2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250S — Test Drives — Cycle Canada

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2007 Suzuki Bandit

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Bandit 1250S is a bike wears many hats. a sport bike, a -touring and a commuter all in one. We tested it for a but to our dismay, we eventually had to return it.

a company perk to be able to get test bikes. Motorcycle as somewhat egocentric individuals, can request exotic, unobtainable and indulge in pleasures simple must sacrifice years of to enjoy.

In reality, we’re hacks, with aging, bodies. Contortionists we’re and to get the most out of a long-termer, it must be and ridden often. So it’s sensible to choose a machine will invite us to ride it.

Bandit 1250S fit our staff a glove.

The design philosophy the Bandit places function form, in an affordable, well-performing The Bandit is characterized by its steel-tube frame, a conventional fork, handlebar, upright riding conservative styling and steering and until recently, an air-cooled four with ancestry back to the original GSX-R of the

To improve performance while stringent emissions standards a complete makeover for the big-bore for 2007. Replacing its former 1,157 cc air-cooled engine is an liquid-cooled, fuel-injected and counterbalanced designed specifically for the Bandit

Suzuki engineers began by … by 5 mm to 64 mm, while retaining a 79 mm thus bumping displacement to cc. Liquid-cooling allows cylinder to be placed closer together, for compact external dimensions cylinder head is 20 mm narrower). The design also enabled a new and lighter alternator to be relocated to the end of the crankshaft, reducing mechanical

The new cylinder head sets at a narrow, 16-degree angle a reshaped squish band for combustion chamber efficiency. diameter valve stems mm) improve airflow, as do redesigned The compression ratio is up a full to 10.5:1, though the Bandit the ability to run on cheaper, regular

Transmission shafts are now stacked to reduce engine length and the has gained a cog, now a six speed.

Our bike was initially stiff but a quick adjustment of the linkage an immediate improvement, and it got progressively as the kilometres accumulated, with an occasional reluctance to downshift It was more of a mild annoyance a problem.

The Bandit’s EFI is a closed-loop (with an exhaust mounted sensor) and uses 36 mm throttle with two butterfly valves, one by the rider via the twist grip, and a valve controlled by the ECU. control is automatic, improving starting and reducing emissions.

gases are expelled via a catalytic-converter 4-into-1 exhaust, which Suzuki’s PAIR (Pulsed-AIR) to further reduce emissions by air into the exhaust, thus the amount of unburned gases. latest Bandit meets Euro 3 and Tier 2 emissions

Engine output might not be of a modern large-displacement inline at 98 hp/7,500 rpm, but this is about torque, lots of it and at low The Bandit 1250S claims a of 79.6 lb-ft at just rpm, up substantially from the model’s 67.6 lb-ft at rpm.

The engine fires up without having to fuss a choke or fast-idle lever, and noticeable is an engine that is quieter than the previous mill, thanks to the noise qualities of liquid cooling. The responds to throttle input hesitation, regardless of engine without the frenetic urgency of a supersportallowing you to ride away immediately without the cold-blooded characteristic of carbureted machines.

The hydraulically actuated clutch a light pull and engages and progressively. Once warm the maintains a smooth and relaxed throughout its rev range, even lugged down to 1,500 rpm in top It offers up ample torque and power, making shifting and allowing you to jet past traffic in top with a simple twist of the

The meat of its powerband is in the useful 90 to 130 range and the deceptive manner in the Bandit builds speed can get you in with the law. Enthusiastic of the throttle should immediately be by a glance at the digital speedometer.

is mild and unobtrusive, further by a rubber-mounted handlebar and weighed-down Throttle effort is light, and is direct and easy to modulate. One of our reported a very slight in acceleration when shifting noting that it felt as the secondary throttles opened, and closed slightly before

While perceptible to those acute senses, the effect was so that it can hardly be considered

The compact engine gave some latitude when a new chassis. The engine’s shorter dimensions allowed the use of a longer creating a more stable while its narrower profile it possible to reduce the width of the junction area (albeit at a of 1 litre in fuel capacity), rider comfort while it easier to reach the ground at a

The riding position is upright and relieving wrists and spine unnecessary trauma. The tubular is reasonably comfortable, though it wrists at an odd angle. Some felt it needed less and could have been while others found it right. About $30 and a half-hour of will easily appease any a benefit of the simple design. The is flat, firm, and free of sharp edges, serving for medium-length rides.

