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"

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 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

15 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.

Review your SUZUKI GSX1250F (2010-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.9 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.6 out of 5
Equipment 3.9 out of 5
5 out of 5

If Carlsberg did motorcycles

26 September 2016 by Kenny Anderson

Best value for money motorcycle for sale in U.K. today by far Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Suspension is fine some road surfaces can show up limitations but at the price easily fit Hagon shock and springs
Engine
5 out of 5
Turbine smooth just ride the huge wave of torque
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
No issues in 18 months of ownership it's not a Honda so you need to keep it clean but that's not an issue really. Look after the bike and it will look after you
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Pretty good on fuel mid 40's in all types of riding including some brisk thrashing
Equipment
5 out of 5
Everything I need switch on handle bar to scroll through trip meters etc would be nice
Buying experience

Bought privately at two years old 4000 miles £4600 brilliant value

4 out of 5

For the price, almost perfect!

03 August 2016 by Peter Brookes

For the price, almost perfect. Useable power, more than enough money spare to buy the extra accessories you'll want & with TLC should age well. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Hard riding does expose the chassis & suspensions flaws, still not bad by any measure. Normal, day to day you're comfortable & feel stable on the road.
Engine
5 out of 5
For useable power, 10/10! More low down torque than you'll ever need. Think of it like a diesel, massive amounts of grunt low down, then you feel the drop off once you reach the top RPM.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Brought preowned, slight rust on some fixings, just basic TLC will prevent. Keep it clean & relube what fittings you take off.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Self serviced, oil filter can be a pain to access & plugs aren't too easy either. All in all, not the worst bike I've worked on.
Equipment
4 out of 5
You can't expect everything for the price! Centre stand is always useful & it won't cost much to put on the few accessories you'll want. Even with those additions, you'll still be saving money.
4 out of 5

Excellent hybrid bike

01 June 2016 by James Davies

This is my second Bandit. Owned a 1200 about 12 years ago and recently returned to biking, and so glad I did. Bought second hand (3yrs old) for 5k, with only 2.5k on clock. Had about 6 months now and use everyday, mostly with top box occasionally... Read more full luggage. Just done a long weekend from UK through Holland, Belgium and France with no issues. I use the bike for commuting, touring and a bit of fun, well lots really as if I don't need to go out on is I do anyway. Relatively heavy bike and needs a little practice at v slow speed at first, good on corners, recovers well when slipping. Wife often comes out as pillion and hardly know she is there except when breaking hard. Good all rounder. Need to raise seat a bit, but If I get another bike I will still keep this one.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
ABS is good, breaking could be a bit firmer, but it's on original discs and current service is replacing fluid so may be better
Engine
4 out of 5
Good range of power. V responsive. Sounds nice, but may upgrade exhaust for a bit better experience
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems so far touch-wood.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
In for my first service
Equipment
3 out of 5
ABS is good. Screen not bad, Display easy to work. Could do with a better fuel indicator as flashes when got 50 miles left in tank and counter for when on receiver. Would be better to know how many miles are left. But you learn to live with it. Tinny horn as usual, but replacing that with something louder.
Buying experience

Dealer, second hand, 5k for a 3 year old bike with low mileage, all luggage inc removable holdalls that fit in the luggage, Excellent condition too.

4 out of 5

Big commuter/tourer

04 March 2016 by OldFartDCP

Engine is nearly as good as the 1200 Bandit. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Marginal. Can't imagine needing the ABS to kick in as the brakes are so weak. Unless you are very positive entering corners this bike will understeer and drift outwards. Extremely sensitive to tyres - Road Angels are the best at handling the very heavy front end. Fuel consumption is excellent on long high speed trips (dual carriageway/motorway) at around 57-59 mpg which drops to 46 mpg town and country.
Engine
4 out of 5
Throw away idiotic EU regulations and this engine would be brilliant. Very gentle and relaxing with great low down grunt, I usually change gear twice each time ie 1,3,5 but also because the gearbox is so clunky it belongs in a vintage tractor.
Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
I ride all year and the bike is rusting badly, just been hit by the starter motor problem (27000 miles) and expecting a £400 - 500 bill. Service intervals are rubbish. In four years I reckon this bike has cost more than £10,000 but I'll probably end up buying another new one this year because I love the engine. Brakes and handling are marginal, tuning would just show weaknesses everywhere else. Note to Suzuki - boost the bhp to 130 and improve the overall quality and I'll pay £10,000 happily.
Value & Running Costs
2 out of 5
4500 miles between services - you do the maths
Equipment
3 out of 5
Big Givi box belongs on this bike and bigger (and cheaper) than the Suzuki version. Centre stand is a big plus - how do you grease or adjust a chain on a sidestand? After trying other choices with disastrous/expensive results Pirelli Road Angels really work well on this bike.
Buying experience

Bought from Alpha because of 0% loan but they ripped me off fitting a top box sized for a moped despite knowing that I intended to tour. Discovered Orwell Motorcycles in Ipswich, excellent shop with excellent staff and an excellent workshop.

4 out of 5

An honest review of a great bike.

13 December 2015 by Clanmac1

Best features are; Real world accessible performance in the lower rev band. The weight of the bike makes it very stable in it's touring role. It's a comfortable bike for taller riders, I'm 6'2" and don't like the pretend adventure bikes with their... Read more over inflated prices. The weight is also it's negative. I wouldn't say it's top heavy but there are better balanced bikes out there, it's no sports bike! Care needs to be taken when man handling around the garage etc...

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Does the job required. The issue I have is I'm sliding forward on the seat, fitting EAZI-Grip tank pads has helped but I'm looking into replacement.
Engine
5 out of 5
one word "Smooth"
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I had no problems or corrosion with my GSX650F even using in winter. So with this upgrade that's now one year old, I have no and don't expect any problems.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I don't know why, but even though it's in a highish insurance group it's very reasonable to insure not much more than it's 650 predecessor. MT-09 I was looking at was going to cost me 3x more to insure. Fuel economy for me is on par with the 650 (high 40's mpg), which is down to not needing to rev the engine as much to get the same performance
Equipment
3 out of 5
Best Stock bits: ABS, gear change indicator, centre stand, seat height adjustment, both lever span adjustment. Accessories; Heated grips, rear hugger, Sliders a must! (lesson learned from dropping the 650 on my sloped drive when pushing it around) Bad bits: Stock tyres are borderline dangerous in cool damp conditions (BT021 Sport Touring) I think the compound is just too hard for our bad roads. I'm changing to Pilot 4's. Stock screen looks great but is useless in it's touring role.
Buying experience

Best deals are to be had with pre reg bikes. I think list price of 8k is far too much even if it does include luggage. This is not a bike to buy from a dealer and sell a year on.

4 out of 5

Change the stupid name

24 June 2015 by Tony mcc

Get rid of the stupid NUMBERS, ETC FOR A NAME and just call it a MASKED BANDIT....... Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
With a small amount of tuning and a better exhaust system the bikes pulling power through the low range speeds can be greatly improved.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Never ever had any issues from new....
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Apart from a clock to tell the time the key items are covered
Buying experience

Great end of year deal from the dealers

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'.

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

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

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

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

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £7,865
Used price £3,100 to £8,400
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £320
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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