When discussing acronyms GSX-R, everyone thinks of the legendary Suzuki GSX-R 750 or the less legendary Suzuki GSX-R 1000, not in vain, they are the champions of the Japanese company for decades and representatives of the World Superbike competition at the same time. . The achievements of fans of sports bikes with small iterations in Japan, and also unique.
We all, or almost all, know the Suzuki GSX-R 400, which was only sold in the country in the rising sun and got a lot of attention for its four-cylinder engine and its ability to increase revs. In Japan, the motorcycle driving license is very complicated and places many restrictions on driving motorcycles larger than 400 cubic centimeters. This is the reason, as with the arrival of the A2 license, the appearance of a whole series of models between 250 and 400 cubic centimeters, which is surprising, now also seems to have a copy abroad in Japan.
Among the machines that have caught our attention today are Suzuki GSX-R 250 R. Here in Europe, the “two and a half”, unless we are talking about the Aprilia RS250, has an image of motorcycles “for newbies” or motorcycles for couriers, city deliveries or, simply, simple and economical motorcycles with little desire. There are some interesting bikes in the 250 segment, like Honda VTR 250 or Kawasaki Ninja 250, but nothing really. race. However, the GSX-R 250 is a fair one race.
Today, the Kawasaki ZX-25R or the Honda CBR 250 RR put into circulation the same concept that the Gixxer two and a half and many other motorcycles of its time had: a motorcycle with a small displacement engine, but in too technically advanced for this. moment, good performance and very sporty attitude. However, the highlight is its engine, a four-cylinder block that can reach 17,000 revolutions, requiring a very short piston stroke: 33 millimeters. Can you imagine how the engine feels at its maximum sound?
The numbers are very similar to those announced today. The power is 45 HP at 15,000 revolutions and about 23 Nm of torque at 10,500 revolutions, taken from a small four-cylinder of 248 cubic centimeters, with an exhaust system with SPES -Suzuki Power up EXhaust System-, a valve for the exhaust that allows, according to the brand, a small increase in power.
These motorcycles never reached Europe, although now it seems that we can see something very similar – almost a carbon copy – in our market. They won’t have the same success or the same impact, but they’re definitely interesting.