Leaving rest behind in the cost lane
S LOTTING a bike like the Inazuma into Suzuki's range has been relatively easy. In these stricken times, commuters are looking for a cheap and economical method of getting to and from work.
If this can be done on a modern, stylish and dependable pair of wheels, then so much the better. In the Inazuma, Suzuki looks to have ticked all these boxes.
With no fairing, flat handlebars and fairly conventional styling, the Suzuki Inazuma may give the impression that this bike is built on a very small budget with minimal function and reliability to match.
But rest assured, the Inazuma has a lot to offer the cost-conscious rider and the Suzuki name will be reassuring even though it is manufactured in China.
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Squirrel away around £3,499 and that should see you on the road.
The Inazuma at this price undercuts every Japanese 250 currently on the market.
Following its recent launch, Suzuki has added yet more value to customers with the introduction of a new Street Accessory Pack for the Inazuma.
Making the already versatile 250 even more useful, the new accessory pack includes a top case kit, centre stand, accessory bar and tank protector, all for the recommended and subsidised retail price of £459 including VAT and fitment.
Get off a sports bike and on to the Inazuma and you'll need a few miles to get accustomed. The peg position is low and the handlebars are high, which takes weight off your wrists and puts more on your backside.
The wide bars steer quickly and without a great deal of effort required to tip the bike into a corner, which isn't perhaps surprising, given that it tips the scales at just 182kg.
With no fairing, you're right in the wind blast at speed but at a steady 80mph, the air pressure is quite welcome, taking further weight off your hands.
Go any faster and you'll need to cling on with a little more concentration but you really don't buy a bike like this for serious high-speed stuff.
As a commuting bike or first- time learner, the Inazuma makes an ideal choice.
It is also constructed in such a way that if you are so inclined and can handle a set of feeler gauges, you can quite happily service and maintain this bike yourself.
Running costs should be low too, with a claimed 86mpg available from its punchy little twin.
Provided customers are not put off by where this bike is manufactured, the Suzuki Inazuma could become a rip-roaring success.
In difficult financial times, it could be the bike of the moment by offering commuters an economical solution to their everyday travel requirements.
Suzuki could be on to a winner.