Suzuki Inazuma review: Unshakeable handling, comfortable ride

Apr 26 2014, 12:53 IST
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Suzuki Inazuma retails for Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is a hefty Rs 1.45 lakh costlier than the Honda CBR 250R. Suzuki Inazuma retails for Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is a hefty Rs 1.45 lakh costlier than the Honda CBR 250R.
SummaryThere are so many things that work for Suzuki Inazuma. But at Rs 2.99 lakh, twice the cost of the CBR 250R, more holes may be burnt in pockets than rubber on the road.

to operate the control buttons for the instrument cluster. And third, the three-spoke allow wheels won’t impress everyone. One should remember that, in India, people love to show off their premium motorcycles—the Inazuma, though unique, doesn’t immediately comes across as a machine you can flaunt.

The chassis

The Inazuma sits on a semi double-cradle chassis that, the company says, is designed to provide ample support for a variety of riding styles. What helps further are the tyres—it rides on 110/80 tubeless front and 140/70 tubeless rear, mounted on 17-inch wheels. It has a long wheelbase of 1,430 mm and a ground clearance of 165 mm.

The suspension

While on the front you get telescopic forks, the rear suspension is a monoshock system that stays hidden from view. The rear come with a seven-way adjustable spring preload that can be adjusted by removing the seat and and using the tools provided.

The brakes

The bike is controlled by disc brakes on both front and rear wheels. While these provide controlled braking in most conditions, there is a glaring absence of anti-lock braking system (ABS).

The heart

The Inazuma is powered by a four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC engine with a displacement of 248-cc, mated to a six-speed transmission. Suzuki engines are known for their refinement and this one is no different. While low-end and mid-range performance is not exceptional, once the engine crosses 6,000 rpm, it shoots the bike ahead with a blast—yes, post-6,000 rpm, the engine sound changes to a distinctive multi-cylinder one. The gears are nicely spread out, gearshift is smooth and the clutch is light.

The ride

In the city: I did four home to office and back trips (60 km a day; total 240 km) on the Inazuma and not once did I feel tired. That’s the beauty of this motorcycle. You can ride the Inazuma the whole day and the engine won’t feel stressed or strained. There aren’t too many vibrations and an upright sitting position ensures negligible neck or shoulder soreness. The soft suspension takes care of broken roads and fat tyres keep it planted on the corners. The rear-view mirrors are large enough to show what’s following you. Ridden sensibly, the Inazuma returns close to 34 kmpl in city driving conditions.

On the highway: On a well-paved and empty highway, with a correct tyre pressure, the Inazuma goes from 0-100 kmph in about 10 seconds—not the fastest in its class. But the good thing is that

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