2018 Suzuki GSX250R

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Introducing the new GSX250R - a fully faired street machine that brings the excitement and riding satisfaction of Suzuki’s Katana sport bike heritage to a broader audience. Built to deliver the Katana’s unique spirit to a new generation of riders, this sportbike has smart performance, engaging styling, and comfort features that will appeal to a broad base of enthusiasts.

This approachable street-sport bike features a proven, twin-cylinder, fuel-injected engine wrapped in stylish full-fairing bodywork. With responsive yet easy-to-control performance, exceptional fuel efficiency, nimble handling, and a comfortable riding position, the GSX250R is equally at home on the daily commute as it is on extended outings.

A low seat height, slim fuel tank and overall light weight makes the new GSX250R an exciting and unintimidating ride. Ten-spoke aluminum wheels and tuned KYB suspension keep the bike nimble and responsive for city streets as well as open roads. With a four-gallon fuel tank and highly efficient powerplant, the GSX250R has a riding range of well over 250 miles.

This new model adds to Suzuki’s unrivaled selection of small displacement motorcycles created specifically to appeal to a variety of riders. From the terrific new VanVan 200, the sporty-standard GW250, the classic looking TU250X, and now the GSX250R, Suzuki provides an assortment of sensible, accessible models to choose from.

Chassis Features

  • The Katana essence is present in the GSX250R’s full bodywork that features a sporty and aggressive style with a futuristic flair. Select styling cues from historic and current Suzuki sportbikes appeal to both new and experienced riders.
  • The fairing routes cooling air to the radiator while moving hot air from the engine away from the rider.
  • The sharp tail has styling and a LED taillight reminiscent of a GSX-R1000R.
  • The stylish and trim fuel tank holds 4.0 US gallons (15.0 L) of gasoline for excellent riding range. With a full tank of gasoline, the Katana 250 has a riding range of approximately 280 miles.
  • The comfortable contoured rider’s seat has a low seat height of 31.1 inch (790 mm).
  • The separate rear seat is set higher so the passenger has a better view over the rider’s shoulder.
  • The semi double-cradle frame provides exceptional support for the GSX250R’s effective running gear and exciting bodywork.
  • The well-tuned telescopic front fork soaks up bumps for smooth tracking up front – whether riding irregular city streets or faster open roads.
  • Rear suspension action is handled by a mono-shock system that stays hidden from view to augment the bike’s performance style. With seven-way adjustable spring preload, the rear suspension can be tuned for a passenger or cargo.
  • The clip-on handlebar’s design and reach were developed to provide a comfortable riding position.
  • The 5-way adjustable front brake lever allows the rider to position the lever for comfort and confidence.
  • Hydraulic, petal-style disc brakes front and rear provide consistent and controlled braking whether commuting on city streets or roaming the open road.
  • New-style, ten-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels hold road-grabbing IRC tires that provide sporting performance through a variety of road conditions.

Electrical Features

  • The GSX250R is equipped with a new, reverse-lit multi-function LCD instrumentation panel that displays a variety of information.
  • At the top of the display is a bar-graph tachometer and in the center is large digital speedometer with a convenient digital clock and digital gear position indicator.
  • Also present in the panel is an odometer, twin trip meter, fuel gauge readouts and a service reminder. A bright, programmable shift light is joined by LED alert indicators for the turn signals, engine functions and high beam.
  • The bright halogen headlight is bracketed by a pair of distinctive position lamps using new tech, surface-emitting LEDs.
  • The rear taillight also uses surface-emitting LEDs for excellent visibility to traffic.
  • The turn signals feature amber incandescent bulbs with clear lenses and are well placed to not interfere with a passenger or luggage.
  • New, projected tip style spark plugs speed up the rate of combustion, improving throttle response and fuel economy.
  • The GSX250R uses an open type regulator/rectifier to reduce charging system draw that can rob power from the engine. A maintenance-free battery makes sure the motorcycle starts quickly each time.

