2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA and Bandit First Look

September 11, 2009
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Bashing away at the MotoUSA keyboard for nine years now, Madson lends his scribbling and editorial input on everything from bike reviews to industry analysis and motorcycle racing reports.

The new Suzuki GSX1250FA is a fully-faired motorcycle based off Suzukis Bandit powerplant.
The new fully-faired GSX1250FA gives Suzuki a large-displacement sport-tourer.

Suzuki chose the prestigious Bol D’or 24 hour endurance race, in Magny-Cours, France, to unveil two new models – the 2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA and the 2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250.

2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA

The new Suzuki GSX1250FA is a fully-faired motorcycle based off Suzuki’s Bandit powerplant. The fuel-injected Inline-Four reaches a 1255cc displacement via 79mm bore x 64mm stroke, with 10.5:1 compression ratio. Liquid-cooled the GSX1250FA motor is tuned for peak torque in low rpms, divvying out its juice through a six-speed constant mesh transmission and final chain drive.

The full fairing indicates touring intentions, as Suzuki noticeably lacks a sport-touring design to match up with the likes of Yamaha’s FJR, Kawasaki’s Concours and BMW’s K1300GT. Though side cases are only available as accessory options, along with a top case and windshield.

Further announcing its sport-touring cred, Suzuki describes the GSX1250FA chassis as a “Classic tube-frame chassis, with rake and trail chosen for an excellent balance between sporty handling and highway cruising comfort.” Wheelbase at 58.5 inch is identical to the current Bandit 1250S sold in the US, as are the wheel/tire sizes (120/70 front, 180/55 rear) and fuel capacity at five gallons. The adjustable seat is taller, however, ranging from 31.9 to 32.7 inches thanks to mounting spacers.

The 43mm fork and single rear shock are preload adjustable. A triple-disc braking package, dual front rotors and single rear, brings the claimed curb weight of 567 lbs to a stop.

Suzuki has not released further details, including expected price. In fact, it is still unclear whether the new Zook will even make it to American shores. Stay tuned for more details.

Further announcing its sport-touring cred  Suzuki describes the GSX1250FA chassis as a Classic tube-frame chassis  with rake and trail chosen for an excellent balance between sporty handling and highway cruising comfort.
The GSX1250FA appears to be a faired version of Suzuki’s Bandit, with side cases and other touring-friendly features available as accessories.

Suzuki GSX1250FA Specifications*
Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear : Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,235 mm (48.6 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 805 / 825 mm (31.7 / 32.5 in.)
Curb Mass 257kg (567 lbs.)
* Specifications not final.

2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250 and 1250-ABS

A glance at the 2010 Bandits spec sheet and there is little to distinguish it from the 1250S currently sold in America.
Blacked out engine, stripped down front end and new fender… the new Bandit gets a fashion makeover for 2010.

A glance at the 2010 Bandit’s spec sheet and there is little to distinguish it from the 1250S currently sold in America. The same 1255cc liquid-cooled Inline Four and six-speed transmission make up the powertrain – even the right-side 4-into-1 exhaust looks identical. Add to that the same chassis, brakes and suspension…

But photos of the Bandit’s new bodywork reveal it certainly looks more the streetfighter than its American sibling. Gone is the front’s half-fairing, ripped off in favor of a minimalist naked look. Sharper lines are further conveyed by the new front fender. The Bandit’s engine has been blacked out too, for a darker look – freshening things up without making too many radical changes to the overall design.

The Bandit 1250 will be available in an ABS version too. Yet, so far, these models are for Europe only, with Suzuki officials awaiting word on whether the new 1250s will be American bound.

2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250 Specifications*

The Bandit 1250 will be available in an ABS version too. Yet  so far  these models are for Europe only  with Suzuki officials awaiting word on whether the new 1250s will be American bound.
Will the new 1250s make their way to American riders?

Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,140 mm (84.3 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,095 mm (43.1 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 810 / 830 mm (31.9 / 32.7 in.)
Curb Mass 247 / 251 kg (545 / 553 lbs.)
* Specifications not final

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