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Suzuki GSX1250FA

BY: Rob Blackbourn, PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Stuart Grant

Date: 22.09.2011

Like its Bandit big brother, the Suzuki GSX1250FA is easy to ride and looks the business…

Suzuki GSX1250FA test
Suzuki GSX1250FA test

  • Powerful brakes with ABS
  • Awesome engine performance
  • Very rider-friendly with light and compact feel
  • Capable round town and country

The look of the new Suzuki GSX1250FA works for me. Its fairing and screen are big enough to be effective on a sports tourer without going overboard and adding too much bulk to the apparent size of the bike.

Apart from the fairing, seat cowl, front guard and a handful of details, this new GSX is mechanically and chassis-wise identical to the GSF1250A Bandit.

In the saddle you feel comfortable, instantly in charge and raring to go. The big liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 1250 fires up easily and settles to a busy idle. Not the quietest engine, it makes noises that are full of promise.

Like its sibling, the GSX1250FA feels more compact and lighter than its reality. These are motorcycles that are there to delight you, without requiring you to jump through hoops to earn your pleasure.

Bulk engine performance is on tap, at your whim, at any revs, it seems. As well as feeling strong and responsive the motor feels unburstable.

The major part of the bike’s peak torque (109.8Nm) seems to be available from about 2500rpm. The peak power figure (72kW) in particular understates the bike’s seat-of-the pants potency.

On the highway it pulls about 3200rpm at 100km/h in top. There’s plenty of grunt at 3200rpm – you don’t need to downshift to make a quick pass. It’s just twist and go. And go you do. It’s as if the gods of speed are behind you, thrusting you forward with relentless force, in the small of your back.

The instruments are easy to read (thankfully including the digi-speedo) and provide lots of information.

The brakes are powerful and progressive with the added safety of sophisticated ABS as standard fitment. Gearshift and clutch operation are to Suzuki’s usual high standard.

Out in the hills it’s a capable bike considering its size and weight and the lack of sophistication of its suspension (adjustability is limited to spring pre-load, front and rear). The slow-in, fast-out technique in the tight stuff guarantees swift progress and intense pleasure from the way it drives out of corners.

Back in town, the 1250FA will have you daydreaming about your next opportunity to escape the city and chase the winding ribbon of bitumen to the horizon.

The 1250FA is hard to beat as a well-priced, high-performance all-rounder.

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Specifications

Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve, four-cylinder
Capacity 1255cc
Bore x stroke 79mm x 64mm
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Fuel system EFI
Transmission Six-speed, constant-mesh
Final drive Chain
Frame type Tubular steel, twin cradle
Front suspension 43mm fork – pre-load adjustable
Rear suspension Monoshock with linkage – pre-load adjustable
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs with four-piston callipers and ABS
Rear brake Single 240mm disc with single- piston calliper and ABS
Wet weight 257kg
Seat height Adjustable – 805/825mm
Fuel capacity 19lt
Max power 72kW (97hp) @ 7,500rpm
Max torque 109.8Nm (81ft-lb) @ 3,700rpm

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  • Refcode: DIY537774
  • Class: Off Road
  • Usage: Road Trail
  • Learner Approved: Yes
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 250

Dual Purpose Motorcycle, 2603kms, Warranty and Registration up to date. LAMs approved. Imported rear rack included. Showroom condition. Never been off road. Never been dropped.

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  • Refcode: TA548588
  • Class: Road
  • Usage: Road
  • Learner Approved: No
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 999

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  • Refcode: TA553745
  • Class: Road
  • Usage: Road Trail
  • Learner Approved: Yes
  • Engine Capacity - cc: 125

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