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Suzuki Bandit 1200S Road Test

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Narcissus T. Boomer in from his early retirement just outside Sun City to: a) us media types for encouraging the of lightweight rocketships like the and YZF-R1, and b) bemoan the demise of couches like the old Suzuki In customary, have-it-all style, wants 130 or so horses in a 440-pound with cutting-edge suspension and he wants it to be comfortable too, for him and the wife. Naturally it’s our fault. the media, that a bike doesn’t already

There’s no reasoning with really, no matter how often we out that bikes like he wants have always around in the slightly heavier of the Honda CBR1100XX, et al. (An R1, you see, of needs more rider over its front wheel to it from flipping over every few miles; physics its ergonomics.)

And though he says willing to pay a premium for his dream what Boomer really is he’s willing to haggle his dealer’s ears bleed: for Honda’s XX puts too big a ding in the and might require that the take a cut in pay.

Well, Boomer’s real bike has been around in the of the Bandit 1200 since and with this 2001 it’s even closer. Let us say this about the old Bandit: former motojournalists and one current journalist we personally know own and owing to the rigors of the profession of them own much else.

Ah I thought as the Bandit’s speedo past 140 on a long, desolate of California 58 while I assumed the slipped-disc slouch behind the new with my flaccid 40-year-old smooshed deep into its seat, this is the one Mr. Boomer Just like Suzuki’s research says, the typical 1200 buyer is between 35 and 44 old, and 63 percent have 16 or years riding experience.

Lies, damn lies and it all means is that when you up and get over it and realize you’re not to be the next Nick Hayden or Ben and that you are, in fact, than their combined (and your life will never equal year-end bonuses), well. got Bandit 1200 stamped your wrinkly forehead.

On the hand, old age and treachery will youth and talent (or however saying goes) at least times out of 10. And as our Bandit test carved through bands of leathery youths on R1s and like on swervy Highway 58 on the way back the U.S. round of the World Championship, that old saying perfect sense. Does the better-suspended Bandit possess 80 of a 929RR Honda’s handling?

percent? I’d say 77.3 but on the road-with its blind corners and and random cowchips-it barely a whit, since you can only use percent of the CBR’s performance

Sixty-four-point-five percent of riders more than 16 years of (again according to my 40.5-year-old should be able to access 89.62 percent of the Bandit’s chassis, anyway, and 99.9 of riders will love its motor, not that there was wrong with the last

It verges on racism, really. Jap rice rocket, no character, no People who spout that as they load their Ducatis on the trailer for the tow home, ridden a 1200 Suzuki if ever.

Because if they had know that Suzuki’s old beast has more soul in one fin than Ray Charles’ upper distinct clicky, raspy-smooth no other four makes. And it comes time to compare the big performance with your soulful European brands, wait a minute, there are to compare. In short, the thing hogsheads of power, it feels doing it, it doesn’t break and is really optional.

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In fact the only thing we find to complain about the previous Bandit engine was it was a bit stumbly down low and in the midrange, a small dip in its torque curve the 4000 rpm torque peak. The new does away with Suzuki stuck on a throttle-position gave the bike new ignition (different ones for cylinders one and two and three), outfitted it with new Mikuni BSR carbs with slides, and slightly reduced valve duration and lift for overlap.

The old four’s still but those updates go a long way civilizing it: think Ray Charles the Orange County Symphony. If it a bit less eagerly approaching on this bike the fattened more than makes up for it. one whistles along just without the tach needle needing to extend itself 6000 rpm.

The torque is more a plateau-extending all the way from to 8000-with a nice, 100-horse at the top.

Not that you needed to go to the gearbox on the old bike, but now you can throw it in fifth and it there most of the day if you so choose, the throttle to smoothly modulate between 20- and 150-some mph as you overtake the hunchbacked form of some shifting youth on a GSX-R750. you do need the clutch, it’s easier to operate, thanks to the of the greater hydraulic leverage by a larger-diameter slave cylinder-in of new and considerably stiffer clutch

That trusty old motor in the same type double-cradle steel frame as before. the tank rails have a bend than before, doesn’t make any sort of stiffness claims. What is though, is the bike’s suspension.

In there are two new Bandits: the Bandit tested here gets the and slightly softer springs the … Bandit 1200, will be imported to the United later in the year (Suzuki’s being that the $400-cheaper bike is the one Gary Rothwell will buy, and the faired S is for us …, full-figured types).

Both new bikes, though, are than the old one. Both use fork springs. The soft of the S’s springs are 7 percent than before, with the part of the spring 16 percent Out back, the S’s shock a spring that’s a whopping 68 stiffer, working through a linkage. (The … will use similar fork but its rear spring will be 76 stiffer than the old Bandit’s.)


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