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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

While the rest of the motorcycle industry struggles with inflated pricing, Suzuki is offering the 1250cc, full-faired all-rounder GSX1250F for less than £7k. That’s partly because mechanically it’s almost entirely a Bandit 1250SA – but the fairing and accessories list make it more useful and sportier looking.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The 1255cc engine is as effortlessly grunty as it was in the Bandit 1250 – power is concentrated in the low and midrange with a seamless delivery. It tails off in the top half of the rev range – most of the time you’ll get the best by short shifting and making use of the poke around 4000rpm.  

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The GSX1250F might pack a 257kg fully-fuelled weight, but it hides it well. The seat is low and the bars raised, putting you in a good position for low-speed traffic-splitting or hustling along an open road. Bumps expose the limits of the cheap suspension – using the rebound damping adjusters might help. Smooth roads are no problem, the GSX steering sweetly but stably with no excess pitching back and forth – the uprated springs/damping in the forks over the Bandit help. The ABS is good too – there’s pulsing through the lever, but it’s not harsh and it rarely cuts in even on greasy roads.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

As a £7000 big-bore machine there’s not a lot of goodies as standard, but what the GSX1250F has is useful. A centrestand is standard, the seat height adjusts between 805mm and 825mm, there’s fuel gauge, gear indicator, twin trip meters plus a trip that starts counting when you hit reserve. Incidentally, ‘reserve’ is 5.5 litres of the 19 litre tank, so the first warning comes on early, and a final warning comes on with just a litre to go. It doesn’t help form a realistic picture of when you should fill up. The mirrors are effective too. Compare and buy parts for the Suzuki GSX1250F.

Suzuki GSX1250F (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £7,865
Dealer used prices
£4,840 (2010) - £7,330 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,590 (2010) - £6,590 (2014)
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Engine size 1255 cc
Power 96 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Bandits are traditionally mechanically tough, but with poor build quality. The GSX1250FA’s steel frame is smartly powdercoated, but fasteners and fittings will suffer if you don’t stay on top of cleaning it in bad weather. It’s neatly designed – the fairing is smart, the metallic paint looks good and the dash trim looks smarter than bare sportsbike cockpits. Learn to use a bucket and sponge.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The GSX1250FA does give a little away to more expensive rivals, but it’s stupendously cheap as bike prices rise across the board. It’s barely more expensive than 600 all rounders, and the same money as three or four year old premium all-rounders. If you’re after a motorcycle as a workhorse, the GSX1250F fits the bill – there’s nothing else for the money that’s as happy to tour, commute and scratch on backroads. Find a Suzuki GSR600 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2010: New model

Other Versions

Suzuki GSX650F 2007-current: The same concept, but smaller. A Bandit 650SA with a GSX-R alike full fairing, offering sportsbike fans a more comfortable and less expensive alternative.

2011: Renamed GSX1250FA, also available is GSX1250FA ST (incl. 2x 33l side panniers, 1x 37l top box) [£8,375]

Specifications

Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 96 bhp
Max torque 79 ft-lb
Weight 272 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1255 cc
Engine specification 16v lc inline four, fuel-injected. Six gears, chain drive
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound damping
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound damping
Front brakes 2x 310mm discs, four-piston Tokico calipers, ABS
Rear brake 240mm disc, single-piston sliding Nissin caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70-17
Rear tyre size 180/55-17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(9 reviews)

  • Amazed

    MalcolmEvans

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought 4 weeks, 1,000 miles approaching. Replaced a ZX10 I'd had from new for 4 years. Currently I need to do c.250 miles per week and thought I was just buying efficient transport. It's much more than that. Stunningly quick low down and perfectly good handling. Significantly better than a Bandit 1250 I had about 6 years ago; I think there's been a little bit of evolution and tweaking in there, not just the announced changes when 'Bandit' became 'GSX1250'.

    06 April 2014

  • Sublime

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought a brand new model last week and its great. Engine pulls from 20mph in 6th with ease, sweeps through bends at speed with great stability and the mileage per tank is easily 160miles + reserve. Compared to my old ZZR1400 it is just as quick at real world duties and has much better town / traffic ability. Now wish i'd bought this last year instead of the ZZR.....all in all a good affordable mile muncher that can do so many jobs for a very wide group of riders. However, Brakes take a lot of time to bed in, poor underseat storage, so so OEM tyres, suspension doesn't suit all roads and lacks adjustment and really should have better rear shock protection from the elements.

