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2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA and Bandit First Look

Friday, September 11, 2009
The new Suzuki GSX1250FA is a fully-faired motorcycle based off Suzukis Bandit powerplant.
The new fully-faired GSX1250FA gives Suzuki a large-displacement sport-tourer.
Suzuki chose the prestigious Bol D’or 24 hour endurance race, in Magny-Cours, France, to unveil two new models – the 2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA and the 2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250.

2010 Suzuki GSX1250FA

The new Suzuki GSX1250FA is a fully-faired motorcycle based off Suzuki’s Bandit powerplant. The fuel-injected Inline-Four reaches a 1255cc displacement via 79mm bore x 64mm stroke, with 10.5:1 compression ratio. Liquid-cooled the GSX1250FA motor is tuned for peak torque in low rpms, divvying out its juice through a six-speed constant mesh transmission and final chain drive.

The full fairing indicates touring intentions, as Suzuki noticeably lacks a sport-touring design to match up with the likes of Yamaha’s FJR, Kawasaki’s Concours and BMW’s K1300GT. Though side cases are only available as accessory options, along with a top case and windshield.

Further announcing its sport-touring cred, Suzuki describes the GSX1250FA chassis as a “Classic tube-frame chassis, with rake and trail chosen for an excellent balance between sporty handling and highway cruising comfort.” Wheelbase at 58.5 inch is identical to the current Bandit 1250S sold in the US, as are the wheel/tire sizes (120/70 front, 180/55 rear) and fuel capacity at five gallons. The adjustable seat is taller, however, ranging from 31.9 to 32.7 inches thanks to mounting spacers.

The 43mm fork and single rear shock are preload adjustable. A triple-disc braking package, dual front rotors and single rear, brings the claimed curb weight of 567 lbs to a stop.

Suzuki has not released further details, including expected price. In fact, it is still unclear whether the new Zook will even make it to American shores. Stay tuned for more details.
Further announcing its sport-touring cred  Suzuki describes the GSX1250FA chassis as a Classic tube-frame chassis  with rake and trail chosen for an excellent balance between sporty handling and highway cruising comfort.
The GSX1250FA appears to be a faired version of Suzuki's Bandit, with side cases and other touring-friendly features available as accessories.

Suzuki GSX1250FA Specifications*
Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear : Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,130 mm (83.9 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,235 mm (48.6 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 805 / 825 mm (31.7 / 32.5 in.)
Curb Mass 257kg (567 lbs.)
* Specifications not final.

2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250 and 1250-ABS
A glance at the 2010 Bandits spec sheet and there is little to distinguish it from the 1250S currently sold in America.
Blacked out engine, stripped down front end and new fender... the new Bandit gets a fashion makeover for 2010.

A glance at the 2010 Bandit’s spec sheet and there is little to distinguish it from the 1250S currently sold in America. The same 1255cc liquid-cooled Inline Four and six-speed transmission make up the powertrain – even the right-side 4-into-1 exhaust looks identical. Add to that the same chassis, brakes and suspension…

But photos of the Bandit’s new bodywork reveal it certainly looks more the streetfighter than its American sibling. Gone is the front’s half-fairing, ripped off in favor of a minimalist naked look. Sharper lines are further conveyed by the new front fender. The Bandit’s engine has been blacked out too, for a darker look – freshening things up without making too many radical changes to the overall design.

The Bandit 1250 will be available in an ABS version too. Yet, so far, these models are for Europe only, with Suzuki officials awaiting word on whether the new 1250s will be American bound.

