2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S Road Test Rider Magazine

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Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

2007 Suzuki Bandit Road Test

This powerful four-cylinder roadburner has been a favorite of OURS, a standard-style bike with and it’s sized for adults.

Credit: Kevin Wing


July 3, 2007

an existing motorcycle model is I hold my breath. Who will win in the tug of war: The bean counters or the enthusiasts? How will they it? How much higher will “new and improved” price be? For reasons I was concerned when I that Suzuki was revamping its 1200S.

This big, four-cylinder roadburner has always a favorite of ours, a sporty bike with fairing, and sized for adults. There’s of that forcing the rider an extreme leaned-forward racing yet the bike offered plenty of

Instead, the Bandit 1200S was dropped after the 2005 year) was a do-anything performance that could trace its back to the GS1100E of 1980, the that took the title of Superbike away from six-cylinder CBX. Through the Suzuki brought us the GSX-R1100 and its cousin, the Katana 1100. On the you could go to the store or the beach, go around in the twisties or just it with luggage and cross the

Suzuki’s first Bandit debuted in 1997 and was redesigned for so you had to figure it was about due for another We last tested a Bandit in our October 2005 issue this air/oil-cooled four 1,157cc and was carbureted. Such no longer passes muster tightening emissions standards, so for its Suzuki went to full cooling, fuel injection, a converter and pulse air injection to the planet happy.

To please the moto enthusiasts changed out the five-speed transmission for a and boosted displacement to 1,255cc. The was achieved by increasing the … 59.0mm to 64.0mm while the bore at 79.0mm. Compression was from 9.5 to 10.5:1, yet Suzuki feeding it fuel with a octane rating of only gas.

One would expect a … to increase torque, and in case one would be right. We ran the and the new version on the dynamometer over at Performance when each was and in 2005 our Bandit 1200S out 103.7 horsepower and 74.0 of torque. This new Bandit out at 78.0 lb-ft, but its 99.7 at 8,900 rpm was down 4 percent its predecessor. While those are interesting, they do not tell the story.

We’ll explore later.

Add a little luggage with the Bandit’s upright position, you’re good to go for as as you want.

In remaking the Bandit, started with an all-new engine and fitted it with fuel injection having 36mm throttle bodies. The cam is now centrally located, and there’s a balancer shaft to keep running smoothly. Suzuki’s injection includes an idle control system for improved starting, consistent idle and reduced emissions.

Our bike started immediately and ran cleanly.

The head is also new, dual overhead cams and valves per cylinder. To enhance the ports are new, and the 27mm valves and 31mm exhaust are now set at a narrow 16-degree angle. The oil is now liquid cooled, and the hydraulic with its coil springs is new.

Power reaches the rear through a #530 drive the toolkit includes everything to keep the chain in adjustment.

its predecessors, the Bandit 1250S a fairly upright seating with a wide, cushy and minimal fairing. Our only is that the grips are positioned high on a narrow handlebar, and at an that turns them in which I found a little at first. The tube-steel handlebar be easy to swap for one having bend you prefer, of course.

The are just right for my 6-foot and the seat’s step will not prove confining unless of such height that you to play in the NBA.

Here are four-piston front calipers—with for only $500.

Of course, on the throttle hard may stretch arms to the point that soon becomes your Let out the clutch and power is available as the bike whisks you away; our test confirmed that its flat torque curve the new is already generating 64.5 of torque at just 1,800 and from 2,700 rpm there’s than 70 lb-ft available on up to its of 78.0 at 6,000 rpm, at point it’s already out 89.1 horsepower.

Acceleration is and smooth, right up to the bike’s redline, with no major “hit.” The old Bandit 1200S did not 64 lb-ft of torque till 3,000 rpm, or 70 lb-ft 3,400. And as you know, while may be the Angelina Jolie looking up there on the charts, torque is the the Cable Guy with his crack doing the heavy lifting in the engine room and yelling Rideability in the lower rpm ranges from torque.

The engine is strong, yet smooth, in part to the secondary balancer There is some minor in the grips, but much less previously and never enough to the hands. Clutch pull is and the six-speed shifts with and precision.

