Suzuki has announced that its new GSX-S125 and GSX-R125 will finally go on sale in September, with the naked GSX-S costing £3699 and the faired GSX-R coming in at an additional £300.
Suzuki unveiled the bikes at last year’s winter shows, with 150cc versions going on sale in various Asian countries this summer. The new bikes give Suzuki an entry into the important sports 125 sector for the first time since the two-stroke RG125F Gamma was discontinued nearly two decades ago.
With all 125s restricted to 11kW in order to meet A1 learner licence laws, the company claims that the weight of the new GSX models will be best in class at 134kg, giving the bikes a better power-to-weight ratio than their rivals and allowing for sharp handling and acceleration.
At the heart of both models is an all-new single-cylinder engine with double overhead camshaft engine design (DOHC), which improves airflow at higher engine rpm and makes for more precise valve timing.
A new keyless ignition system gives the GSX-S and GSX-R a touch of class not usually seen in the learner bike market, while Suzuki’s easy-start system and a full LCD dash that displays a fuel gauge, clock, and gear position indicator is piece of big bike tech on the little Suzuki. The package is wrapped up in bodywork and colour schemes that echo the bigger GSX models and come complete with LED head and tail lights.
Speaking about the new models, Suzuki GB marketing manager, Rob Cooper, said: “The new GSX-R125 means those sportsbike fans that are getting into motorcycling for the first time can join the largest and most iconic family of sportsbikes in the world from the start of their riding careers. And like other GSX-R riders, they can be sure they are riding a bike that is built to achieve the maximum performance it can within class regulations, by focussing on weight-saving and acceleration performance.
“But it’s also not only new riders that will enjoy both the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125, with both offering engine performance to please experienced riders that are perhaps looking for a small bike for city use, that are easy to ride, filter with, and park in busy town centres.”
As well as the cash price, Suzuki has announced several finance deals that mean that with a deposit of less than £1000, the GSX-R125 can be ridden away for £75 a month over 48 months, with the GSX-S125 available at £69 per month over the same period.
You can also be in with a chance of winning a GSX-R125, plus a Suzuki Ignis SZ-T car (total value £15,000) by getting a motorcycle, car or ‘six-wheeled’ insurance quote from Carole Nash before 31 October 2017. Existing Carole Nash Motorcycle, Car or Six Wheel customers as at 8 March 2017 to 31 October 2017 will also be automatically entered into the prize draw and the winner will be selected at random on Monday 6 November 2017. See https://www.carolenash.com/sixwheelgiveaway for terms and conditions.