2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250 Specifications*
The Bandit 1250 will be available in an ABS version too. Yet  so far  these models are for Europe only  with Suzuki officials awaiting word on whether the new 1250s will be American bound.
Will the new 1250s make their way to American riders?
Engine Type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x Stroke 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm
Engine Displacement 1255 cm3 (1255cc)
Compression Ratio 10.5 : 1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Overall Length 2,140 mm (84.3 in.)
Overall Width 790 mm (31.1 in.)
Overall Height 1,095 mm (43.1 in.)
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in.)
Seat Height 810 / 830 mm (31.9 / 32.7 in.)
Curb Mass 247 / 251 kg (545 / 553 lbs.)
* Specifications not final
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chirpa   September 22, 2011 06:23 AM
I love my 2010 Bandit 1250SA. It fits the bill for me perfectly as a two up sports/touring bike and for weekend rides. I previously have had a BMW K1200GT but it was just too big (300+Kg) and a VFR800 but it was no good for two up riding. The bandit is in the goldilocks zone - just right. I've made quite a few changes mind you (doesn't everyone?). A heated sargent seat with backrest (at the request of my partner), mirror extenders, nerf bars to protect the engine, heated grips, touring screen, sports rack, bar risers, IXIL exhaust and gear indicator. Also, a metal bracket to fasten the exhaust to is a must if you ride two up, otherwise your passenger's right leg will vibrate too much with the stock exhaust connected to the pillion peg. I don't have hard panniers, but use throw over bags, along with a pac-safe seat bag which serve just as well. Most parts I've sourced from Dale Walker in the USA (google it) at reasonable prices and good service, so I can recommend them. Of all the mods, I think the mirror extenders are the only real "must do" as the stock mirrors are simply too short. Why manufacturers make them like that in the first place is a mystery to me. Even with all these mods the cost is still way short of a FJR1300 or a Beemer or a ST1300. The bandit may not be exactly in the same class, but it's $10+K cheaper! If you want a big, comfy bike that can go all day, every day, you really can't beat the bandit.
Mark keyser -Best performance exhaust for Bandit 1250  November 30, 2010 09:43 AM
I am from South Africa and have developed a brilliant performance exhaust for the Suzuki bandit 1250. Had it tested on my friend's bike. Nobody can tell me exactely the bhp on the back wheel, but 2 Dyna-tests showed a whopping increase between 25 and 26 bhp! That is if the standard bhp is 100 bhp. First dyna showed 124.9 bhp and second dyna 125.6 bhp. The Bandit was tested with catalystic converter,every thing else, dead standerd out of factory.

For enquieries, please feel free to contact me. By the way,the O.D. of the exhaust is 50.8mm and the third dyna-test, with O.D. 63mm, showed 304 kmh, compared to a standerd Hyabusa at 305 kmh! The 1250S Bandit is King with my Inferno Performance Exhaust.

Cannot wait to purchase my Bandit 1250!

e-mail: info@infernoexhaust.co.za

Adit Dave -Bandit 1250S  November 29, 2010 10:42 PM
Hi I'm looking at the Bandit in India. I'm 6 feet 3 inches tall and 52 years old. Any tall riders on the forum ? Happy to see lots of senior riders. Need advise on seat adjustments and touring accessories available overseas. You can mail me on : aditdave@mac.com. Thanks
George -Just got one.  September 22, 2010 05:03 AM
I'm picking mine up on the weekend. I had a test ride a few months ago and it pulls real well from 3000 rpm,very impressive. I moved to Japan in March and had to sell my Blackbird in Oz. I gave up looking for a new replacement as nothing on the market ticked the right boxes for me. All the sportier bikes have USD forks which I'll never again touch as my previous Gixxer was a nightmare with the constant oil seal leaks. Even though the Bandit FA isn't quite as romping as the Blackbird up top, I realised I hardly ever used the power up top and the Bandit FA definately has the goods down low. It should be a blast. Cheers.
Vernon Meakin -Mr  July 27, 2010 01:16 AM
27-07-2010, I have the 1250 s ,had it for two years and have done 33,000 ks,I had a1400GSX before that . I feel the bandit is one of the most uderated bikes on the planet, I am now 58 years old but can stll do 700-800 ks in a day. (South AFrica) I can play with the big boys and still feel goood at the end of the day . Cant wait for my new bandit in January 2011.
burco -mr  July 21, 2010 12:35 PM
just orded a new 1250 naked pick up on 1 sept 2010. got a 650 naked bandit and verv happy with that so i hope the new 1250 will be just as good fingers x come on sept 1.
Scandols -Bandit K8  June 22, 2010 06:25 AM
I have a 2007 K8 GSF1250SA BANDIT with ABS, paid $AU12750 on road. Just clicked over 39,000k's and running like the day I got it. Original Dunlop's gave me 12,000k's then switched to Michelin Pilot Road 2's and got 27,000k's, just put a new set on last week.

I love the look of the new GSX1250FA and wouldn't mind a test run. I did a ride around Tasmania last year and it was great, the bike was fantastic. Seat is very comfortable.