The wind hit me midchest I was seated upright behind low fairing, which is sufficient to the windblast but far from full With more wind on the the ride becomes noisier and likely want earplugs. The 1250S is a big motorcycle with a seat height of 31.1 If that’s not enough, your can show you how to raise it an additional 0.8 of an by switching the position of the rubber on the seat’s underside.

It’s going to get pretty chilly in the seat on a cold day, so you may to consider adding accessory grips and wearing a heated garment.

In the twisties the Bandit good cornering clearance and torque.

Out on the road the Bandit to shed pounds, and with a of 58.3 inches and rake/trail of 25.2 degrees/4.1 inches it very quickly. It’s with those wonderful Sportmax radial tires (a front and 180/55-ZR17 rear) are a major factor in why it leans so and easily into turns, and is so and predictable. This is a low-effort an easy joy to ride in a sporting

The stout 43mm fork spring preload adjustment while the rear single provides both preload and adjustable rebound damping. As it from the factory the suspension did not but when dialed in its action more controllable and acceptable stopping short of plushness. It back on abrupt bumps, but is quite satisfactory.

Braking on the ABS model is superb, though some noticeable feedback in of pumping at the brake lever and Up front the Bandit features floating discs with calipers, while the rear is embraced by a single-piston caliper. a bit more fork dive heavy braking than like, but that can be forgiven for its attributes.

There’s a big tach on the the digital speedo is optimistic.

Our was equipped with the optional braking system (ABS), a $500 option on the Suzuki will cost you double or on some other brands. the pulsing feedback through the pedal and lever may put it a generation in ease of use compared with system, for example, it’s certainly worth having.

of price, one of the most amazing of the base-model Bandit 1250S is its MSRP is a mere $8,299, or with ABS. Granted, not a super bargain like its ($7,399 without ABS), but still a great value. How a big 1,255cc roadburner four for just 88 big ones when the shares the marketplace with bikes as the 599cc Kawasaki ($8,999), Ducati’s 803cc ($8,995) and the 998cc Honda ($11,499)?

First, the other models are much more closely sportbikes that make power per displacement and have quality frames and suspensions. By the Bandit is a sport tourer a low-tech tube-steel frame now has larger-diameter tubing and is a claimed 10 stronger) and a more base-level system; it weighs more and less power-as if it needed to for 100 rear-wheel horsepower. Again, the has a very wide torque which is what you want in a tourer.

2007 Suzuki 1250S ABS

A more direct may be Yamaha’s FZ1. which is this year. We tested it in when it received a major and found it a much more focused sporty bike. It out 131 horsepower (much of it near its redline) but just 68 lb-ft of and is not nearly as sport-touring oriented as the

If you happen to own a Bandit 1200S, note that the new 1250S an improved suspension, much brakes and is a much lighter than its predecessor, despite the having been increased by 2 to 58.3 inches. All this for $900 more sounds a bargain.

The steel 5.0-gallon can accept a magnetic tankbag, and our bike averaged 40.5 per gallon while being aggressively. For convenience there are hooks below the rear of the and plenty of places to hook down by the passenger pegs. off the easily removable seat to a pair of helmet holders and a complete toolkit.

The centerstand is included (it’s an endangered convenience these

The 1250S goes liquid and with no cooling fins the has a cleaner look.

The big digital is easy to read, but notably that or the daytime traffic on the freeway is now cruising at 80-85 mph along with me. This you can have the Bandit 1250S in any you like-so long as it’s blue.

The Bandit 1250S a very smooth, powerful engine with easy a comfortable seating position and the to carry luggage and a passenger; tells us that hard will be available. And while you may not be to keep the fast guys on 600cc sportbikes in sight in the you’ll likely catch later in the day as they stand the road stretching, shaking wrists and doing neck Everyone wants good for the money, and if you seek a good, …-sized machine that skimp on any of the important stuff delivering comfort, power, and braking in spades, this big guy should certainly be on your list of major candidates.

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring


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