SUZUKI GSX1250F (2010-on) Review

Published: 26 March 2010

"Almost entirely a Bandit 1250SA; but the fairing and accessories make it more useful and sportier looking"

Suzuki GSX1250F

"Almost entirely a Bandit 1250SA; but the fairing and accessories make it more useful and sportier looking"

  • At a glance
  • 1255cc  -  96 bhp
  • 41 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • £7,865

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.  

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 5 out of 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 group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 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.

Owners' Reviews

9 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX1250F (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
4 out of 5

Amazed

06 April 2014 by MalcolmEvans

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... Read more 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'.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Sublime

02 August 2012 by tman39a

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Practical

20 July 2012 by tman39a

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... Read more great fast tourer. Planning to swap a ZZR1400 to one of these.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

Good All 'Round.

11 June 2011 by CBR11X

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. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

month one

06 June 2010 by rugbybiker

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... Read more different league when it comes to longer distance work -particularly motorway at high speeed. Love it.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Bargain biking

31 May 2010 by daymeehan

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... Read more 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?

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bargain or what?

05 May 2010 by pre36sunbeam

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... Read more 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

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Excellent real world bike

30 April 2010 by waitforme

Very pleased with mine as a tourer Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

GSF1250 FA

15 April 2010 by Anonymous

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £7,865
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 96 bhp
Max torque 79 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 1255cc
Engine type 16v lc inline four, fuel-injected. Six gears, chain drive
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 272kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound damping
Rear suspension Preload, rebound damping
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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]

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