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Semi-Faired Suzuki Inazuma GW250S Coming to Europe
Suzuki will produce a semi-faired variant of its GW250 for Asia and Europe. The new Suzuki Inazuma GW250S, which adds a half-fairing and windscreen to the small-displacement standard, will be officially introduced April 20 at the Shanghai Motor Show in China. As with the original GW250, the S version will first be available in China with Italian site Motociclismo.it reporting the GW250S will be soon after be offered for Japan and Europe.
An earlier prototype of the Suzuki GW250S (pictured here) was actually unveiled last October at the 2012 China International Motorcycle Trade Exhibition (CIMAMotor) alongside a police-spec version dubbed the GW250J. Both models were produced by Haojue, Suzuki’s Chinese joint venture and the country’s leading motorcycle manufacturer.
The GW250J has already been pressed into service by police in China but the final production version won’t finally be introduced until the Shanghai show. The GW250J’s handlebars are set higher than the base GW250, and the same appears to be true of the GW250J. This would give the GW250S a more upright seating position which, combined with the added wind protection, would make it more suited for sport-touring duties.
The GW250S will use the same fuel injected 248cc Twin engine as the naked and police models. Haojue claims an output of 24 hp at 8500 rpm and 16 ft-lb. at 6500 rpm. The GW250 also features a six-speed transmission, Suzuki B-King-inspired styling, twin exhausts, telescopic fork, seven-way adjustable spring preload rear suspension and a 3.5 gallon fuel tank.
North American availability isn’t clear, though it’s worth noting the GW250S releases appear to be following the same path as the GW250.