Review of the Suzuki GS150R..
If there is currently a motorcycle which is the exact diametric opposite of the "TVS Apache RTR 160 HyperEdge" (phew.. quite a mouthful) it is the Suzuki GS150R.
The stark difference between the bikes becomes all the more comprehensively clear when ridden back to back. And that it what I had exactly done, i.e. ride the GS150R after I had checked out the Apache RTR 160 HyperEdge.
In a nutshell this is what the Suzuki GS150R feels like vis-à-vis Apache RTR 160
1. If the Apache RTR 160 is a light weight and compact bike, the GS150R is comparatively a heavy and big bike (especially for a shorter guy)
2. In terms of engine performance, if the Apache RTR feels like an impulsive and enthusiastic teenager, the GS150R feels like a mature adult
3. The riding stance of the Apache RTR is aggressive and sporty the stance on the GS150R is upright and relaxed.
4. The Apache RTR 160 is in its elements as a city slicker, the GS 150R on the other hand will be very comfortable munching away the miles on the highway
5. Vibrations are a repertoire of the Apache RTR 160’s engine while the one on the GS150R is as smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom
It was as if the top management at Suzuki Motorcycle had decided that they would make a 150 cc bike which is exactly the opposite of what their erstwhile partners, TVS Motor had in their line up (Apache RTR 160).
Looks: ”Was that a Pulsar that went past?”
In terms of looks the styling of the GS150R doesn’t break new grounds. The GS150R simply follows the lines that the Pulsar has defined in India. Just by pumping up the tank doesn’t make a totally new design. In fact the Yamaha FZ-16 has shown very clearly the wonders that a fresh approach to motorcycle design can do.
Ergonomics and Riding stance: “Physically bigger than other 150 cc bikes out there with a comfortable upright stance”
Yes sir, the GS150R is big for a 150 cc. The tech specs might show a seat height of 790 mm (the normal seat height on current desi bikes), but believe me I was not able to put both my foot on the ground comfortably. Also at 149 Kgs, the GS150R is the heaviest 150 cc in the market. Hauling around the bike felt almost like my Pulsar 220..!! For a short guy the GS150R is a handful.
The riding stance is upright and relaxed. Tall easy to reach handle bars compliment the front set footpegs. Even the gear shifter is a commuter friendly "Toe + Heel" one.
Engine and Gearbox: “Smooth and Sedate”
From my previous experience of the Suzuki Fiero I have always been all praise for the smooth gear box and engine that Suzuki puts on its bikes. The GS150R is no different either. The engine on this bike remains smooth and unless you look at the tachometer it’s difficult to tell that the engine can rev till 7000-8000 rpm without a hint of protest. The GS150R also gets a 6’th gear which makes an already smooth ride to a new level. The gear shifts are perfect.
The power delivery of the GS150R is calm and sedate. Acceleration is linear and predictable and does not quite scare the pants out of you.
Braking, Stability and Handling: ”Feels like a big bike”
Handling and braking on the GS150R is good but it is the bike bike feel of the bike that stands out. A bit of extra weight coupled with a good suspension does help in providing a more planted feel. The GS150R feels and rides like a big bike.
Fuel Efficiency : Delivers what is expected from a 150 cc
Although I have not personally confirmed the actual fuel efficiency of the GS150R, ownership reports suggest that the GS150R delivers whatever a 150 cc bike is expected to deliver. i.e. around 45-50 kmpl.
Verdict: “Not exactly a fire breather but more of a smooth operator”
I had mentioned at the beginning of this review that the GS150R is the opposite of the Apache RTR 160. The GS150R a smooth and sedate 150 cc bike which tall guys will find ergonomically comfortable.
Suzuki GS150R, Technical Specifications:
Type: Four-stroke, Air-cooled,SOHC
Displacement: 149.5 cm3 (cc)
Max Power: 13.8bhp@8500rpm
Max Torque: 13.4Nm@6000rpm
Compression ratio: 9.35/1
Carburetor: BS26 with TPS
Transmission: 6-speed (1-down, 5-up)
Starting: Electric & kick
Overall length: 2,095 mm
Overall width: 775 mm
Overall height: 1,120 mm
Wheelbase: 1340 mm
Ground clearance: 160 mm
Seat height: 790 mm
Dry weight 134 kgs
Kerb weight: 149 kgs
Front: 2.75-18 42P
Rear: 100/90-18 M/C 56P
Battery: 12V, 5Ah
Headlamp: 12V 35/35W
Rs. 60,270 (Ex-Showroom Delhi) / Rs. 66,772 (On Road Delhi)
Rs. 62,619 (Ex-Showroom Pune) / Rs. 68,695 (On Road Pune)
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- Suzuki launches 150 cc GS150R in India..!! [Nov 2008]
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