Suzuki Bandit 150 likely to launch at GIIAS 2018 - Report
Ajinkya Lad, A motorcyclist at heart, I love going on long rides; especially the Himalayas.
On 8 July, IAB reported on the Suzuki Bandit 150 that is under development for the Indonesian market. Now a new report from Autonetmagz claims that the bike will debut at the GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show) that opens August 2 for the media.
The publication reports that Suzuki will launch a new motorcycle within a month, which is likely to be the Bandit 150. Speaking to CNN Indonesia, Mr. Yohan Yahya, Head of Marketing and Sales Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS), confirmed that Suzuki would soon launch a new product in the Indonesian market within a month, and all reports point to an unveiling at the GIIAS 2018.
The report further claims that this new motorcycle will feature the same 150 cc motor from the Suzuki GSX-S150 and will sit below the naked 150. Suzuki Indomobil Sales has seen a dip in the sales of the GSX-S150, and the company aims to maintain its sales numbers with the new Suzuki Bandit 150. While the GSX-S150 will continue as the flagship offering in the premium 150 cc segment, the Bandit 150 will take on the Honda CB150 SF and Yamaha V-Ixion.
The Suzuki Bandit 150 will feature relaxed ergonomics, and the company will position it as a premium commuter. The bike will share its chassis with the Suzuki GSX-S150. The motorcycle will shed the split seats on the GSX-S150, in favour of a long single-piece saddle for comfortable riding. The report also claims that, unlike the GSX-S150, the Bandit 150 will feature a new instrument cluster.
The bike is likely to debut at the motor show alongside the Suzuki Burgman Street and the Suzuki XMAX 250. Speaking about the engine, the 147.3 cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine on the Suzuki GSX S-150 is capable of generating 19 bhp of maximum power at 11,000 rpm along with a peak torque of 13.9 Nm at 8,500 rpm. A 6-speed transmission is used to relay power to the rear wheel.
The Suzuki Bandit 150 will feature telescopic forks at the front and a rear mono-shock. Braking components will include disc brakes at both the ends; however, we are not sure regarding the availability of ABS. The engine will get a belly cover while the motorcycle will feature an upright seating position with a wide handlebar.