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First Ride: 2012 Inazuma 250 review

The Inazuma at a railway station to save the from becoming commuter

THE long-neglected lower end of the non-learner market is now starting to properly with Suzuki’s new Inazuma 250 up to the Honda CBR250R and Kawasaki 300 party.

Compared to the other two bikes, you might be tempted to it the Suzuki Unazzuming. Indeed, announced its arrival to the public via a picture on their website, and the launch was one of the most low-key in a But that very simplicity and of frills is, in fact, the USP of the bike.

of people ride small-capacity and scooters to work everyday and if your commute is not mostly a blast, 250s are a good balance of enough power to not be in the urban dust, four-limb for a spot of fun, and low running and insurance. But it’s still an trap to dismiss them as not big or … enough.

So to get into the right mental for this test, I undertook the rigorous preparation possible: I by public transport for a fortnight. Two Tube, Overground and bus journeys I was not only considerably lighter the wallet area, but far more weatherbeaten and frustrated. But I was also nay, gagging, to jump on the

That morning, as the key went the barrel, the sun seemed brighter and the little twin represented

Though ‘just’ a 250, the is a substantial-looking bike. Unashamedly the lines of the 1340cc B-King. the looks muscular enough to a second glance. Even its engine is a fraction of the B-King’s in it doesn’t look weedy, to pack the chassis in a fairly

The jury’s out on the ‘shoulder pads’ the indicators and bulking out the front, they look okay afar, but look wierder the you go. The bulky theme continues the oversized front mudguard and front tyre. And while the bug-eyed looks make for a only the B-King could it does have a strong, throw of light.

Twin exhausts are a classic though on the flipside you’re to damage at least one if you have a They also steal a few from a tight parking (been to Westminster lately?).

Sat on the it feels big enough. Though at I’m a certified shortarse, I expected both my feet to be on the ground, but my heels were a few mm off the ground, thanks to the width of the rather than its 780 mm height. For that width translates to but for me, as a short rider, it was a minor

Anyone 5’8” or above be fine, though.

Looking the 13.3-litre tank (and shoulder pads), the straight, clip-ons and comprehensive instrument (digital gear indicator, speedometer, etc), it feels a bigger bike, not only but also in terms of build with plenty of aluminium Budget bike it may be, but it really look or feel cheap at

Starting up and setting off is underwhelming; a soft, airy engine and a short first gear, you to change up to second almost The 248cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin is not very interested in life 4,000 rpm.

Though the two gears will take it up to 30 and 50 mph if you’re the redlining kind, more normal usage, either want to burble sedately in second gear is comfortable for the 8-26 mph band) or try to a bit more momentum, in which the rowing between the bottom gears in dense city can get tiring after a while. a good thing the clutch is ultra light and the gearbox

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The important thing, from the of view of a commuter machine, is the Inazuma never feels or intimidating. The riding position is and the power delivery predictable, and to the bike’s visual heft, motorists give you a bit more biker’ respect, which helps.

On clearer stretches and on open the Inazuma becomes a bit of a ’Zuma, along merrily as it gets a to flaunt its 24.6 bhp. 5,000 and 8,000 rpm is when on song, and staying in that using fourth and fifth makes progress down briskly satisfying. Sure, are not the natural environment for a 250, but sit at 70 mph quite comfortably all day in sixth

Right up to the 85 mph indicated top, the 183 kg feels stable and planted. Of being a …, it’s comfort levels against that will determine how your higher-speed journeys

Given the bike’s purpose, unsurprising that handling is but not brilliant. The softly-sprung Inazuma is soaking up bumps than through corners; that the RoadWinner tyres that to be par for the class are grippy enough to confidence on winding country at 60-65mph.

The 290 mm front disc does to keep you out of the way of idiots who don’t the purpose of turn signals, but a few of the rear 240 mm disc are often for as well. An ABS option would not go

Economy being one of the key planks of a machine, the Inazuma is frugal fuel. Despite a fair bit of including motorway stints and of redlining for speed runs, it us 140 miles from 10 litres of or 63 mpg. It would certainly a more mindful owner mpg, for a real-world tank of about 220 miles.

The fuel indicator comes on quite with a good 50 miles in the tank, so don’t panic you see you’re down to one flashing

Finally, what’ll it cost you to away on an Inazuma? A £3,408 tag the Suzuki offering the cheapest 250 around, on par with the Hyosung (£3,399) and £548 less the non-ABS CBR250R (though you do get a for the extra dosh). For anyone for a cheap and uninhibited way to commute, the 250 is a sound introduction to the simple of motorcycling.

Do you own an Inazuma 250? Add your review here.

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