2013 Suzuki GW250 | First Look

Suzuki Boards the Econo Bike Bandwagon

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Suzuki

The quarter-liter displacement category is getting downright crowded, with multiple new models from Honda and Kawasaki creating muchneeded excitement in American showrooms and on our streets. Now Suzuki jumps into the 250cc fray with the all-new GW250 standard, which will be offered for sale stateside for just $4099. Featuring modern styling, a comfortable, upright riding position and a liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine that promises both peppy acceleration and frugal fuel economy, this new model will be a welcome alternative for beginners or economy-minded experts who are looking for a naked alternative to mini-sportbikes like the Honda CBR250R or Kawasaki Ninja 300.

The fuel-injected, single-overhead-cam twin utilizes long-stroke engine geometry to favor low-end torque, and features a coupling-type crankshaft balancer to eliminate excess engine vibrations and a silent-type cam chain for smooth, quiet operation. An in-chamber exhaust catalyst and a pulsed-air injection (PAIR) system cut emissions and make this bike as easy on the environment as it will be on your wallet. The semi-double-cradle chassis has neutral geometry for light, agile handling, and KYB suspension features seven step rear preload adjustment to accommodate bigger riders or passengers. Brakes are discs front and rear, though there is no ABS option, unfortunately. A multi-function LCD instrument display shows useful info like gear selection and even a maintenance interval indicator.

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