Motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki is all set to launch its 250cc parallel twin motorcycle Inazuma in the Indian market. Unveiled at the Motorcycle live, UK’s biggest motorcycle show in November 2011.The bike was earlier launched in China under the name of GW250. The Inazuma features a parallel twin 284cc engine, with the styling inspired by the B-King and GSR models it certainly becomes an eye candy. Inazuma boasts a fuel injected liquid cooled twin cylinder engine with a six speed transmission which churns out a maximum of 26bhp at 8500 and 24Nm torque at 7000rpm. Braking is controlled by front and rear disc brakes which will make it stop as fast as it gains speeds while all the aluminum body helps in reducing the overall weight resulting in more power and fuel economy.
The bike will have a comprehensive instrument panel which will include a gear indictor, service reminder, three mode RPM indicator which will help in allowing one to select the gear change prompts that suits different riding styles and an economy mode for changing gear to achieve optimum fuel consumption. Expect the Inazuma to deliver a fuel efficiency of around 30-32kmpl which is very good considering it’s a twin cylinder bike. It will work as a very good alternative for the tourers who are looking to cover distances and also want decent speeds on their bikes. Inazuma means lightning in Japanese and its looks are somewhat inspired by that too , we doesn’t expect it to be lightning fast but we do expect the bike will be able to reach the speeds in upwards of 170kmph and with 24Nm of torque, will be fun to ride in city as well. Suzuki might bring the bike via CKD route.
Suzuki has a long history of operation in India. It started with a joint venture along with TVS company of India in the 1980s. The joint venture had launched a 100cc bike for the Indian market. However, soon another joint venture Hero Honda overtook sales of Suzuki-TVS. At last, the joint venture of TVS and Suzuki came to an end in 2001, and later both players came out with their own products. Suzuki launched 125cc bikes Zeus and Heat in 2006.
As of now Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited sells its two-wheelers GSX-R1000, Bandit 1250S, Hayabusa 1300, Intruder M1800R, GS150R, SlingShot and SlingShot Plus, besides the scooter Access 125 in India.Expect the Inazuma to be launched somewhere around the second half of 2012 and expect its price to fall in between 1.5-2.0 lakh rupees. We hope it launches soon as we are also waiting to feel the jolt of the lightning from Suzuki.