Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA riding impression

Suzuki GSX1250FA BanditSuzuki GSX1250FA Bandit
It may be competent, but the GSX250FA is the dullest looking Suzuki ever...
Suzuki GSX1250FA BanditSuzuki GSX1250FA BanditSuzuki GSX1250FA Bandit

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 GSX...

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 of 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.

It may be good value for money, but we definitely don't want one of these!

For the original article, please visit Motociclismo


78SS said...

Just checking but it is 2010 isnt it? I mean why are we still being served up bikes from the 70's? Wheres the innovation? This is the future dammit and the best we have been given is ABS, sad.

Andrew said...

Dull? I don't think so. It's not flashy, but it is functional and that's fine by me. I don't necessarily need every bike to look like it was styled by 14-year old boys high on sugar.

Anonymous said...

I have one of these and I am loving it. It may not be the most progressive looking bike but I think that is why I like it. Too many bikes are looking too molded for my liking, I like the comment about the newer bikes looking as though they have been designed by 14 year old on sugar. This is an excellent machine.

Tim said...

I've had mine for over a year now, and it suits my riding perfectly. Daily commute of nearly 30 miles, weekend trips and training with my local IAM group. It is comfortable, easy to ride and pulls like a train in the 'real' world. It may not stack up against the current pocket rockets, but I personally don't by a motorcycle to confirm my fertility. Just keep on top of the cleaning, get it treated with ACF50 once or twice a year, replace a few fasteners with stainless ones, and it will be good for years.

Oh, and I still have £5000 in my pocket that would have been spent had I gone for a VFR1200....

Tim in Bristol

Random Ramblings