Written by Thembani Magazi – December 15, 2021
Reviewed by Asaf Kedem
Japanese motorcycle giant Suzuki has unveiled the freshly updated 2022 editions of both the GSX-S125 and the GSX-R125 for the world market. The two bikes can expect a few new features, including a tweaked powertrain to adhere to Euro 5 emissions standards.
The same 125 cc single-cylinder platform is in use while the output (14.75 HP (10.8 kW) @ 10000 RPM) from the engine has remained unchanged. This is backed up with 11.5 Nm of peak torque at 8000 RPM and the engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Ever so subtle cosmetic changes have been made as well. For example, a slightly redesigned headlamp along with updated graphics. The bikes have also been given new colour options for 2022. The naked version in the 125 cc range – the GSX-S125 – now comes in three colour options including Metallic Triton Blue/Titan Black, Titan Black and Pearl Brilliant White/Titan Black colours. On the other hand the R125 gets Metallic Triton Blue, and Titan Black colour options.
Save for these updates, the rest of this pair of bikes remains unchanged. The cycle parts, as well as equipment level will be carried over as before. Both continue to ride on 17-inch alloy wheels. The suspension kit includes telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. Braking is handled by a petal-type disc at both ends along with a dual-channel ABS setup.
Auto Trendy’s take:
We are pleasantly surprised to see that Suzuki has managed to update to Euro 5 standards, reportedly without any sacrifice of power from the engine. This type of engineering is one of the marks of a true industry leader, which Suzuki undoubtedly is and has been for a long time. The conversation among motorcyclists remains dominated by the Japanese, with the best in the business likely to be a Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki or Suzuki. These companies seem to be waiting to see if the rest of the industry can catch up as their bikes remain some of the best available on the fiercely competitive market. The newly updated bikes by Suzuki will reach dealerships in Europe by early 2022.