Hey Guys! This is Subrata. I work for Bangladesh Red Crescent as the ICT Manager. It’s been a year I’ve bought a Suzuki Gixxer and rode around 8,000 kms in the roads of Dhaka. I am not a very desperate rider. I am somewhere in the level of a passionate beginner and a regular commuter/city dweller who uses his bike as a horse and a donkey. The few lines I am going to type below are based on my experience and if it doesn’t match yours I beg your pardon.
I learned how to ride a motor cycle in the year 1994 after my SSC exam with a Honda H100S CDI. I started to ride bikes frequently when I went to Chennai, India for my Graduation in 1997. From 1997 to 2002 I had experienced a series of bikes such as Bajaj KB100, Yamaha RX 100, CBZ, Pulsar 180 etc. This is to mention here that my parents who used to live in Khulna had no idea about my riding until I faced an accident and badly injured my leg which took around one and a half months.
As a result when I came back to country and started my career in Dhaka I had no permission to have a bike. It took me more than decade to make my father understand that I desperately need a bike. He slightly understood the fact back in October 2015 and I bought the Suzuki Gixxer on 8th of November, 2015 before he could change his mind.
As you can understand I was about to purchase a two wheeler when I am quite aged I decided to have a good machine. I conducted an online and offline research on the available motorbikes in Bangladesh. My intention was to buy a stylish motor bike with a bit of power, riding comfort and durability. As FZ Fi was not available in market and FZS was too mainstream I decided to purchase Honda CB Trigger as I had to ride with my wife and kid. But I didn’t like the look of CB trigger when I saw it physically.
The hunt for a good motorbike was still on and I got a chance to have a test ride of Gixxer which belongs to one of my friends. I just loved the bike. Moreover my six year old watching the Suzuki Gixxer over youtube was kind of pushing me all day to buy Gixxer. The Indian reviews also turned up to be really optimistic about Gixxer. But still I was a bit skeptical when I heard bad things about Gixxer by my country men on the social media. Also in the case of Suzuki Gixxer not only Suzuki have pronounced it as their flagship model in India but also named it after iconic leader class superbike GSXR 1000. But that was before I took it for a spin.
No matter how powerful good looking or well-equipped a motor cycle is, it’s only as good as the confidence that inspires in the rider. And that’s exactly where the Gixxer will blow you away.
The look: I fell in love with the bike when I saw the black one displayed in the Rancon Showroom in Gulshan.
The engine: The engine is by far one of the smoothest 150 cc engine that I have experienced. It’s practically wide free until you are close to the rev limiter. It’s a 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, Air-cooled, SOHC, 2 Valve system engine with a displacement of 154.9 cc. Engine output is [email protected] rpm and torque is 14 Nm @ 6000 rpm. The fuel system is carburetor. Both kick and electric starter. It has got 5 gears. Also like the gearbox. It is precisely crafted and allows smooth gearshift irrespective of how you ride the Suzuki Gixxer.
The bike is at it’s punchiest best at 6-8k rpm. An engine built for peppy performance.
Mileage: Suzuki’s fuel saving technology known as Suzuki Eco Performance allows to extract a fuel economy of 40 KMPL in spite riding the bike hard in the city.
Ergonomics: The ergonomics have been designed to suit riders of all shapes and size. But more importantly they hold through the sporty image of the bike. This is especially relevant to the touring or long distance rider and for small rides in the city. The bike is comfortable for both the purpose.
The riders triangle in terms of the distance between the handlebar, foot pegs and the seat gives the Gixxer a sporty stunt unlike any naked in this category. So there is a lot of room for the rider to move around. To ride up straight or scoop back.Also to place the outside leg at the tank and on the foot peg to cover corners with confidence.
Suspension: Telescopic suspensions in the front and Swing Arm, Mono Suspension in back are set up to provide stability in changing road conditions. It’s supremely communicated to let you forget what’s exactly on the road.
Brakes: Front has really good feedback with a single disc with a good support from the drum unit at the back.
Tyres/Cornering: 140/60R – 17 – Radial Tubeless at the back and 100/80 – 17 – Tubeless in the front are a perfect combination.
The power, the tyres, the chassis, the ergonomics encourage you to carry a lot more speed even on the corners.
Meter: Full of information including a gear indicator.
Also liked the tank, the alloys and of course the exhaust, the two piece rear mud guard.
Ground clearance: 160 mm. But due to the suspension on the softer side the lower metal part of the bike touches some of the unplanned speed bumps. But a rider can overcome the issue by a bit of practice and a little more air pressure in the rear tyre.
Build quality: The ball racer set of my bike got damaged before 6000km. This is not a common problem. But some of the bikes of my time had the same issue.
Poor headlight power: You better replace the stock headlight with LED to get good feedback
Poor Horn Sound: The horn is hardly audible in Dhaka traffic
Quality of plastic: Plastic quality of instrument cluster could have been much better.
With apparently two years of development period Suzuki has left no stone upturned for making this as sporty as possible and it is indeed a package very well put together . The riding dynamics and the refined engine of Gixxermakes it the game changer that Suzuki set out to build to start with. It’s nimble and eager to change direction as a street fighter to ride long or in city traffic.
In spite of me, being a rider with lack of skills the bike served to highlight just how good the front end is.
Riders in Dhaka know about the road condition of the crazy streets of Dhaka. There are rough surfaces with big holes everywhere. In rainy season I literally had to swim with my bike. I rode my machine in Rain or Shine for last one year. Never faced any big issue.
I would suggest the Suzuki Gixxer for anyone looking for a machine in 150cc segment with solid power, mileage, riding comfort, control and a killer look.
It is safe to conclude that the Suzuki Gixxer with its peppy performance and fantastic riding dynamics is an amazing machine.
Written By: Subrata Biswas
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