Engine Features

  • The 248cc parallel-twin engine that powers the GSX250R has been refined to maximize low- to mid-range torque to deliver a power characteristic that emphasizes ease of control.
  • Intelligent engine design and fuel-injection (EFI) tuning yields class-leading fuel economy while satisfying world-wide emission requirements.
  • The EFI also stabilizes the engine idle and helps provide nearly linear throttle response for clean, exciting performance.
  • The camshaft profile maximizes engine performance when riding at road speeds between 15 to 55 MPH. This helps the GSX250R deliver true, practical performance.
  • The valve train employs new, roller type rocker arms for valve actuation to reduce mechanical losses.
  • New intake valves have a slimmer stem profile near the head to optimize airflow into the combustion chamber.
  • Reshaped, low-tension piston rings are used to reduce friction while a special honing pattern on the cylinder wall increases oil retention for additional friction reduction.
  • A coupling-type balancer shaft fitted to the engine’s crankshaft reduces vibration and enhances rider comfort.
  • A new type of oil pump is used in the GSX250R to reduce frictional loss while providing excellent engine lubrication.
  • Dual head-pipes effectively route the exhaust through a high-flow catalyzer and into a new, stylish solo muffler covered with a buffed stainless-steel shield.
  • A six-speed transmission, with gear ratios well mated to the engine output, further improves low- to mid-range power delivery.

Key Features

  • New fully-faired, quarter-liter sportbike with aggressive, flowing styling true to the Suzuki Katana heritageThe GSX250R features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, a bright halogen headlight, plus distinctive position lamps and taillight using new tech, surface-emitting LEDs.
  • Fuel-injected twin-cylinder engine delivers a responsive, broad power band with class-leading fuel economy of approximately 76 MPG.
  • The GSX250R features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, a bright halogen headlight, plus distinctive position lamps and taillight using new tech, surface-emitting LEDs.
  • Comfortable, roomy ergonomics for rider and passenger, with a slim fuel tank that helps the rider easily plant their feet on the ground when stopped.
  • New style 10-spoke wheels, petal-type brake rotors, and quality KYB suspension components round out a chassis ready for any riding assignment.
  • Designed to get the most out of the engine’s mid-range performance and emit a pleasing sound, the GSX250R new exhaust is lightweight and stylish.
  • The front of the motorcycle features unique dual LED position lights, angular fairing-mounted mirrors and an effective sport windshield that incorporates slots to reduce wind buffeting.

General Information

Manufacturer Suzuki
Model Year 2018
Model GSX250R
Model Code GSX250RL8
Color Pearl Glacier White No. 2

Brakes/Wheels/Tires

Brakes

Front - Single disc, Nissin 2-piston caliper

Rear - Single-disc, Nissin 1-piston caliper

Tires

Front - 110/80-17M/C 57H tubeless

Rear - 140/55-17M/C 66H tubeless

Dimensions

Length Overall - 82.08 in. (2,085 mm)
Height Overall - 43.7 in. (1,110 mm)
Width Overall - 29.13 in. (740 mm)
Weight Curb - 392.4 lb. (178 kg.)
Ground Clearance 6.29 in. (160 mm)
Wheelbase 56.29 in. (1,430 mm)
Seat Height 31.1 in. (790 mm)

Drivetrain

Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Chain, Sealed O-ring type

Electrical

Lighting

Headlight - 12V 55/60W (H4 halogen) & LED position lights

Tail light - LED

Engine

Engine Four-stroke, SOHC, parallel-twin
Displacement 248 cc (15.13 cubic in.)
Bore x Stroke 2.10 x 2.17 in. (53.5 x 55.2 mm)
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal. (15 l)
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Cooling Liquid
Lubrication Wet sump

Operational

Starting Electric
Primary Drive Final - Chain, Sealed O-ring type
Suspension

Front - Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Rear - Single shock, coil spring, oil damped

Other

Additional Colors Pearl Nebular Black
Warranty 12-month, unlimited mileage, limited warranty, Extensions available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)