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SuzukI unwrap some small-engined funsters at Milan

Suzuki clearly shot its bolt a bit at Cologne, but it kept a few small bore treats in store for Milan. A brace of 250s, a new naked 125 and an updated midi-scooter is the haul, and while they’re maybe not the sort of stuff to induce tumescence in the pants, they will cheer up dealers who’ve been short of volume range fillers.

Plus, the more cash Suzuki can make from some of these made-in-the-far-east budget machines, the more they’ll have to build a better GSX-R1000, 750 and Hayabusa for 2019…

The first telling thing about the GSX250R is what’s missing. What’s missing is a hyphen and an ‘R – this isn’t a GSX-R250. So we don’t have a mini pocket rocket aimed at Honda’s flashy new CBR250RR, or Kawasaki’s Ninja 300. Rather, it’s a jazzed-up version of the steady Inazuma 250 commuter tool, using that bike’s economy-minded 24bhp SOHC two-valve, twin cylinder lump.


On the good side, you get a smart LCD dash, LED tail light and full fairing. And at 181kg, it’s light enough. Despite the sporty styling though, it’s definitely one for the budget commuter rather than the occasional trackdayer.

We had the Suzuki GSX-R125 at Cologne, and here’s its naked sister, as it were. The GSX-S125 continues the roadster family downwards, sharing styling with the GSX-S750 and GSX-S1000 models. Engine and chassis are largely identical to the GSX-R, so the looks and the riding position are the only real differences. The engine is a four-valve water-cooled DOHC single, and Suzuki claims it’s got class-leading power-to-weight performance – all within the limits of a learner legal 125 of course.

V-Strom 250
Suzuki looks to get the maximum value from its entry-level 250 twin motor, by bolting it into a lightweight adventure tool. The same lump as in the GSX250R sits in a long-travel, rather smart looking trailie, that shares the bold new styling of its 650 and 1000 siblings, launched at Cologne. Dash, brakes, wheels, exhaust all look identical to the GSX – and with 17 inch rims front and rear, this really is the most road-biased of adventure bikes. It’ll be cheap though, and as a natty suburban commuter, on a budget, it could be well worth a look.

Burgman 400
We had a blast on Suzuki’s 650 Burgman the other week – and here’s its smaller brother, getting a pretty comprehensive update for 2017. The 400 Burger Van gets more low-down grunt for its 35bhp single cylinder motor, new bodywork, and flashy LED headlights. It’ll be just the job for medium-distance commuting, once you’ve fitted stickier rubber and a winter thermal apron…

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