SUZUKI GSX250R (2017 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
After a 20 year absence, Suzuki finally resurrected their assault on the small-capacity sportsbike market, or did they? Though it has the GSX-R name and go-faster paint, the GSX250R simply isn’t designed with performance in mind. Instead, it is a good looking, easy to handle commuting machine, perfect for tackling the urban sprawl in style.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
At lower speeds the GSX250R is more predictable. It has lots of low-speed flickability to help you scythe through traffic and along busy city streets. It’s a great tool for getting across town with its easy handling and non-threatening engine. Standard tyres aren’t the best. It comes on IRC RX-01 Road Winners which make the steering vague and unpredictable when you start to press on. In wet conditions they’re quite unpleasant, with the bike feeling like it’s going to fall away from you at the slightest angle of lean. It is unnerving and spoils the Suzuki’s otherwise enjoyable riding experience. The basic KYB conventional fork set-up is too softly sprung to be considered truly sporty. While the rear is firm enough to inspire confidence, the front-end feels skittish and prone to wobbles over bumps at speed.
EngineNext up: Reliability
At the heart of the GSX250R lies a peppy 248cc parallel twin motor, producing just 24.7bhp. It’s a far cry from Suzuki’s screaming mini supersport bikes of the 90s and it has to be worked hard to get the most out of. But, there’s still enough poke to be fun along nadgery back roads. Flat out with your head on the tank, you’ll just about manage to keep up with motorway traffic and the bike sounds like it’s in a constant struggle. At 70mph it sits between 8500 and 9000rpm in sixth gear, close to its 10,500rpm redline. The gearbox can be stubborn – on more than one occasion, I was left stranded at the lights, as the bike refused to clunk into first gear from neutral. The problem can also happen changing up to fifth when you ride it more enthusiastically.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The little Suzuki feels like a quality product. The paintwork is lovely and glints majestically in the sunlight. There are no poor panel gaps and no tacky plastic tank covers.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
At £4399 for the model we tested (the GP-rep paintjob is £100 extra), the GSX isn’t cheap. Honda’s higher-capacity, CBR300R offers more power and similar big bike looks for just £3999. The GSX250R looks more modern though and more than simply a 250. It may not look that similar to a GSX-R1000, but no-one wants their 250 to be mistaken for a 125 and that won’t happen here.
The Suzuki looks like a modern bike and the extra cash you pay over some of its rivals buys you a reverse-lit LCD instrument cluster, which is very easy to read. ABS comes standard and offers great feedback and minimal intrusion to the rider.
|Engine type||53.5mm x 55.2mm parallel twin|
|Frame type||Steel frame|
|Fuel capacity||15 litres|
|Rear suspension||Pre-load only|
|Front brake||Petal-type singular disc brake, two piston sliding caliper|
|Rear brake||Disc brake|
|Front tyre size||110/80-17|
|Rear tyre size||140/55-17M/C|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||77 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£47|
|Annual service cost||£120|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Three years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||25 bhp|
|Max torque||17.3 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
2017: Model introduced
MCN Long term test reports
MCN Fleet: GSX250R ready to roll
This year’s all about fun and frugal commuting in almost equal measure. The GSX is the smallest bike I’ve spent time with since passing my test more than 20 years ago but having enjoyed Yamaha’s MT-03 last summer I’m hoping the Suzuki will keep me amused on my 34-mile round-trip through Northamptons…
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX250R (2017 - on)
4 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX250R (2017 - 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£120|
The bike runs much better with some miles on, the gearbox stopped sticking in the 1/2 after the first service, I just double the clutch and it always went in gear. I put a new back sprocket on and it now ride great for nipping about on, great down b roads and going to work always seems to be about 85 to the gallon now, it feels like a bigger bike than it is
I fitted a 41 rear sprocket of a sv650 and it so much better, it will now happy sit a 70mph and goes about 7mph faster than the original sprocket as it was geared far to low
Very well buit for a small bike. Not let me down yet
£3000. For a new bike 80 plus to the gallon
Getting back to biking after a 25 year break the mild Suzuki is just what I need for my first year back in the saddle. It reminds me what I've forgotten in a non threatening way. I know the day will come in a year or so when I want something larger but until then I'm having a blast and that's the main thing about motorcycling.
I bought this after getting a license with no prior riding experience. It's exactly what I wanted as a new rider - enough power to make progress and have fun with, but not too much to easily get me into trouble. Light clutch, good gearbox, semi-sporty riding position and great looks. It only loses a star for not being the bike it deserves to be - a bit faster and a bit lighter and it could have been a GSXR250 not a GSX250R.
The bike has sporty looks and snap-on bars, but is actually very comfortable to ride - bars are higher than a sportsbike and pegs further foward, seat is comfortable also. Brakes are good but need decent amount of pressure. Would have given it 5, but the IRC Road Winner tyres it comes with are not fantastic - made for long life as opposed to performance.
The engine is a decent step up from a 125cc, and it has a suprising amount of torque from mid revs and short gearing, which makes it a lot of fun sub-50mph. Motorways are doable, as it'll happily cruise between 60-70, but not ideal, as it runs out of poke past this point to it's ~85mph max. Suzuki should have tuned this engine for another 5-10 horsepower, or shedded 10-20kg of weight, given the competition from the CBR250R, Ninja 300 and R3. However, the power/weight is reflected in the price - it's a fair bit cheaper to buy and also insure than the alternatives.
No complaints so far, appears very well put-together. ACF50'd all exposed metal through winter and no rust.
Get 90mpg out of it and I don't ride it sedately - refuelling is few and far between! Servicing as you'd expect for a small bike with not much to go wrong.
LED instrument panel is great. ABS as standard. Nothing bad to say apart from the stock tyres not being great.
Buying experience: Bought ex-demo from Hyde Suzuki dealer.
Version: Moto GP Blue
Annual servicing cost: £125
It grips the road very well and paintwork is superb - most people mistake it for a much larger bike. Engine is peppy and will cruise at 70 no problem. Nice soft seat. Gets looks wherever it goes.
Nice ride well planted.
Feels a quality product.
MPG superb even riding hard its returning 70+.
Great screen - especially at night.
Buying experience: Bought from dealer was a demo.