Finally a Cruiser from Suzuki to cruise in style on the Indian roads.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Review.
Cruiser from Suzuki don’t it sound different? But hold on, since two decades Suzuki has its cruiser range named Intruder 700 and 1400. In 2006, it made out its flagship Boulevard M109R. Suzuki planned to enter the cruiser segment in India. Knowing about the needs of the market, it filtered up the positives of Gixxer and brought it in the Cruiser. In the year 2017, the new face known as Intruder 150 was launched in the market. But will this fresher face the well knowns in the market? Let’s find out. Having hands on the bike we present you the Suzuki Intruder 150 Review.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Review of Styling.
The design of Intruder may make you feel you have gone into the past. Suzuki generally tries some sleek and funky design in its bike, but the Intruder looks more mature and distinct. In my first impression I didn’t like it much, but considering the details and the design language made me change my mind. At the front end, the Intruder gets the bulged-out headlamp. It gets an all time on projector headlamp and a small white light at the chin. The split shield above the headlamp makes it look like the Batman. It gets small turn indicators over the handle bar which don’t look much attractive. From the side it appeals like a cruiser but the front mudguard looks skinny.
The design looks well-proportioned and flows uniformly. The wing styled side panels gives it a more appealing stance. What highlights is the ceramic strip flowing below the seat carrying the Intruder badge. Also, the dual massive exhaust suits it genuinely. The rear may remind you mini Hayabusa and grabs some attention. The tail lamp is small but feels an appropriate insert. The design of wheels seems to be carried from the Gixxer, but had lost the circumferal high-lighting strip.
The switches for the functions are similar to other bikes. Engine kill switch and starter button is placed in right hand. You can control upper and lower beam, turn indicators and horn from your left hand. The quality of the switch feels better and also feel proper to use. Now what confusing here is the key input, it can be observed over the front end after the cluster unit.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Review of Cluster Unit.
Suzuki has used the advanced Gixxer Instrument cluster unit in the Intruder. I wish if it could be analog type to make you feel riding a cruiser. This cluster unit gets fully digital display. It gets large font for the speed, the tachometer is placed on the top in horizontal. In addition, it gets two trip meters, clock and gear position and shift indicator. The screen is fitted on the black plastic and at the bottom ends you can find the controls. On the left side of the console, you can find the turn indicator reminder and Upper beam indicator. While on the right side flashes the LEDs of right turn indicator reminder, ABS and neutral light. There’s also a flashing LED as you hit the set RPM.
The Intruder gets a lower seat and forward foot pegs, this ensures comfort for the short riders. The handle bar feels proportioned and the rider can hold it with ease. All this ergonomics help the rider grab a comfortable position and feel luxurious. The Intruder gets split seat which is nicely cushioned and also provides comfort for rider as well as the pillion. The rear seat may feel a bit narrow due to the design. Switchgears are placed at a proper location and can be easily accessed. The rider may need to get stretched while inserting and removing the key due to its position. All the seating and riding make you feel the experience of riding a cruiser.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Review of Performance.
The Intruder pickups the same 155 cc motor from the Gixxer. This motor develops 14.8 HP and 14 Nm of torque. It is a carburetor unit but has linear power delivery. This motor has the required punch and pulls the bike rapidly. The power delivery feels linear and nill lag is observed. Low end and mid end torque character is excellent, the mid end feels too strong. The throttle response is rapid and makes it picks up the pace quickly in the mid end. The high end feels a bit unstable and revving in the three-digit speed makes you struggle to catch the pace. The motor feels refined and NVH are well maintained. Exhaust of the Intruder does not sound loud as the Gixxer.
Suzuki claims to have revised the gearbox and has improved the low-end characteristic. There is ample of torque available right from the low gears in the box. Gearbox is 5-speed and feels very smooth for use than the Gixxer. Also, the red lining of the motor is about 9500 rpm. Redlining the engine doesn’t make you feel unstable in the low gears. This power-mill starts screaming past 6000 rpm. The 150 motor feels well equipped for the Intruder.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Review of Riding Statistics.
Riding on highways will not let you to leave the accelerator. It provides way better straight line stability and cruises the road comfortably. The cornering is not satisfactory and may let you go down at high speeds. The ride feels stable even on high speeds and also holds the confidence. City rides feels nice and the bike revs the road with fun. The front telescopes feel genuine but the rear 7-step adjustable feels a bit on the stiffer side.
The layback position makes you feel riding a luxurious bike along with increasing the comfort. When it comes to braking, it gets dual disc and single channel ABS. The rear brake feels weak, but the braking power is covered up by the front brake, which has a strong bite without marking the road. The braking system when combined performs good but not the best. But the Intruder may boost up your riding experience by its highway rides.
Suzuki Intruder 150 Review :- Conclusion.
Starting from the design, which is a like or dislike term some may like the way it looks while some may not. The switches and cluster unit are quality rich and feel proper to use. Seating comfort is good and provides proper ergonomics. The performance unit may feel confusing, compared to the competitors, which offer 200+ cc motors for 20k more bucks. But the fuel efficiency of the Intruder is far away from its rivals. Overall the Intruder feels a Gixxer coated with cruiser stance and expels out some additional cruiser qualities.
A special thanks to ‘ Vighneshwara Suzuki ‘ for offering the bike for Suzuki Intruder 150 Review
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