Suzuki Slingshot Looks and Design
Suzuki’s commuter motorcycles, which we have had in India until now, wore a dull makeup. Be it 125cc Zeus or the big brother GS150R, none of them has an attractive visual appeal, but the Slingshot breaks this ritual because it appears to be the trendiest Suzuki till date. Even though there are better looking bikes such as Honda Stunner CBF and Yamaha SS125 in this segment, which in a way are more stylish, but still, Suzuki’s attempt to add a style statement to this bike is definitely worth the appreciation. The headlamp sports an antagonistic appearance due to its unique shape, this renders to a bold face that is good to look at. Over the doom, you can locate the Speedo cluster, which is naked due to the absence of a proper visor. Although the absence of visor is quite disappointing since it has many utility purposes, it does add a sporty spirit to the overall facade making it stand apart from others.
The instrument cluster looks very small. It has analogue display consisting of speedometer, fuel gauge and gear indicator. While the gear indicator isn’t very common in the segment, the most common, and loved Tacho meter is surprisingly absent on-board. We wish Suzuki had added a tacho, which would have made the cluster look bigger and more alive. The quality of plastics is average and the panels have the analogy as that of all the bikes, but the addition of engine kill switch is a nice touch. The fuel tank gels well with the front adding a flow to the alluring design. Slightly bulging muscles look good. Addition of minor graphics adds an appealing look as well. The engine compartment, silencer, and alloy wheels sport all black finish adding to visual appeal of this bike. Yet, what makes this bike strikingly different from others is unique alloy wheels design. The multi-spoke design looks nice and a lot better than customary 5/6 spoke wheels. Overall, features like these, formulate into an interesting side profile of Slingshot.
While the front and side profiles of Slingshot leaves us impressed, the rear profile left us thwarted. The metal grab handle looks too outdated to say the least. The small tail lamp lies deep within the rear fender, making it difficult to spot. Even the shape of the lamp looks ages old. Comparatively bigger side indicators, however, compensate the rear making it look average if not ugly.