Sep 5, 2010

5 Suzuki SlingShot 125 cc launched, Suzuki Zeus/Heat Stopped

Suzuki Motorcycles India replace its 125 cc Zeus model with the SlingShot..

It is basically the Zeus with a new design and name

Suzuki Motorcycle India has launched a new 125 cc model called as the "SlingShot". The name might suggest that this model is a street scorcher. But actually the bike is virtually the same 125 cc Zeus.. with the same 125 cc, 5-gear engine.. albeit with a different name and different body panels.

Front Disc brake is absent even as an option..

..the headlamp is not gelling with an otherwise decent design

Suzuki SlingShot

By the way, the 125 cc Zeus has been removed (the Heat had been already removed from the product lineup few months back) from Suzuki Motorcycle India's website. Which probably means that the Zeus brand has been stopped and the SlingShot will be its replacement.

So what's new in the Suzuki SlingShot?

  • New body panels

  • New 10 spoke alloy wheel design

  • New tail and head lamp design

  • Electric start as standard with both alloy and spoke wheel variants

  • No front Disc brake option (at least till now)

Suzuki SlingShot Front

The name "SlingShot" could have been reserved for something more appropriate..

Following its international trend of not putting the peak power and torque figures of its models on its website (God knows why!!), Suzuki India too hasn't made the peak power figure of this new bike public in its website. Despite that, it is learnt that the peak power is somewhere around the 8.83 Ps mark, which was the same that the Zeus used to make.


Price:

    Spoke Wheel + Self Start: Rs. 43,945 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) Rs. 48,027 (On road Delhi)

    Alloy Wheel + Self Start: Rs. 45,911 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) Rs. 50,140 (On road Delhi)

So basically the alloy wheel variant is about Rs. 2,000 dearer than the spoke wheel variant.


Suzuki SlingShot, first impressions:

The looks of the SlingShot is not going down well with most on the internet. According to me it is the headlamp that is not gelling with an otherwise decent design.

The 8-9 Ps of peak power seems to be a bit low for a 125 cc bike, also front disc brakes don't seem to feature even in the options list.

But then this motorcycle seemed to be aimed at the economy seeking crowd rather than the thrill seeking dudes. Well.. in that case, the name "SlingShot" could have been reserved for something more appropriate.



Technical Specifications:

ENGINE
    Type Air cooled, 40-stroke, 1-cylinder, SOHC
    No. no cylinders 1
    Bore X Stroke (mm) 53 X 55.2
    Displacement (CM3) 124 cc
    Compression Ratio 9.1:1
    Carburetor VM18
    Starting KS and ES
    Air Cleaner Non-woven fabric elemnt
    Lubrication system Wet sump
TRANSMISSION:
    Clutch Wet multi-plate type
    Transmission: 5-speed
    Gear Shift Pattern: 1-down, 4-up
CHASSIS:
    Suspension
    Front TElescopic, coil-spring, oil-damped
    Rear Swing-arm, coil-spring, oil-damped

    Brakes
    Front Mechanical, leading-trailing drum type
    Rear Mechanical, leading-trailing drum type

    Tyres
    Front 2.75 - 18 42P
    Rear 3 - 18 52P
ELECTRICAL:
    Ignition: CDI
    Spark Plug NGK

    Battery: Kick start & electric start spec: 12 V 5Ah
    Headlight: 12 V 35 W/35 W

    Fuel Tank capacity: 12.0
    Reserve 2.1
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT:
    Overall Length 2035 mm
    Overall Width 770 mm
    Overall Height 1075 mm
    Wheelbase 1265 mm
    Ground Clearance 160 mm

    Kerb Weight: Spoke Wheel (Kick and electric starter), Cast Wheel (Kick and electric starter): 127 kg, 128 kg



Colors:
  • Metallic Mustard Yellow

  • Pearl Nebular Black

  • Metalllic Fox Orange

  • Candy Antares Red


Suzuki SlingShot Photos:

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5 Comments:

Anonymous said...

Gr8 overview! I confused, r u really a biker next door or a well exprinced reviewer. Ur blog really deserve more!!!
What suzuki got by launching this bike? Even older super splendor looks and performs better (Atleast on paper). Then honda shine and bajaj p135 are miles ahead...
Its front end looks like something is missing (fairing?) and back reminds me tvs centra... just like uncompleted design.
This bike will not brings too many takers for suzuki. They should do something real genuine work...

Sankoobaba said...

suzuki designs r weird...they dont hav 1 design tat makes u lust a bike...in small-cc category...

Arnav said...

Awaiting your good write up on the test drive of Suzuki SlingShot-125CC Your articles are well scripted, thanks for sharing with us.

Akash said...

WoW! Suzuki should fire the designer of this bike immediately. This looks like an overgrown moped.
Seriously looks like a cheap bike.

Rather buy a Discover 150CC, than this ****!

Arnav said...

Awaiting your good write up on the test drive of Suzuki SlingShot-125CC Your articles are well scripted, thanks for sharing with us.

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