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Suzuki GSX 1200

Road Test: Suzuki 1200 VS 1250

Ask most what bike they did the most to define the 1990s and will probably say Ducati’s Honda’s FireBlade or Suzuki’s Which is fair enough, as have always been the grabbers, but there is a bike had a far more subtle influence the same period – Suzuki’s 1200.

Like a sleeper agent the Bandit has been its part to corrupt a generation of into its wicked ways it was launched in 1996. This monster was the first proper boasting an air/oil-cooled 1,157cc that was very closely to the legendary GSX-R1100’s lump its styling was simple, … and to show off this heart of It wheelied like a banshee and round corners, too.

A example of the philosophy keep it

Throughout its eleven-year lifespan the look and the physical components of the 1200 remained virtually A few subtle tweaks here and freshened it up while a stiffer in 2005 provided a stopgap for what was to come. In 2007 took the plunge and fitted a new into the Bandit 1200, and not any engine, a brand new water-cooled designed specifically for the bike.

The Bandit was no longer living in the it now had its own heart as well as a new attitude. But it had a new market positioning.

When it was the Bandit was the only big bore around. Now the market is flooded them and the big Suzuki has been to find a new niche. Rather chase the performance crowd alloy frames, inverted radial brakes and sharp the Bandit has pitched itself at the budget-conscious buyer. With a tag of £5,399 for a … 1250 or for a half-faired with ABS the Bandit is now a classic-styled do it all machine.

Is this a in the right direction or has Suzuki all the life out of a generation-defining machine?

Having spent nearly of a century churning out what is an unchanged motor there are no that the old 1200 engine completely sorted. We have harping on a lot recently about 3 and emissions laws so I’ll over the fact that if it for this legislation, the chances are the Bandit’s engine would remained air-cooled until the sun exploded and all life on earth was out.

And even then somewhere on a star a little green man still be desperately tuning up one of lumps for drag racing. of the GSX-R1100 (for this was the bike to use the motor) must thought they’d bought the Falcon by mistake in 1986, even by modern standards the is a beauty. It must have the arse out of the competition of the day. to back with the new water-cooled the old one feels far smoother.

It’s an engine to use. There is no or drama, just a huge of torque that is delivered in a smooth fashion. In comparison the new feels a bit less refined, has more vibrations and just that overall level of It feels a bit like a cheap which it is.

But it’s still a powerplant and true to the Bandit’s in every way.

I’m always reminded of a turbine when I ride the new 1250. In the as well as a water jacket did a load of internal work to the motor spin up faster and it even more torque. the throttle with the revs as low as and the 1250 takes off like a

To all intents and purposes this is a twist-and-go engine, such is the that you have to change out of Which is a good thing the gearbox is a step backwards. not imprecise, just bloody and very clunky with ratio change.

It sounds a little man inside the engine is hitting the cogs home a hammer, and the throttle pick-up brilliant. Riding the carbed back to back with the one highlights just how smooth the pick up with carbs is. But are … now, and a little snatch is just something we all have to accept until it smoothed out in due course.


both Bandits share looks like an identical cradle chassis nothing be further from the truth. the chassis’ design is similar, but the bike’s is stiffer and the suspension far superior. There is a reason loads of Bandit 1200 tend to modify their with handling upgrades. simply the stock units are and lose any resemblance of damping a few years.

Cornering on a second-hand Bandit is of a case of brake, turn-in, for the pogo-effect to stop, then out. Not so with the 1250, if it is a new bike. Far firmer fork an upgraded rear shock and damping all round means bike corners, and does it

Although it’s not as balanced as a performance streetbike the Bandit is more than capable of the rider with a bike can be fun on the back roads without the of riding a slightly out of control at speed.

And it’s comfortable The new Bandit 1250 shares an identical riding position to the old a factor that made it far for Suzuki to slide the Bandit the sports touring sector. For riding few bikes offer the levels of comfort, excellent mile tank range and engine grunt. As for the brakes, Bandit brakes have really been that from day one.

Suzuki GSX 1200

Both bikes share six-piston Tokico set-ups the modern bike’s feeling simply due to the fact they gone through a winter Give them a few years like the old 1200s, they be requiring a set of steel lines and better brake pads.

Umm, bit of a quick one this. The real styling changes of any happened in 2005 when the 1200 was tweaked to make it like the new Bandit 650. The were changed to the new style a digital speedo and analogue (previously both dials analogue).

Unfortunately the horrible chrome surround was retained. A few of plastic were altered and there, the most noticeable the half-faired Bandit’s nose light, but you’d struggle to spot any significant changes. The has never won any beauty contests, even wanted to, but it’s a bike if you’re more about how your bike rather than the details of how it CONCLUSION

With the introduction of the 1250 has moved the Bandit a considerable forward. Not only is the chassis far the finish seems better, the is simply stunning and the ride improved. The only part of the old that really holds a to the new one is the engine, which is still

If your budget is tight an old 1200 with re-valved and a new shock would be a great but if you look at the current finance around a new bike often more financial sense. The new has it.


Price: £5,250

1,255cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline four

Torque: @ 3,700rpm (c)

Front suspension: RWU forks, adjustable preload


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