I ride 45km's each way to work and back every day, prior to this I had a Yamaha XVS1100 and the Bandit is a much more comfortable bike to ride.

rik -hmmm  June 3, 2010 12:11 AM
yes b king motor shaft drive would be the ultimate sports roure
Tim Perry -FJR traded in for a GSX1250FA  June 2, 2010 06:00 AM
Well, I just traded in my 8 year old FJR for a GSX1250FA. Still running it in at the moment, but really enjoying it; light, handles well, very, very smooth and willing engine. I loved the FJR, but I never got around to doing any long trips, so the FA will suit my day to day commuting and week-end 250 mile jaunts much better. The seat will have to be changed though, I must be getting soft in my old age, as well as in my posterior... Mirrors are too short as well, so they have been extended by an inch or so. And I'll swap out as many of the old steel fasteners with stainless as I can, and get an ACF50 deep treatment from www.allweatherbiker.com , to keep the dreaded corrosion at bay. Riding every day in the UK means salt for 3 months of the year. Yuck.
Steve -Transformation  April 16, 2010 02:41 PM
Ordered my 1250SA today... 2 weeks and counting! This restyled bandit is now a bit of a looker in the flesh. I only went to look and ended up test riding the 1250 Bandit because it rides the same. I placed my order upon returning it to the dealership. It's a bit like popping to the supermarket for milk and leaving with a trolley-full of stuff.
If the wife says don't buy one, don't even dare to look at one... you'll be in big trouble, like I am!

This makes my VFR800 feel last generation... which it is of course in the scheme of things, but the Bandit belongs to that same generation but manages to feel fresh and current next to it. With rapidly escalating bike prices this new faired bike (I know it's a parts bin special but it looks new and fresh)is a credit to Suzuki. £6,999... this is the bargain of now. Get yours quick... they won't stay this cheap for long... you still sitting there? Quickly now...
Eddie -1250 FA  April 14, 2010 08:00 AM
I got one of the first in the UK and I am well pleased with it I had two 650,s before this one and I liked those but the 1250 is a better bike and the fairing realy does make a big difference when you do a lot of miles
Marce -@Tom  April 12, 2010 06:55 PM
99% agree. I personally would like to see a polished engine and polished rims that go together with the chromed exhaust. The Bandit is a great "do it all" bike and at a great price. Actually, I don't like the full fairing.... but a half is great for wind protection when touring. Confy, low rpm torquy bike = happy touring! =)
Bruce -Bandit (98) Model  March 7, 2010 06:59 PM
I have owned a Bandit since 2006 January, bought from Action Motorcycles ACT, when I picked the bike up from the dealer in Parramatta (NSW) the darn thing was rattling in top gear, so back to the dealer I go & their machanic takes it for a test ride & confirms what I told them, so still under-warranty they fix it & replace 4th & 5th gears & add new engine mounts. Ten months later I spent a bit of money on the old bike & was pleased with the out-come but knowing what I know about the gear box I hope the extra gear in the later models does not let people down because that 6th gear has to be tough for my cash out lay.
Jack -interested buyer  March 4, 2010 04:48 PM
So can anyone advise when the release date will be i'm sick of waiting for it, I want one now !
otto -Bandit vs Titan  February 23, 2010 10:08 PM
I think the "Bandit" is a fine bike...but the name????
SUZUKI doesn't seem to understand that they did away a GOLD MINE with the name TITAN, which originally went to a 500cc 2 stroke.
The GSX 1400 OR the "Bandit" should REALLY have the honour of the TITAN name. If that were the case, I will buy one immediately.
Right now, I think it's hard to walk past the Hayabusa.
Suzuki SHOULD re-make the GSX 1400 or develop the Bandit 1250 with the B-King/Hayabusa motor and revive the naked withut equal...the TITAN!
John -2008 Bandit 1250 sea  February 21, 2010 06:43 PM
I am 60 years old and have owned many different bikes. I still have my
1996 Suzuki RF900r and find the new Bandit a conventional standard bike with loads of power and good for making longer trips. I have
done several 600k day rides and find the bike meets all my needs.
The seat could be a little better but with 50 plus miles per gallon
