Although it bears a similar name to the GSX-250, first released in the 1980s, the GSX-250R is a much more reliable, better-performing cruiser rolling off of one of the Big Four assembly lines that so consistently produce classic winning-machines.
A Winner’s History
Suzuki has long cemented its position of power among the Big Four in the racing world. “The Big Four” is the phrase that racers and fans use to describe the four companies (Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha) that produce the deadliest competition for racers of other makes and models.
This history dates back decades. Suzuki really started rising to the levels of fame and rapport among racers that it enjoys today way back in the 1960s.
The first few attempts didn’t even place in the top 10, but the engineers soon began producing motorcycles, superbikes, and scooters capable of blasting the competition to smithereens. With the inclusion of the GSX-250R in 2018, that legacy continues.
A Classic Design
As the namesake would suggest, the GSX-250R bears many similarities in design to the earlier GSX-250, although the modernizations and improvements under the frame of the GSX-250R make the GSX-250 look as primitive as the old motorbikes of the late 1800s.
For a 248cc two-cylinder, this motorcycle is just about as powerful as you might expect. The top speed is only 88 miles per hour. Despite all of the physical resemblances that this motorcycle bears to Suzuki’s modern superbikes, it is by all means more a commuter than a racer.
Only One Generation
Suzuki first released the GSX-250R in 2017. As of 2019, that is only two years ago, making its time frame of existence entirely too short to justify any total redesigns unless there was something fatally wrong with the original models.
Suzuki GSX-250R (2017-present)
The design of the GSX-250R includes a four-stroke, parallel twin-cylinder, SOHC engine with two valves per cylinder and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. Despite its modest 248cc displacement, the GSX-250R packs a decent 24.7 horsepower with 17.1 foot-pounds of torque at 6,500 rpm.
Much of the news coverage of this relatively brand new machine is concerned with the original release and start-up product reviews, many of which enjoy the superbike style of this high-powered commuter.
TV and Films
Most of the GSX-250 models that you’ll see in film will be lacking the style and performance that the “R” brings to the table. As of 2019, the GS-250R has yet to appear on any major production sets, but here’s to hoping that that issue will be corrected in the coming years.
As it’s not a racing bike or a cult classic, there are few groups with large volumes of members of fans dedicated to the GSX-250R on social media. At least one group exists, but it only has about 200 members.
Suzuki GSX-250R – A Cool Commuter with Superbike Style
If you’re as in love with superbikes and high-speed mechanical monstrosities as we are but you don’t have the time, money, or desire to have to own multiple motorcycles (one for work and one for play), then the Suzuki GSX-250R might be something you should consider.
The combination of its superbike style and low-bore engine make it a wonderful model for superbike enthusiasts to take to work, school, or just around the corner.