Newer riders have a fresh choice of quarter-liter funsters with Suzuki’s GW250. Known as the Inazuma when it debuted in Europe last year, the liquid-cooled twin-cylinder entry 250 is targeted at entry level riders looking for options beyond sportbikes, dual-sports and cruisers.
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If you squint tightly, you might notice styling cues appropriated by Suzuki’s audacious but unsuccessful B-King. The GW250’s appearance is modern and contemporary and provides an alternative to modern quarter-liter sporty bikes like Honda’s CBR250 and Kawasaki’s Ninja 300.
While the GW’s style might be inspired by the Hayabusa-powered B-King, its performance is not. The single-overhead-cam, parallel-Twin motor’s undersquare architecture (53.5mm x 55.2mm bore and stroke) is designed to produce solid lower-rpm performance rather than a screaming top end. As such, its crankshaft-rated output of 24.1 hp at 8500 rpm is a pair of ponies short of the single-cylinder CBR250.
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But for newbie riders, the GW’s peak torque of 16.2 ft-lb at 2600 rpm arrives slightly sooner than the CBR’s 16.9 ft-lb 2750 rpm, making its power readily attainable in normal street use.