Expert Review of Suzuki Gs150r
The bike market of India has shown a great advancement in the past few years. There was a time when people used to opt for a 100cc commuter bike and utilize it for years. Now-a-days, people want a heavy bike with a more-than-good mileage and a competent power combined with looks. The segment of 150cc bike has been filled with many products from the manufacturers like Suzuki, Honda, Bajaj, Hero MotoCorp, Yamaha and others. This segment has a lot of variety of bike such as commuter, sports, naked sports, etc. Suzuki provides three commuter segments bikes in India, Suzuki GS 150R (150cc), Slingshot plus (125) and Hayate (110cc). Suzuki GS 150R has been the most efficient bike by the company, giving a direct and tough competition to Bajaj Discover 150, Bajaj Pulsar 150, Hero MotoCorp Impluse, Honda Trigger, Honda Dazzler, Yamaha FZ-S, Yamaha Fazer Sports, etc. The motorcycle has been loaded with the 149.5cc, 4-stroke, SOHC engine producing the maximum power output of 13.8BHP. The engine is very powerful, speeding 0 to 60 in 6 seconds only. The vehicle has a sporty and attractive design and the mileage delivery is quite satisfactory.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
Suzuki GS150R is a 150cc commuter bike and these segment of vehicles are designed to deliver a satisfying mileage. The claimed fuel consumption of the machine is 59kmpl. The machine has been provided with a large fuel tank having the storing capacity of 15.5 liters, which means the bike can run continuously for around 914km.
Suzuki has done a good experiment on the bike by providing it in Pearl Mirage White color that can be used by the traffic police. Two more colors are also offered with this machine, Glass Sparkle Black and Candy Max Orange with GL. Sparkle Black. The alloy wheels of the bike and the engine sports the black theme on the bike.
Acceleration and Pick up
The 149.5cc engine of the bike is very competitive, the performance of the bike has been appreciated. The installation of a single cylinder engine which displaces 149.5cc produces the utmost power of 13.8BHP obtained at an acceleration mark of 8500RPM with the peak torque output of 13.4Nm which is received at speeding at 6000RPM. The engine is quick enough to turn the speed of the bike from 0 to 60 in a mere 6 seconds. The machine has the stamina and strength to run at the top speed of 120kmph.
The simple and soothing Suzuki GS 150R gives a very decent look. There is a new sporty cowl specially designed for the uniqueness of the bike. The wolf face like headlight design including two pilot lamps and a big lamp is just unbeatable. The superb instrument cluster in orange light presents analogue tachometer as well as digitally shown clock, fuel gauge, odometer, trip meter and indication of power acceleration or economic acceleration. The large fuel tank of the bike makes it look robust and muscular. The properly designed tank has the sporty graphics on it with the Suzuki's logo. The front fender is revised and comes in half black color. The black theme given to the bike covering side panel, engine, alloy wheels and muffler, makes it more stylish. The muffler of the bike is blessed with the chrome heat shield giving a variation in terms of color. The back portion of the bike is most beautiful part of the bike as there is a mesmerizing LED taillight with the amazingly designed clear lens indicators. The black alloy wheels along with the hydraulic front disc brake looks sporty and catchy. This 150cc segment of the bike sports an elegant look that attracts more and more customers and make it a good competitor to its rivals.
Suzuki GS 150R is very comfortable due to its soft-cushioned seat which is has a upside curve for the division of seat for the rider and the pillion rider. The handlebars and knee grip designed on the tank gives a fine and comfortable ride to the rider. The instrument cluster shows Eco and power mode which tells the rider how he is accelerating the bike. There is a sixth gear engaged to the engine that makes the ride more smooth and makes the bike run at a faster speed with less sound. These days, self starter is the common feature in the bikes of this segment. The bike has a crystal clear headlight making the rider visible in dark. The front disc brake makes the rider alert and helps him to stop the bike immediately. The front suspension of the bike gives the rider a smoother as well as jerk free ride, even while on pot hole roads.
This handsome machine has got some smart dimensions suitable to every rider. The overall measurements length, width and height of the bike are 2095, 785 and 1120mm, respectively. The seat height of this vehicle is 790mm high. The wheelbase and minimum ground clearance given to the bike are 1335 and 160mm, respectively. The machine with such dimensions is quite heavy at a kerb weight of 149kg causing some difficulties while steering, controlling, etc.
Suzuki GS 150R has been planted with an air-cooled, single cylinder, 4-stroke, SOHC engine with a displacement of 149.5cc. This fine engine is mated with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox doing a 1 gear down and rest 5 gear up shift pattern. The gearbox of this machine functions with the SJCS (Suzuki Jet Cooling System) increasing the powerout and performance of the mill. The bore x stroke measure of the bike is 57.0mm x 58.6mm. The ignition involved in the bike is a CDI one. The carburettor of the bike is BS26 and it comes with the Throttle Positioning Sensor (TPS). The engine is incorporated with the engine balancer technology that decreases the vibrations and is available with the rubber damper and a balancer shaft.
The wheels equipped to the bike are Die Cast alloys with 5-spoke and comes in black color. These alloy wheels are equipped in the tyres whose measurements are: the front tire is 2.75-18 42P and the rear one is 100/90-18 M/C 56P, respectively. The wheels of the machine are installed with the 240mm hydraulic single disc at the front and 130mm drum brakes at the rear. The brakes of the vehicle could have been better with the installment of a rear disc brake.
The suspensions presented to this smart bike are telescopic, coil spring, oil damped equipped at the front and swingarm type coil spring, oil and gas damped equipped at the back. The suspension installed give a great stability to the bike and makes the journey smooth and fresh as telescopic fork is designed to reduce the pressure on the hands of the rider and swingarm type is designed to support the riders weight.
Handling and Control
Suzuki GS 150R has a good palm grip making the rider comfortable while riding and enhancing the handling of the bike. The weight of the machine is quite heavy which decreases the handling and control over it. Increase in weight causes increase in steering time which is a disadvantage to the bike in heavy traffic. The suspensions of the bike makes the journey stable by preventing it from bumps and other holes or cracks on the road. The handlebars of the machine are also placed well and gives a fine handling to the rider. The brakes of this bike are responsive which helps the rider control the machine in every situation.
Good looks, power output of the engine is convincing, instrumentation is amazing.
Braking system can be better, price is high according to the features, wider rear tyre is missing.