2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Confirmed for US

October 7, 2010
Bart Madson
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The new Suzuki GSX1250FA is a fully-faired motorcycle based off Suzukis Bandit powerplant.
First debuting last year in Europe, the GSX1250FA will reach American shores as a 2011 model.

Suzuki has confirmed an all-new model in its 2011 lineup in the GSX1250FA. The Japanese marque’s redesigned GSX-R supersport models, the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750, took top billing at the company’s recent Las Vegas Dealer Show, but the new 1250 represents the first new model addition of the 2011 street lineup.

Suzuki first debuted the GSX1250FA last year at the Bol D’or 24 Hour endurance race in France. At the time it wasn’t clear if the Japanese firm would bring the 2010 model to the States. Then Suzuki simplified things: They wouldn’t bring any 2010 street bikes to the U.S.! Suzuki seems committed to 2011 being a renewal for the brand. Perhaps the new 1250 will contribute to a reversal of fortune.

Suzuki GSX1250FA Specifications
2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC Inline Four
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 64.0mm
Displacement: 1255cc
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Fueling: EFI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Front Suspension: 43mm fork, 5.1 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock, adjustable for preload, 5.4 inches travel
Front Brakes: Dual 310mm disc, four-piston calipers Rear Brakes: Single 240mm disc, single-piston calipers
Fuel Tank: 5.0 gallons
Wheelbase: 58.5 inches
Seat Height: 31.7 inches / 32.5 inches
Curb Weight: 567 pounds
MSRP: $11,599

In case you missed the original GSX1250FA First Look report, the new model is essentially a fully-faired version of the Suzuki Bandit. It sources the same liquid-cooled 1255cc Inline Four. Suzuki’s SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle valve) fuel injection feeds the DOHC design, with a secondary balance shaft keeping the high-revving mill running smooth. A six-speed transmission divvies out the power, with a final chain drive delivering the go juice to the back wheel.

The new Suzuki’s tube-frame chassis sources a 43mm front fork and single rear shock, with only the rear adjustable (for preload). The seat is also adjustable, offering a low (31.7 inch) and high (32.5 inch) setting. Bringing things to a halt are dual 310mm rotors pinched by four-piston calipers up front, with a single 240mm single-piston caliper out back.

The full fairing delivers touring credibility, with the GSX sporting other touring features like a centerstand and ABS as standard equipment. The five-gallon tank also promises long stints in the saddle, presumably in the 180-200-mile range at least. Optional accessories further enhance its touring credentials, including a different windshield as well as top and side cases.

Available in black, the GSX1250FA will retail for $11,599 and hit dealer sales floors early in 2011. 

The new GSX1250FA seems to fit into the supersport-touring niche, lining up with rides like the VFR1200F or the new Ninja 1000. Sportbikes that can tour, not purpose-built touring rigs like the FJR and Concours 14. Then again, we’ll have to ride one first to get at its true nature. Stay tuned for our future evaluation.

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