All Tests – GSX1250FA Test: The Bandit’s New Heist! – Stainless Bandit!

GSX1250FA trial: the Bandit’s new heist !

All Tests - GSX1250FA Test: The Bandit's New Heist! - Stainless Bandit!

Suzuki’s iconic roadster, the Bandit 1250 transforms into a long-haul traveler with the addition of a flattering full fairing. Renamed GSX1250FA, the new Bandit is ready to overshadow many roads for a tempting price… Test.

Stainless Bandit !

Like a grand cru, the Bandit "12" gets better with age: a scoundrel roadster when it was released in 1996, it has gradually become gentrified to meet the expectations of bikers put off by radicalization and the lack of compromises claimed. by many of its competitors.

Healthy, reliable and powered by a 1255 cc with truckloads, the Bandit 1250 has become a comfortable road roadster with a salivating price / performance ratio: characteristics that have led Suzuki engineers to take the approach further by transforming it into a real roadster, the GSX1250FA.

Strategically and economically relevant if not really original, the transformation has already demonstrated its main interest on the GSX650F (read our): to offer a streamlined Bandit 650 which turns out to be an efficient GT at a great price and which does not do not embarrass the superfluous without neglecting the essential.

Starting with the engine: successor with panache to the antediluvian block "air-oil" in 2007, the big four in line injected with liquid cooling constitutes a base of choice for a road. Developing 98 hp at 7,500 rpm and above all 11 mkg of torque at 3,700 rpm, the Bandit 1250 engine did not require much modification to fulfill its new functions on the GSX1250FA.

To contain costs, Suzuki simply added a larger radiator and a second fan to compensate for the lower heat dissipation caused by the use of an integral fairing. Technically, the GSX1250FA also releases a new tank – which however retains a volume of 19 liters – and suspension settings different from those of the roadster..

Firmer, the 43 mm telescopic fork and the mono-shock absorber – both adjustable in preload – must indeed deal with the inevitable weight gain caused by the transition from roadster status to that of road: 257 kg fully loaded. against 250 for the Bandit 1250 SA (read our).

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