The first time I saw the Gixxer I was really impressed by the way it looked. The thing that stood out very distinctly was the Chrome finished dual port exhaust. And so then I decided to take a test ride of the motorcycle, after the test ride I loved the motorcycle a lot and decided to follow my heart and to stick on the motorcycle. So on the 9th of June 2016, I was handed over the key of the gorgeous motorcycle. Ever since then she has made a great companion in my daily life. I use it to commute daily to my college and I also do take it for long rides. The motorcycle has done about 9000kms, and I would like to share my experience with you.
What I love the most: First and foremost I love the way it looks, never fails to impress me everytime I see her. Then comes the bassy exhaust note that comes out from the beautiful looking exhaust. I must say that the exhaust note is what makes the Gixxer a stand out from the other 150cc motorcycles. The engine produces 14.8 BHP at 8,000 RPM, I feel that the machine produces enough amount of power whenever I need it. The linear power delivery never urges me to ride rash.
The instrument cluster comes loaded with infinite features like a gear shift indicator, gear position indicator, a clock, trip meter and so much more. It solves all my purposes. The motorcycle feels solidly built especially the flexible plastic used for the indicators, they work seamlessly. The motorcycle weighs 135kgs with a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters, the weight is hardly felt at any point when I ride her. I wanted to get the motorcycle with the dual disc, so I did have to wait for a while. But the wait was ultimately worth, the brakes are just amazing on the motorcycle, they have a very good stopping power, and provide the feedback and bite. The suspension set up is also good, it does a decent work in absorbing the unexpected pot holes. Once I was riding in the city, a motorcyclist came across suddenly, I applied brakes suddenly, I thought I would fall off, but the ergonomics of the motorcycle quickly helped me retain back my riding position without loosing grip, it made me love my motorcycle more and more. The motorcycle feels really easy to ride in the city, flickering in the traffic is like a piece of cake. I love trying new stuff on my motorcycle, so I decided to get a hazard light on it since I do my engineering in electronics, I thought I could try it out on my own. So I got a switch and a set of wires and then had a look at the electric connections and tried it out on my own, something like a small DIY project. And hell yeah!! It started to work and is working fine for the past few months.
Expenses for service is low compared to other brands. I spend around 800 rupees which include a water wash, oil and oil filter change, chain cleaning and lubrication and other general check-ups. I get a fuel economy of about 45-47kmpl, which is far more than sufficient.
What I don't like: The quality of plastic used could be improved, especially the buttons used on the switchgear. The paint at the tip of the tail lamp faded off, which is something that is very annoying. High beam visibility could have been better. Small amount of vibrations are evident at the power band range, but they are negligible and one can live with it. The quality of the service can be improved.
My primary motive behind going for a naked bike was city riding and keeping that in mind, I chose the Suzuki Gixxer. I must say it has proved to be a bang for the buck for every penny that has been spent on it.
Picture Courtesy: Arvindan