    02 August 2012

  • Practical

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This may be related to the Bandit in so many ways but it brings virtues before not found on the Bandit into the reach of many. Its big , simple, quick enough, comfy and has a very flexible engine and generally with a few simple changes it becomes a great fast tourer. Planning to swap a ZZR1400 to one of these.

    20 July 2012

  • Good All 'Round.

    CBR11X

    Average rating rating is 4

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    A great value for money bike. Responds well to modifications. If you spend a grand or so on her you can get a 30-50% increase in power depending on the mods. Well worth the effort.

    11 June 2011

  • month one

    rugbybiker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had the 1250 for just one month and done about 2500 miles including a 1500 mile trip touring West Scotland. Bike performs superbly and is everything I wanted at the right price. Traded up from the GSX650F which I really liked but the 1250 is just different league when it comes to longer distance work -particularly motorway at high speeed. Love it.

    06 June 2010

  • Bargain biking

    daymeehan

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had mine for a week and a half. As well as commuting I've done a trackday at Silverstone and the GSX equipped itself very well. The ABS is particular impressive even if it does feel strange at first. The suspension is plush but the front could do with rebound adjustment although on Silverstone's perfect surface it was absolutely fine. It gets very hot in the saddle after a while as well. The point is that this bike will do most things well with little compromise. There's always going to be better looking, better handling, better performing bikes out there but that's missing the point. Where else can you get a bike that does all these things well at this price? R & G now do the whole crash protection thing for this so they expect it to sell well and I've no doubt it will and deservedly so. Initial insurance ABI ratings issues aside, this is great real world bike all the more so for its price. Honda, Triumph et al are you looking?

    31 May 2010

  • Bargain or what?

    pre36sunbeam

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Picked mine up on Friday and rode all the way home with a great big smile on my face. It would have stayed there all bank holiday weekend if it hadn't been for the rain. Took it down the A roads to Hastings and back on BH Monday and did everything that I asked of it. I had the old 750F for 6 years and seriously considered the 650 when it came out, but although more powerful I was looking to go up in engine size. Boy am I glad that I waited. My only complaint so far is the lack of space under the seat. I always carry a small soft-case first aid kit and there's no room for it. Can't wait to take it touring and munch those miles

    05 May 2010

  • Excellent real world bike

    waitforme

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Very pleased with mine as a tourer

    30 April 2010

  • GSF1250 FA

    Anonymous

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    I know its early days but I went into my bike shop a few weeks back to order a 1250 SA having owned two 650 SA Bandits before I wanted to go up to a 1250 When I was there a 1250 FA had just arrived so with a few moments of thought and a super exchange deal it was mine. Two weeks on I have not looked back the bike has not failed to please it just seems to want to go on forever in fact before I knew it I was at 750 mile and ready for the first service that is no longer free. The full fairng works well it does offer a lot more protection and the screen works better than on the SA models giving a bit more wind protection around the head. The fairing also keeps the legs a bit more comfortable. I was glad to see that Suzuki have fitted the Bridgestone BT 21 tyres on the bike in the past I have always fitted these as they give a better wear rate than the Bridgestone,s normally fitted by Suzuki. The ABS brakes do work well and the suspension on the 1250 is a lot better and seems better two up. A lot has been said about the fuel warning light however there seems to be a trip odo that comes on when the tank runs to a reserve level of fuel that will give you your mileage left. There is also a rev counter light that you can pre set to the revs you want ?? and a gear readout that tells you what gear you are in on the 650 that was something that it could have done with and I find it useful on the 1250. Handling the 1250 seems to turn in a lot faster than the 650 did but the extra weight on the 1250 goes un noticed and the bike is very easy to throw around in fact it has a lot more grip than a 650 due to the wide back tire. Engine performance is just wonderful it is not fierce but actually docile it gives out a nice smooth power spread that is so easy to use. Overall the 1250 FA is a easy bike to live with normally the first things to be changed on my Bandits are the screen tyres and exhaust but the screen on the FA works and the tyres are the ones I would fit so its just the exhaust that may get changed. For £6995 the 1250 has got to be worth a look I am so glad that I purchased mine.

