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2011 Suzuki GSX1250FA Confirmed for US

Thursday, October 7, 2010
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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Mario -reader  October 17, 2010 10:13 PM
the GSX1250FA will reach American shores as a 2011 model???? It's already been sold for a year in Canada.......Which is....believe it or not...in America......
This antique -is ridiculously expensive....  October 12, 2010 09:11 AM
To the momo that wonders why everyone is so stuck on pricing consider the Ninja 1000 comes with fully adjustable suspension, radial brakes, aluminium frame, basically if we were to believe the marketing jive a ground up modern design oh and it looks badass, for less $$$. If Suzi wants to sell at least two or three of these they need to drop the stupid price to around $9K. I don't give a s**t about exchange rates, make it work!
Gritboy -Not enough new  October 12, 2010 07:48 AM
Too pricey and too old-school to be worth that. By a 1200 or 1250 Bandit used and save a bundle if that's your thing. Better yet, look around...there are many better "modern" bikes that'll fill that niche and at similar prices. That said, I'd love to see Suzuki take the V-Strom (a better bike IMHO) and make a new version geared towards sport touring instead of adventure riding -- especially since the DL1000 isn't great on dirt.
Chris -Disappointing  October 11, 2010 03:17 PM
I think this is a great bike but it's too bad that Suzuki has added nothing, save a more complete fairing, to the 2007 Bandit 1250s. Four years have passed now and they didn't upgrade the frame to aluminum, didn't upgrade the suspension to adjustable inverted forks, and didn't upgrade the brakes to radial mount yet they increased the price by over $2,500. Nevertheless I hope MotoUSA compares this bike to the new Ninja 1000 and FZ1.
Jake -Beemer fan  October 11, 2010 09:38 AM
The price is rediculis, you can buy a new Bandit S with abs for under $9000 almost anywhere now.
TG -Price?  October 8, 2010 09:47 AM
Where is a price listed? In any case, it all depends upon what you compare it to. The Ninja 1000? The Zook looks overpriced. The VFR12? The Zook look like a bargain.
SilverStreak -It's not the price, it's the U.S. dollar.....  October 8, 2010 05:30 AM
With Uncle Sam destroying the U.S. economy, one of the huge consequences is a deflating dollar. The cost of a Japanese made product now cost us 42% more than it did in January of 2008, and the Euro cost 39% more right now in exchange for our USD currency. In other words, we have the weakest major currency in the world. They will likely lose money on selling here. Class dismissed!
Dani -Nice, but price....  October 8, 2010 03:46 AM
I agree that the price is a little high. The Bandit's biggest virtue was always the decent bike you get for the price. At 11,600 you have quite a bit of competition in the US from the FZ1 and Ninja 1000. The only advantage the Suzuki holds over these two is the engine and ABS standard (though, Ninja 1000 engine is probably just as torquie). If I were Suzuki would bring the non-ABS version and sell it for 1k less. People in the US are not that big into ABS, but are very big on price. IS it really worth paying $4k more for a 1255cc engine than the identical GSX650F???
TT -Pricing?  October 7, 2010 11:07 PM
Considering the new 2011 Suzuki GSXR 600 costs $11,599, I think this is a pretty good deal. You get the big engine, sporty demeanor, full fairing, standard ABS. It's less of a play thing and more of a work horse. Once the first ride comes out, the picture will be clearer. Otherwise I don't think it's too expensive.
bubbleman21 -really tiring  October 7, 2010 08:34 PM
why are people so hung up on pricing?? especially us americans. everywhere i go, i see us squawking about the cost. if this bike was listed at $5.00, someone, somewhere would try to negotiate the price even lower. nothing worth having comes for free. anywho, i think the bike will make an excellent sport tourer. i think it's comparable to the triumph sprint in many ways. by the way, no offense to the frugal out there. peace

Louis -1995ish Suzuki  October 7, 2010 08:26 PM
Maybe I'm being premature, but what Suzuki should be coming out with is an updated V-Strom 1000 to compete with KTM, BMW, Triumph, Yamaha and even Ducati. Don't worry about the 650 V-Strom; it's perfect! (ok, a redesigned wind-shield would be nice..)
vince -why no radial calipers?  October 7, 2010 08:19 PM
Radial calipers look so much better; they can't cost that much more. Axial mount calipers make the bike look very dated.
NW -Really?  October 7, 2010 05:24 PM
$11,599. Really? Good luck with that Suzuki. Despite the fact that it looks like a Katana from the 90's, why should we give almost 12K for an overweight, steel framed bike with cheap conventional suspention that has no adjustment?