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Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

Soft Saddlebags Required

by Tom Fortune and Mounce

Remember the old days when you and a buddy throw a set of soft saddlebags on bikes and spend a day carving before pitching a tent and racing in front of a fire?

has been shaved from the reaches of the traditionally peaky powerband and packed into the mid range. Dyno charts that even though our pumped out just 100 peak there is a whopping 70 ft-lbs of available for your wheel-lofting at just 6,000 rpm. kind of thrust means passing power on the highway.

In 40-80 mph roll-on tests our pulled steadily away the GPz, even when the rider was in fifth gear.

Top were equal between our two at 145 mph with saddlebags installed. this is a power trip!) machines were stable at with the Kawasaki feeling a little more planted due to its wheelbase. Suzuki also the win in impromptu drag strip But in situations more reflective of riding the edge goes to GPz.

Its enormous 5.8 gallon coupled with 42.8 offers a generous range of 248 miles. Our Bandit proved to be a more thirsty at 38 mpg, a range of 190 miles from its 5 tank.

Differences between these two are apparent after even a ride. Where the GPz coddles its in smoothness and well thought out the Bandit 1200 is more of a brute. While Kawasaki a fairing that would a rider in comfort at speed, installed a smaller unit to keep Bandit pilots being blown off.

get us wrong — the Suzuki all the elements of a practical bike, a big seat and sensible riding but a Bandit lacks the sheer of the GPz.

This is mostly due to the aforementioned fairing, but also an upright position that forces its to push a lot of air. Bar to peg relationship is about perfect though, and handlebars is easy, as opposed to the non-adjustable clip-ons. Some vibration does find its way to the on the highway, and although its never to be called annoying, after the silky GPz it is noticeable.

Working on our was easy thanks to the lack of a fairing. With just a few the tank, seat and side can be removed, creating easy to the inner workings. Performing on the GPz takes a little longer, due to model’s full coverage and multitude of fasteners.

Ergonomics can be adjusted to suit preferences thanks to the Bandit’s handlebar.

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

What’s frustrating the Bandit is that it is basically an motorcycle saddled with simple, yet annoying flaws. at least on our 49-state model, was A flat spot at lower made leaving traffic a pain, and colder mornings made things worse.

on spending some time with jetting, or investing in a jet

Another bothersome trait of the big is its poorly sprung front. with the adjustable preload to its max it pitches heavily during or aggressive cornering. A lack of rebound damping makes corner entrances difficult, as the will pogo once the are released.

Stiffer springs would somewhat, but rebound damping remain a problem. Rear rates are quite good, and the Bandit out of slower turns predictable.

The Suzuki’s tapered caused us to constantly slide into the tank. A more shape would be preferable.

Bandit 1200 has the basic of a fun and comfortable sport-touring bike sensible ergonomics and a great Plus, at just $7,099 a relative bargain. However, its yet numerous flaws place it in a head-to-head battle with GPz.

Kawasaki GPz1100:

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring


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