    15 April 2010

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CBR11X

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A Good Replacement for the CBR-1100XX (with a little work)

I have had my GSX1250FA since October last year and am quite pleased with it. It is not as quick as the CBR1100XX which she replaced, but there is nothing comparable to the Blackbird on the market at the moment. The 'new' Bandit is perhaps 40 bhp down on the Blackbird but the grunt is ample from as low as 3000 rpm.

Performance wise, the Bandit suffers from asthmatic breathing up top due to the restrictive throttle snorkel on the air box and the secondary butterflies which restrict air flow above 7000 rpm. Once this snorkel is removed and a 38mm hole is drilled on the top cover of the air box, the breathing is freer and the engine spools up quicker. The K&N filter I've added also improves breathing considerably. I have added a Dobeck TFi box and an oxygen bypass switch. The pickup from 3500- 9000 rpm is markedly improved. No more surging and the fueling is crisper and smoother all through the rev range. Although I haven't dynoed her, I estimate 5-10 ponies gained.

The ABS system is OK, but should not be relied on as during the unlocking phase it can release too much pressure causing some over-run and the accompanying increases in heart-rate.

For a heavy bike she is sure-footed and stable. The front forks have a higher rate and travel less than on the unfaired Bandit. During mountain runs I have no problems keeping up with some super-sports and on the straights she now surges. The bike works best from 4000-8000 rpm and she doesn't need to have her tits revved to move. At about 4000 rpm she makes about 11.2kgm of torque that's more than the S1000RR does at 9000 rpm.

All-in-all a great bike for the money. Put on a full exhaust and some forged pistons to bump up the compression to 11.5:1 and she'll make more grunt than the Blackbird with similar levels of power. That will be next on the cards.
 

19 April 2011 09:15

BUSA666

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IT IS WHAT IT IS

glad your all happy with the bandits everyone... used to have one of the 1200 air cooled ones, loved it

21 May 2010 20:05

exsup

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Suzuki Insurance

I dont know if anyone else has had a problem but I went for a 1250 SA and ended up buying a 1250 FA. It was one of the first in the country and most insurannce companies would not insure it.

The quote I had for the SA was £107 this was with Equity Red Star so I hunted around and the only one to offer insurance was Suzuki via CIA ins there price was to start with £260 so I said no way then they got it down to £178 that was still high but if I wanted the bike I had no choice as the other brokers were not offering anything for weeks.

I insured the bike and guess what they did the policy with Equity Red Star I have now been charged another £52 on top because my NCB was a month out so this has now cost me £230 to insure.

I went on line to get a quote just to see what the price is now the insurance companies are settled on the bike and the quote came back at £97 thats a big difference so avoide the Suzuki insurance offer its a rip off

20 May 2010 10:11

rugbybiker

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GSX 1250 FA

Upgraded from GSX 650F to GSX 12150 FA last week.

Only about 400 on the clock but really enjoying the bike. Slightly heavier but manageable, slightly higher bars and seat make it a bit more like a tourer to ride. Engine noise is much more bearable over longer distance (motorway cruising low throaty at 4 - 5K revs when 650 would be howling away at 7k plus and encouraging you to look for another gear). About 45 to the gallon over very mixed bag of miles so far - 2 runs only so wopuld expect touring mileage to be better. Liked the 650 - love the 1250.

12 May 2010 16:14

waitforme

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Bought mine 3 weeks ago on the spur of the moment as a 2 up tourer because my daytona 1200 is no good for that sort of thing and the price of £6300 for a brand new bike seemed excellent value. Just spent 3 days and 550 miles over the Derbyshire, Yorkshire Dales and Lake District with the panniers fitted and the wife as pillion. Road the Hardknot, Snake and Wrynose all in one weekend. Bike is just brilliant - no massive top end but pulls like a freight train fully loaded from almost tick over. Absolutely stunning for real road, real world riding. I find the suspension just fine although the rear preload is up to max to cope with the weight. Only 2 negative points - fuel tank is a bit small. Ran out of juice on 152 miles fully loaded (was testing this as was with other riders who could get me some petrol!) Seat needs to be firmer and wider, no good after an hour as rider but seems OK as pillion. Overall I am really made up and very impressed.

30 April 2010 16:49

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