During the third round of the Gixxer Cup Championship at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, India, Suzuki unveiled a new quarter-liter superbike – the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP edition.Unfortunately, this bike will only be available for Indian motorcyclists, at least initially, but its sure worth reporting about and, especially, gawking at.
The Gixxer SF is based on what we know in America as the GSX250R, the GSX-R1000R‘s youngest brother.Suzuki Indian says the Gixxer, named after Indian’s Gixxer Cup Championship, arrives with an all-new Suzuki Oil Cooling System (SOCS) that caters to Indian riders.“Oil cooling system in engines was first introduced by Suzuki to the world for creating light weight and fast engines,” a Suzuki spokesman said, “which provides high performance for a wide range of needs, from city riding in traffic to serious sport riding.”The SOCS engine features technology derived from MotoGP for weight and friction reductions, and eliminates the need for cooling devices such as cooling fins or a water pump. Instead, separate oil cooling flow lines are added. This not only reduces weight, but also maintenance costs.Suzuki says the hot oil goes through the oil cooler and then via the oil cooling channel before it goes to the oil pan. The system then channels the cooled oil through a filter to different parts of the engine such as piston jet, crank, cam, and transmission.This is a continuous process in which lubrication flow lines are kept separate from cooling flow lines which results in high cooling efficiency, Suzuki says.Here are the specs and a photo gallery of the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP edition.
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP Specs
Type: 4-stroke single
Displacement: 249 cc
Bore x stroke: 76.0 mm x 54.9 mm
Maximum power: 26 horsepower @ 9000rpm
Maximum torque: 22.6 ft/lbs @ 7500rpm
Valvetrain: SOCH, 4 valves
Fuel System: EFI
Cooling: Suzuki Oil Cooling System
Front suspension: Non-adjustable fork
Rear suspension: Single shock
Front tire: 110/70 x 17
Rear tire: 150/60 x 17
Front and Rrear brakes: Disc
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
Wheelbase: 52.7 inches
Seat height: 31.5 inches
Fuel tank capacity: 3.1 gallons
Curb weight: 343 pounds
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 MotoGP Edition – Photo Gallery
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!