Suzuki has moved closer to offering a contemporary Sport Touring bike with the new-for-2010 GSX1250SEA, a new model based on the much-loved Bandit 1250 chassis and drivetrain from past years. The new machine features all-new bodywork, removable hard side and top case luggage, and a touring windscreen.
Removing the luggage and replacing the snap-on touring windscreen with a smaller one makes it easy to turn the SEA into a sportier bike in a matter of minutes.
Suzuki also sells a less equipped version, without the bags and larger windscreen, the GSX1250FA, for $1500 less than the full dressed SEA. Buyers can then buy the extra equipment they need, when they need it.
|The fully dressed SEA model provides you with all you need for sporty touring - at an attractive price.
Both models come with ABS as standard equipment, and use the chassis and smooth 1255cc fuel injected engine from the Bandit, so power and torque should not be a problem.
MSRP for the basic GSX1250FA $11,799, while the fully dressed GSX1250SEA will come in at $13,299.
This has all the looks of a solid, satisfying bike to ride, with an attractive price for a relatively basic machine. But they are not alone out there, as the big Sport Touring bike segment is a hot landing zone these days - think BMW K1300GT, BMW R1200RT, Kawasaki Concours 14, Yamaha FJR1300, and Honda ST1300.
It will be interesting to see how a no-frill, cheaper machines fares against that better equipped and somewhat higher-priced competition.Photo Credit : Suzuki