Suzuki's 250cc mini B-King

Published: 23 July 2009

Suzuki is preparing to launch this miniaturised 250cc take on the B-King theme as part of its 2010 range – filling a vital hole in its range for new riders.

Where Suzuki has long known the vital importance of offering mid-range bikes – its line-up of 600cc-class models is simply enormous – the firm has little to offer new riders stepping up from a 125. But the development of this all-new 250, a budget machine with big-bike looks and up-to-date technology, means it's finally gaining a model to compete with bikes like Kawasaki's Ninja 250.

These leaked pictures reveal the final appearance of the new model, which is likely to be called the GSR250, slotting in below the firm's GSR600 and gaining similar, B-King-derived styling.

Where its only clear rival, Kawasaki's Ninja 250, features an age-old engine, the Suzuki uses a completely new parallel twin motor, using bang up-to-date technology and opening the door for the firm to build further models around the same power plant.