Joshua David Luther; Photography: Mohd. Nasir
We first reviewed the Suzuki Gixxer on a
rainy August day last year. The bike did not fail to impress us. The Gixxer had
a unique styling, an edgy design and a rev happy 155cc motor. We were quite
certain that it would do well. Ten months have passed since then and to my
luck, again on a wet June morning I got to ride the Gixxer’s evil twin, the
Suzuki Gixxer SF. It would seem that Suzuki is breeding monsters in its stable.
Well if you don’t consider the Hayabusa a monster, you need to start! Even the
smallest from the stables of Suzuki are mean machines.
While riding the SF, I could not fail to notice
that this bike has been built to perform like a race bike, look like a race
bike and handle like a race bike. The lineages of motorcycle from which many
aspects of the Gixxer SF have been derived are all award winning bikes.
However, this is not a bike for the track, it is meant for a category of riders
who have that passion to ride and the SF will indulge your passion no matter
where you are heading.
The Gixxer SF is undeniably one of the
better looking bikes in the premium 150cc segment. This fully faired version of
the Gixxer will dazzle you with its aerodynamic design and stance. While Suzuki
has claimed that this bike has been tested in the same wind tunnel as the
Hayabusa, the Gixxer SF is a more for show motorcycle. You have the same swept
back headlight design as on the naked version of the bike. The fairings give
the bike a bulkier look and the neatly sculpted air ducts are positioned well. The
Gixxer SF has a new edgy looking aluminium dual-tip exhaust cover while the
single seat, rider position, fuel tank, LED tail light are the same as the
naked Gixxer, however the SF has a sportier appeal to it.
Gixxer SF 155cc specifications
155cc, 4 – Stroke, SOHC
14.6 bhp@ 8000rpm
14 Nm@ 6000rpm
Brake: Front/ Rear
Fuel Tank Capacity
Tyres: Front/ Rear
Telescopic/ Swing Arm Mono Shock
Single Disc/ Drum
100/80 R17 Tubeless
Rs. 94,238 (On-Road, Delhi)
The Gixxer SF has the same 155cc 4-stroke petrol engine
as on the naked version of the bike. This peppy engine will produce 14.6bhp at
8000rpm and churn out 14Nm of torque at 6000rpm. Gixxer SF is fast for its
category of motorcycle reaching a top speed of 127kmph> The bike handles
well on curbs and bends. It may not be meant for a race track but if put to a
corner the bike will follow it through seamlessly. Like the naked Gixxer the SF
R17 tubeless tyres in the front and 140/60 R17 tubeless
tyres in the rear which provide for ample grip on tarmac. The 5-speed manual
transmission does its job smoothly and the grunt from the dual-tip exhaust is
pleasing. The SF is 4kgs heavier than the naked Gixxer but it performs equally
well. The bike also comes with a 7-way adjustable rear mono shocker to make the
ride smoother as per your needs.
The SF returns approximately 47 km to the litre and the
fuel tank can hold up to 12 litres. The bike is available in Glass Sparkle
Black, Pearl Mirage White and a special Moto GP edition in Metallic Triton
Blue. While the standard versions of the bike cost Rs. 92,596 (On-Road Delhi)
the Moto GP edition costs Rs. 94,238 (On-Road Delhi). The price for this bike
is a bit steep but it is worth every bit of money you are spending. The SF will
thrill you and on lookers as well. It handles like a dream and for its segment
of motorcycle is quite light and zippy. The fairings prove to be an added
advantage while cruising on highways and the overall appeal of this bike is
quite impressive. Definitely a head turner!
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