it great. The RF900 as more agressive top end pull and can be a lot of fun, but for a more relaxed mile eating machine the bandit fit
a wonderful bike.
New York J -07 Bandit 1250s  February 4, 2010 11:14 AM
Got mine in 08 as a leftover. Did a 10 000 mile ride with givi e45's all around, chase harper Alaska bag, Air Hawk, and my ipod. Wind protection (mine's half faired) was a bit of an issue in the wide open area's. Otherwise, this is a sick value and a hell of a do it all bike. From the Bear Tooth Pass, Highway 1, and back to the Dragon in Carolina this bike only seemed to run better. I'd do it again on the Bandit. Also, a great commuter and compared to anything sportier, it's fine for taking the Mrs. to the beach. Cheers. Chain adjustments and rear tires for the good reason of serious torque is the only possible complaint from me. Oh, and the stock bars are weird. Renthal High Road bars, 75 bucks.
Ian -New owner  February 3, 2010 03:58 AM
Coming from an SV650 the bandit is just what I was after. Was looking for about 2 years before I finally bought the bandit. Test rode a Hayabusa, ZZR1400, naked 1250 bandit, Guzzi 1200 sport, GSXR1000 and the bandit was the best as far as riding position, TORQUE and value were concerned. Usable power for the road i made the right choice by getting a 1250 SA L0 just before Christmas, blacked out engine rocks and bike is black too. Just waiting till I can afford a carbon fibre Akrapovic exhaust...
Grant -5000 k feedback  January 30, 2010 07:45 PM
I have put roughly 5000k on my Canadian 2009 version which appears to identical to what they are now calling the Sport Touring model. Came with bags, trunk, fairing lowers and higher windshield standard. The bike has extremely useful power with max torque under 4000k. Roll on power is great, downshifting not necessary. This bike is great value. Is it quite set for sport touring compared to the Kaw 1400 or Yamaha FJR? I would say no but then these bikes are several thousand more. Subjectively, the FJR will pull away at top end but feels very similar at sub 100mph/160k. The FJR is a more solid steady feel, but still handles well. The Suzuki feels more nimble hence the feel that the 1250 is more versatile. HP vs torgue: sure you could easily get more from this engine but not necessary. I needed to replace the rear tire already. You can pull off the bags easily and have a lighter sporty ride. If you really want a sportbike this is too heavy, if you want Gold Wing touring this is not it. If you want to motor quickly, commute and then a longer tour all with the same moderately priced bike, this is a solid choice.
graham -98bandit  January 12, 2010 03:57 AM
old bandits.oilcooled.rock let the clutcth out at idle and pull away, twist the throtle in lower gears and play big bore motorcross wheelstands or tour in ease.Could do with 6th gear but i am pampered with a 600 single in that respect.My 750h2 Kawasaki gives me the same sort of woody but not with the user freindlyness.All round good value for the money.
Canv -Suzuki MIsses again in Sport Touring  January 1, 2010 07:42 AM
Currently riding a Vstrom 1000 w/Givi bag sets for adventure touring. Had a fantastic GSXF1100F Katana with factory bags. It was top of the heap in its day. The Hayabusa is the platform they should be working from, not the cheap tube framed Bandit. Looking more like my loyalty to Suzuki ( since '63) will come to an end when I look to go back to a sport tourer from the adventure tourer.The VFR1200 is looking great.
Carmelo from Australia -Suzuki Bandit  December 14, 2009 08:09 PM
Gday all purchased an 09 bandit 6 months ago after fitting a yoshi pipe and getn it tuned 100% on the dyno at the first sevice the bike is putn out 125hp as far as im concerned thats plenty you can drag it rite down in speed at top gear pull on the throttle and away u go these things have so much torque its a blast riding it ive just recently stripped the paint fro the rims and then got the polish onto the alloy rims they come up a treat ive matched it with BMWs; DUKES; CBRs and many others and beleive me when i say out on the Hwy or through the twistie stuff it would be the most comfortable bike for your money happy riding all !!
Rene from Illinois -Suzuki Bandit  November 12, 2009 07:48 PM
I just recently discovered the 1250 bandit while out looking to replace my 1982 GL1100 Interstate full bagger and fairing w/radio and gauges which will be for sale shortly. I have owned this bike for 20 years.