Seat height is two-position from 790 to 810 mm (31.1 to 31.9 though it takes about 10 and a few of the supplied tools to make the One of the taller testers on staff it for increased legroom and it remained way throughout the season, none of the riders seeming to mind the height.

Passenger accommodations are thanks to the wide and flat vibration-damped footpegs, upright and an easy-to-reach grab handle. The forward view is good to the stepped seat design, if the rider’s portion is set to the low position.

heat is well managed no undue warming of the thighs or Wind protection on the semi-faired is adequate, the fairing shielding the while deflecting the windblast to level, increasing wind somewhat. A taller windscreen reduce wind noise, but the risk of wind buffeting, that is absent on the Bandit.

The double-cradle steel frame was up with larger diameter increasing torsional rigidity by 10 per Rake, trail and wheelbase unchanged at 25.3 degrees, 104 mm, and mm (58.3 in.). The Bandit gained 10 kg over the previous now at 225 kg (496 lb; 229 kg/505 lb for the ABS model).

It a variety of riding conditions well. Shod with the Dunlop D218 tires, it a slight reluctance to maintain a in corners, requiring a light, yet push on the handlebar to maintain its At 5,500 km, we installed a set of Dunlop and handling improved, becoming neutral.

As a cost-cutting measure, economical components are used. A conventional 43 mm fork is preload adjustable and the shock is adjustable for preload and damping. Suspension compliance, not overly refined, is firm being harsh, and proves to be a compromise between comfort and

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

The Bandit’s suspension is overwhelmed riding aggressively, however; for the higher loads exerted it by higher speeds on winding mostly noticeable when fast sweepers, where it ever so slightly. The bike can maintain a quick pace, but track-day riders would be off with a sportier machine. ridden at a more sedate stability is excellent, the big Bandit oblivious to crosswinds.

The brakes well and provide adequate with moderate effort being easy to modulate. we would have preferred the ABS it was unavailable for long-term testing. For the Bandit 1250S is available with ABS at the same price of the 2007 model at $10,799.

consumption is reasonable at 5.9 L/ 100 km (48 mpg) in highway and city riding, the Bandit a range of 320 km from its fuel tank; sufficient to it a worthy sport-touring mount, and it can handle the added load of a and touring gear, the engine loads of reserve power.

life with the Bandit to be engaging. Its fairing-mounted mirrors a good rear view, relatively clear at most Its twin headlights provide illumination for night riding, both beams projecting a swath of light.

Underseat storage capacity is a bit but will accommodate a disc or other small items.

The comprising of an analogue tachometer and speedometer, as well as the usual of warning lights, fuel dual trip meters and are well positioned and easy to A steel fuel tank mounting of a magnetic tank a definite advantage for someone a road trip, and a standard makes maintenance a snap. The maintenance our bike required was an oil which cost $40 and took 15 minutes to perform.

In an office sometimes occupied by more and higher performance machines, at one time a Benelli TNT and a Ducati it would have been to overlook the Bandit. But alluring can only provide a short-term Like comfort food or a shoulder to lean on, the Bandit was faithful and forgiving, ready to when asked.

It provided a perch for a quick run to the convenience and a comfortable, capable platform for jaunts in the country or longer out of the country.

We’re glad has one in its 2008 line-up, and it added the Bandit 1250SEA, equipped fairing lowers, taller and hard saddlebags, as well as ABS. This is the next step in Bandit evolution, it much more versatile the standard model for a very price increase. We were sad to see the go, but now we have two models to choose

I was predisposed to liking the Bandit While its styling is not worthy of a spot at the Guggenheim’s The Art of the Motorcycle I favoured its unassuming lines and appearance. What really my attention, though, was its new engine and its to deliver bountiful bottom end and arm tugging roll-ons. Riding the had me immediately at ease, with its demeanour, comfortable ergonomics, and goodness.

The engine was smooth and quiet, the stable and predictable. Oh, and about roll-ons, my arms are just now back to their original and my silly grin is finally much to my girlfriend’s relief.


Purposeful. That’s the that best describes the 1250S. It’s almost in a by itself; not quite … sport bike or sport it performs well enough in respective category that it best emulates the long UJM.

Handling isn’t as and it’s not as powerful as Yamaha’s but its engine is much more and it costs less, even the up SEA version. It also costs less than the BMW R1200R and VF800, is as versatile and for 2008, has ABS like both those We’ve yet to test Honda’s new not yet priced) CBF1000, so it might the Bandit’s dollar for performance but even so, the Bandit proved good performance doesn’t have to mean high

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Photos: McLean

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