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24 user reviews of Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit (1996 - 2007) See all
Posted: 28/03/2010 at 21:35
Sorry 'does do wheelies but little else'.
Posted: 28/03/2010 at 21:36
Posted: 19/10/2012 at 10:31
Love the Sacs engine, its simply constructed with screw valve adjusters and can take abuse beyond what many others can handle and still perform well. Stock its very cold blooded and creates a lot of fuss to wake it up, again thats easily solved by some simple carb alterations. Beef up the stock clutch as its got some issues with the rather weak diaphram springs.
So how does it tour, well I've racked up quite a few serious miles on two of my Bandits and would not complain. Either on the flat or in the mountains the broad torque spread of the motor makes the Bandit a joy to cruise along on, I wish it had a sixth gear, not simply an overdrive but more of a slightly higher ratio to fifth. The engine can tolerate some gearing up to compensate for the lack of fifth, being its very torquey.
Looking more like a loaded pack mule with soft side panier bags and camping duffles across the rear of the seat, the rear side portions and top of the bike in this state are hidden from view. With added weight you will need some progressive springs up front and a better shock out back if you are touring packed or into serious riding. The bike tends to pogo with weight or as speeds climb due to too a generally softly sprung suspension. Mpg figures are not bad and considering its not EFI I can live with the more than reasonable numbers I see on the trip meter during refills.
The present 1250 for all its bells and whistles does nothing above the Sacs motor bikes other than offer the sixth gear. All that redesign work to be compliant to new regs and its really no better than the original Mk1 version is a ripoff at a calculated three times the cost. Now then, how about some more wheelies.
Posted: 24/10/2013 at 14:14
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