I was hard pressed to replace this machine with a bike that would be similar in nature, nimble and a little quick off the start, with lots of power for climbing twisties. I have been looking for over 3 years.

I started off with the Yahmaha Royal Star Venture, and when I test road it, I was not impressed with it performance at all, and it is a V-Twin. (Some one commented earlier)

Then I looked at a Honda Goldwing newer, but similar to what I have now, but the cost is prohibitive, $21,000 for a new one and upwards of $13,000 for a used one.

I am not one of those riders that likes forward controls, I guess I am old school that way. I like to sit upright and have control of the machine. (From my Dirt Biking Days)

Then I discovered the Suzuki V-Strom or DR1000. I was fairly impressed with this bike. But my dealer could not get one in for me to sit upon nor where that going to get one, suzuki's production of this bike and the bandit were clearly lacking.

Then I happened one night upon the Suzuki Bandit 1250. I thought the bike was cool looking, It had the CC's I was looking for and from the description is was neither a touring bike nor a sport bike. That meant
I was not bent over the tank and not sitting back slouched in my seat. I was not sure how the bike was going to fit. (Bit I also learned I could add features to it..)

I was searching online and I found a used bike dealer near my house who had a 2007 for sale and the price was right. So I did a little more investgating and found out I could bag it, put lower fairing on it, Raise up the handlebars, put a taller windshield on it and I could even pull a trailer. (If you look hard enough you can find anything).

So I went to sit on it and hear it roar. WOW is all I have to say.
I was very impressed with this bike. I wanted to go back a few days later and test ride it, but before I could, they had sold it. *&^*&%)&%)* in other words RATS!

But I did learn that this is the bike I want! I am a little dissapointed with the new redesign for 2010, but I am going to the IMS in chicago Rosemont in february and I am going to sit upon the new one and see what I think.

I suggest some riders also do the same.
See you at the show in February around the bandit!

RF9 -Suzuki- What are you thinking?  October 28, 2009 08:19 PM
The Bandit (was) a nice standard bike. The fully-faired 1250FA looks cheap. The headlight from the Gladius on the 1250S looks good. There really isn't anything fancy here for the money and the full fairing will certainly add some bucks to the final cost. Instead of using up some discontinued lower fairings from the SVs, why not put an inverted fork with radial mount calipers on it? This new Bandit is inching closer to the 600lb mark, like the BK Broiler. The sky's the limit when it comes to naked bikes in Europe. Please don't stick us with crap.
Steve -2007 Bandit  October 22, 2009 10:10 AM
I have 15000 on my 2007 Bandit with no complaints. I think the fairing I bought from Suzuki 2 years ago has a better design than what I see on the 2010. Better wind resistance & more protection from rocks shooting up from other vehicles.
Norm -2010 Bandit  October 14, 2009 03:28 AM
I brought a new Bandit in 2003 and haven't been able to fault it. Been lusting after a number of other machines but the Bandit simply won't give me a reason to get rid of it.

Love the look of the blacked out engine on the new model. Might just tip me over the edge.....

Cameron 996 -New GSX1250F(KATANA)  October 8, 2009 05:30 AM
I learned to ride on a 1992 gsx750f Katana.The new gsxf looks to be everything i want,need out of a motorcycle.the 100hp is perfect for my tastes. but if you want the motor can give more.visit hole shot.com. i miss my old katana it was like rolling on a super sport recliner. I hope the new gsxf makes it over here.It would be awesome to get on a suzuki again. if it showes up ill buy it put katana stickers on it and live happily ever after.
Don -Naked Power.  October 7, 2009 09:24 PM
My recipe would be round headlight, no plastic, 1400cc, 150hp to go play with V-Maxes. A sleeper, nice and plain, nothing fancy (which would keep some of the price down). A naked Hayabusa geared a little lower with higher bars and no plastic. An FZ1 with 150hp, no plastic and a drive shaft. Or, just take those stupid air scoops off of the V-Max. Make the seat height 28" and then I think you'll sell some bikes. I'm stuck riding a 500 Ninja because all the other bikes are too high. I rode an 03 Bandit for a while because I love the power. The tippy toe height just doesn't cut it. I'm 5'7" Thanks guys. Keep up the good work. Don
Derek -2010 Suzuki Bandit 1250 series.  October 7, 2009 12:58 PM
I am older (pushing 50). I still like to lean them into the turns but not to the degree of my younger days. Thus this Bandit looked like the bike to buy. Does everything well! Good power, more upright seating, and could tour and take a passenger. Two things I had hoped for was improved miles per gallon. The 43mpg was looking poor in comparison to the other bikes, but with 1250cc I understand. Maybe wished for some weight and suspension improvements over last years model, but it would do the job. I really wished for a U.S. sold GT model with the full fairing and travel cases. Those look like they are only going to be available over the counter. I don't need another racing bike. This class is perfect. I am tall and less limber so I can't scrunch up onto a GSX-R. My first big Suzuki was a 1983 GS-750 which was perfect. Low 11 seconds, 140 top end, lightened, great seat for travel and if I wanted to push it thru turns, I could by sitting more on the tank and shoving my knee forward when entering the turns. Please give me last years GT model that was sold in Europe. That is the bike I will buy. I also liked the Black and the dark blue, so please don't go to extreme colors. I don't need the flash, and I don't need the tickets or the challenges at every stop light from the more race oriented bikes. This bandit appeals to me!
phillip lott -bandit1250  October 3, 2009 06:15 AM
I guess eveyones forgot about the Kawasaki ZRX 1200 that went out of production a few years ago. It was a great example of "Bang for the buck" technology and it would really go. With a few suspension upgrades it was even competetive! I hated when Kawasaki discontinued it and Im still looking for a low milage, clean used one to buy off someone. Suzuki has the right idea, value never gos out of style.
Ben -Bandit 1340  October 1, 2009 11:50 AM
Zook shoulda taken 1340 B-King and added similar fairing, low exhaust, better passenger seating...think it woulda sold better than the naked B-King.
Duane -motor-up  September 30, 2009 01:48 PM
Really like the looks of the new Bandit 1250S. Can't help but think
Suzuki would hit one out of the park if they would take this style and apply B-King power. I own a B-king inspite of the over-the-top
scoops/exhaust covers/snout. Got a great deal on it...but what a performer! Bandit/B-King hybrid from the factory with a $9999 price tag and a couple colors to choose from. Suzuki would own the street!
webby -just give me another gsx 1400  September 26, 2009 03:57 PM
bullet proof,aircooled,masterpiece,
Tom -@RJ  September 23, 2009 02:09 PM
I get the valid points you're making. I'm also with you on the traction control thing. I would love to see it in more bikes in 2010 and forward. Especially when almost all bikes easily top 100+ BHP. Rain, leaves, dirt, etc... It would be a lot more relaxing then accidentally putting down 100 horsepower on an inadequate surface with a little flick of the wrist. Then again, you might become careless when trusting the technology too much, and not respect or appreciate the basic physics of motorcycle driving. But that's another story all together. Anyway, cars have also had to add TC in the modern day and age for Joe Sixpack that wants to buy a 370Z/Porsche/you name it. It's also the next evolution for motorbikes.

