First Ride: 2013 Suzuki GW250 Review — RideApart

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Suzuki DR 250 S

Reviews — October 21,

The 2013 Suzuki GW250 the market as the most affordable of the standards. Does that mean it’s the least We rode it around suburban to create this 2013 GW250 Review.

What’s New

The is an all-new motorcycle, finally the American market after it was last year.

A steel chassis cradles a two-valve-per-cylinder, parallel-twin engine. That 24 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 16 lb.-ft. of torque at rpm. That’s enough to it an indicated 90 mph top speed, despite its portly 403 lbs curb weight.

is said to ape the Hayabusa-based Suzuki and it kinda does in the headlight and plasticy-ness, but its over-sized tail absolutely enormous front and shapeless tank conspire to the GW a case of the uglies. It’s awkwardness is aided by the two huge canisters and the exposed engine its huge crankcase and tiny It’s as if all the good stuff supposed to be visually accentuated on a has been shrunk and all the bad stuff supposed to be visually de-emphasized has made twice as large.

The upside? A $3,999 price that makes it $200 than even Honda’s CBR250R. The GW is also the only bike in this class, it a more comfortable, upright position than either the or Kawasaki Ninja 300 .

Suburban doesn’t have the kind of you dream about, but it’s low limits, insane overpopulation of perfectly straight roads and freeways are the roads most have to deal with.

In conditions, the GW actually proves to be a strong performer. Torque, its long-… motor, kicks in and performance remains linear, and progressive all the way up to the 11,000 rpm redline.

Even on the freeway, the GW remains and capable of reasonably strong up to about 80 mph and can reach 90 with a bit of It accelerates from on-ramp to speeds with confidence and its own in the fast lane. The idea normal riders need performance for typical American conditions is simply nonsense.

stable and comfortable on the freeway something again aided by its riding position, but also the inch of additional wheelbase it over the Honda CBR250R .

running close to its redline at 85 the engine remains very undoubtedly aided by its balancer

Despite its limited on-paper the GW250’s powertrain is actually capable. Aiding that torque and smooth nature is a (for Suzuki) slick gearbox complete with clutch feel. The fuel-injected is equipped with an idle control valve to help even rpms while and what feels like a heavy flywheel keeps revs up as you slip the clutch to away; the GW is nearly impossible to

Like the GSX-R, windows in the skirts reduce pumping This is a slick, rider-friendly and gearbox.

Also surprisingly is the quality of the suspension. The RWU forks and monoshock may not look impressive, but quality damping and spot-on rates see both components in harmony to deliver surprisingly ride quality and confident

Together, all those components to elevate the performance and riding far beyond what the GW’s world looks would you to expect.

The GW250 is a late 2013 model. The only for 2014 will be the addition of blue/white paint scheme.

The instrument cluster is comprehensive and The analog tachometer/digital speedometer is similar to that of more performance bikes and includes a fuel gauge and gear indicator — handy for new riders.

The upright seating position is and leads to excellent control at speeds. Combine that the good handling and willing and this is going to be a great bike for navigating congested traffic.

Straightline performance is good, especially given the high curb weight. You the strong low-down torque to for that.

The GW is also more capable than you’d it credit for. The smooth and comfortable ergonomics help too.

Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S

The brakes are strong and of feel. ABS isn’t even an but it’s not really necessary.

quality is excellent from the suspension.

The styling. Oh, the styling. Had expressly set out to make an ugly they couldn’t have any better than this. In that may very well be they did. The front looks six sizes too big for the front the fuel tank and integrated shrouds/indicators looks like melted in the sun, the absolutely tail unit looks it was pinched from a ‘90s bike and all that dwarfs the components, unfortunately emphasizing diminutive proportions.

The GW uses the same awful, ply IRC Road Winner tires as the and Ninja 300. It’s we expect radial tires to standard on new bikes.

Despite preposterous dimensions, the huge have a hard time anything but elbow.

What Say

The Price

$3,999 compares to the $4,199 CBR250R. That looks far more upmarket and is far hideous than the GW, but isn’t any or easier to ride.

That also makes the GW250 far than the now $4,999 Ninja The 38 bhp, 372 lbs Kawasaki is obviously a bit quicker, but comes with its own (in case overly aggressive) problems.

Suzuki’s own TU250X is also a few dollars more expensive and not really fast or stable for serious freeway work, but resolve the looks and weight

The Verdict

Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S
Suzuki DR 250 S

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