The New Suzuki GSX1250FA on Video.

Below we’ve got a couple of videos featuring the new Suzuki GSX1250FA.  Early word on the bike is very positive with the general consensus being that it’s a good all-rounder capable of commuting, weekend blasting, and touring.  Also it’s the price that’s drawing most attention with the UK price tag of £6795 which is more than reasonable for a bike with the GSX1250FA’s spec.  The first video is Suzuki’s own glossy teaser for the bike, and the second is from MCNs brief try of the bike at its launch in Spain.

RTWW featured the Suzuki GSX1250FA in an earlier post here.

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Pay How Much for a Yamaha Fazer8 & FZ8!?!?!?

Help I’m Choking!!!……cough……cough…… Ok better now, but still a bit light-headed.

Why the drama?  Yamaha have just officially released the UK pricing for their new Fazer8 and FZ8 models.  Now before I cause you all minor heart attacks let’s look again at the bikes in question.

The new Fazer8 is Yamaha’s new 779cc middle-weight sports bike.  It’s half-faired for a bit of weather protection, comes with ABS, and is built around an aluminium frame to keep its weight in check.

The FZ8 is the Fazer’s naked cousin with all the same spec just minus the fairing, and personally I prefer the look of it to the Fazer8.

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Now to the heart-stopping stuff.  The Price for the Fazer8 is £8799, and the FZ8 is £7799!  Come on now pick yourself up off the floor.

The last time I used the ‘Pay how much’ title for an article was for another Yamaha, the Super-Tenere and its eye-watering £13499 price tag.  However while the Super-Tenere is in a class of similarly priced machines, the Fazer8 and FZ8 have priced themselves out of the market for middle weight sports bikes.  The list of similar, or better, machines that are £1000, or more, less than the Fazer list price is too long to mention here, but a good example comes from a story we did at the start of the week on Suzuki’s new GSX1250FA, a fully-faired, ABS included, 1255cc sports tourer priced at £6995.

Yamaha is supposedly in financial difficulty …. pricing bikes like this won’t help.

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The New Suzuki GSX1250FA Launches.

The Press have been out in force at the launch in Spain of Suzuki’s new sports-tourer the GSX1250FA, unfortunately that didn’t include RTWW this time around but we can give you the heads up on the bike’s specs in readiness for first ride reviews which should start appearing soon.

Based on the Bandit 1250 this bike uses the same well-respected engine and, while made to a sensible budget, it’s not without a few useful basics including ABS as standard, adjustable seat height, gear position indicator, and centre stand.  The full fairing should give decent weather protection which will be most welcome if, as Suzuki intends, this bike becomes your tourer of choice.  Accessories for the bike show it to have a complete tour outfit and with a starting price of around the £6700 mark, this could be a great success for the company.

While it’s great to see the Multistrada, and Super Tenere in all their high-tech glory it’s worth remembering it comes at a cost that is beyond a lot of us in the current economic climate, or any other time for that matter, as I watch moths flutter out of my wallet.  The technical spec of the GSX1250FA is below along with some more images.

Technical Specification for the Suzuki GSX1250FA

Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255 cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Carburetion Fuel injection
Oil Capacity (overhaul) 3.7L (3.9 US qt.)
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter System Electric
Lubrication System Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary Drive Ratio 1.537 (83 / 54)
Final Drive Ratio 2.388 (43 / 18)
Rake/Trail 25.2 degrees / 104 mm (4.1 in.)
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,235 mm (48.6 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 805 / 825 mm (31.7 / 32.5 in.)
Curb Mass 257kg (567 lbs.)

NOTE: Specs. are not final



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