Suzuki GN250 Review Motorcycle Trader New Zealand

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Suzuki GN 250 E

Suzuki GN250 Review

With its retro styling and friendly ergonomics, the GN250 is one of the most popular learners rides on the market

Height-wise the GN is very forgiving, with the seat perched at 740mm

The air-cooled 249cc single cylinder engine puts out 22hp@8500rpm, with 19.6Nm@5500rpm

Cheap and reliable, parts are easy to come by

The Suzuki GN250 series has been around since the 80s and has only recently stopped production, Suzuki favoring the more robust and powerful Intruder 250LC. But as the GN is one of the perennial faves for learning the what’s and wherefores of motorcycling, there are plenty to be had on the second-hand market.

Engineering and appearance

With its retro styling, the GN has that old-school appeal.

Powered by a air-cooled 249cc single cylinder engine, the GN will pump out 22hp@8500rpm, perfect for your first step into the greater motorcycling world.

Height-wise the GN is very forgiving, with the seat perched at 740mm. Hand controls and handlebars are set at a good height with everything well within reach.

It features a standard analog odometer and tacho, plus the display above the indicator lights show when you’re in first and second gear.

A simple design with easy, cheap maintenance and reliability, not much wears out on the GN250 and when it does the parts are pretty easy to come across. You’ll find the main costs will be the chain and sprocket replacement every 15-22,000km, depending on how you care for it.

Performance and handling

Out on the road the GN is remarkably peppy. To make decent use of the limited amount of torque it requires you to keep the engine in the 5000-7000rpm range. Getting up to speed is smooth and quick, although a drag off the lights might challenge the heavier rider.

Handling-wise the GN takes the bumps and ruts common to most urban areas with ease. The suspension is slightly squishy, but that has probably come with age as the bike we rode had just over 20,000km on the clock.

Suzuki GN 250 E

The GN will corner quite well, and remains stable and trackable through the turns, inspiring a good level of confidence.

Rely on engine braking when you can. The brakes do work, but you do have to give them a good squeeze, and if you’re a bit aggressive on the back it will lock up quite easily.

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Specifications for the 2006 GN 250E

Overall length 2040mm

Overall width 835mm

Overall height 1135mm

Wheelbase 1360mm

Suzuki GN 250 E
Suzuki GN 250 E
Suzuki GN 250 E

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