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The Verdict on the Suzuki Inazuma GW250 according to Overdrive
Mar 07, 2014 - 1:42 PM - by Hunter090
Overdrive has reviewed the Suzuki Inazuma GW250 for the Indian market and i thought I'd post up some of the most interesting parts of the piece.

I guess the Suzuki Gw250 is more expensive than it really should be in India. This is because it is built in China, and China does not have a free trade agreement with India.

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However, the fact that it is made in China hurts the Inazuma no end in India. You see the Ninja 300 comes to us from Thailand with whom we have a free trade agreement that has a serious implication on the import duty for the CKD kits. Meanwhile, Honda and KTM (Bajaj) ó both larger operations in India ó have the CBR and the Duke in production here, which is the ultimate solution to lower costs.
What that means is that no matter how good the GW250 Inazuma actually is, the ground ahead of the new Suzuki is steeply uphill and Suzuki India have no real options to cut the price down. You might think they could just produce it here, but the reality is (a long story for another time), that it cannot be made financially viable with a twin-cylinder engine.


Suffice to say, the Inazuma gets off to a rocky start in this review. THe geopolitics of global manufacturing and trade policy play a crucial factor in the pricing and competitiveness of the Inazuma.

Overdrive seems to think that the quality of the Inazuma is there, but the styling is not. I can see that too. It's not as though the Inazuma is the prettiest bike to look at. I think that this quote sums up the review's opinion on the Inazuma:

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But all dressed and ready to ride, itís sort of like a player from American football. Youíre impressed by the size and canít resist the urge to point and say rude things.
AS far as the riding experience goes, Overdrive seems to agree with what most others have been saying. The Inazuma is great, but its not the most exciting bike to ride. It's easy to ride, but, as the review puts it, "the 'Zuma isn't a zoomer." LOL

So the verdict in the end is that the indian price of Rs 3.61 lakhs on-road in Mumbai is crazy. It's a lot of money to spend on the Inazuma. But its not just the price that is the problem.

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We are a young market, full of aggressive young riders enamoured of performance as well as the plastic that wraps around the performance and the ĎZuma, arguably has little of the former and none of the latter.
SO the bike is good for beginners, but most will fidn it not thrilling enough to ride. Warning: the Inazuma may bore you to death.

Full review here --> 2014 Suzuki Inazuma GW250 India Road Test Review - Road Test By Overdrive
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Suzuki GW250: New Bike For New Riders
Feb 26, 2014 - 4:28 PM - by gw250admin

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or “refresher” for the returning motorcycle rider

The newest bike in the Suzuki line is the GW 250 and it gives them a low cost niche in the starter motorcycle lineup. This lightweight bike is 248cc’s of two wheel fun directed primarily toward the first time rider. With an MSRP of $3999 it is affordable for most wallets and is a good choice for those who have no interest in purchasing a used bike and dealing with the pitfalls that usually come with such a purchase while perfecting the intricacies of learning to ride on two wheels.



The GW250 boasts a side by side liquid cooled twin cylinder engine delivering enough horsepower to the ground to satisfy most beginners. While twenty four horses may not seem to be adequate to those of us who have been riding for years think back to the first time you straddled a large displacement bike. Now think about how daunting it’s power and weight can be to a novice rider.

This bike is not intended to be an long touring interstate highway cruiser but is plenty of motorcycle for those who need practice and transportation on surface streets and rural highways with double nickel speed limits. During our media test rides speeds of eighty plus miles per hour were obtained on I-4. Although the bike is not really in its element at those speeds it is good to know you have the capability if needed.

The GW250 seat height of just over thirty inches and narrow seat makes it ideal for the new female rider and male riders that are vertically challenged. The ability to place both feet flat on the pavement when stopped is one thing that builds confidence in new riders. The stylish GW250 also makes for a great bike for the college set that just needs affordable and fuel efficient transportation around campus. It is easier to park too.



Highway speed is easily accessible via the smooth shifting six speed constant mesh transmission and the hybrid ergonomic seating makes the ride comfortable for most riders. The positioning is somewhere between sport bike and normal mid controls. The seat and suspension is fairly comfortable even for a six foot two hundred thirty pound guy like me. Overall Suzuki engineers have hit the middle ground by focusing on the best of sport bike and cruiser ergonomics.

The chain driven GW250 weighs in at a very light four hundred and three pounds. It is equipped with front and rear discs brakes that are more than adequate to stop this lightweight chain driven looker. The dash contains both analog and digital gauges along with flashy indicator lights. The electric starter brings the 250 to life with an effortless press of the starter button.

The GW250 gives Suzuki an entry level bike that should appeal to a wide range of consumers and the twelve month unlimited warranty should give buyers the confidence in Suzuki to take care of their new offering to the US market.

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