World Superbike Championship runner-up Eugene Laverty has signed a deal with the Crescent Suzuki team to race in the 2014 season. Laverty finished second to Kawasaki‘s Tom Sykes this season, with nine wins and 19 total podium finishes for the Aprilia factory team riding the RSV4. Next season, Laverty will switch to the Yoshimura-powered Suzuki […]
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.