Suzuki GSX250R: First ride incoming

Published: 26 July 2017

We’ll be testing Suzuki’s new GSX250R tomorrow. Costing £4299 for the base model (the GP version is £100 more and includes MotoGP inspired paint scheme), the A2-friendly, 24.7bhp, 248cc parallel twin powered machine is Suzuki’s latest offering to the low-capacity sportsbike market.

Sporting the legendary GSX-R name, this is the brand’s first racy 250 since the head banging two-stroke RGV250 and Japanese import four-stroke GSX-R 250 of the 80s and 90s.

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The bike takes styling cues from Suzuki’s flagship 2017 GSX-R 1000 and has a lightweight exhaust system, designed for greater mid-range acceleration and reduced emissions. It also enjoys a whole host of modern touches, including a reverse-lit LCD instrument cluster.

GSX250R seen at Milan show

We first saw the GSX250R at last year's Milan motorbike show.

Just like the 2017 V-Strom 250, with which it shares an engine and much of its running gear and cycle parts, the new GSX250R delivers styling and proportions that feel instantly ‘right’.

But while the styling, paintjobs and even the name are all very GSX-R focused, Suzuki have been careful to make a subtle distinction between this GSX and its more racy cousins.

Read more on how we got on at last year's Eicma here.

And for our first ride of the Suzuki, check our social media channels tomorrow for our initial thoughts and read the full test in the August 2 issue of MCN.