SUZUKI INAZUMA 250 (2013-on) Review

Published: 20 March 2014

A worthy commuter with classy touches – the trouble is the price

SUZUKI INAZUMA 250  (2013-on)

A worthy commuter with classy touches – the trouble is the price

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

Due to these trying economic time, the thought of a worthy 250 commuter, a workhorse, is certainly more appealing to riders than ever before. The Inazuma fills that role brilliantly. It’s effective, idiot-proof and economical and its classy touches, badge, two-year warranty and more lift it above the general morass. The trouble is the price. We aren’t convinced that the Inazuma is cheap enough or, alternatively, sporty and appealing enough either. With a bit more poke it could have possibly have justified its price, but as it stands it needs a bit more of a sparkle.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The old-school tubular frame, bog basic spindly forks and preload-adjustable rear shock are nothing to shout about and just get on with the job. I’ve no complaints on that score. But while I can respect all that, and while the Inazuma makes a thoroughly acceptable fist of transporting me along all kinds of roads, there’s virtually nothing to get excited about, either. It does the job, pleasantly, that’s it.

Engine 3 out of 5

The Inazuma isn’t getting the most performance out of its 248cc parallel twin engine, it’s about delivering just enough for economic transport and no more. The motor is thoroughly modern in some aspects (water-cooling, fuel injection), yet decidedly old fashioned and ‘anti-performance’ in others (sohc, long-stroke configuration). It thrums along merrily enough, and will happily top 65mpg, but by the same token seldom excites or even makes you raise an eyebrow in anticipation…

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Reliability shouldn’t be an issue, finish might.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

Good, but not outstanding value.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The instruments are classy and you get a gear indicator and fuel gauge. No ABS.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI INAZUMA 250 (2013-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI INAZUMA 250 (2013-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

great little bike

13 June 2014 by Anonymous

Just returned from a 2000 mile trip around France on this little work horse, back box and tankbag and two 19 liter side bags plus small tent and sleeping bag , what a great!! bike and trip I had. Fuel returned 310 per tank load (90+easy) power... Read more 70mph+ allday, comfort brilliant ,these bikes are built to last and do the duty of a second bike and do this very well. Just sold my bandit dont need it any more alway on this 250 love it and running costs are second to none, great A road bike 70 all day long easy ! Great value for money and the finish is top whack had it for 9 months and still looks like new had 2 oil changes got 5k + on clock tyres and pads still ok no probs, great headlights better than most. You can get side panniers I believe maybe look into this also after market pipes mmm all my mates have had a go and they were all very surprised happy days

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Nice bike

02 April 2014 by awal71

I've been using my Inazuma everyday (rain or shine) now for a year. This review seems pretty accurate. I have also read a lot of other reviews which all seem to miss the point and try compare apples with pears. Its not a ninja 300, or a Duke 390,... Read more or even a CBR250, its an inazuam 250 designed to get me to work and back efficiently and cheaply and occasionally put a smile on my face. Regarding the price tag, its actually good value if you compare the other quality options available (today, not in the 70s!!). For the job at hand, it beats a ninja, duke, CBR all day long. Its looks seem to be a question of taste. Personally i like it and without too much effort or expense it can be transformed with a decent Puig screen and some acerbis led hand guards. Add a Givi box and some heated grips and you have yourself an nice little workhorse for all year round!

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2013
Year discontinued -
New price £3,408
Used price £2,200 to £3,900
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 24 bhp
Max torque 16 ft-lb
Top speed 85 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 188 miles
Specification
Engine size 248cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled SOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 13.3 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension KYB forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Rear shock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 1x disc. two-piston caliper
Rear brake 1x disc, single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/80ZR17
Rear tyre size 140/70ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2013: Model introduced

Other versions

None

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