The big three Japanese two-wheeler manufacturers : Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki all have their products on-sale in the Indian market and have been pretty successful to a certain extent. All three manufacturers have products in all the known motorcycle segments, covering everything from 100cc scooters, going all the way till 1400cc hyperbikes, but when compared in detail, we find that Suzuki is the manufacturer in the trio which lags behind in a few segments.
The only segment which is currently raking in profits for Suzuki is the scooter segment in which Suzuki has three products on-sale, namely Access, Swish and Lets. Suzuki is doing fairly well even in the superbike segment with the GSXR-1000R and the Hayabusa, but where Suzuki really lags behind is, in the entry level motorcycle segment. Suzuki has very few products on sale in this segment and even the ones on sale haven’t caught up very well with the consumers tastes and preferences, and this has forced Suzuki to make a few changes and launch newer products.
The Suzuki Gixxer is one of the new products to be launched by Suzuki and they hope this will change their fortunes in this segment. The Gixxer is an entry-level 150cc motorcycle which was revealed by Suzuki at the auto expo, but we only knew that it would be powered by a 155cc engine and the official specifications of the motorcycle were so far kept under wraps by Suzuki. Now though, Suzuki has revealed the specifications of the motorcycle.
The Gixxer is 2050mm long with a wheelbase of 1330mm; enough to keep the motorcycle stable at high speeds. It stands 1030mm tall and the seat is at a height of 780mm, the width measures 785mm and the ground clearance stands at 160mm.
The Gixxer will be powered by an all-new engine which is an air-cooled, 154.9cc, SOHC, single cylinder motor and will be fueled by a conventional carburetor. Power will be sent to the fat rubber on the rear wheel through a 5-speed gearbox. The bike will feature a single disc brake up front and a conventional drum brake at the rear to handle braking duties.
The front wheel will be shod with 100/80 size rubber and the rear will be shod with 140/60 size rubber which I must say, is very similar to its nearest competitor, the Yamaha FZ-S. Actually speaking, all the specifications of the Gixxer prove that it is targeted directly against the Yamaha FZ series.
Even the color options on the Gixxer are similar to the color options on the FZ. Pearl Mirage White, Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black, Candy Antares Red and Metallic Oort Gray are the official color names gives to the shades available on the Gixxer.
The Gixxer is priced at Rs. 79,809 (on-road New Delhi), and the bookings for the same have officially begun at the nearest Suzuki outlet. The Suzuki Gixxer will be launched on 9th September in India and will compete with segment rivals such as Yamaha FZ & FZ-S version 2.0, Bajaj Pulsar 150, Honda CB Trigger, TVS Apache RTR 160 and Hero Xtreme.
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