The recently announced 2018 Suzuki GSX250R will be in U.S. dealers next April. The price has yet to be announced, but that price will be critical to Suzuki’s ability to compete for buyers in the now competitive small-displacement sport category. Long gone are the days when Kawasaki held court with the only real choice, i.e., the Ninja 250. Now, competitors from Honda and Yamaha, as well as BMW and KTM, offer customers quite a bit of choice.
We have to say we are pleased by the styling of the new GSX250R, and expect reasonable performance and good fuel economy from the parallel twin engine apparently shared with the GW250. Comfortable ergonomics, wind protection and a four-gallon gas tank could make the new GSX250R a fine budget commuter. We will let you know when Suzuki releases pricing.
Here is the full press release from Suzuki:
Brea, CA (November 18, 2016) – Suzuki remains committed to bringing new riders into the sport of motorcycling. That’s the goal behind the all-new 2018 GSX250R. Built to deliver Suzuki’s sportbike heritage to a new generation of riders, this new streetbike has appealing performance and comfort features that will appeal to a broad base of enthusiasts.
This approachable street-sport bike features a proven, twin-cylinder, fuel-injected engine wrapped in stylish full-fairing bodywork. With responsive yet easy-to-control performance, exceptional fuel efficiency, nimble handling, plus a comfortable and roomy riding position, the GSX250R is equally at home on the daily commute as it is on extended outings.
The GSX250R draws its design and performance inspiration from the legendary line of Suzuki Katana sportbikes. Resonating with Suzuki loyalists and motorcycle enthusiasts in general, Katana sportbikes stood for versatile real world performance, elegant design and practical ownership. The GSX250R will carry on that winning combination and easily position alongside Suzuki’s sport and standard motorcycle line-ups.
A low seat height, slim fuel tank and overall light weight makes the new GSX250R an exciting and unintimidating ride. Ten-spoke aluminum wheels and tuned KYB suspension keep the bike nimble and responsive for city streets as well as open roads. With a four-gallon fuel tank and highly efficient powerplant, the GSX250R Katana has a riding range of well over 250 miles.
Furthermore, this model adds to Suzuki’s offering of small displacement models created specifically to appeal to the growing categories of young, entry level, and returning riders. From the terrific new VanVan 200 introduced over the summer, to the GW250, TU250X and now the GSX250R, Suzuki provides a variety of sensible, accessible models to choose from.
The GSX250R will be available in Pearl Glacier Nebular White or Pearl Nebular Black colors. The GSX250R will be available in Suzuki dealers by April 2017.
2018 GSX250R Pearl Glacier Nebular White No. 2
- New fully-faired, quarter-liter sportbike with aggressive, flowing styling true to the Suzuki Katana heritage.
- Fuel-injected twin-cylinder engine delivers a responsive, broad power band with class-leading fuel economy of approximately 76 MPG.
- The GSX250R features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, a bright halogen headlight, plus distinctive position lamps and taillight using new tech, surface-emitting LEDs.
- Comfortable, roomy ergonomics for rider and passenger, with a slim fuel tank that helps the rider easily plant their feet on the ground when stopped.
- New style 10-spoke wheels, petal-type brake rotors, and quality KYB suspension components round out a chassis ready for any riding assignment.
2018 GSX250R Pearl Nebular Black
2018 Suzuki GSX250R Specifications
Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin
Displacement 248 cm3 (15.13 cubic in.)
Bore x Stroke 53.5 x 55.2 mm (2.10 x 2.17 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.5: 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection
Lubrication Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Final Drive Chain, Sealed O-ring style
Suspension, Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear Single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front Single disc, Nissin 2-piston caliper,
Brakes Rear Single-disc, Nissin 1-piston caliper
Tire, Front 110/80-17M/C 57H tubeless
Tire, Rear 140/55-17M/C 66H tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.0 US gal. (15 L)
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Headlight 12V 55/60W (H4 halogen) & LED position lights
Tail light LED
Overall Length 82.08 in. (2,085 mm)
Overall width 29.13 in. (740 mm)
Overall height 43.7 in. (1,110 mm)
Wheelbase 56.29 in. (1,430 mm)
Ground clearance 6.29 in. (160 mm)
Seat height 31.1 in. (790 mm)
Curb mass 392.4 lbs. (178 kg.)
Colors Pearl Glacier White No. 2 –or- Pearl Nebular Black
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty
Coverage extension and additional benefits are available
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