Originally Posted by vellies
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.
The ninja is a great bike. I have been a Kawasaki fan for a long time, but I did not see the ninja as a MUCH better bike at all. I was planning to buy the Kawasaki until I rode the Suzuki. The torque and power of the motor in the RPM range that I actually ride in on the street is impressive. I have almost 14,000 miles on my GSX 1250 bought in April of last year. Perfect reliability so far. The quality of the bike seems to be equal in every way to any Kawasaki that I have owned.