But I don't think we're quite there yet, and that it is still reasonably high tech to implement correctly. Just think how long it took for ABS to be well implemented on bikes and available on most of them. As far as I know, it's still only BMW offering it.

-"The struggle to create a bike and offer it on a cost effective platform is the manufacturer's burden and not mine or yours to argue."-

Correct, but then again, as tech enthusiasts we kinda understand or know what's happening in bike world. Always in for an insightful discussion, I would imagine? It all depends on what you want and what's important to you. I would also like cars with high tech features (IR camera, heads up display, auto-park, ...) in an entry level ford focus, but it's not gonna happen. These things take time to trickle down. With suzuki's goals, some things are not realistically possible, is what I meant to say.

And also, I don't think we should make more out of this then it really is. It's still a naked with a minor bit of plastic wind-fairing... I don't think it's meant to go up against the FJR's and concours... Sadly, suzuki is still lacking in that departement. I while I agree this could have been an ideal base to built it on, it's just not what it could have been. It's still not a tourer, but more a useful commuter bike. In Europe, we would buy this for 150-250km practical rides. And FJR can take you all the way around in a continent. If a bandit is '0', and the FJR is '10', I'd say this is '4'. It will sell well over here, I see plenty of nakeds with a top-box for commuters.

Suzuki should build what you want from a GSXR or something, I think. Anyway, I didn't mean to strongly disagree, just offer my perspective. Both yours and mine are valid ones I think :)

(and I might have been a little too enthusiastic at first, but I just LOVE naked bikes likes this. And making it black just made it better for me! )

RJ -@ Tom  September 22, 2009 12:50 PM
Look, no one doubts the Suzuki Bandit's name is truly synonymous with a good bang for the buck. To clarify my original comments I also think the removable side bags should be offered as standard equipment and not come as an additional cost. Same goes for a taller windscreen, ABS, and better exhaust can... Why do I need to spend more money before or after purchasing the bike? Sure, out the door stock it's never going to meet everyone's needs but it could attempt to be a bit closer to most people's needs. Why? Because when you start adding those accessories the cost savings goes out the door and you might as well have purchased the FJ or ST. As far as traction control, I don't really think this is too outrageous of technology to offer on any modern street bike or sport tourer and meets the riding demands of many owners in this category. Technology that improves overall rider safety in the rain or under other hazardous road conditions where the tires might slip should find a cost effective way to be implemented. Also when dealing with conceptual ideas for improvement to newly rolled out designs I always look for ways to 'one up' the competition and I think as consumers we are obligated to continue to push for the Lincoln and cry out when we only receive a Ford Focus. The struggle to create a bike and offer it on a cost effective platform is the manufacturer’s burden and not mine or yours to argue. I know you feel this bike is perfect in every way but not everyone has the same opinions. Also with the new 2010 VFR coming, you know this entire street category is going to heat up so why offer such a plain bike that only adds plastic fairings and not try harder. Heck even modest improvements around the suspension would have been something to offer. Back to my original thought, step it up a bit, there's a lot of competition out there and this is a good step but hopefully not the final product...
A.H. -a bit off topic  September 21, 2009 12:45 AM
when do we get another V-twin 1000cc bike from suzuki? the sv1000 is sorely missed by many...
Frak! -I'll take an FA, right now!  September 17, 2009 04:49 PM
Looks like a great all-arounder to me... sure, its not quite up to an FJR, but you can be assured it'll be substantially more affordable
Dan -Suzuki tourer  September 17, 2009 02:05 PM
I had a Suzuki dealership back in the 70's. Great bikes but a bit more homework please! Chain drive on a sports tourer????? Panniers and extra???? Come on Suzuki I know you can do better! My '06 FJR does the job, if your serious Suzuki take a look at the competition first before you leap!
Tom -@ RJ  September 17, 2009 05:49 AM
Suzuki is well know for their incredible value/money. They offer some of the best bikes around for the best prices and great quality.

