Many motorcycle manufacturing brands have got globalized and showcased there outstanding products around the World. This actually gave birth to the enthusiasts and created the awareness among the riders about riding and modern day technologies. These technologies never come cheap and often come at premium. This sentiment is being understood by Suzuki Motorcycles very well in India. Also, not just being a premium motorcycle manufacturer, but also dealing in regular lower segment motorcycles, made easy for them to have an innovative idea. And the idea was to add a brand new entry level cruiser into their present product lineup. Adding the mini Intruder into the existing product lineup Suzuki Motorcycles has come up with Intruder 150. Let us know what Suzuki has offered to the mileage seeking riders through this motorcycle.
We have done the Road Test Review to throw some light on what the all new Suzuki Intruder 150 has to offer cruiser seeking riders.
Styling: The all new Suzuki Intruder 150 is seriously an eye catcher. It is so adorable and it grabs the attention of most of the people when we ride on it. From top to bottom, from front to rear it has really got a big body just as its elder sibling Intruder M1800 Boss. Its wide fuel tank, meaty exhaust and huge tail section complete the cruiser look of it. Not a single part or side is left being not noticed. It offers the perfect cruising stance for the rider because of its wide and firm contoured seat with long handlebar. Its wide fuel tank starts and gets narrower while coming towards the seat so that the knees of the rider should easily grab the tank while riding. The triangular headlamp of the Intruder 150 comes equipped with small LED Projector headlight. The indicators (front) are placed just beside the accelerator and clutch lever, whereas the (rear) ones are placed below the tail light. Well, talking about the tail lamp, it has got really different though beautiful LED taillight. The whole motorcycle looks absolutely gorgeous to gain the attention, and make people think that it is a bike equipped with bigger engine, but wait, 150 cc engine might disappoint you or might not? we'll let you know in some.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear: The all new Suzuki Intruder 150, is actually a derived product from the house of Suzuki, Intruder M1800 Boss as stated before, but some of its features have been derived from its regular on going product Suzuki Gixxer and Gixxer SF. Yes we are talking about the instrument cluster and switchgears.
The instrument console is a direct lift from the ongoing Gixxer with few updates. Also the Intruder 150 comes with ABS as the standard fitment, so a tiny LED for ABS is also present. While the instrument panel shows the beautiful Odometer, Speedometer, Tachometer, Fuel gauge, Clock and Trip meter, the fonts are bold enough to be read in all weather conditions. While noticing the switchgear, they are more likely as, Gixxer’s. Having the engine kill and self start switch on the right hand side and the upper/dipper, indicators and horn switches on the left, the choke lever is placed just beside the upper/dipper switch. The whole motorcycle looks fine and different but the turn indicators look regular ones, whereas the headlamp and the tail light look completely different and absolutely gorgeous too.
Ergonomics: The mini Intruder has really got a big body and seems to be heavier comparatively other regular cruising motorcycles in its class, but weighting in just 148 kg it surprises the riders. The looks of the motorcycle can deceive many of us but getting on it would clear all the doubts about its weight. Being a cruiser bike, the all new Intruder 150 has to be more comfortable and I must say being a rider, I experienced the comfort pretty closely. Seriously Suzuki has enhanced the level of comfort through this product. The front foot pegs are forward inclined and are placed at the front of the engine to give the bike a look of a perfect cruiser. The foot pegs come coated with soft rubber so the rider can place his legs and extend them with ease and confidence. The wide and upright positioned single piece handlebar completes the cruiser package.
While being a pillion I experienced a little trouble in sitting because of its short though wide seat. Actually the concept of cruising motorcycle is more focused on the comfort of the rider, not many people go on long rides being a pillion. But, also not everyone purchases the bike for themselves. Guys your girlfriends may face trouble while being on the bike with you, if they are bulky like me. (Pun intended). Overall the all new Intruder 150 is truly a comfortable motorcycle for long weekend rides also for city cruising because of its long wheelbase and comfortable ride it offers.
Engine and Performance: Instead of working on another engine, Suzuki has worked upon its regular 155cc air cooled engine which we have witnessed on the ongoing Gixxer. Having 155 cc single cylinder air cooled engine the intruder comes only in carburetor technology. Fuel injection engine might be introduced later in the upgrading and with more color options. While the engine throws out 14.8 bhp at 8000 RPM and 14 nm of torque at 6000 RPM, not many people want to know the figures; they just want to know how it goes on the roads. How does it really perform, as it looks (big) on the roads? The answers of these kind of questions are, having 155 cc single cylinder engine and despite of being bulkier the fact is, it has got really butter smooth engine with soft and much responsive gearbox having no trouble in shifting gears and no throttle blipping is required. Increasing one more tooth in the rear sprocket, company has tried to offer its riders a little punch in acceleration, however, this results into limiting the maximum top speed at 110 km/hr.
Brakes and Suspension: Most of the features derived from Suzuki’s ongoing product Gixxer, but not everything is like that. The all new Suzuki Intruder 150 comes in only one variant, having dual disc brakes (one in front and one in rear) and a Single Channel ABS. Suzuki has followed the suite and gets ready for 2018 where by law every 150cc and above motorcycles would be getting ABS system as standard fitment (according to Indian Government’s laws). So instead of upgrading the product at that time it has left no option to be bothered in future.
Not just because of the law but also to increase the safety of the riders, it has offered the product only in one variant. Having 260 mm disc (front) and 240 mm disc (rear) the Intruder completes itself. And the ABS was noticeable at every attempt while the rear brake seemed to me less responsive; however, applying both brakes together does the job perfectly. While moving ahead to suspensions, Suzuki Intruder 150 comes equipped with telescopic fork front suspensions and adjustable mono shock suspensions at the rear end. The suspensions too play a vital role in every motorcycle because of the suspensions are not good and worth it turns the beautiful fun rides into a harsh and stressful ones. Even while leaning any motorcycle it helps the rider to go smoothly and this product has given me the confidence while leaning on the turns as the suspensions were soft and much responsive. Verdict:
The product which apparently is a younger sibling of company’s own premium product- Intruder 1800 and technically derived from the ongoing product- Gixxer. Having price tag of Rs. 98,340 (ex-showroom, Delhi) with comfortable ride, the feel of the big premium motorcycle and most importantly the fuel efficiency with all these mesmerizing offers the Intruder has a lot for the enthusiasts.
Well noticing not much cons throughout, but just a few, like the company might have increased the displacement of the engine to at least 250cc, it was just the riders opinion, lets cross the fingers and wait how exactly the market is going to respond to this newly born baby.
Review By: Haroon Mohd. Khan
Ride Courtesy: Maa Suzuki, Bhopal.