Suzuki Motorcycle India has introduced a 155 cc cruiser, taking design inspiration from the bigger Suzuki Intruder M1800R. The new Intruder shares the same engine, chassis, and suspension as the 155 cc Suzuki Gixxer. Is it good enough? We spend some time on the winding roads of Lavasa with the new Suzuki Intruder to seek some answers.
The Suzuki Intruder has been launched in India at Rs. 98,340
The Suzuki Intruder name isn’t new. In fact, the first Suzuki Intruder was launched more than three decades ago, in 1985. Over the years, the Suzuki Intruder has seen several revisions and has made a mark as a beefy, new age, muscular cruiser motorcycle from the Japanese manufacturer’s stable. Over the past few years, Suzuki has seen considerable sales growth in India, but largely relegated to the automatic scooters and the favorite 155 cc motorcycle the Suzuki Gixxer. According to Suzuki India, market research indicates that there is a lot of demand for an affordable cruiser motorcycle, with premium styling, and the big bike looks. So, enter the new, 155 cc Suzuki Intruder.
What is it?
The new Suzuki Intruder is a 155 cc cruiser motorcycle, with a very distinctive design. Going with the cruiser credentials, the riding position is relaxed and stretched out with forward-set foot pegs for a feet-forward riding position. The handlebar isn’t very wide and feels quite compact once you swing a leg over the bike. It may be styled with cruiser elements, but the bike’s ergonomics are designed keeping in mind the daily commute and easy riding in and around the city. Friendly ergonomics, compact handlebar, and a wide and easily accessible 740 mm seat height make the new Suzuki Intruder a friendly and comfortable riding position.
(The new Suzuki Intruder is a 155 cc cruiser motorcycle, with a very distinctive design)
It’s an all-new motorcycle, yes, but its underpinnings are borrowed from the hugely successful 155 cc Suzuki Gixxer. It gets the same four-stroke, single cylinder, air-cooled 155 cc engine which makes 14 bhp maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 14 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The carburetted engine is exactly the same as the Suzuki Gixxer, but there are other changes – the gear ratios are different, the intake and airbox are bigger and even the exhaust is different. So, it does sound slightly different than the Suzuki Gixxer and also feels ever so slightly different.
(It’s an all-new motorcycle, but its underpinnings are borrowed from the 155 cc Suzuki Gixxer)
How does it perform?
The Gixxer’s 155 cc engine is a smooth engine with a nice torque band with impressive pull and refined performance. And the best part about this engine is that it doesn’t feel stressed out or vibey even with the revs rising, and the throttle pinned open. And that is carried over to the new Suzuki Intruder’s personality as well. So, full marks there! Ride it spiritedly and the Suzuki Intruder makes for an entertaining performer. At 148 kg curb weight, it gains 8 kg over the Suzuki Gixxer, but it still feels light and nimble on the move.
How does it ride?
The Intruder may share many components with the Suzuki Gixxer, but it has a longer wheelbase, and a slightly raked out front end although the chassis and suspension are the same as the Gixxer’s. What’s also new is the slightly longer swingarm which gives the bike a long, low-slung look. The steering geometry is slightly different and the long wheelbase does make you feel that the Intruder may not have the Gixxer’s road manners. But show it a set of corners and the Suzuki Intruder’s handling is pleasantly surprising. And true to the Gixxer, it’s based on, the new Intruder doesn’t sacrifice road manners over cruiser styling.
(With a ground clearance of 170 mm, the Suzuki Intruder is designed to take on the rough, sailing easily over broken patches and road undulations)
With a ground clearance of 170 mm, the Suzuki Intruder is also designed to take on the rough, sailing easily over broken patches and road undulations, never for once losing its composure. Corners are despatched with taut and confident road manners; never for once making the rider feel that the bike is unsettled or nervous, even when leaned over across a series of switchbacks. It may not have a lot of power in that 155 cc engine, but the way the Intruder performs on the road, with its silky smooth refinement and throaty intake roar, there’s nothing to complain about the bike’s engineering and finesse. Clearly, high quality is what this motorcycle speaks volumes about and Suzuki has certainly ticked all the right boxes making the Intruder a truly impressive performer on the road.
(The front end certainly looks the part of a premium cruiser, with those big bike looks)
What about the design?
Looks are subjective, and nothing is further from the truth than the Suzuki Intruder’s design. Look at it from one angle, and it certainly looks desirable, even attractive. But look at it from another angle, and the Intruder looks out of proportion, and the design looks overdone. In fact, to us, the front end certainly looks the part of a premium cruiser, with that big bike looks. But it’s the rear end which looks garish and overdone, be it the fat tail section or the massive one-into-two upswept exhaust. Talking of which, if you’re inclined to take the occasional long distance ride on this cruiser, that upswept exhaust also doesn’t leave any room to mount a pair of saddlebags. A tail bag is your best bet, and that means no room for a pillion on a long ride.
Pricing and market positioning
Suzuki has certainly gone through a great deal of design and engineering effort to make sure the new Intruder lives up to Suzuki Motorcycle India’s hopes of crossing the one million unit sales mark by 2020. With the Gixxer’s runaway success, the Suzuki Intruder could very well open up many avenues to increase Suzuki’s market share in the motorcycle segment. India is now Suzuki’s largest market across the world, and Suzuki says the Intruder will be made in India to be exported to many different markets across the world.
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