Suzuki launched the 2019 Gixxer SF (155) in India at INR 1,09,870* this week. Here's a detailed comparison between the facelifted and pre-facelift models to find out what's new for MY2019.
The Suzuki Gixxer SF has received new styling brought down from the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. The updated Gixxer SF comes with a full LED headlight that gives it a more premium and sporty look than the model it replaces. The windscreen design has also been tweaked. The fairing has received design has been revised for sportier looks.
More changes are visible behind the fascia where a new instrument console occupies the cockpit of the 2019 model. The shift indicator has been repositioned to sit on the top while the telltale indicators continue to fill the space on the flanks of the digital display. The gear position indicator has been moved to the left side of the screen, while the speedometer now sits in the centre. The tachometer and the fuel gauge positions remain unchanged. The odometer, two trip meters and the clock sit at the bottom of the screen. The “Select” and “Adjust” buttons are now part of the glass surround of the console.
The fuel tank design has received minor tweaks. The new design lines go well with the updated fairing and look more appealing. The tank recesses offer sufficient room to lock the knees while crouching down on straight lines, or while going around corners.
Changes have also been made to the saddle, and unlike the previous model’s single-seat setup, the 2019 Gixxer SF comes with a split-style seat. Besides adding a sporty look to the package, the split-style saddle also makes accessing the under-seat storage easier.
The rear panel of the 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF looks sharper. However, we would have to say that the two-piece pillion grab rail of the old model had a more appealing look. The LED tail lamp is a new, sleeker unit. The alloy wheels and the twin-muffler have been carried over, although the latter's heat shield has been slightly revised. The chrome finish on the tip and the heat shield.
Suzuki says that it has stiffened the suspension of the Gixxer SF, but the setup is the same: conventional telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The stiffer front suspension should lead to better feedback while leaning. The braking department continues to use a disc brake at the front and rear. The safety net, as before, includes a single-channel ABS. The tyre specs, too, have remained unchanged: 100/80 - 17 tubeless tyre at the front and 140/60R - 17 radial tubeless tyre at the back.
The colour palette has come down from four on the previous model to two: Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Sonic Silver/Glass sparkle black.
Suzuki says that the new GIXXER SF series incorporates the current European trends to allure young riders.
Suzuki has brought the Gixxer SF 155 one step closer to being BS-VI compliant with the minor model change. As a result, the updated 154.9 cc single-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC, 2-valve, fuel-injected motor delivers 14.1 PS (down from 14.8 PS previously) of power at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The five-speed gearbox from the old model has been carried over. The carburettor variant has been discontinued.
The ergonomics also have been revised. The steering duties on the 2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF are performed by clip-on style handlebar instead of a flat, single-piece unit on the previous model. The riding stance is more forward-leaning.
The addition of full LED headlight, new styling and updated instrument console has affected the pricing, and the Gixxer SF is approximately INR 8,500 more expensive than before. The previous Gixxer SF (FI) was sold at INR 1,01,339*, while the 2019 model retails at INR 1,09,870*.
*Ex-showroom Delhi prices