1255cm3engine tailored to deliver extra-smooth
acceleration and broad power, generating peak torque at a low rpm range.
Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection brings superb response feel,
smooth power delivery, improved mileage and reduced emissions.
Long-wearing, tough SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material)
Chrome-nitride piston-ring coating contributes to reduction of friction and
tighter cylinder sealing.
Secondary balancer shaft enhances the engine’s smooth operation.
Automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC) helps improve cold starting, reduce
cold-start emissions and stabilize engine idle under varying conditions.
Liquid-cooled oil cooler helps keep the engine running cool.
Effective engine management and emissions control systems together allow the
GSX1250FA to meet the latest emission regulations and standards.
Functional full fairing, housing vertically stacked headlights and shaped for a
neatly integrated impression with the tank and the tailsection.
Classic tube-frame chassis, with rake and trail chosen for an excellent balance
between sporty handling and highway cruising comfort.
43mm-stanchion-tube front fork and single rear shock, both
Fully floating 310mm-disc dual front brakes with 4-piston calipers. 240mm-disc
rear brake with single-piston caliper.
Digital Antilock Brake System (ABS)* monitors wheel speed and matches stopping
power to available traction.
Comfort-contoured seat. Seat height can be adjusted up or down 20mm by flipping
over mounting spacers between the seat and the frame seat rails.
A convenient centerstand is standard equipment.
Functionally arranged instrument cluster with a comprehensive set of gauges,
including a convenient gear-position indicator and a shift light.
Available Suzuki Genuine Accessories for the GSX1250FA include top and side
cases, windshield and many more.
Suzuki have slapped on a fairing to the age old
Bandit to create one of the dullest looking bikes on the planet – the GSX1250FA.
Yes, sure, with a fuel-injected 1,250cc inline-four that produces 104 horsepower
and 108Nm of torque, relaxed ergonomics and full weather protection, the 1250FA
may well be a competent sports-tourer (with the emphasis being on ‘tourer’…),
but did it have to look so terribly dull? Anyway, Motociclismo recently tested
the bike and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the big
With the addition of a full fairing, the Bandit has become a ‘modern’ touring
bike that seems to offer excellent value for money. Yes, there are bikes that
are much faster, better equipped and more sophisticated, but at just 9,999
euros, the GSX1250FA is economical and practical – a machine that’s well suited
to the ongoing economic crisis!
The 1250FA’s full fairing has been designed to protect the rider from bad
weather and Suzuki also offers an optional taller screen, which should offer
even more wind protection at higher speeds. The ergonomics are perfect for
touring – soft, comfortable seat, rubber insulated footpegs and wide bars that
don’t put a lot of weight on your wrists. Also, the 1,250cc engine feels
adequately powerful and offers good fuel economy, using just seven Litres
fuel over 100km.
At 257 kilos, the GSX1250FA is clearly not a sportsbike and while the engine
feels energetic, the softly suspended bike is slow to respond to rider inputs.
It has a high centre of gravity, pitches fore and aft under braking and
acceleration and is sometimes reluctant while turning in. Take it a bit easy,
however, and the 1250FA feels all right.
To sum up, the Suzuki GSX1250FA is a comfortable, stable long-distance tourer
that is blessed with a flexible and powerful engine. And with ABS, it should be
quite safe as well.
Source Faster and Faster
A new motorcycle with sporting intentions but absent
ground-breaking technology or a race-winning pedigree is easily overlooked.
Enter the 2011 GSX1250FA, a semi-new model from Suzuki lacking advertising
superlatives but delivering the essential qualities that comprise a competent
motorcycle, i.e., performance and fun at an affordable price.
The Suzuki GSX1250FA is the bike a discerning motorcyclist will pick out of a
line-up of overly specialized sportbikes or portly sport-tourers emphasizing the
latter part of the compound title. Besides its standard equipment anti-lock
brakes, the GSX1250FA is elemental in its construction and built to be ridden
anywhere, anytime by a motorcyclist who values versatility over hyperbole.
Stripped of its Bandit moniker, in use since the Bandit 400’s U.S. introduction
in 1991, the GSX1250FA also differs from its predecessor by way of full-fairing
cosmetics. Less obvious upgrades include heavier fork springs and firmer rebound
damping, and an additional radiator fan to compensate for the loss of airflow
from the full-coverage bodywork.
Suzuki's new GSX1250FA offers great value and broad
versatility in the big-bore sporty bike category.
