By early 2015, Suzuki could withdraw the Inazuma 250 from the Indian market . The bike which was launched almost 1 year back , failed to generate any sort of good revenue for Suzuki , not even reaching triple sales figures.Though much can be discussed about why the bike failed in India, Ridability, comfort and stability are definitely not one of them.
The simple reason why the bike didn’t succeed in India is that the Indian market wasn’t quite ready for the bike. The Inazuma is a pure tourer , providing all the desirability required for the best.It may not be the best looking bike in the market , but it did deliver in pretty much everything else it was made for. Let’s check out some of the specifications of the Inazuma 250.
|Engine:||Four stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC|
|Fuel system:||fuel injection|
|Transmission:||6-speed constant mesh|
|Power:||26.0Ps @ 8500rpm †|
|Torque:||22.00N.m @ 6500rpm|
As you can see the bike boasts of a 248cc twin cylinder mill (parallel-twin) which produces 26 Ps of power and 22 Nm of Torque. This may be the worst power figures for a twin cylinder motorcycle in India , but it is also the cheapest at 2.1 Lakhs a piece (ex-showroom).
The Suzuki Inazuma 250 when launched came with a price tag of Rs 3.1 lakhs. This price, along with the mediocre looks where very off-putting for the India customers. Furthermore the bike weighed 183 kg’s and lacked ABS. After many a complaints and selling a mere 3 units in the initial months , Suzuki decided to lower the prices by almost 1 lakh Rupees.
With the reduced prices the Inazuma did look a much better package ,considering how well it did its job . But even such drastic measures failed to get the sales ticking for Suzuki.The bike as a whole didn’t seem viable for the manufacturer and hence will lead to an early demise by 2015.
So if you are planning to buy an Inazuma , this would be the time to do it . Suzuki has informed that they will still make parts and service available for the existing Inazuma customers.
Stay tuned for more updates!