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davie150

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Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« on: February 09, 2017, 11:29:44 PM »
 :hello:Hi, how are you all doing?
I am thinking of changing  my 2015 mt09 and have spotted a GSX1250 FA in my local dealer for a good price.

I have nipped in and had a quick look/sit on it and it is a 16 plate with only 1600 miles on the clock and tbh looks brand new, apart from the scorpion exhaust, which I assume the owner put on himself.

I have pencilled in a demo of it on Sat morning , if it is not snowing by then, but just wanted to pop on here to ask you guys if it as great as all the reviews on line say that it is.

I used to own a yamaha 600 thundercat and only realised how good it was after I had sold it, does the gsx ride feel the same as the cat as even just sitting on it reminded of the cat`s layout, screen inner fairings etc.

Hope to get some replies from you guys before Sat, but if not I will get back to you on Sat after ride, to give my reaction to it.

Cheers    Davie

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2017, 08:17:19 PM »
You will find the 1250 pulls like a train compared to the Cat! That said the smaller Yam engine would need revving more. Bear in mind the seat has 2 settings I'm 6' and prefer it at the higher. Be prepared for a massive clunk when it goes into 1st - perfectly normal! Try taking it up to 70 in 3rd or even 2nd if you want to see how well she pulls. You can ride it like a sports bike or just take it easy - it does both! Don't be afraid to lean into the bends. The torque is stunning - it might be slightly lacking at the top end (100 HP with the Scorpion) but overtaking is great and 0-60 in 2.9 secs will leave a few Ferrari's standing! Have fun and tell us how you got on. It's a more solid bike than the MT ( good bike) and one of the best all rounders available. Now is the time to get a minter because it has recently been discontinued by Suzuki.
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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2017, 03:29:43 PM »
Hi thanks for the reply, unfortunately things happened and I could not get down at lunch time, it is now 3pm and snowing so I will have to give it a miss today. It has been on their website for a while, so I can`t see it being sold before Monday, so I will go down early afternoon, before my night shift.

I used to have a versys 650 and quite like the look of the versys1000, but they seem quite pricey and are about £3,000 and above more than the gsx and I dont want to spend over £4k again this year when I paid £4800 after trade in for my mt09. in Feb 2015.

I am 5' 11" and when I sat on bike in dealership my feet were flat on floor so that is fine, how is the wind off the screen for your height, does it hit you on chest or helmet. The reason I asked is because i tried the 09 Tracer last month and the wind around my helmet at only 60mph was quite off putting


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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2017, 04:08:11 PM »
Some guys find the wind blast a problem and change for a higher screen or Madstad type. Personally I'm ok with the stock one. The wind hits me in the chest and not head. I have a Shoei XR1100 helmet - think some lids are a bit buffety but mine is ok. I don't mind clean wind on a bike as long as my head is not being wobbled about. Upright handlebars tend to give more unstable ride than clip-ons. Having said that, my V-Strom 650 was pretty good. The Versys is nice but pretty tall to get on. Of course, the Suzuki 1250 is brilliant value for money. Best of luck with your test ride. It was not love at first ride for me but the 1250 grows on you, so much so, I sold mine and bought it back,  :BangHead: ....I missed it so much!  I have just come back from a sprint to Tesco across the city - great for carving up traffic and narrow enough to squeeze between lorries! You needn't stay behind stuff for long with the GSX - quick overtakes are a breeze. What colour is yours in the dealer?

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2017, 04:40:13 PM »
Black and it looks like brand new tbh. I have looked at MCN and this one looks the best bargain out of the lot for sale in UK. There are ones 2 years older for only £500 less and 3 year old ones for only £400 less but come with full luggage.

Bike looks brilliant, jesus I am talking myself into buying this am I

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2017, 07:23:45 PM »
Black.....just a bit faster than the other colours too  :laughing7: As a matter of interest, there are ways to increase the power and/or remove restriction  but most of us find it more than adequate. Methinks you have already decided to like it  :icon_thumright:. If it's been there for a while you might be able to shave a bit more off the price to clinch a deal or get something thrown in. Best of luck!

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2017, 09:34:45 PM »
I asked if it had got its first years service and he said we will talk about that when you come back, so I think he could be open to negotiations.

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2017, 01:07:53 AM »
I can only back up what has already been stated. My first bike eleven years ago was a 1200 fully faired bandit. I have owned 650 and returned to 1250 last year. Yes it goes like the clappers and at 67 this year I do not hang about. Three euro tours booked for this year so that is a set of tyres gone. Best bike I have owned. Underated by many reviewers but with full luggage and 47 litre topbox ideal tourer.

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2017, 09:49:03 AM »
Yes it goes like the clappers and at 67 this year I do not hang about.

I'm 68 this year and certainly don't hang about! The 1250 must be the bike of choice for geriatric hooligans!  :laughing7:

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2017, 07:27:06 AM »
Any more thoughts on the 1250 Davie?

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #10 on: February 24, 2017, 02:31:14 AM »
Hi, sorry to be so long in getting back. I am in two minds tbh, have not yet had a demo, but as far as I know they still have it as it is still on their website
Try and maybe buy the 1250 or be sensible and keep the bike that I have, as there is nothing wrong with it apart from way too much exposure to wind when riding fast, easily sorted by MRA vario screen for £100. oh and £135 for its second service.


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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #11 on: February 24, 2017, 11:17:19 PM »
Yes I suppose you could put on a screen and see how it went. It's always tempting to change your bike but sometimes the old one is just as good. Don't be swayed by a service - it's cheaper than a new bike. Test ride is still a good idea. As you get back on your old bike, you will probably know one way or the other. Which ever way you go you will have a good machine. My only problem with the 09 is it seems a little small. The 1250 is a good size although for some a little heavy.

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2017, 10:17:44 PM »
I find no advantage (?) with vario screen. I am 5' 8".wind blast without tilting the selector.  Great in summer. But when deflector is at full tilt the end blast is lifted from my chest to eye level height. There is also a lot of blast at the sides due to the narrowness of the screen. I was spoilt by the deauville wrather protection.
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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #13 on: March 16, 2017, 03:28:00 PM »
Potential owner no more.  :headbang:

Demo this morning, took my documents with me just in case :evil5: did all paperwork when I returned bike and rode home with my new baby


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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2017, 04:46:44 PM »
 :occasion14: Congratulations - that's what I call a result. What plans have you for your first week as a member of the exclusive GSX1250FA club?

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2017, 08:31:21 AM »
No plans as such, decorating spare room, but will have to get out for a run before I am back to work on Mon night.
Really liked the bike when I took it out, feels really planted to the road and has a sort of deep growl sound compared to the mt09.
 I intend to keep this one for a long time

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2017, 02:02:21 PM »
Had my 1250FA for about 10 weeks now and done over 3500 miles. Love it. best machine I've ever had.

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2017, 05:50:50 PM »
Had my 1250FA for about 10 weeks now and done over 3500 miles. Love it. best machine I've ever had.

wow,, average 350 miles a week,, have only done 800 miles in last 10 months.. ( need to ride it more i think)

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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2017, 10:49:35 PM »
Not bike related, but here is a photo of my one week old grand daughter, who has just been named Isla, meeting her big sister for the first time, grandad`s little girl Ava 2.5 years old.
Great times ahead.

i am a very happy man.  :icon_sunny:   :occasion14:


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Re: Hi potential gsx1250fa owner
« Reply #19 on: May 10, 2017, 12:41:14 AM »
Nice buy. I have three euro tours booked. 7.5k service and new tyres this Friday. Away next Friday.