Beginners Bike, Daily Cruiser
It’s a beginner’s bike for some, yet the GZ250 is a more-than-capable daily cruiser for others. While some ride for the thrill of the feeling of the wind in their face, others put a leg up over the Suzuki GZ250 for the 75-plus miles per gallon it provides between distant fuel stops.
For any reason, there’s another reason to explore the world of the Suzuki GZ250 once again. And that’s a way-lower sticker price.
One of the best-value-for-your-money motorcycle offerings just got better when Suzuki Motorcycles USA announced on Thursday, Oct. 14 that it was lowering the price of its GZ250 standard motorcycle to $2,999.
That means for one-fifth of a typical car payment, you can be riding in your own world, heading off into the distance on your own bike. Heck, you can’t even buy a Harley-Davidson engine for the price of the whole GZ250.
It Always About the Money
The worldwide recession wreaked havoc on the motorcycle industry and the men and women who ride two-wheeled creations. The weekend riders got off their bikes, trading in the their leathers for “4-sale” signs on 600-pound roadside monuments to the good old days and good times gone bye.
Daily riders kept riding, but event hey found that $4-a-gallon gasoline can burn a hole in the transportation budget of even the most devoted two-wheel enthusiasts.
That’s when I made the switch to the sub-500 CC crowd. I’m willing to bet the fuel savings that I have enjoyed may be another reason you’ll take a second look at the Suzuki GZ250.
O.K, I’ve ridden motorcycles for the better part of the last 20 years. Along they way there has been wonderful memories of enjoying high speeds on the open road. There have been good times and great road journeys with wonderful friends. They were separated by a few stays in the hospital and one much-needed six month’s disability-sponsored vacation from work.
Needless to say, I needed a little help convincing the wife about riding a motorcycle again. I wanted to swing a leg over a motorcycle again and I didn’t want to have to swing a leg over a bench in divorce court as well.
Then I found the answer in a Suzuki GZ250, a parallel twin that provided enough horsepower to get up to highway speeds and provide enough fuel economy to convince the wife to let me drive it. When gas hit $3.92 a gallon, she finally said, “We can’t afford not having you ride a motorcycle.”
Those are as beautiful words as hearing, “Free beer for the bar.”
Thank you Suzuki for the $1,000 other reasons to ride!
Suzuki began creating what some consider an entry-level bike back in 1998 when the company introduced the GZ250 Marauder to the motorcycling world. There have been minor improvements through the years, but the bike has been thoroughly time-tested and mile-tested. It remains a solid seller in the Suzuki lineup. The GZ250 combines reliability, classic cruiser styling, lots of chrome and a great price. Did I mention it gets more than 75 miles per gallon?
Suzuki doesn’t publish exact engine horsepower and torque numbers. They leave that for the motorcycle-riding and writing press to determine how much power lies inside the 249-CC power plant from the land of the rising sun. Top Speed writers determined the GZ250 pushes out 20.1 horsepower at 8,000 RPM. Though it doesn’t sound like a lot, I was surprised when 20 horsepower got a not-so-skinny me and my bike up to 75 MPH without straining. I’ve found that the GZ250 contains more than enough horsepower for a to be a reliable daily rider that saves me money on gas and allows me to go on weekend bike runs. If I was planning a several-day, cross-country trip, I’d definitely go for more horsepower and size. But I wanted the wind-in-your-hair feeling that comes with the freedom of the open road. I also needed to save money at the same time.
The front disk, rear-drum brake combination works well enough for the Suzuki GZ250, but remember you aren’t going down the highway at 125 MPH either.
I didn’t want to drive a scooter and the Suzuki GZ250 doesn’t look like one either. Suzuki Motorcycles designers gave the bike lots of chrome up front, and Harley-Davidson-styled front and rear fenders that carry a classic old-school look. Even the rear shock mounts have a bit of classic American V-Twin cruiser. The GZ250 has a 57.1-inch wheelbase which is about the same size as the Harley-Davidson Sportster, so you won’t feel like you are riding a two-wheeled version of the Urkel mobile. The GZ250 weighs 331 pounds, so its light enough to get going up to highway speeds fairly effortlessly. It’s also light enough to easily move around with knees that have been tortured by life’s previous adventures.
The GZ250 comes with a large (for a fuel-efficient motorcycle) 3.4-gallon fuel tank. That means you’ll fuel range that easily outlasts your need to stretch your legs or your desire to relieve some of the weight off your backside. You’ll be able to go way past 200 miles between fill ups.
Sure, I’d like to relive the days of my youth, riding a 200-horsepower sport bike at speeds that are as likely to send me to jail as they are the county morgue. However, I’m interested in keeping both wheels on the ground, saving some money and enjoying the thrill of motorcycling. The Suzuki GZ250 does it all and I’m sure it will do the same for you.
Sources: Personal experience