Inazuma means lightning in Japanese, the prelude to a storm that will bring rain, water, and therefore, fertility. A name that Suzuki hopes meets the expectations of sales. The concept is very simple: operating costs and fuel consumption, not to mention the ease of driving.View in Italy for the first time in Motodays 2012, the Suzuki Inazuma 250 is a bike that is born for the neophyte and the “rider back”, but also winks female users and those looking for a cost-effective, perhaps by replace the scooter.
Competition for it, basically does not exist: the Yamaha YBR 250 is single-cylinder has a higher price and has the rear drum brake, or the Sym Wolf SB250Ni, is also single-cylinder and twin-cylinder as the “Flash” of Hamamatsu. Will be imported into Europe in 3000 pieces, of which only 1,000 for the Italian market in two versions: Standard to 3,990 euro fc Plus in 4290 and € F.C. (there are main stand and top case 26 liters in the purchase price). Coming in late October.
DESIGN … B-KING ‘STYLE
I would like to … but I can! The little Suzuki has a design clearly inspired by Suzuki B-King 1300, that great monster naked that has impressed everyone with his power and his extreme design. That style, however extreme, brought a breath of fresh air in the world of two wheels, which is why the Japanese designers were inspired by it.
The lines are slender upward in the front and downwards to the rear. In lateral view, then, affects the care of the engine, an important element in the aesthetics of a naked. From this then, there are two side exhausts, chrome with collectors. Then the side panels are aluminum colored.
The headlight is a small dome that hides a more than complete instrumentation. The latter contained, has an LCD display with LED indicators located on the right, where we find the speedometer, odometer total and partial double, fuel gauge, odometer, gear indicator, the intervals of scheduled maintenance and the clock.
The service lights are LED and there is an indicator to show when to change gear (she has three settings: standard – light off – normal and echo). There are also semi-handlebars mounted on forged support, and mirrors made just for this bike. Under the small tank 13.3 liters, we find that the lateral conveyors integrated direction indicators. The line of the tail is complete with a spacious seat, while the rear light uses a combination dual lens transparent. The color is expected to be the only black pearl.
MOTOR 25 HP
The engine of the Inazuma is a twin-front running from 248 cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, with six-speed gearbox. To provide a smooth torque at low and medium engine speeds, it was decided to implement the following measures bore and stroke: 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm. The maximum power of 24.48 hp at 8,000 r / min while maximum torque is 22 Nm at 6,000 rpm / min.
The maintenance is scheduled every 5,000 Km The electronic “ECM” check and shall, on the basis of information from the various sensors including O2 sensor, timing and optimal injection volumes. This guarantees to any of the engine a constant supply, idling smooth and optimum combustion thanks to a reduction in consumption and emissions. 30.4 km with one liter, are reported consumption WMTC. The tree with countershaft then, prevents vibration and reduces noise.
The frame is double-cradle steel and has been designed for ease of use and maximum maneuverability. The seat height from the ground is 780 mm, while the weight is 172 Kg which become 182 in running order. The suspension see a telescopic fork at the front and at the rear there is a shock absorber adjustable in spring preload.
A “slow” little jap, two discs: one front 290 mm (caliper with two parallel pistons) and one at the rear 240 mm. The bike is equipped with a front tire 110/80R17 and 140/70R17 rear. There are also some special aluminum alloy, such as footrests footrest, shift lever and brake and the passenger grab handle.
We just their hands on: the low cost of Inazuma, certainly can not expect us to who knows what, indeed! The bike is the first Suzuki manufactures in China on Japanese standards, and it shows. From near the bike is well made, details such as the aluminum platforms and even the front brake lever adjustable to four positions are specific to bigger displacements. The plastics are well put together and quite solid, with the exception of the tail, slightly more “fragile” when squeezed between your hands. The instrumentation is more than complete, not lacking anything really special and here we find that on motion of airspace biggest missing, such as count or the gear shift indicator.
Riding the hospitality and comfort are valuable. This is smooth, wide, legs and arms are bent the right and the controls, both the handlebars to the footpegs are right where you want them. Fixed wing mirrors, spacious and offer excellent visibility, start the engine. This is very quiet and runs very regularly. The clutch lever is pretty much “butter”, soft and suitable for small hands or with little force. Meshing with the first, just as soon leave the lever and the small road immediately Inazuma ago. The gearbox is precise and well-spaced (a few colleagues took the crowds between the third and second gears, probably due to the low running Ed), although when you stop at traffic lights with a high ratio, it does a little ‘hard to find the crowds.
The small cylinder is just as the name of the bike, not just a flash … as “electric”. This takes turns with a regularity without torque peaks. If you want a little ‘more verve, you have to rise above 7,500 rpm / min, but already 1,000 rpm the engine makes less road. Needless to pinch the place limiter to 11,250 rev / min, better to change to a maximum of 10,500 rpm / min. At low engine never refuses the opening of the gas, even if it opens and even in sixth gear at 2,000 r / min, it refuses, in fact, takes turns slowly. The maximum speed? Road closed to traffic we hit the 143 km / h indicated, lying on the tank and a 120/125 Km / h indicated, it comes soon enough. The vibrations are absent and only when you are next to the red zone are felt, but they are “soft” and do not bother at all. At high then, discharges, “in their own little”, are being felt, while below 7,500 rpm / min little jap is extremely quiet.
Good cycling. In traffic it slips like a scooter, with the steering “a joke” and the small cylinder which also helps to lower engine speeds, with a regularity of incredible response. To “high speed”, the bike responds well and is accurate, ensuring, in spite of the suspension a bit ‘too pliable, the paths set by the pilot. Just do not overdo it … but Inazuma is not meant to be scolding by expert riders.
you would like a little ‘more agile in the right and left, but the engineers have focused on stability, which in fact provides security. Excellent braking, the rear does what you ask him to slow down and that helps both to “close” the curve if you enter too fast, while the front makes the scalability her best dowry. To get power you have to squeeze the lever right, but it should be so. It ‘a bike built for beginners and braking must be “spongy”, because the fork sinks and so is not the case to undermine the front tire. Holes, cobbles, manhole covers, the chassis digests all, thanks very soft padding of the seat.
In short, the Suzuki Inazuma convincing, both for the price and for the fun of driving. There are special bike in a higher category adjustable brake lever, a full instrumentation, and considerable effort is made to make nice (maybe with a splash front slimmer …) and treated as collectors chrome.
Sure, it lacks ABS, technology that yes, has not been applied to keep costs down, but personally to my son or to a beginner, I would advise you to install if there were, putting aside additional 350/400 € for a system that even with the “flash” would agree, sort of … lifesaver! Suzuki has also created an ad hoc formula: 48 installments, with the first 24 from just 40 Euros. You can try it at EICMA 2012. Less than € 4,000, to enter the world of motorcycling, the real thing!
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