Suzuki GSX1250FA

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by flaadvandmtbrider, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. flaadvandmtbrider

    flaadvandmtbrider Been here awhile

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    Has anyone seen these bikes deeply discounted as of yet? Local dealers have leftover 2011 models at $8999.- From what I understand it is an evolved Bandit with a few upgrades.
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  2. Jim K.

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    I've heard of deep discounts, & the 1250 looks to be just about the most bang for the buck in motorcycling right now. It's been around for years & got a solid rep. for reliability. No traction modes, & only average suspension, but an ABS equipped, I-4 1250, fully faired, brand new for under $10,000 US? Discounted factory bags available at a discount as well, if you want 'em. What's not to like? Not as light as a current liter class sport bike, but it won't make your wallet much lighter either.
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  3. cls

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    The only problem w/that is that I'd have to spend another bundle w/Dale at Holeshot to get the performance up to where I'd want a 1250 bike; suspension and engine/exhaust. Then it's still old-tech, steel framed, and heavy, though very good. I just couldn't stand that in an over $8K bike. But that's my take on it. I've looked, and am still looking, for a good used one that's already been modded out for the right price. Just know what you want and how much it's worth to you in the long haul.
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  4. Bama67

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    It is a good value, I had a Bandit 1250, but you would have a much more capable package, and much more bang for your buck with the Ninja 1000 with hard bags.

    I've had both, and the Ninja is a better bike by miles.
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  5. elementalg20

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    The Ninja 1000 definately offers a more technical performance orientated package. It does have a few trade offs as it's ergo's are slightly more agressive and only judging by a picture but I think the bandit would be better suited for 2up use as well....although it generally doesn't get glowing review for 2up use either.

    With a few tweaks the ninja would likely be as comfy and still be the better performer. Now a used 1250s....now that can be a smoking deal from time to time, seen them in the $4-5k range for nice stock low mile bikes.
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  6. Bama67

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    Good point about the two-up, my cry baby wife couldn't handle multi-hour trips on the Ninja. :D

    The Bandit was a good bit better for that, but still not great, if you are going to have a passenger the Corbin GunFighter and Lady seat, or a top case would help out big time.

    Another tidbit, I have never ridden a bike that felt like it had more low end stonk than my Bandit 1250, and that includes big twins. The N1K killed it everywhere else, but I feel like you could pull a truck out of a ditch with the Bandit, or just shift straight from 1st to 6th. lol
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  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That's one of the reasons I want one.

    I'd never even consider the N1K as a direct competitor, and it costs a lot
    more (at least here). Maybe the FZ1S.
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  8. HarveyMushman

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    I paid a little less than that for a new '11 in July.

    I also looked at the Ninja 1K but decided the Suzuki was a better fit for my needs (mostly commuting). After 100K miles on a Wee Strom I was looking for diesel torque and the 1250 has that; it must be the least stressed engine on the planet. Feels good.
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  9. 30Bones

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    Yeah I miss that a lot. My 07 was a freight train but I can not get over the looks of a Bandit. Just ugly, this bike does it for me.
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  10. mrbreeze

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    It's not a direct line of descent, but my 1993 GSX1100G (precurser to the Bandit 1200) had tons of power down low. I smoked more than a few Valkyries and Goldwings (1500) in top gear roll ons. I am glad to see that characteristic has carried through.
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  11. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    This one isn't:

    [​IMG]

    :deal
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  12. 30Bones

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    I agree, but after several 700 mile trips on my Harley Nightster sith no wind protection I will wave the white flag when it comes to a naked bike for my needs. Friend has a B-king he's been trying to sell me :1drink
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  13. Nitro1970

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    Got a test ride coming up in morning. It's been a toss up for me between the v Stroms (wee, glee and vee) and now the gsx1250fa. I'm not sure if it's a killer deal (I've not even seen one till today) $13,800 OTD hard luggage included. Deal or no?...

    Power and torque wise, the numbers look similar to the v strom 1000.

    Oh well it ought to be a rocket ship compared to my KLR650 ;)
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  14. nbsdave

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    That is absolutely NOT a good deal.
    New 2011, leftover GSX1250FA's are available at many, many dealers for under 9000 and adding luggage will be 600-800.
    No way can you compare the smoothness of the 1250 to a Vee-t he motor in the 1250 pulls like a train from 2500 rpm & up.
    In fact, comparing the two is not fair to either. They are very different riding experiences.
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  15. 30Bones

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    x2, although my two local dealerships think even leftovers are only worthy of $500 off MSRP and will not budge off MSRP in the warm months. Somehow they stay in business and the recession hasn't closed their doors yet.

    I search within 500 miles of me usually and have found some real good deals on new leftovers.
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    Yeap, I'd run away screaming from $13,800.

    My local (and very small) Suzuki dealer had a 1250FA on their floor last summer. With the hard luggage installed, the sticker price was $9,000.
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  17. vellies

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    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.
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  18. de Vaca

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    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.
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  19. cb4017

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    I had a GSX1250FA for a year. As I recall it was $11,000 out the door with factory side cases and top rack. My intent was to set it up as a 2-up tourer.

    I had no problems with the mechanics. Plenty of power and smooth as a turbine. I really liked the amount of torque the engine put out. Got 40 - 48 mpg.

    Problem was the seat is only 24" long. Not much room to move around with a passenger and we could not get comfortable on it, even with a Sargent seat. I'm also pushing 60 and have mild arthritis in the knees so I need something with a more relaxed riding position. We sold it and will be looking for a replacement when the weather improves.
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  20. Nitro1970

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    Oh well I think I might rather have a wee anyway.

    Really nice guy though. He offered to let the wife a I take his Raider for a 100 mile spin to see if we liked...
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