I have a GSX1250FA which I bought last year and have done around 9,000km. I also looked at the Ninja 1000 at the time. The Ninja is a MUCH better bike (motor, suspension, brakes, weight, etc) in my opinion. But I got the Suzi for around $5,000 less than I could the Ninja at the time. If the difference was $2-3k I would have gone for the Ninja.
Back on a V-Strom and loving it!! (2015 V-Strom 1000)