2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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I into a family of engineers. in talking with my in-laws the years, I’ve grown to the best and “most elegant” solutions are often the most

The motorcycle market has spent years becoming more with more specialized for specific types of riding more technology to the rider, and is a good thing in many

But the need for simple, clean and simplified, yet effective engineering has never been greater the weak economy and state of the After all, how many can really afford multiple to get several types of riding anymore?

I spent a recent running canyons and exploring Los Angeles with the one of the latest in the sport-touring class – Suzuki’s big Bandit, the GSX1250FA. It is an elegantly, bike that affords riders a great “do it all” of bike that handles duty, touring and commuting ease.

Having owned a few sportbikes over the years, I recognized that Suzuki has been a great engine The GSX1250FA offers a smooth, buttery, 1255 cc, DOHC inline-4 powerplant that plenty of torque for street use and a powerband through most of its rev This powerband is key to the bike’s as it offers an appealing combination of with ease of use.

The over-square design is a proven The engine has been configured to be a street engine, with an “electric motor power in the way it builds power. This is in being able to pull from a stop in not only gear, but third with a lugging of the engine and drivetrain.

With my weekend featuring a route around northwestern Los that spanned from the far of the farm country of Somis to the far side of downtown Burbank and of the canyons of the Santa Monica in between, the GSX1250FA registered a over 41 mpg. That was achieved with a fairly throttle hand on mid-grade

What is new is a liquid-cooled oil cooler for motor. The GSX offering better than past air-cooled oil designs and I guess technically now it a “water-cooled” motor, albeit This liquid-cooled oil cooler avoids a large radiator up giving the GSX1250FA a less heavy” appearance in that and a more sport bike-like overall.

You can look into the fairing and see a nice polished system looking back, vs. a or its guard. Elegant. Simple.

As for heat, there is a bit of heat on the lower right leg in traffic the polished heat shield on the piping in that area). this heat is nothing too for the rider to deal with, it is on a warm day.

While may moan at this big motor for not delivering 100 hp, the powerband is so smooth and that you almost don’t any more ponies, at least not at public road speeds.

looking for a big power hit in the upper rev should look elsewhere but, all in all, the GSX1250FA’s is a sweet design that great balance between riding power needs, town flexibility and usable to make this an entertaining

Complementing the GSX1250FA’s engine is a mesh 6-speed transmission offered relatively smooth once it was warmed up, and an easy to neutral and an overall ease of use I’ve often found in motorcycles.

With close gearing, this transmission is a to use and makes the most of the wide while still allowing speed cruising and long as attested by the mpg returned on my ride.

A clutch offers great feel without too much An adjustable clutch lever is a touch, too. The only is a stout crunch when into first from a when cold–not out of sync other transmission designs of vintage, but louder than modern transmission designs. warm though, the transmission is a match for this engine.

Lastly a good old chain with a metal chain makes for a simple final system that many believe in, myself included.

The tube frame and straightforward all culled from its Bandit offer great performance for the With a 25.3-degree rake and of trail in the front fork, the GSX a balanced compromise between steering and high levels of With a wheelbase of 58.5 and a curb weight of 567 pounds, the offers plenty of room for two up while still delivering a feel.

It rides like a lighter motorcycle at speed great steering feel and a low of effort in corners.

The GSX features a 43mm stanchion tube front fork. While the front suspension may not be as trick as of the upside down fork in this class, but the front offers great feel and to the rider while soaking up imperfections with ease.

with a proven coil linked to the aluminum swingarm, the suspension offers spring to compensate for two- up riding’s weight. Completing the suspension are Battleax sport touring that offer great and a compliant ride on black three spoke wheels hide brake dust and grime nicely.

All in all, a well-engineered suspension that a level of firmness for sport that was confidence-inspiring at spirited of travel; while also up imperfections and worn freeway with ease. You could up a lot of miles on the GSX1250FA and have a fun time doing so. This also makes it a pretty commuter within a bike a lot of personality.

The GSX’s ergonomics are perfect for a sport-touring motorcycle. The is firmly padded–not too wide but while the reach to the bars the rider a bit forward, while not so far forward as on a true sport The seat’s height can be adjusted by some brackets and mounting around to give taller more leg room or shorter better reach to the ground.

The rider’s feet are underneath his and up slightly when on the pegs, suited to more spirited occasions. While not a Gold the GSX1250FA is pretty comfortable for about any type of sport or riding.

Wind protection the new full fairing and sport windshield is adequate at best. You get some wind on you with bike, but that’s what touring is about to many Riders seeking a higher of wind protection will an aftermarket windshield or another with a much bigger to ride. Mirrors on the GSX will be to Suzuki riders.