All of that goes out of the window when they start looking at bmw to incorporate similar high end tech at similar or slightly less high prices.

The appeal of suzuki is: great bikes for great prices.

The bandits already offer ABS and removable side bags. A taller screen could definitely be an aftermarket accessory and exhaust can be changed by the dozen. I could do without traction control (and as far as i know bmw is the only one offering it, and mostly because of their on/off road legacy with the adventure bikes) if in turn it gives me an honest, well priced, quality motorcycle

I you want bmw, buy bmw. The K1300GT isn't that expensive either all things considered. And certainly waaaay better than any cruiser tourer will ever be.
Stuart Martindale -GSX1250FA  September 17, 2009 12:19 AM
She looks exactly like a scaled up version of the current Euro GSX650FA,which looks fabulous in the bronze colour scheme. They'll sell well over here in the UK.
Keith -missed the mark!  September 16, 2009 09:34 AM
They shouldhave stuck the B-King motor in it!
RJ -Step it up just a little bit more...  September 16, 2009 05:48 AM
Suzuki has taken a leap in the right direction at grabbing my attention with the GSX1250FA. Just throw on some nice removable side bags, definately ABS, and an optional taller touring shield and shed some of the exhaust and heft to bring the weight down. It also wouldn't hurt to look to BMW for ideas like consider adding traction control similar to the K1300S for offering a real top of the line touring package. I know ABS and traction control is inversely proportional to overall bike weight, but come on, that's where first class engineering and modern day bike building really shines.
Sumanster -I like it  September 15, 2009 02:17 PM
Like Matt, I've been wondering for ages why Suzuki doesn't offer a sport-tourer, either based on the 'Busa or the B-King, though the Bandit seems like a sensible starting point too. The FA could be an interesting option for a lot of people.
Chieze -Nice  September 15, 2009 01:44 PM
Both of these models look really nice and the specs are solid, too. I could see myself on either of these, easily. Suzuki has somehow made the "standard" even more standard (which is definitely a good thing). PS: Love the blacked out engine.
Spencer T Walford -helping me make a choice  September 14, 2009 02:58 PM
I have searched high and low for some proper comments on the new bandit and I found this purely by accident. Great review finished off by a mix of people who kno what they are talking about, based onwhat they like. Albeit different ends of the spectrum in some cases but their opinion very valid. I am now closer to making my final choice.
Cap'n -Agree with Tom 100%  September 14, 2009 12:36 PM
Unlike most americans, it seems, I dig the old standards. I don't want slanty headlights, slashes, scoops, lasers, ninjas, sharks, or anything else on my bike that makes it pointy and aggressive looking. The market here is FLOODED with bikes like that... leave the bandit alone. It's gotten so bad that to get my lusty window shopping fix, I have to cruise ebay for Canadian ZRX's (round headlight). Americans don't buy practical bikes in big enough numbers. My beloved 90hp $6,600 FZ6 (almost too pointy as it is) has been canceled here for 2010, replaced by a neutered 65hp $6,000 version clad in full-length plastic and star graphics - **but they put an "R" on the model name, so you know it will sell faster. sigh. 33 is too young to feel like a crabby old man.

I desperately hope they bring the naked version of the new bandit here. I would LOVE stump-pulling torque for driving around town. As Tom said, low-end pull pays thousands of pleasant dividends, whereas a giant hit of hp you can't touch until 90mph is just not much fun on public roads if you have something to live for.

Wonder how easily I could fit a round headlight onto it...?
Paul -Like it!  September 14, 2009 08:16 AM
Like it, but why the damn ugly commercial truck exhast can? Same thing that makes the ZX-14 look bad. You shouldn't have to spend extra for an after market system!
Tom -@Kevin  September 13, 2009 02:24 PM
No, it's exactly what people who buy these bikes, the mother of all standards, DON'T want.

