrel muffler with its unmistakable chrome end. The old instrument cluster has been replaced with a thinner monochrome unit.


Aesthetic Features

  • Double Barrel Exhaust

  • Split Seat

  • Triple Split LED headlamp

  • LED tail lamp

  • Rear tyre hugger

  • Alloy wheels

  • Wind Deflector

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Length (mm)

2062

2035

2025

Width (mm)

778

750

715

Height(mm)

1106

1165

1035

Wheelbase(mm)

1337

1350

1340

Despite the full fairing, GIxxer SF has a compact form factor which makes it easy to live with. The matte paint jobs make heads turn with awe which is not something you would expect from a sub 200cc offering. It is the most dramatic-looking one of the lot which adds up to its street presence as well.

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

Suzuki has worked on the safety front as well and now provides with standard single-channel ABS along with disc brakes at both ends. Tubeless tyres make it easy to cater to a flat one and the LED lighting gets attention from afar thus notifying fellow motorists of your presence. The Instrument cluster is laden with an engine check and ABS light that will notify you in case of an emergency.

2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF is well stocked with features for a commuter. It now gets a single-channel ABS as standard and full LED lighting all-round. The TFT display is now brighter and thinner to give the dashboard a cleaner look. It has a rev-blinker which can be adjusted according to the rider’s need.

Motorcycle

Suzuki Gixxer SF

Hero Xtreme 200s

Bajaj Pulsar 220F

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs.1,09,870(Standard)/

Rs.1,10,605(Moto-GP)

Rs.1,00,900

Rs.1,08,326

Features

LED headlamp

Full fairing

High compression engine


Full LCD instrument cluster

Twin LED headlamp

Split-seat


Clip-on handlebar

Full LCD instrument cluster

Unique round split headlamp


Twin muffler

Smartphone connectivity

Front visor

The commuter segment is now leaning more towards the sporty side as more and more commuters are becoming sporty. This is also the hottest selling segment in India right now and so a marginal improvement can either make or break a manufacturer. Thus, all of the motorcycles in this lot have a host of top-notch features to help keep up with the competition. Hero offers the Xtreme 300s with a smart connectivity software which is a huge turn-on.

How does the competition stack up?

2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF vs Hero Xtreme 200s

Hero finally gave us a unique set of offerings which stood up to the ever-growing competition. Hero Xtreme 200s, as Hero quoted is the “Spiritual Successor” of the Karizma R. It truly deviates from the lame and uninspiring line-up which Hero was offering till now. But Xtreme 200s still doesn’t offer us with the amount of rider involvement which Gixxer SF has. It sure has a load of modern technological features to back up, but it's the Gixxer SF that puts a smile on your face.


2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF vs Bajaj Pulsar 220F

The “Fastest Indian” has been in the market for a long time now and it seriously needs a major overhaul. It still provides us with a healthy dose of performance but we have become weary of it. Gixxer provides us with it and much more for a marginal bump which makes it the better proposition here.

Does the 2020 Suzuki Gixxer SF appeal well among youngsters?

Suzuki Gixxer SF is the fully-faired version of the already successful Gixxer 155. It carries forwards the same winning formula without any deviations. Suzuki provides us with a well-built offering that is a hoon to ride. This will cater to those aspirants who want to enjoy riding without spending a chunk of cash and thus not feeling guilty of it. The competition tries hard but still lags to provide us with a wholesome experience as the Suzuki Gixxer SF.

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