Suzuki Philippines has unveiled the smallest entry in its venerable Gixxer line. Meet the GSX-R150, which, despite its small engine, is attempting to make its mark in the small sport bike category where there are only a handful of entrants.
A sport bike is one of the most exciting motorcycles that a person can buy. They come equipped with an extremely aggressive riding position that ensures that, through positioning a rider right on top of a tank, the bike can get the most out of a sweeping and winding road.
That riding position, however, is also what makes a sport bike a very personal decision. It’s personal because not everyone can, or is willing to, contort their bodies to be able to fit on a sport bike.
Bearing the GSX-R name and paint scheme, does this little 150cc bike actually earn the moniker? Or is it a mere pretender, cashing in on the GSX name? Let’s suit up and find out.
The 147cc single-cylinder exudes a racy vibe. Peak power comes in at a stratospheric 10,500rpm, and that, coupled with the six-speed transmission, means that to keep the bike going at a good clip, one must constantly wring its neck and rev the engine to the high heavens before shifting.
At only 18.9hp, the GSX won’t set your pants on fire. But with the engine screaming toward the redline and snicking through the gears, the bike feels fast. And for a sport bike, feeling like one is going fast is better than actually going fast.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The aggressive riding position, while terrible in the city and commuting, is amazing given a winding mountain road. A full race tuck is possible thanks to the clip-on bars, provided that you are of a modest height and the set-back foot pegs provide a truly sporty ride.
The front and rear disc brakes provide adequate stopping power while the telescopic front and swing-arm rear suspension setup soaks up bumps and allows the rider to take corners without fear of the bike’s balance being upset by undulations on the road.
The GSX-R truly lives up to the GSX name—a sport bike through and through. Save for the smaller displacement engine and diminutive dimensions, this bike is a purebred machine designed to carve the corners of your favorite track or mountain road. If you are in the market for something small, light and sporty, and if your physique can survive the relatively cramped dimensions, the GSX-R150 may be the bike for you.
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SPECS: Suzuki GSX-R 150
Engine: 147cc, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, single cylinder
Power: 18.9hp @ 10,500rpm
Torque: 14Nm @ 9,000rpm