Suzuki Motorcycle India has just launched a new motorcycle called the Gixxer SF. Essentially, this motorcycle is a fully faired version of the earlier launched, naked Suzuki Gixxer and retains the same features, engine, chassis and suspension.
The new Gixxer SF has fairing-mounted rear view mirrors and turn indicators. The bike’s headlight – the same as the one on the naked version – with the fairing resembles Suzuki’s flagship sports bike – the Hayabusa.
The Gixxer SF also has a different exhaust muffler cover, with sharper lines that look distinct. The Gixxer SF is powered by a 155cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled and carbureted motor. Maximum power of 14.6bhp is produced at 8,000rpm and 1.43kgm of torque is produced at 6,000rpm.
The Gixxer SF uses thick telescopic forks up front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking duties are managed by a 230mm disc up front and a drum brake at the rear.
The Suzuki Gixxer SF has been priced at Rs 83,439 (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
he Suzuki Gixxer SF is essentially the Gixxer with the addition of that fairing. The only other addition to the frame is the hardware needed to mount the fairing. In that sense, you cannot take the fairing off and turn an SF into a Gixxer or vice-versa. Other changes include the top triple clamp and the tip of the unique exhaust, both of which are unique to the SF.
How is it to ride?
Very interesting. The Suzuki Gixxer was already a marvellous 150cc-class motorcycle and Suzuki makes some interesting choices to create another compelling alternative. You see, Suzuki as a manufacturer could have chosen to create a more focussed, vastly sportier motorcycle. But it hasn’t. Suzuki has added that fairing but has not changed the rider ergonomics triangle much and you still sit sporty-upright.
How was the test ride?
The weather was some of the nastiest I’ve ridden a motorcycle in. Ryuyo is famous for being a super-windy place anyway and the day we rode the Gixxer SF, the weather closed in. It was maybe 3-5 degrees celsius, windy and it was raining. As we rode, the rain would get heavier.
But the Gixxer SF reiterated why the Gixxer is so highly regarded as a motorcycle. Despite the cold, wet and slippery conditions (and various extremely cold and wet body parts), the SF was fun. The Suzuki lead rider upped the pace slowly as the day wore on and the SF never, ever felt out of its depth.