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Suzuki Gixxer 150 Review – MCP

Posted on: September 29, 2016

It was August 20 2015 when Suzuki Philippines launched their newest addition at the time to its motorcycle lineup – the Gixxer 150. Heck, I even posted some photos here at the forums where motorcycle guru Mel Aquino was captured warming up the bike.

Here’s Mel Aquino doing some of his stunts to “warm up” the bike on that rainy day

So after a few months, we were able to get our hands on this new bike that won 14 awards in India alone and test it on a real long ride to Sagada Mountain Province.

POWERPLANT

The light engine boasts a 154.9cc displacement with a single overhead camshaft – lots of firepower to propel me and my pillion up the perilous Tagudin-Cervantes-Sabangan RD thanks to the Suzuki Eco Performance (SEP) delivering smooth running condition at low fuel consumption. The bike’s 5-speed transmission shifts smoothly as it transfers power from the engine to the rear wheel.

STYLING AND HANDLING

Personally, the first thing I noticed on this bike was the stylish dual-type exhaust muffler which was designed for high exhaust efficiency according to Suzuki. The rear mono shock suspension has the right damping and rebound setting even with a pillion as we observed during our trip along the winding roads to Sagada while the front telescopic suspension is a little soft so it takes a little getting used to before you can play with the bike at the twisties. I could safely say that the bike really looks good, well it should, it was inspired from Suzuki’s big bike GSX-S1000. The Gixxer’s light diamond frame offers structural rigidity with comfortable riding character. Indeed, the flat instrument panel design resembles a smart phone and has all the nitty-gritty stuff you need when riding and an RPM indicator inspired from the Suzuki Hayabusa.

FUEL ECONOMY RANGE AND STOPPING POWER

I was able to squeeze 38 kilometers per liter “relaxed” city driving at one time, but when we went up to Sagada, we consumed 10 liters of fuel from Pasig City to Tagudin Ilocos Sur: roughly 33 kilometers per liter with pillion, a heavy back pack and traffic because of the Lenten holidays. Thanks to its mammoth tank, the Gixxer can have a fuel range of about 456 kilometers in one top up. The twin piston ByBre calipers and rear drum provides enough braking power except when wet.

Yep, only 10 liters from Pasig City to Tagudin Ilocos Sur
You know it is summer vacation when the north is congested
The Suzuki Gixxer 150 took a lot of beating, through good and bad roads but it stood out without a snag

BRANDO’S PICK

Although the Gixxer packs a lot of punch when it comes to acceleration, it’s a slow crawl from 100 – 125 km/h. It’s a thumb’s up when it comes to the overall design and fuel efficiency for a 155cc carbureted motorcycle. The drum brakes are so-so especially during wet conditions and in this age most of the upper-market small bikes offer rear disc brake as standard. We wish Suzuki to bring here in the Philippines their dual disc brake version which is already available in India. Power, everyday practicality, an impressive headlamp for nighttime riding and a sporty exhaust grunt, you got them all with the Gixxer 150 and it is one of my picks for this year.

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • ENGINE: 4-Stroke, Single cylinder, Air Cooled, SOHC
  • DISPLACEMENT: 154.9 cc
  • MAX. POWER: 14.6 bhp @ 8,000 rpm
  • MAX. TORQUE: 10.3 lb ft @ 6,000 rpm
  • TRANSMISSION: wet multi-plate, 5-speed
  • SEAT HEIGHT: 780 mm
  • FUEL CAPACITY: 12 liters
  • WET WEIGHT: 135 kg
  • TOP SPEED: 120 km/h as tested
  • PRICE: PhP 89,900
  • +: Overall look
  • -: Rear drum brake

Review Credits: www.motorcyclephilippines.com