Suzuki Inazuma

By Kevin Ash - 25/09/2012

Suzuki says the forthcoming Inazuma 250 will cost £3,499 and appear in showrooms in September this year.

The oddly styled machine is aimed at the fast growing budget commuter market, whichis driving a revival in the quarter litre class.

The look is inspired by the big capacity B-King, notable for integrating the front indicators into an extension of the fuel tank, although on the Inazuma this gives the bike a drooping look not helped by the brooding headlight shroud. But it does grow on you...

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The bike does promise good economy though from its new design 248cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. Suzuki claims just under 86mpg on the World Motorcycle Test Cycle and says this is 6mpg better than the class leader, presumably meaning the Honda CBR250R.

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The slightly undersquare motor is fed by fuel injection and has a single overhead camshaft, a 180-degree crankshaft and gear-driven counterbalance shaft, and drives the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox.

The price looks very attractive with the CBR costing £3,950, although there's no ABS option, which you can have on the Honda for an additional £150. Kawasaki's Ninja 250 meanwhile is now looking pricey at £4,649, even though this does have a full fairing. Dealim's VJR250 undercuts the Suzuki at £2,999, but the less familiar name and Korean origin work against it.

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