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.
- Suzuki adds another option to the entry-level class with its all-new GW250 naked standard.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.