The Suzuki GSX-S300 has been revealed in all its glory through pictures of the Haojue DR300 in China. Haojue is Suzuki’s Chinese partner and will be selling the DR300 in the Chinese market. For other select markets though, this is the Suzuki GSX-S300, and it will join the tough competition in the 300cc segment.
The 300cc segment is the fastest-growing motorcycle segment in Europe and Asia. The naked, street motorcycle category of the segment is already abuzz with great motorcycles like the Yamaha MT-03, Honda CB300, Kawasaki Z300, KTM 390 Duke, BMW G 310 R, etc.
These are all brilliant motorcycles and are selling well too, well at least before the pandemic they did sell well. Suzuki Motorcycles couldn’t be left out from the fray and hence developed the GSX-S300. It will be sold in several international markets but it debuts in China as the Haojue DR300. The partnership between Suzuki and Haojue is well-known already.
Haojue will build the motorcycle for the Chinese market and retail it as the DR300. Suzuki meanwhile will export it to other markets and badge it as the GSX-S300. Detailed images of the Haojue DR300 have now been released, thereby giving us a good look at the Suzuki GSX-S300. It is easy to see the heavy influence of the GSX-S1000 on the baby GSX.
Every element including the headlamp, bikini fairing and rear-end have been inspired by the litre-class GSX. It features LED lighting all for the headlamp, tail lamp, and turn-signal indicators. Suspension duties are handled by an upside-down fork up front and a seven-step adjustable monoshock at the rear sourced from KYB.
The Suzuki GSX-S300 (Haojue DR300) is powered by a liquid-cooled, 298cc parallel-twin engine with a maximum power output of 28.8bhp at 8,500rpm and a peak torque output of 27.8Nm at 6,500rpm. A 6-speed gearbox drives the rear wheel.
At this moment we’re unsure if the motorcycle will be sold in the Indian market. Suzuki Motorcycle India already retails the 250cc Gixxer 250 and the 300cc naked motorcycle market isn’t big enough to setup a new assembly line for the GSX-S300.
However, if demand is big enough, Suzuki sould import motorcycles assembled in China. That would be too expensive in India and hence we do not see it coming to India soon.