it doesn’t lose steam from there on. With your chin kissing the tank, your eyes focused on the road and the engine blaring at 10,500 rpm, the Inazuma easily touches 135 kmph. Beyond that, the wind gets the better of you. Suzuki didn’t provide us with the claimed top-speed for the Inazuma but we believe it to be over 140 kmpl. Ridden consistently at 80 kmph on the highway, the bike impressed us with a fuel-efficiency figure of 39 kmpl. A 13.3-litre fuel tank translates into a range of over 450 km. As I said, the Inazuma doesn’t get ABS. Though fat IRC tyres add to braking efficiency, ABS is a necessity in today’s times, especially in a quarter-litre bike.
Big bike finish, unshakeable handling, comfortable ride, long distance touring, decent fuel-efficiency … there are so many things that work for the Inazuma. What doesn’t work is its sticker price. Because the Inazuma is a CKD, it retails for Rs 2.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is a hefty Rs 1.45 lakh costlier than the Honda CBR 250R. (Honda has made the CBR even more exciting by launching the new Repsol edition of the bike for as little as Rs 1.87 lakh.) Even other competitors—KTM 200 Duke, Kawasaki Ninja 300 and Hyosung GT 250R—are priced lower. Add to this the fact that the Inazuma doesn’t immediately comes across as a machine that you can flaunt, and this means it will have difficulty making a place for itself in the expanding quarter-litre market in India.
The fast Samurai
In Japanese, inazuma means the ‘lightning that strikes in a thunderstorm’. While low-end and mid-range performance of the Inazuma 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.