Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Suzuki Gixxer 150 Review

Suzuki Gixxer 150

Ok after months of waiting for a demo unit from Suzuki, it finally came. Yes admittedly, this is one of the bikes that had me doing romantic shrudders every time I look at its photos. I was on a hunt for a good standard bike at that time and the Suzuki Gixxer is at my crosshair.  

Legendary Name 
The Gixxer 150's design was inspired by the legendary GSX-R 1000.  

The lines and curves all came from the bike that dominated the 2005 World Superbike, ridden by the equally legendary Troy Corser.  The bike also won two Suzuka 8-hour endurance races.  And from a breed of champions came the Gixxer 150.

What more could I say?  I enjoyed months of looking at its photos from the internet and magazines.  As overly fond of riding solo on long distances,I already imagined the setup for it.  Minimal.  It already looks the part of a good touring bike.

A part of the Gixxer family, the Gixxer 150 looks aerodynamic with its sleek design and nice flow of of lines on its profile.  The one we have now is the naked one. There's another version of the Gixxer that's fully-faired called the SF (sports fairing). 

One of the nicest features of the Gixxer is the minimalist instrumentation panel, which shows everything.  It shows the speed (largest displayed), the odometer reading, the tachometer, fuel level and the gear you're in.  

Now months since customers started buying the Gixxer, the bike is still a looker.  It still made me twist my neck to check out fellow motorist awaiting the green light on traffic stops.  

I've tested a lot of bikes and it's safe to say that the Gixxer has one of the best handling of any bike around. Well balanced, light weight, can easily swerve in and out of traffic jams.  Riding position is perfect, for me at least, handlebar wide enough to grasp more fin tuned control of the bike.  The seats are ultra-comfortable and good for distance riding.  The foot controls are located just exactly where I needed it to be, not to much to the front to make it feel like a cruiser, not to far behind as if it's a sportsbike.  It's just perfect, which allowed me to ride the Gixxer with conmfort, precision and, yeah with style.

I heard that some can attain the top speed of more than 125 km/h. Since the lack of a good long stretch, and also factoring in my weight, I was only able to get 115 km/h.  Still not bad.  

As for the fuel economy, the bike can sip 40-45 kilometers for every liter of fuel, which is not bad, not bad at all for city riding combining sudden stops, quick accelarations and all the crazy maneuvering out of tight situations.  

The headlight is ok, emits enough light for normal night city riding.   But if going on unfamiliar territory, auxilliary lights are welcome.  Horn is a standard beep beep, which would serve you well under normal circumstances.  But since many of our fellow motorists are prone and even impervious to motorcycles, a louder horn would be nice.

Should you buy it?
Well, the GixxerI think is a testament that the backbone market is here to stay.  The brand has acknowledge the trend and doing an action plan for the every circumstances in the industry.  Besides the backbone, now is also the time of the fuel-injection machines.  While many machines are now FI, the Gixxer still employs the good old carburetor for fuel up the Gixxer.  At this point, it's really gonna depend on the enduser if he/she wants an FI or carb, both have their pros and cons. One pro of the carbureted engine is the ability to modify it to your specifications.  Another let down for many is the rear drum brake.  But then again, these are the small things that the brand can do to make the Gixxer more affordable.  You can just convert it to disc if you really really want it.
Priced at P89,900, the Gixxer is friendly on the pocket. One of the biggest factors in buying a motorcycle is the price, and I think Suzuki did good on offering us a world-class quality motorcycle at an affordable price.