Suzuki Motorcycles is all set to make its first big launch of year 2015 on April 7. It’s the Gixxer SF that will rise to fame on the day. Why? It’s actually a full-faired version of the Gixxer 155 lightweight naked bike that was introduced last year and arguably is the first product from Suzuki that succeeded in gaining masses attention. And given a new more premium-looking derivative of the model, which is already impressive itself, is ready to hit our roads, people’s expectations are higher as well as mine. I am getting many people talking about what exactly are the differences between these both siblings and to answer those all questions I’ve done this Suzuki Gixxer SF VS Suzuki Gixxer 155 comparison. Although, precise details of the new sporty vehicle are yet to be vouchsafed, nevertheless most of it we can guess ourselves.
The first difference, or probably the only one, between these bikes is their front styling. While both bikes are lookers in their own self, the Gixxer SF is even more special due to its appealingly crafted full fairing up front which in combination with v-shaped headlight, also having air scoops alongside itself, giving the model quite a resemblance to its elder sibling Hayabusa. The other difference can be seen in the form of yellow rim stickers (other body colors come with red stripes) and new brushed-aluminium finish on exhaust cowl. Other than this, rest of the bodywork seem tip-to-tip same on both motorcycles. For instance, both having similar clamp-type crystal side indicators, dual-barrel silencer, single-piece seat and detachable extension for rear mudguard. Also, the Gixxer SF in blue color boasts of an exclusive race-inspired livery that neither is offered on the Gixxer 155 nor even on SF in other colors. Engine is completely covered on the SF, though considering Suzuki’s dextrous experience in making full-fledged sports bike I don’t think it would have any overheating issues.
Engine, Transmission & Mileage-
Mechanically, the new Gixxer SF is identical to its naked sibling, which means a 154.9cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine powers the new version. This motor produces 14.8bhp and 14Nm of torque and comes mated to a 5-speed gearbox on the 155. Same figures are seen on SF’s brochure as well. Throttle response and refinement level on the Gixxer 155 are so impressive and naturally same becomes highlight of the SF. ARAI certified mileage of both the bikes is same too at 63.5kmpl. However, the company is now offering the Gixxer SF with fuel-injection system as optional. In terms of performance, there’s no much difference between carburetted and Fi variants but overall refinement level and throttle response seems to have been improved.
Chassis, Suspension & Brakes-
Like the engine and transmission part; chassis, suspension and brake setup are also similar between both siblings. That means, the new bike making use of the same diamond frame that Suzuki claims is infused with inputs of the GSX-R 1000 and Hayabusa’s engineers. This frame has given the 155 quite a dynamic character that saying it’s the best handler in its segment doesn’t appear an overstatement to me. The bike feels so compact and balanced that one’s appetite for going hard on corners could be slaked to a satisfactory extent. Chassis is combined with 41mm telescopic forks at front and mono-shock absorber to take care of suspension duty and braking ability is by virtue of disc and drum brakes at front and rear respectively. The Gixxer SF is built around the same setup without any change to suspension travel, wheelbase and braking. Although, rear disc brake would be immensely missed on this bike. The Gixxer 155 weighs 135 kg and has ground clearance of 160mm. The new one is heavier by at around 5 kg while being closer to the ground by around 5mm. Wheelbase remains same at 1330mm. Both bikes now offer the choice of rear disc brake.
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Features & body Colors-
When none mechanical change has been seen, how can we expect a feature upgrade? Suzuki hasn’t bothered to give it even clip-on handlebars and split seats, which are basic credentials of any sports-class motorcycle. Both bikes feature single-piece handlebar and seat, digital instrument console and tubeless tyres. The Gixxer SF so far has been spotted in 3 body colors – Black, Blue and White, the naked sibling is available in 5 body colors. Though, the faired one is also likely to be made available in a total of 5 body shades including Red and Grey as well.
And the final aspect of comparison is how expensive will be the Gixxer SF over the naked one? The best answer I’ve surmised for this, considering styling is the only major change, is the new model should be dearer by Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 to the Gixxer 155 that’s being retailed at Rs 76,430 ex-showroom in Delhi. Stay tuned as I’ll keep you updated of all new details, meanwhile you can also check out detailed overview of the Suzuki Gixxer SF. Specification sheet will be added post its launch and if you have questions, shoot them in the comment section below.