If seen from the standpoint of sales and production volume, India is perhaps the undisputed leader in the two-wheeler industry. Among the two wheelers, Suzuki has been one such company that never failed to live up to its loyalists’ expectations. From manufacturing some revolutionary sports bikes, motorcycles, scooters to even bicycles, the brand has kept bettering itself with time. No wonder, the premium looking Suzuki Gixxer SF is giving tough competition to many others in the market.
What is different in SF?
The big question is that what is so different in SF than Gixxer naked bike. SF stands for sports fairing. There are no huge differences between the 2 bikes. However, there are lot of cosmetic changes in the new SF that are significant. There is hardware addition to the frame to mount the new fairing, the bike gets a exhaust tip that is new, and new handlebar mount. The paint is of very high quality similar to one used in MotoGP bikes.
Design and Appearance
Ultra light and highly modish, the new Suzuki Gixxer SF packs in quite a punch. Every feature has been so designed that it screams sporty to the core! One look at it and avid bikers are bound to go weak at their knees for its futuristic aluminum exhaust end covers, pinstriped wheels and new clear exhaust lens. A rich blend of smart looks and functionality, the design of the bike offers maximum wind protection to riders. This is only possible if excessive drag and tumultuous situations are prevented, which the bike ensures and scores on grounds of aerodynamic efficiency. The head lamp is same which does not goes well with the wider body design. Despite of adding so much stuff on the body the kerb weight for the bike has only increased by 5 kg which is commendable work done by Suzuki.
Available in three shades- glass sparkle black, pearl mirage white and metallic triton blue, the latter has a special significance in terms of MotoGP edition.
Taking over its predecessor, this new version of the oh-so-popular Suzuki Gixxer has not much of a difference barring the fairing of the aluminum end cover and clear lens indicators. As regards the notable similarity, the SF version is also built on the single downward frame and possesses same old rear panels and fuel tank. However, what stands out among everything else is its power, for which the 155cc single cylinder engine capable of delivering 14.8PS of power at 8000rpm and 14Nm of torque at 6000rpm via a five-speed transmission capacity needs to be credited.
The bike is fitted with “SEP”, a performance boosting technology by Suzuki which enhances its performance as well as does not guzzles too much fuel. Even if SF is pushed to its extreme, there is hardly any vibration felt. Gixxer SF could go from 0-60kmph in just under 6 seconds. The top speed of the bike stands at 114kmph.
Certainly this requires no elaboration! Given the engine power and designing concept, it’s obvious the bike will stun all with its performance. The engine marked to a 5 speed manual gearbox explains why its performance is way better than its rivals.
Gixxer SF comes with a 266 mm disc brake at its front end while a drum brake lies at the back in its production version. In addition to that, the telescopic suspension at the front combined with the swing arm mono suspension at the back makes for a tremendous combo! The wide tyre setup at the front is 100/80-R17 and higher at the rear with 140/60-R17, which means a thrilling experience is guaranteed while riding on this. As stressed earlier, the drag value is minimal and safety norms are well in place. The combination of rear radial tyres and finely tuned chassis makes this bike very comfortable around the corners and while changing lanes.
Now it makes sense why the company has targeted young bikers as the two-wheeler’s primary customers. After all, the race bike experience lies unrivalled! Whether or not one should buy this for merely performance remained a question till the time its comfort ride was not known.
Despite its lightweight nature but great engine capacity, the fuel efficiency is expected to be no less than 50-60 kilometer per litre. On city roads the bike could go up to 53km on a litre of petrol and on highways it gives an overall average of 58kmpl.
Equipped with the Suzuki Gixxer SF are notable accessories. There is an all-digital instrument console with the speedometer, tachometer, trip meter, odometer and digital fuel gauge. One should not miss out on features like gear indicator, rpm display, high beam indicator, signal and neutral lights and many more.
Aggressive is one word that would do justice to this masterpiece. It has been so designed that it weaves a stupendous success story with its capacity yet gives a difficult time to market favorites like Yamaha Fazer Version 2.0, Hero Karizma ZMR, Honda CBR 150R and Bajaj AS 150.
However, it’s affordable at approximate on road price of 100,000 INR, which certainly gives buyers another reason to rejoice!
A versatile machine no doubt, Suzuki Gixxer SF will witness new heights in the days to come. Suzuki Gixxer SF is a complete bike which does everything with style, elegance and is very reliable. It might lack in some departments with others but if you are looking for a WOW bike with great overall experience with lots of power and speed that this is the best bike in 150cc segment.
2016 Features and Specifications
Mumbai: Rs. 89,263
Delhi: Rs. 83,439
Type: Four Stroke,Single Cylinder, Air cooled
Displacement: 154.9 cm cube
Valve: SOHC, 2 Valve
Power: 14.8PS at 8,000 rpm
Torque: 14Nm at 6,000 rpm
Gearbox: 5 Speed
Fuel System: Carburetor
Lubrication: Wet sump
Top speed: 114kmph
L x B x H: 2050 x 785 x 1085mm
Seat Height: 780mm
Fuel Tank: 12 litres
Suspension(R): Swing Arm, Mono Suspension
Tyres(F): 100/80-17 Tubeless
Tyres(R): 140/60R-17 Tubeless
Kerb Weight: 139 Kg
Wheelbase: 1330 mm