Haojue, Suzuki‘s Chinese partner, has filed a design patent for a new naked motorcycle to be called the “HJ300“. Considering the fact Haojue manufactures the GW250, GSX-250R and V-Strom 250 for Suzuki, the HJ300 may provide a preview of what a potential GSX-S300 may look like.
The patent drawings show a bike with an engine that looks nearly identical to the 248cc parallel-Twin powering the GSX-250R and V-Strom 250. The patent, filed with China’s State Intellectual Property Office by Haojue’s parent company Dachangjiang Group Co., states the design is for a motorcycle to be called the HJ300. The name follows the company’s typical codename structure, and the labels make clear this is a Haojue and not branded as a Suzuki.
For comparison, we’ve taken a diagram Suzuki submitted of the design patent for its V-Strom 250 and lined it up with one of Haojue’s diagrams. We’ve adjusted the contrast of both images to better illustrate how similar the engines look.
Suzuki V-Strom 250
Below is a look at the right side of the two bikes. The two engines have a similar shape but the Haojue bike has an extra circular design in front of the oil filler cap, likely a sign of a balance shaft.
Suzuki V-Strom 250
The sharp lines look more like what you would expect offered in western markets than the typical Chinese-market models Haojue produces that tend towards curvier shapes. There are some Suzuki styling elements, but the badging makes it clear this is a Haojue. The company sells both Haojue and Suzuki products in China, but is clear in branding the bikes separately.
Other details we can see include an inverted fork, ABS, an LCD display and a stacked headlight design.
While all indications are the HJ300 will be a Haojue-branded motorcycle, we can’t help but imagine a Suzuki-badged version at some point. A Suzuki GSX-S300 would probably look less angular and borrow more styling elements from the larger 750 and 1000 models. Of course, if Suzuki releases this model as-is, we wouldn’t complain either.