2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Suzuki GSX 1250FA

2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Ride

The GSXF1250FA represents a sport-touring platform from the marque notably lacking an ST

The new 2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA is off of Suzuki’s very successful platform, a … standard-style that we will no longer be Stateside. Over its two-decade the 1200 Bandit was considered a tire-smoking beast of a motorcycle a much more …, look to it, but that bad-boy is a model now. We get the newest to the Suzuki family: The GSXF1250FA, is equipped with a full that offers good protection and gives the bike a appearance that the American consumer seems to prefer the … bikes.

Climb on as we hit the of So Cal with Suzuki’s latest steed in our 2011 Suzuki First Ride Video .

And the Suzuki GSX1250FA achieves a of touring comfort, the overall and seating position is a little for my taste when the riding more aggressive. Its upright makes it a bit difficult for a smaller to get in the … position because the are pretty high and the pegs are low. Our larger riders found the layout comfortable, so we the GSX could be popular for the lanky-legged among us.

At least the seat height is offering a range from inches in its low setting to 32.5 in the upper position which accommodate a variety of riders. The oriented Bridgestone tires are for logging highway miles so sure you’ll get some life out of them on the open but they didn’t make me real confident when I the bike to its limits. When it to riding hard in the corners of our canyon roads, we could that Suzuki was a bit more about the touring experience the sport riding side of the

“I enjoyed the Suzuki’s position, upright and standard high-mounted handlebars, explains Editor Bart Madson. The is soft, maybe too soft for but great for short trips. ergos on sportbikes are fine for the who fancy wearing knee on

the roads, but I’m not one of them, so I dig the neutral approach. I’d to get more time and a really tour under my belt pronouncing the GSX1250FA long-range That said, I enjoyed the protection offered by the fairing.

The windscreen does an admirable job While non-adjustable, it delivers a steady stream of air to my upper no tiresome buffeting noticed.”

The GSXFA is built around a tube-type frame, and while plenty strong horizontally, it has a to feel loose at a sportbike Its simple fork and rear do a fine job on the highway and during aplications, but they don’t the level of performance we feel may be to hang with the new $17,500 VFR1200F or Concours 14, for example. motorcycle also tips the at 567 pounds without the aftermarket or any kind of luggage attached.

For a bike, that isn’t on the side at all considering that the VFR in at 591 pounds and the loaded-with-bags Concours the scales at a rather hefty 670 Can you see where we are going with

Suzuki has made some to the bike, giving it a dual-valve injection system that is fed via throttle bodies. This is to smooth out power delivery the entire rev range of the 1255cc especially in the lower rpms. spending a good deal of on the 1250, one couldn’t help but this improvement.

The bike is so it almost feels electric, no spikes or dips in the power This makes it easier to but also tones it down quite a bit compared to its hooligan-style predecessor. Since this is intended to be used as a ‘sport machine, the easy-to-use power is a welcome feature when loads of miles.

On the MotoUSA dyno the 2011 GSX1250FA spun the drum to the of 93.81 horsepower @ 7700 showing that the Inline-Four isn’t exactly a top-end On the other hand, it put up 74.13 of torque at 6000rpm; by comparison its output is right on par with Yamaha YZF-R1 on the same and only slightly down on the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

As a result of the torque and how low in the mid-range it’s the Suzuki has no trouble coming off the It ticks the 0-60 mph mark in 2.9 and passes the lights in the quarter to the tune of 11.38 seconds at 121 That puts it directly the VFR and C14 in terms of outright acceleration. posted 11.08 and 11.38 miles runs in our 2010 Touring Comparison Test .

The fairing and windscreen, as well as ergonomics look to increase comfort.

“Certainly this motor get confused with its Hayabusa which is closer in displacement the GSX-R1000, yet the 1250 engine gobs of street-friendly torque low, confirms Mr. Madson, one of our test riders. This low-end, combined with a six-speed transmission, makes it an to ride commuter mount. a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde routine, as the polished, polite bottom-end into a more familiar Inline Four once the is twisted.”

Suzuki GSX 1250FA

Up front sits a 43mm fork, making the one of the few sport-based bikes to still this older technology. The is adjustable for preload only, the same as the single shock out These are mated to a steel frame and a relatively small

Tires measure 120/70-17 up and 180/55-17 in the back, our unit equipped with Bridgestone BT021 — a very sport-touring tire. As a result of tire profile and the upright it makes for a relatively lazy motorcycle. While I wouldn’t say difficult to turn the Suzuki, to get the from side-to-side takes far effort than we expected.

are adequate for the job at hand, though pushed hard on heavy-braking roads we experienced some as temperatures increased. The front utilize a box-type master a design we haven’t seen on sportbikes in quite a while. We this helps keep costs in check so that can offer all the GSX1250FAs with Anti-Lock Brakes.

At $11,599 the GSX1250FA is affordable to larger purpose-built ST mounts.

you look long and hard at the and pour over its spec you can’t help but think designed it as a price-point sport-touring and who can blame them? This is a that has been fairly and which they have not had a presence in for some time. an MSRP of $11,599 it puts it on the of the current ST machines while close to the same level of and in some cases even

The main problem with approach is that, compared to the of the art offerings this bike is with it, it feels somewhat even though it’s a new

“Some might wonder market Suzuki is targeting its 1250FA, but the lack of a sport-touring has been a glaring hole in its for years now, says And while the Suzuki may not be a true bike on par with the Kawasaki 14 or Yamaha FJR1300. it’s a bit lighter and less expensive those mounts, too. the GSX1250FA bolsters the new class of sportbikes, like the VFR1200F and 1000, that has emerged in the few model years. Not every rider wants 150-plus at the rear wheel.”

So, the question is: how will the Suzuki stack up against the current of high-tech sport touring We suspect that its no-frills will attract consumers who are to get into an affordable sport motorcycle. With standard ABS and a engine, the GSX is sure to lure loyal to Suzuki. But does it what it takes to attract who may also be looking at the VFR or C14?

tuned as we toss the new Suzuki the mix against some of the veterans of the in our upcoming comparison test.

Suzuki GSX 1250FA
Suzuki GSX 1250FA
Suzuki GSX 1250FA
Suzuki GSX 1250FA


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