They are placed for rear vision and vibration free. Why can’t all have mirrors that as well as these?

The pull handlebar offers an average and the switchgear is traditional Suzuki, to use with everything where you it. The chrome tubular bar offers an place to clamp on a GPS system, One issue to be on the look out for is the turning of the bike does make the come very close to the at full steering lock, the potential for pinched pinkies.

riders shouldn’t have a though.

Gauges are right the Suzuki sportbike parts With a gear indicator, gauge, a clock, warning a digital speedo and clear tach and a couple of tripmeters in a layout nicely set into the fairing. These gauges it easy to keep tabs on the

Heck there’s even a shift light for those who to practice his inner Mladin. One missing, though, is an engine readout, which could in handy on hot days with two up and luggage or commuting on an Inland freeway during rush

One major nod to technological advancement on the is the digital ABS braking system. within large 310 mm front and Tokico calipers, the digital ABS offers a level of additional confidence, especially in slippery The brakes performed admirably in my one aggressive stop needed on the Freeway.

These brakes are good, derived, albeit ABS, from recent gear. Offering a linear with the ABS engaging in a not-too-obtrusive way brakes seem to say “simple” still offering the advantages of Once again, an adjustable lever was a nice touch for with smaller hands.

The system was simply very in all conditions, right on target for motorcycle’s mission.

Suzuki this test GSX1250FA a complete set of hard saddlebags and trunk. Part of their new Suzuki Accessories line for motorcycle. The bags were to operate, simple to put on their brackets and get off quickly with carry handles making easy to handle off the bike.

The are finished in the same matte finish as the GSX’s frame, so integrate with the bike

Bear in mind though doesn’t seem to be a way to mount the saddlebags on the GSX1250FA without the rack and mounting frame for the trunk too, as both systems for all the bags bolt in order to mount to the motorcycle. It is system to be sure, but you’ll to plan your purchase if you are thinking of just going the saddlebags only.

The rack for the trunk offers a sturdy rack/plate (with a traditional “S” logo stamped in it) that can accommodate a soft duffle bag you’re saving up for the official hard trail trunk. the lock to remove the seat is to the full-sized ignition key with the in place over it. A bit of a nit, given how easily the saddlebags are but it may be an issue with fully-loaded and a tired rider needing a or to check the owner’s manual a at the end of a ride.

The GSX1250FA’s tail trunk fit a full-face helmet in a bag. The with elastic luggage systems and leashed covers to your gear from on the ground were not quite enough for this tester’s large helmet though. To be though, there are helmet under the seat to retain you and pillion’s helmet when off the

Lastly, the trail trunk and locks are not keyed the same, on other bikes in this minor annoyance to many who come to expect this in hard luggage systems. All the offer carrying handles to them easy to carry off the and are shaped to stand by them on a flat surface. A nice overall.

The bags are finished in a black plastic finish I would suspect should be durable to scuffs and leg scrapes time versus an all-gloss finish. The tail trunk have a gloss black on its lid to tie into the GSX’s all-black Rider” paint scheme gave the bike a classic while still maintaining aggressive attitude. The trunk’s shape seems to be pretty for a passenger to relax against, but a pad for the passenger to rest against on the trunk would also be a accessory for Suzuki to consider.

The Suzuki GSX1250FA has a lot going for it and it for a great alternative to other in the segment that are heavier, powerful and more complex. The GSX nice power for just any riding situation, comfy yet ergonomics, nice styling and handling. ABS brakes, and optional is simple to use and remove make for a start towards high of sport touring cred those not considering a Suzuki in the in a bike with a MSRP of $11,599.

What’s missing? The aforementioned gauge and perhaps a lockable for small items in the front inner (there seems to be to add one). The GSX strikes me as a great for more accessories to be engineered for sport-touring effectiveness.

Optional grips would be nice. A plug for both rider and to plug in heated gear or a heated seat as accessories also be welcome “One lock sets for the bag system like a viable option, A cross bar to mount a GPS system for the handlebar and a taller windshield for needing more wind also seem like ideas.

The Suzuki GSX1250FA is full of great equipment and ideas. Nice styling, a smooth, powerful motor. that hits the sweet between sportbike and tourer/commuter right in a wheelbase that for all-day comfort.

Heck, even a standard center and real tool kit that’s the seat.

Just like motorcyclists lived in a simpler with motorcycles riders to adapt to the “ride at hand” vs. a dedicated motorcycle for each of ride they were on. The Suzuki GSX1250FA strikes an chord for those riders for a “simpler may be better” line of thought.

Helmet: Shoei Glory

Jacket: Cortech GX Air 2

Gloves: Tour Master Elite

Pants: Cortech DSX

Boots: TCX AirTech


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