By the third lap, I could not feel my fingers, toes and face (yes, despite the helmet), but the ride was getting better on every new lap. Assured by the SF’s excellent handling, I was carrying more speed into the corners and the bike did not disappoint. It felt nimble and sure-footed in spite of the extremely wet conditions, and I am sure it can go much faster on dry roads. I did a few more laps before the cold became overwhelming and we returned to the pits but there will be plenty of riding when we test the bike in India.
That should be soon since Suzuki have already launched the Gixxer SF last month. As the SF shares most of its parts with its naked sibling, they have been able to price it competitively at Rs 96,875 (on-road Pune), where it doesn’t really have any competitors except, maybe, the Yamaha Fazer. However, the Suzuki Gixxer SF has the unique appeal of being the only fully faired motorcycle below rupees one lakh.