India to get Japanese cruiser after a decade

By S Ben Raja Published on Oct 31, 2017 03:46 PM IST

Chennai: Come 7 November and we are going to see Japanese cruiser, Intruder, hit our roads for the first time after a decade.

Made entirely in India, Suzuki Motorcycles is going to launch their new affordable motorcycle in the country.

Cruisers are a segment of motorcycles that offers large and relaxed engines with comfortable ergonomics to cover long distances.

They are very popular in United States, where people in various biking groups between States. On the other hand, Indians have been deprived of such bikes.

Except from Royal Enfield offerings and the Avenger series from Bajaj, we don't have any other cruiser in the country.

To give a clearer picture about how Indians like these bikes, the very few cruisers in the country are the Classic, Thunderbird and Avenger series, that have sold more than 70,000 units every month.

Yamaha Enticer was the first and last Japanese cruiser ever made and sold in India. Brought to the country as an experimental product, the cruiser failed to pick up stream at a time when Indians were not ready to accept such bikes.

Sporting a small 125 cc engine, it was for short distance ride. Right after its discontinuation in 2006, there was no other launch of Japanese cruiser in the country.

After much research, Suzuki has finally brought a cruiser to our shores. Going by the spy shots released on the internet a couple of days ago. The new bike not only looks promising but also broke the traditional design language of Indian bikes.

<B>What's the inspiration?<P>

The design has been inspired from Suzuki's bigger cruiser, Intruder M1800. It has got a similar looking headlight with a bulbous tank which tapers off to the tail light. The bike has got a large and wide handle-bar with a Thunderbird-like comfortable seat.

Named as Intruder 150, the images revealed that this bike gets the same engine from the Gixxer twins with same frame and tyres. Even the power and torque figures remain unaltered.

<B>Will the new cruiser seal the deal?<P>

When the spy shots of the bike was revealed, most of the enthusiasts poured in their doubts regarding the relaxed nature of the engine as it has been borrowed from a street-fighter.

<B>How will it manage on the highways? Is a high revving engine suitable for long distance cruising? <P>

The Gixxer's 155 cc engine has a top speed of 122 Kmph (vbox) in 5th gear at a 10,500 rpm red line. So, at speeds below 100 Kmph or at normal cruising speeds of about 80 Kmph, the engine will hardly spin at 8,000 rpm that too without any vibrations, a trait Suzuki engines are known for.

<B>Big tyres<P>

Finally, what turned out to be the sweet spot for Suzuki is the rear tyre. The fat 140 section rear tyre from the Gixxer will not only give the Intruder an edge over the other cruisers in looks but will also give the bike an excellent straight line stability to tear through highways.