One big question is, did Suzuki reintroduced the Suzuki Raider 150? The Suzuki Raider 150 is extremely popular with people looking for a bit more from their motorcycle.
To understand the popularity of the Suzuki Raider 150 we have to look what powers this 97 kilogram underbone category motorcycle. The Raider 150 is powered by a 4-stroke twin-cam (DOHC) four-valve, air and oil cooled 147.3cc engine. Suzuki has created a special “patented” way to cool the piston at the moment of combustion by injecting cool oil inside the pistons skirt.
The Suzuki Raider is known in Southeast Asia under several different names, so it is called in Indonesia as the Suzuki Satria F150. In the Philippines they hold on to the Raider 150 name, all they have a Raider J variant. In Malaysia Suzuki introduced the Raider 150 this year as the Suzuki Belang R150, highly likely to replace the Suzuki FXR150 build by Lion Motor Sdn Bhd.
There are some rumors that Lion Motor Sdn Bhd., is losing it license to manufacture the 150cc Suzuki at the end of 2009.
Back to the Suzuki Raider 150, the Raider was Suzuki successful answer to a popular 150cc Honda motorcycle. The 150cc Honda motorcycle with almost 20 kilo's more weight, and similar engine performance was no match for the Suzuki Raider 150. Also the Suzuki Raider 150 has a showroom price which is almost 15,000 Baht cheaper then the Honda offering. Many Suzuki Raider owners used this extra price advantage to modify the Suzuki Raider 150 engine with sport camshafts and larger racing carburetor sets. For this reason Suzuki had for some time, before 250cc bikes where introduced, the name of building Thailand's fastest motorcycle.
The Suzuki Raider is a delightful motorcycle to ride in tight traffic, its light weight and powerful engine give the rider the real feeling that the Raider 150 can do anything. For 2009 it seems that Suzuki has updated the front and rear brake system and made the new 2009 Raider 150 is more fuel efficient, Suzuki claims 35km/liter.