We experience the Suzuki Gixxer’s faired twin at its birthplace
Story: Piyush Sonsale
Suzuki invited us for a secret product preview at their headquarters in Japan two months ago. We had seen the spy pictures of a fully faired bike being tested in India, so our strongest guess was an entry-level sports bike rivalling the Yamaha YZF-R15 and the Honda CBR 150R. However, a 250 or a 300 single also made sense since the 250-cc parallel-twin GW250 Inazuma, though a wonderful motorcycle, was not accepted by the Indian buyers because of its high price.
The big day. We were seated in the conference room at Suzuki’s two-wheeler R&D centre in Hamamatsu with two motorcycles placed in front of us. The launch bike was kept under wraps while the other bike was a GSX-R1000 superbike in Suzuki’s MotoGP colours. After a brief presentation, the new bike was unveiled and it was indeed a fully faired motorcycle.