Yamaha became a pioneer of sorts by launching the R15 in 2008. It was the first low capacity track oriented street use bike in India and quickly became the choice of enthusiasts because of its excellent dynamics. Up next was Honda, who launched the CBR150R to compete with the R15 in 2012, even Kawasaki had its baby ninja on-sale in India. The only Japanese manufacturer who didn’t have a low-capacity track oriented performance motorcycle was, Suzuki.
Generally, when the name Suzuki is taken, what immediately comes to mind is, the cars they produce and not the two-wheelers, even if we remember Suzuki two wheelers, its only the biggies like the Hayabusa and the GSX-R 1000. So what’s wrong? It’s because of the absence of exciting products in the lower price range. Now however, that’s all set to change. Next-year, Suzuki will launch an R15 and CBR150R competitor.
The new bike will be called the GSX 150R, and like the name suggests, it will look like its liter class elder sibling, the GSX-R 1000. The bike might also make an appearance at the upcoming 2014 Auto Expo in Noida coming February. It will be powered by a 150cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled, fuel-injected engine, coupled to a six-speed gearbox. Now, this is what enthusiasts in India were asking for, because Suzuki’s are generally known for their wonderful riding dynamics and rider ergonomics. The price, at which it is expected to be launched, is around 1.10-1.20 lakh rupees ex-showroom. This would be a very important motorcycle for Suzuki India, as it fits neatly in between the GS 150R and the upcoming Suzuki Inazuma.
Suzuki could also produce the motorcycle in India and use India as an export hub and export the bike to other markets, like Yamaha is currently doing with the R15. Let’s hope that Suzuki quickly signs-off the bike for production, as it will add to the already long list of options in the segment and leave the Indian consumer spoilt for choice.
Source – MotorBeam