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Best Beginner Bikes: GW250 vs CB300F
Aug 25, 2014 - 9:55 AM - by Group B


Let us compare your consternation away, the brand new beginner market has never been stronger, wider, cheaper or this forgiving.

Price:

GW250: $3,999
CB300F: $3,999

Displacement:

GW250: 248cc
CB300F: 286cc

Layout:

GW250: SOHC Parallel Twin
CB300F: DOHC Single Cylinder

Fuel Capacity:

GW250: 13.3L (3.5 Gal)
CB300F: 12.8L (3.3 Gal)

Tires:

GW250: Front 110/80-17M/C 57H, Rear 140/70-17M/C 66H
CB300F: Front 110/70-17 radial, Rear 140/70-17 radial

Wheelbase:

GW250: 1430 mm
CB300F: 1379 mm

Suspension:

GW250: Front Telescopic oil damped coil spring, Rear Swingarm mono shock
CB300F: Front 37mm fork; 4.65 inches travel, Rear Pro-Link single shock; 4.07 inches travel

Seat Height:

GW250: 780 mm (30.71 inches)
CB300F: 779 mm (30.7 inches)

Weight:

GW250: 183 kg (403.4 lbs)
CB300F: 158 kg (348.3 lbs)

While both would make sufficient starter bikes or cheap commuters, I think Suzuki is in for trouble with the CB300F. Perhaps thats part of the reason we're seeing tons of inventory at Suzuki Stores and no announcement of 2014 GW's being imported for sale.
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Indonesia and India cut the the price of the Inazuma 250
Jul 17, 2014 - 1:53 PM - by Hunter090


Suzuki has lowered the price of the Inazuma 250 in both India and Indonesia, and the story behind it is a little interesting. In India the Inazuma was first priced at an ambitious Rs 3.61 lakh. Suzuki received dealer responses that people were interested in the Inazuma, but walked out upon hearing the price. Suzuki lowered the price by Rs 1 lakh in order to help battle this problem.

In Indonesia a similar situation just happened. The Inazuma 250's price was cut by 10 million Rupiah from its original price. Just like in India, "customers in Indonesia too found the Inazuma to be overpriced because despite being powered by a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel twin-cylinder engine that displaces 248cc, the maximum power output comes in only at 26 hp while the peak torque comes in at 24.4 Nm." It's a pretty average bike, and it's styling is also slightly dated. People were still interested, but it was the price that was the deal breaker. There is also a 60% luxury tax on bikes above 250cc in Indonesia so it is pricey from the start.



It seems that the arrival of the Yamaha R25 is also a factor in Inazuma sales. It has outright better performance when compared to the Inazuma 250. It gets 36 hp and 22.1 Nm of torque. Bringing the price of the Inazuma down allowed the Inazuma to compete better with the Yamaha R25, but at the end of the day, Suzuki is probably due to come out with a more up to date model.

Just to let you guys know, if you bought the Inazuma for the more expensive price, dealers will refund you the extra money you spent on it, but there were only three people who bought the Inazuma at its original price.
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