I want the upright 'euro' style ride with these handlebars. Not very sexy nor especially sporty, but pretty sweet for a relaxing day in the Eiffel/Pyrenees/Alps/you name it. And very well suited as a no nonsense daily driver that's easy to live with.

There's enough clip-on/flatbar streetfighters to choose from. (the kind that wear you out in half an hour). From BMW (HP2), Ducati, Buell, triumph (mother of all street-fighters...)

The street-fighter niche is already taken by much better and more focused contenders (the more powerful and sprightly speed triple for example) Suzuki is great with standards, it would be pointless trying to compete with the de facto benchmark in the streetfighter class.

@So Cal Bandit
Same goes for power. 100HP is more than enough for the kind of bikes it wants to be and is appreciated for by so many riders. An easy to ride everyday bike, but with enough on tap for a little extra fun (come on, 100hp is more than plenty). I don't want a hyper nervous twitchy octane eater. Again, other bikes for that. Horsepower doesn't even enter the equation when I pick a standard 4 cylinder jap over 1000cc. I know it's simply going to be enough, whatever the intended purpose. Also, not everyone is as experienced as you are, I would feel intimidated with too much power. The torque at low revs is much more important to me, that's where you experience the usable fun. Not with a 160 hp bike at 9000 rpm at top speed (150+ mph) ... For me anyway.

I love that bandit!
So Cal Bandit -MORE POWER  September 13, 2009 09:27 AM
Needs more HP 100 stock hp isn't enough by today's standards.
Kevin -Really could see the 1250 as a streetfighter...  September 13, 2009 09:18 AM
Put on some flatbars, and get rid of those awful mirrors... it would make a great streetfighter...
Matt -Sport Tourer  September 13, 2009 08:49 AM
I have wondered aloud for years why Suzuki didn't create dedicated Sport tourer out of the Hayabusa (ala Connie) but this is a good start!
Kris -Exactly!  September 12, 2009 06:22 PM
Now I definately have a reason to trade up my 650F. Basically the same bike, but bigger engine. Hope they sell in the USA!
Gritboy -Nice looking classic  September 12, 2009 03:37 PM
The recent 1250ABS was just too bland an update to the venerable Bandit 1200, so I'm glad to see Suzuki -- king of the parts bin Japanese makers -- reworking it into naked and sport-tour models. The Bandit 1250 still feels heavy and so last decade (except when it's revved up), so I'm sure these'll feel heavy too. Regardless, it' the engine is that makes Bandit's great, so as long as the rest of the bike's solid and affordable it should be a win-win. Can't wait to see them in the U.S.
Tom -dated  September 12, 2009 12:47 PM
Whether it's dated is something everyone has to judge for himself. I don't think it is, not everyone wants something radically styled, and 'alien' looking. I'm European, and I've got a thing for these 'standards'. Perfect for me.
nw -bandit  September 12, 2009 10:46 AM
So why all the type. Just call it what it is: One bandit with a set of lowers and another with a Gladius headlight. The 1250 looked dated the day it came out, this doesn't help. The 1250 engine is certainly a very fine engine that deserves a better chasis. This holds true for Suzuki's other budget bike the SV/Gladuis. Wonderfull engine, crap suspension and brakes.
Tom -typos  September 12, 2009 10:29 AM
incredibly torquey at low rpm is what I wanted to say (hence the comparison with traditional big bore cruisers, one of the essential selling points for cruisers)
Tom -Yes! Perfect  September 12, 2009 10:27 AM
-"The Bandit’s engine has been blacked out too, for a darker look – freshening things up without making too many radical changes to the overall design"-

Blacked out engine, that's all I was waiting for (I don't feel like doing that myself on a 2009). I'm getting one first thing next year when the new season starts off.

This bike was already one of the most perfect bikes in my book, by a mile. The quintessential "standard". UNBEATABLE price, simply best price on the market. UNDESTROYABLE engine: that engine will last for eternity and incredible torquey for a Japanese inline four. Think cruiser levels of torque, and that from a 1250cc. Eat that, mega bore cruisers!

I like the faired one as well. Perfect middle-ground for me (FJR and Concours are a bit too much for me anyway, and too pricey for my intended purpose. The faired bandit will also be fine on a long trip, but is doesn't lose any of it's 'naked/standard' genes.)

Thanks, suzuki for making an already perfect bike even more perfect. This 2010 Bandit is exactly what I was waiting for. Astonishing