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SUZUKI GSX250R (2017-on) Review

Published: 04 August 2017

Updated: 04 August 2017

Suzuki’s first racy 250 since the two-stroke RGV250 and import four-stroke GSX-R250 of the 80s and 90s

SUZUKI GSX250R  (2017-on)

Suzuki’s first racy 250 since the two-stroke RGV250 and import four-stroke GSX-R250 of the 80s and 90s

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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 & Brakes 3 out of 5

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.  

Engine 3 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £4,299
Used price £2,300 to £4,400
Warranty term Three years
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £43
Annual service cost £120
Performance
Max power 24.7 bhp
Max torque 17.3 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 77 mpg
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 248cc
Engine type 53.5mm x 55.2mm parallel twin
Frame type Steel frame
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 181kg
Front suspension Non-adjustable
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

History & Versions

Model history

2017: Model introduced

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

2 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.

Review your SUZUKI GSX250R (2017-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Great beginner bike or stylish commuter

10 April 2019 by Alex S

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
4 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No complaints so far, appears very well put-together. ACF50'd all exposed metal through winter and no rust.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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.
Equipment
4 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

Suzuki GSX250R

07 September 2018 by Mb

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes excellent.
Engine
5 out of 5
Nice ride well planted.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Feels a quality product.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
MPG superb even riding hard its returning 70+.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Great screen - especially at night.
Buying experience

Bought from dealer was a demo.

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