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2013 Suzuki GW250 First Ride Review Photo Gallery

See photos of Suzuki's new entry-level mount, the 2013 GW250, in the 2013 Suzuki GW250 First Ride photo gallery. Read more in the 2013 Suzuki GW250 First Ride Review.

The 2013 GW250 will hit Suzuki sales floors at a competitive $3999 MSRP.
Suzuki claims the short-lived B-King inspired the GW250 lines, particularly evident in the headlight assembly.
A liquid-cooled Parallel Twin powers the GW, with a single overhead cam actuating the two-valve cylinder heads.
The instrument console features an analog speedo offset by several idiot lights on the left and an LCD display on the right. The latter incorporates a digital speedo and fuel gauge. Inset within the tach is another small LCD housing the gear position indicator, one of our personal favorites in a dashboard display and a real boon for novice riders too.
A single-disc front brake pinched by two-piston Nissin calipers brings things to a halt with a stern squeeze on the lever.
Suzuki claims 24 horsepower from its little GW mill, with peak torque 16.2 lb-ft.
The six-speed transmission is a highlight for the GW. The clutch engages with reassuring feel at the lever and the bike is mindlessly easy to launch.
As far as handling goes, our best corners in Orlando were preceded by Exit # signage, so it’s difficult to say how the GW250 will perform during spirited backroad jaunts.
Riding position on the GW will accommodate a wide range of riders. It’s a small bike, but at 6’1” I did not feel overly cramped at the controls.
In motion the bike doesn’t feel particularly heavy, but the GW’s 403 pound curb weight is somehow about 20 to 40 pounds more than its fully-faired 250/300 rivals.
On the road the GW250 engine performance is most reminiscent of the older Ninja 250, with the real power kicking in up high.
While performance isn’t overwhelming, the GW250 is an inviting user-friendly platform to coax new riders into the Suzuki ranks. Add its lowest-in-class price point at $3999 and the GW could very well be a new staple for Hamamatsu.