A dream run is not how we'd like to define Suzuki's stint in the Indian motorcycling segment. However, they have tasted a decent amount of success with the GS 150R and more so with their really rather fantastic Access 125 variomatic scooter.
At the 2012 Auto Expo, Suzuki looks certain to finally take the plunge into the sub-250cc performance motorcycle segment. It has only recently unveiled the Inazuma 250 to the UK audience, and it undercuts both, the Ninja 250R and the CBR 250R too, on the pricing front. So what, you ask? Well, while the CBR 250R is a full-faired number, the Inazuma makes up for its lack of bodywork by incorporating an extra cylinder. Yes, it's a parallel-twin! Now you're really listening, eh?
The Inazuma 250's styling is inspired from the B-King (the Hayabusa-based monstrous naked, for those who don't recollect) and while the looks can be described as conservative at best, it's not one bit offensive. And then there's the small matter of those twin tailpipes – an India first, at least in the non-import class – which, despite the weight gain, is bound to become an instant hit with boy racers. While the front forks are, expectedly, conventional (not upside down, that is), the rear sports a monoshock and there's a disc each at the front and rear.
Going by the pictures, the Inazuma has more of a sport-tourer stance than that of a track scorcher, so if your loyalties are with the latter, look away. The seat, a single unit, has a very prominent step and the handlebars are upright clip-ons, thus confirming it's touring/commuting ambitions. Suzuki hasn't yet revealed numbers but we're expecting it to be a mild-mannered 24-28 bhp motorcycle with the emphasis being more on low/mid-range performance.
Apart from the Inazuma, Suzuki will bring its 2012 range of international motorcycles, the GSX-R 1000, GSR, Intruder M1800R and the Hayabusa. Also present will be the recently launched Intruder M800 cruiser, a scaled down version of the M1800.