|The Future is Looking Bright...|
2014 Suzuki GW250
Having owned a Suzuki Intruder 1400 for several years and having worked with Suzuki motorcycles at Sur2Roues during the last two seasons I was admittedly uncertain of what to think at first of this new motorcycle. Though I am generally not a fan of the the sports bike style or for that matter, Suzuki's in general, admittedly the GW250 has a near upright seating position and mid-mount pegs which allow for me to be comfortable for extended rides. Meaning, very little if any stress on wrists or arms as you plod along on the little 248cc parallel twin motor which exuds a mere 24hp. Don't let the size of the engine fool you though, it rides and feels like a much bigger bike. Apparently, MotoUSA has had this bike up to 80 mph (128.74kph). Did I mention that this bike also has a 6 speed, constant mesh gear box!?
|Despite Looking Slightly Anemic, The Fuel Injected Engine Makes Up For |
In Reliability, Smoothness & Comfort!
The GW250 is a conundrum to me. Not least of all because it comes equipped with all sorts of interesting features that most entry level cruisers are utterly devoid of. Aside from the 6 speed gear box which is smoother than the Boulevard S40's 5 speed constant mesh gear box (or for that matter the Suzuki Intruder 1400 5 speed gear box), it also is equipped with an instrument panel that has an LCD screen indicating speed, fuel consumption, and gear position on the right. In the middle you have a tachometer whilst on the left you will find indicator lights for oil, etc... It is compact, easy to read and frankly it never even occurred to me that you could even get some of the features, like the fuel indicator, on a bike this affordable.
|Compact Yet Useful Dash Gives Peace of Mind When Lost on Twisties|
|The Brakes Are Responsive & Perfectly Adequate!|
|A Generous 13.3 L (3.5 US) Tank|
Makes Commuting Ideal
|Smart Looking Two into Two Exhaust|
Compliment a Tidy Rear Taillight.
|Photo © bestemusa.com|
Suzuki GW250 WalkAround
Now if only entry level cruisers could be as well made and have as many features as this motorcycle I would be truly a happy man. The Suzuki S40, as mentioned above, is about as modern as a Model T compared to the Suzuki GW250. It's only advantage is that belt drive comes as standard whereas the GW250 has a final chain drive. To many this isn't a problem. However, with a chronic back issue I don't fancy the idea of having to be so low to the ground to clean and tighten the chain on a regular basis. In fairness to the GW250 though, it does come standard with a central stand... a perk that few bikes, including Triumph Bonneville's, seem to lack today without having to fork out cash on top of the purchase price.
|Would I Buy It?|
Yes & No.
|Go On, You Know You Wanna!|