The Suzuki Gixxer is the first new sub-160cc performance bike to be launched in a long time. This segment, where all the action was in the mid-to-late 2000s, seemed dull in the last couple of years, with no new noteworthy developments, and with the limelight shifting towards increasingly affordable large-displacement motorcycles. Suzuki though looks forward to break the monotony with the all-new Gixxer. Can this bike rejuvenate the segment and infuse it with some excitement? We find out!
Styling & Ergonomics
At first glance, it wouldn’t be surprising if you mistake the Gixxer for a larger-capacity machine. Honestly, even a 250+ cc engine wouldn’t look out of place in it. Its muscular tank not only looks great, but it is also thoughtfully shaped to accommodate the rider’s knees snugly. The short tail section makes the rear look compact, giving the Gixxer an air of lightness. But the best bit on the bike is its exhaust. It looks really cool, something that wouldn’t look out of place on a superbike. Plus, it sounds pretty sweet too!
The Gixxer comes with a wide handlebar and slightly rear-set foot pegs for a streetfighter-style riding posture, which bodes well for commuting and well as spirited riding. The rear seat seems small, but it is sufficiently comfortable for the pillion for short rides around the city.
Suzuki is known for their excellent build quality, and the Gixxer is no different. It feels like a well-built motorcycle should, and the materials used all around exude a quality feel. There have been some concerns about premature rusting of a few metal parts, although Suzuki is said to have sorted the issue out in the forthcoming batches.
The Gixxer is powered by an all-new 155cc single cylinder engine that is pretty potent. Pinning the throttle will get you to 80 kmph faster than other bikes in this class. In-gear acceleration is quite good too, thanks to the torquey nature of the motor and the relatively short gear ratios. We sorely missed a sixth cog in the gearbox though, which would have given the Gixxer a higher top speed, and allowed it cruise effortlessly at highway speeds.
Handling & Ride Quality
This is another area where the Gixxer shines. It is an agile motorcycle, quick to respond to directional changes, and is stable while cornering. The tyres offer high-levels of grip, which allows you to take turns quickly and confidently. In the city, the Gixxer’s agility and relatively compact dimensions come into play, making it easy to manoeuver it in traffic. It has a larger-than-average turning radius though, which makes navigating U-turns a bit tricky.
Equipped with large-diameter telescopic forks upfront and a monoshock at the rear, the Gixxer imparts an exceptional ride, soaking up all road imperfections effectively.
The Gixxer's braking setup delivers commendably, coming to a standstill from 50 kmph in 9.25m. This performance is backed by good feedback, so you can precisely control the level of stopping power you need. Suzuki could have earned more brownie points had they provided a rear disc brake for the Gixxer, which would have improves the braking performance by a healthy margin, but unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
The Gixxer gets a rectangular orange-backlit digital instrument console. Apart from the speedometer and tachometer, it also has a gear indicator, and two trip meters. It also gets a gear upshift indicator light, which blinks when you hit a certain engine speed, suggesting you to shift up.
The Gixxer is probably the most exciting bike to be launched in the sub-160cc performance segment in a long time. It is refreshingly handsome, delightfully fast, and it handles really well. It is also adequately comfortable to boot, and at Rs 83,493 (on-road, Delhi), it is priced on par with its competitors. It isn’t perfect by any measure but in this segment, it is hard to come by a bike that offers so many pros, and very little cons. If you are looking for a fast and fun-to-ride bike under Rs 1 lakh, the Suzuki Gixxer is one product that must not be missed.
|Engine||4-stroke, 1-cylinder, air-cooled, SOHC|
|Power||14.6 bhp @ 8000 rpm|
|Torque||14 Nm @ 6000 rpm|
|Chassis Type||Single Downtube Diamond type|
Rear:Swing Arm, Mono Suspension
|Fuel Tank Capacity||12|