Suzuki's next launch for the Indian market is now in the spotlight. Known as the Suzuki Gixxer SF, here are 5 things we know about the faired motorcycle.
1. Mechanical kit borrowed from Gixxer
The Gixxer SF will be powered by the 154.9 cc single-cylinder engine which does duty on the Gixxer, though engineers could retune this motor to account for the fairing's additional weight. Just for reference, this engine makes 14.8 PS at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm, and is mated to a five-speed gearbox. Its telescopic front fork and monoshock rear suspension are also being retained.
2. Production already underway, launch imminent (Edit - Launch on April 7)
Edit (23 March 2015) - Suzuki Motorcycle India confirmed today that it will launch the Gixxer SF on April 7.
Reports claim that Suzuki has already started manufacturing the motorcycle, and its only a matter of time before the inventory is dispatched to dealers, who in turn would start accepting pre-launch bookings. Doing the math, we figure the launch of the Gixxer SF would take place before the end of May.
3. Decent range of colors on offer
Reports suggest that the Gixxer SF will come in Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black, Candy Red, Pearl Mirage White and Metallic Grey shades. Apart from these, spyshots have also shown a Blue-colored bike with a large Suzuki decal, suggesting that some amount of customization would be available to customers.
4. Design inspired by Big Suzuki motorcycles
The Big Bikes, such as the Hayabusa, the GSX-R 600 and the GSX-R 1000 have an unmistakable design to them, and based on spyshots, it appears that some of that styling has trickled down into the Gixxer SF as well. Design plays a key role in this segment (faired high-end commuter motorcycle), and Suzuki seems to have scored well here.
Suzuki understands very well that pricing can ultimately make or break the product, especially after the Inazuma fiasco. Hence we expect the Gixxer SF to cost about INR 10,000-15,000 more than the Gixxer, which is priced at INR 83,549, on-road, New Delhi.