With the quarter-litre segment of motorcycles growing rapidly, the number of bikes offered in this segment too, are on the rise. Suzuki is soon going to be the latest player in this segment, with the launch of the brand new Gixxer SF 250 motorcycle. This motorcycle, when launched would be up against the likes of the Honda CBR 250R, the Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 and the Yamaha Fazer 25. Let us see how these four motorcycles stack up against each other, on paper.
With all four bikes offering very similar dimensions, the Honda CBR 250R wins the battle of dimensions in terms of length, width and height. However, Suzuki offers the best ground clearance amongst all the other motorcycles, which would make sure that the bike would handle bad road conditions better. At 157 kg, the Yamaha is the lightest motorcycle.
|Length (mm)||Width (mm)||Height (mm)||Wheelbase (mm)||Ground Clearance (mm)||Seat Height (mm)||Kerb Weight (kg)|
|Suzuki Gixxer SF 250||2010||740||1035||1345||165||800||161|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS200||1999||765||1114||1355||157||810||165|
|Honda CBR 250R||2030||720||1127||1369||145||784||167|
|Yamaha Fazer 25||2015||770||1115||1360||160||795||157|
Chassis & Brakes
While the Yamaha uses a traditional diamond frame, the Bajaj and the Honda offer a different chassis setup, a perimeter frame and a twin spar frame respectively. It will be interesting to know what kind of architecture the Suzuki employs. All bikes use a similar telescopic suspension at the front and monoshock at the rear to suspend their chassis and also use a disc brake at both ends. While the size of the discs on the Suzuki is not out yet, expect them to be similar to those of the competition. Moreover, just like the Honda, the Suzuki too comes with a dual-channel ABS module while the others still use a single channel system.
|Chassis type||Front Suspension||Rear Suspension||Front Brake||Rear Brake||ABS|
|Suzuki Gixxer SF 250||Not known||Telescopic||Monoshock||Disc||Disc||Dual Channel|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS200||Perimeter||Telescopic||Monoshock||300mm Disc||230mm Disc||Single Channel|
|Honda CBR 250R||Twin Spar||Telescopic||Monoshock||296mm Disc||220mm Disc||Dual Channel|
|Yamaha Fazer 25||Diamond Frame||Telescopic||Monoshock||282mm Disc||230mm Disc||Single Channel|
The heart of a motorcycle is as important as everything else. The Suzuki and the Honda both come neck to neck in terms of power, however, the Honda manages to extract 0.3 Nm more. The Bajaj despite being low in terms of capacity comes close to the two. The Yamaha, on the other hand, generates very less power but has decent torque on offer. The Yamaha is also the only motorcycle here to come with a 5-speed gearbox, while the rest offer a 6-speed unit. At a mere 12-litres, the Suzuki happens to have the smallest tank amongst the three.
|Capacity (cc)||Peak Power||Peak Torque (Nm)||Gearbox||Cooling||Fuel Capacity (Litres)|
|Suzuki Gixxer SF 250||249||26.5||22.6||6-speed||Oil cooled||12|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS200||199.5||24.5||18.6||6-speed||Liquid cooled||13|
|Honda CBR 250R||249.6||26.5||22.9||6-speed||Liquid cooled||13|
|Yamaha Fazer 25||249||21||20||5-speed||Oil cooled||14|
Perhaps the most important factor of them all. The Yamaha despite not appearing to be quite appealing on paper, still manages to sell in good numbers due to its spot on pricing. The Pulsar too, is offered at a decent price and manages to do well. The Honda, despite being a very good motorcycle, does not appeal to many buyers now because it is a dated product and asks for too much. Suzuki would need to play it very carefully and price the Gixxer SF 250 right in order to keep up with the competitors. Listed below are the prices of the other motorcycles.
- Bajaj Pulsar RS200 – INR 1,39,635
- Yamaha Fazer 25 – INR 1,43,680
- Honda CBR 250R – INR 1,94,932