Albeit the changes are minor, the bike’s new plastic-clad profile should
generate interest from motorcyclists familiar with the previously naked or
quarter-faired versions as well as those without knowledge of the GSX’s past
nomenclature. And when those who previously dismissed the Bandit get a chance to
test the GSX1250, they’re gonna be surprised by the bike’s well-mannered,
The GSX1250FA’s engine is certainly one of the bike’s best qualities. With
maximum torque at a V-Twin rpm (72.3 lb.-ft. at just 3,500) the GSX romps out of
corners with a robustness that belies its modest 92.6 hp at 8,800 rpm dyno
figure. The abundance of low-end power augments real-world usability and ensures
you’re never left wanting when running a gear high or in need of emergency
passing power. It should be noted, however, that as pleasurable and
user-friendly as the fuel-injected 1255cc inline-Four is, considering its
displacement, we were hoping for at least triple-digit horsepower numbers.
A surprising attribute of the GSX1250FA is its handling prowess, especially
considering its low-tech tubular steel frame and 567-lb curb weight. It’s no
Jenny Craig poster child, but in the canyons the GSX manages its weight well and
will easily keep on the rear wheel of faster, lighter bikes piloted by lesser
riders. Competitive models such as the new Kawasaki Ninja 1000 and Yamaha FZ1
are lighter and better handling, but without these bikes playing devil’s
advocate, a GSX1250FA operator will be riding in ignorant bliss of the bike’s
As capable as the GSX is in the canyons, it’s equally at home digesting freeway
miles in commuter mode or during long-distance road trips. Ergonomics are
comfortable with plenty of seat-to-footpeg legroom and a moderate reach to the
superbike handlebars. The suspension is well-balanced on the plusher side for
extended seat-time comfort. It’s only in the canyons, during aggressive braking
and cornering, when the bike’s weight occasionally overwhelms the suspension,
but otherwise the bike’s 43mm fork and single rear shock keep the GSX composed.
Throttle response from Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system is
faultless, delivering smooth controllable application of power at any rpm, and a
stout clutch offers a wide engagement zone for smooth launches. The GSX’s
triple-disc brakes provide a very firm lever and decent feedback to slow the GSX
with confidence. Adjustable brake and clutch levers fit a variety of hand sizes.
The GSX’s ABS system is the bike’s most advanced
technological component, but unless an emergency situation arises it’s a system
that runs unnoticed in the background. I did pound the brakes a couple times to
confirm the existence of the system was more than just stickers on the front
fender. The system sends a familiar pulsating sensation through the levers when
activated, but will stop the bike with authority. Equipped with ABS as standard,
the GSX1250FA stands apart in its category.
For those with a penchant for traveling, the new full-fairing provides more
protection from the elements than the old quarter-faired Bandit. However, we
deemed the bike’s styling more reminiscent of an aftermarket lower cowl
back-ordered from the late 1990s than a cutting-edge 2011 model. From the front,
the GSX-R-derived stacked headlight is much more in vogue. Gusts coming over the
windscreen hit my 5-foot-11 frame about mid-chest in a clean, non-turbulent flow
of air. Suzuki also offers a more touring-oriented windscreen as well as a
37-liter top box and hard, lockable and detachable saddlebags, which can morph
the GSX into a sporty big sport-touring rig.
The seat of the GSX1250FA provides a two-position height adjustment, altering
from 31.7 to 32.5 inches, but changing over the seat tray to a different level
is the most complicated processes of seat height adjustment we’ve ever
encountered. You’ll want to pick the most appropriate level and leave the seat
in that position.
Besides the child-proof seat, the GSX does possess two rarities a lot of future
owners will respect. The first one is a centerstand. Yes, it adds a little
weight and can limit cornering clearance when the bike is loaded with a
passenger and gear, but this apparatus is essential for lubing and adjusting a
chain whenever you’re away from home.
The other nicety is a pair of helmet locks located under the seat. I don’t know
why manufacturers are leaving this simple addition off a lot modern motorcycles,
but I’m tired of having to carry my helmet into a restaurant when it would be
perfectly safe attached to the bike. Thank you, Suzuki, for using common sense
and including this function on the GSX1250FA.
The instrument cluster is clean and easy to read, and it includes a handy
digital gear-indicator window, another feature absent on similar models.
Carrying an MSRP of $11,599, the GSX1250FA is a bargain, especially considering
ABS is included in this price. If you’re in the market for a new motorcycle that
slots between a dedicated sport-tourer and a sporty standard, the GSX1250FA
should be on your list of considerations. Its best selling point is its engine
that delivers locomotive-like power when and where you need it, and its handling
easily exceeded our expectations.
So if you can swing a test ride from your local dealer, give the GSX a chance.
You’ll probably be as pleasantly surprised as we were.