Kawasaki announced its 2012 street model lineup this week announcing a number of updates to its ZX-14R, as well as the Vulcan 1700 Voyager, Ninja 1000 and Ninja 650. Absent from Kawasaki’s U.S. offerings is the naked version of the Ninja 650, the ER-6n which has also been updated and will be available in other […]
2012 Suzuki Inazuma 250 Announced for UK
Suzuki announced the European version of its GW250 “Baby B-King” entry-level naked where it will be sold as the Inazuma 250.
Unveiled at the NEC Show in the U.K., the 2012 Suzuki Inazuma 250 brings back the name Suzuki used for its GSX naked models. Like the larger displacement GSXs however, the new, littlest Inazuma does not appear to be coming to North America.
The Inazuma 250 was first launched in October at the China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition as the Suzuki GW250 where it will be Suzuki’s flagship model for the Chinese market.
Technical specifications for the Inazuma 250 have yet to be announced, so it’s not known whether it will differ much mechanically from the GW250. Visually, the GW250 and the Inazuma 250 are identical, drawing styling cues from the Suzuki B-King.
What we do know is the Inazuma 250 is powered by a new liquid-cooled SOHC parallel Twin engine with a six-speed transmission. Suzuki tuned the engine to optimize performance at low- and mid-range speeds, making it an appealing option for new riders in urban stop-and-go traffic.
Helping make the Inazuma 250 more newbie-friendly is a new instrument panel with gear indicator, service reminder and a three-mode RPM indicator which suggests when to change gears to optimize fuel economy or performance.