Suzuki GW 250; Great Beginner Bike

by: Walt Lumpkin

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or "refresher" for the returning motorcycle rider

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or “refresher” for the returning motorcycle rider

The newest bike in the Suzuki line is the GW 250 and it gives them a low cost niche in the starter motorcycle lineup. This lightweight bike is 248cc’s of two wheel fun directed primarily toward the first time rider. With an MSRP of $3999 it is affordable for most wallets and is a good choice for those who have no interest in purchasing a used bike and dealing with the pitfalls that usually come with such a purchase while perfecting the intricacies of learning to ride on two wheels.

The GW250 boasts a side by side liquid cooled twin cylinder engine delivering enough horsepower to the ground to satisfy most beginners. While twenty four horses may not seem to be adequate to those of us who have been riding for years  think back to the first time you straddled a  large displacement bike.  Now think about how daunting it’s power and weight can be to a novice rider.

This bike is not intended to be an long touring interstate highway cruiser but is plenty of motorcycle for those who need practice and transportation on surface streets and rural highways with double nickel speed limits. During our media test rides speeds of eighty plus miles per hour were obtained on I-4. Although the bike is not really in its element at those speeds it is good to know you have the capability if needed.

The GW250 seat height of just over thirty inches and narrow seat makes it ideal for the new female rider and male riders that are vertically challenged. The ability to place both feet flat on the pavement when stopped is one thing that builds confidence in new riders. The stylish GW250 also makes for a great bike for the college set that just needs affordable and fuel efficient transportation around campus. It is easier to park too.

Highway speed is easily accessible via the smooth shifting six speed constant mesh transmission and the hybrid ergonomic seating makes the ride comfortable for most riders. The positioning is somewhere between sport bike and normal mid controls. The seat and suspension is fairly comfortable even for a six foot two hundred thirty pound guy like me. Overall Suzuki engineers have hit the middle ground by focusing on the best of sport bike and cruiser ergonomics.

The chain driven GW250 weighs in at a very light four hundred and three pounds. It is equipped with front and rear discs brakes that are more than adequate to stop this lightweight chain driven looker. The dash contains both analog and digital gauges along with flashy indicator lights. The electric starter brings the 250 to life with an effortless press of the starter button.

The GW250 gives Suzuki an entry level bike that should appeal to a wide range of consumers and the twelve month unlimited warranty should give buyers the confidence in Suzuki to take care of their new offering to the US market.

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Lucky Facebook Fan Will Receive Lifetime Subscription

April 26,2011 – (Swainsboro Ga) Sometime in the next twenty four hours, one lucky motorcycle enthusiast will visit the USRiderNews Facebook Fan Page and click “like” and instantly win a lifetime subscription to USRiderNews.   Sylvia Cochran, President of Thunderwind Publishing said  the magazine remains committed to print but has embraced social media.  ”We’re excited to reach this milestone” said Cochran.  ”Social media is another way to engage our readers and USRiderNews has the largest Facebook fan page of any motorcycle specific magazine.”  Cochran added, “Connecting motorcycle owners and riders with our advertisers is part of our mission.  The other is to educate and entertain our readers and fans.”

About USRiderNews:  Founded in 2000 as Dixie Rider National Motorcycle News by Scott & Sylvia Cochran. Dixie Rider quickly grew into the most widely read advertising-based, free publication in the southern United States. In 2004, a unique state insert program was launched to bring local news and ride reports which are unavailable in other national motorcycle publications. In 2005, responding to readers and advertisers request, the name was changed to USRiderNews and distributed nationally. In 2010, a Facebook Fan page was established and quickly grew into the largest online presence for any motorcycle magazine.  The print edition of USRiderNews is published monthly by Thunder Wind Publishing and is available free in motorcycle dealerships and at events, rallies and online in flipbook format.


Best of Facebook Virtual Bike Show

What do motorcyclists do when the weather is too cold or there’s too much ice and snow on the ground to get in their two wheel fix?

They surf the internet and log onto Facebook, and thousands of them come to the USRiderNews Fan page every day.

So USRiderNews, along with F2P Technologies is giving the motorcycle community a new way to showcase their ride and perhaps win a Flash2Pass automatic garage door opener.

Between February 4th and 12 noon on Feb 11th, motorcycle owners can post a photo of their bike on the USRiderNews fan page and ask their friends to vote by using the “like” button on the post.  Whichever bike gets the most “likes” during that time will win a Flash2Pass module courtesy of F2P Technologies.

To post your motorcycle photo, visit www.facebook.com/usridernews

About USRiderNews:  Founded in 2000 as Dixie Rider National Motorcycle News by Scott & Sylvia Cochran. Dixie Rider quickly grew into the most widely read advertising-based, free publication in the southern United States. In 2004, a unique state insert program was launched to bring local news and ride reports which are unavailable in other national motorcycle publications. In 2005, responding to readers and advertisers request, the name was changed to USRider News and distributed nationally. USRider News is published monthly by Thunder Wind Publishing.

About F2P Technologies

F2P Technologies was created in 2000 by motorsports enthusiast Chris de Janasz. Based in Staunton, Va., the company manufactures a flagship product called Flash2Pass.™ This wireless remote garage opener device features an unprecedented design and is used in the automotive, motorcycle, commercial fleet, recreational, and other industries. For more information about F2P Technologies, visit www.f2ptechnologies.com.

America’s Longest Running Weekly Motorcycle News Magazine To Close

The former editor of Cycle News, Paul Carruthers posted on his Twitter account that the venerated magazine is shutting down.  The final issue date has not been announced, nor has any “official” word from the owners of Cycle News been forthcoming.

Carruthers wrote in his blog that he was notified by a former co-worker that the “plug had been pulled on the 40 year old publication and that death was imminent.”

Last week Carruthers ended his 25 year run as editor with the magazine.  He said he predicted the magazine wouldn’t last 3 weeks, but feels sad, rather than vindicated at the magazine’s demise.

Founded in the mid 60′s by Charles and Sharon Clayton of Long Beach, California from the purchase of a struggling newsletter, Motorcycle Journal, Cycle News was, at it’s zenith, the bible for competition motorcycle enthusiasts across the United States.

At one point, the magazine had 5 regional editions and was the leading and arguably the most influential motorcycle publication in the world.

Speculation in the industry is that the brand will continue as an online publication.