Long ago but not so long ago, the motorcycle industry in India was going through several rigorous changes. Many motorcycles from the international market were arriving at the Indian shores. That said, it was a crucial time for all the motorcycle brands. This is because 2014 was the era when the motorcycle community was gaining pace. All the manufacturers were on toes; Suzuki was among them. This is when they launched a motorcycle with 2 cylinders, it was the Suzuki Inazuma.
Suzuki Inazuma 250
In 2014, the entry-level motorcycles were selling like hotcakes. For you to know, these types of motorcycles include motorcycles of engine capacity from 200cc to 300cc. Suzuki Inazuma with a parallel-twin engine with liquid-cooling and 250cc displacement sat at the right spot. This 250cc bike took design cues from its bigger brother Hayabusa B-King. For you to know, this naked motorcycle came to our Indian shores right from Japan as a CKD, making it one of the well build motorcycle.
Now the question comes, was Inazuma the right motorcycle for the Indian market? Why did it die? Let’s have a look.
The Twin Cylinder Motor
For sure here in India, a 250cc motorcycle with a single-cylinder motor will sit a notch below a 250cc bike with 2 cylinders. This was the very case with the Suzuki Inazuma as it was more expensive than the Honda CBR250R. But the catch is the Honda was more powerful and lighter than the Inazuma. Sure, Suzuki came with a 250cc parallel-twin engine, it lacked almost everything (Power and Torque).
|Power||24hp @ 8500 rpm|
|Torque||22Nm @ 6500 rpm|
Well, the number say for themselves, the engine though having 2 cylinders produces only 24bhp and just 22Nm of peak torque. The only possible good thing about the bike was that it used to get a 6-speed transmission which was a breeze to operate and a boon out on the highway.
Coming to the performance, the motorcycle does what it says on paper. Firstly, it weighs 182kgs which is on the heavier side for the capacity of the motorcycle. This makes the bike difficult to manoeuvre and switch directions, also increasing the power to weight ratio.
As said earlier, the motorcycle took inspiration from its bigger sibling Hayabusa B-King, it looked a bit out of place. For instance, the mudguard was a bit too large for the tire size, also the tank fairing looked a little too huge, disrupting the overall proportions of the bike.
Just for you to know, this was one of the motorcycles that came with twin-muffler exhaust back then. This is something Indian are still fond of. Besides, Suzuki Inazuma came with sparse colour options, black and red to name a few, limiting the option for customisation.
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Why Inazuma failed?
Let’s jot down myriad reasons for Inazuma failing.
- The engine was a bit too underpowered for the weight of the motorcycle.
- Suzuki Inazuma 250 was slow when compared to its rivals. For you to know, Honda CBR250 was one of the price rivals of this Suzuki.
- Also, the aesthetics were either hit or miss. Former being the one for most. (Looks being subjective though)
- In the end, it all came down to the price. For you to know, the Suzuki Inazuma back in 2014 was priced at ₹ 3 lakhs (ex-Showroom).
Well, going for the motorcycle that was more expensive than it’s rivals and offered a terrible power to weight ratio for 3 Lakhs was not at all justified or was it? Let us know in the comment section below what do you think about the Suzuki Inazuma 250.