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PostSubject: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:24

Written by Steve Bond on Friday, 12 November 2010


Suzuki classifies the 1250 Bandit as a “standard,” but frankly I find that a bit of an insult. Standard somehow connotes ordinary or average – no-one wants to be standard. And although plenty of us may indeed be standard, believe me, the Bandit is far from that.

Whether you ride for hours on the superslab, strafe apexes on two-lane curvies, do day trips or even the everyday drudge of commuting, the 1250 Bandit does it all.

Because of this versatility, it’s always been one of my faves but I’d always think, “Gee, if only Suzuki would throw a set of hard bags on this thing, it’d be damn near perfect.”

And then they did. And now it is.

For 2011 they added a new SEA version with a very GSXR-ish visage and Givi hard bags, top box, a full fairing and ABS – and all for just $13,299!

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:26

MUSCLE FOR THE MASSES

The 1255cc motor is a gem. Claimed horsepower remains around the 100 mark but the Bandit’s character is defined by the arm-straightening 79 lb-ft of torque that’s available at just 3,500 rpm – right in the sweet spot for everyday riding conditions.

Throttle response is immediate while remaining very smooth and tractable. You can idle right down to 50 km/h in sixth and El Bandito still pulls away like a train leaving the station with no stuttering or lurching.


positive with a crisp, short throw. On the highway, 100 km/h comes up at a very relaxed 3,450 rpm, which is right in the Suzuki’s strike zone. Passing? Hah! “We don’t need no steenkin’ downshift.” Just grab a mittful and before you can think it, you’re by that minivan or RV.

The instrument cluster has all the information you need including a large digital speedometer, analog tachometer, twin tripmeters, odometer, an LCD fuel gauge, a very useful gear position indicator and a rather pointless shift light.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:28

The instrument cluster has all the information you need including a large digital speedometer, analog tachometer, twin tripmeters, odometer, an LCD fuel gauge, a very useful gear position indicator and a rather pointless shift light.


Honestly, you’ll never need to rev the Bandit high enough to activate the shift light – unless one day you find the Space Shuttle approaching and you need to make a break for it.

The optimistic speedometer must be of Italian lineage. Traffic on the 401 generally travels above the posted minimum but was everyone really doing 125 km/h? According to my portable GPS, an indicated 100 km/h was an actual 93, and to get an actual 100, you had to have 110 showing on the clock.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:29

Get out of the city and onto two lane twisties, and there’s nothing quite like the Bandit’s satisfying grunt warping you from corner to corner without having to tap dance up and down through the gearbox. I’d make the case that it’s actually safer to be aboard a bike with this much acceleration when passing on two lane roads – you’re left out in no man’s land for much less time.



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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:30

THE FRILLY BITS

Standard seat height is 805 mm (31.7 inches) but it’s adjustable down to 785 mm (30.9 inches) for those shy of inseam. The seat-to-peg distance fitted my lanky frame nicely and the wide, comfortable seat had great support and gave me no grief during a couple of 700-kilometre days.


The only thing I didn’t like were the bars, which had a weird bend that tilted up at the ends. But then they are the bolt-on tubular type so finding one to suit anyone via the aftermarket would be easy.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:32

New this year is an adjustable flip spoiler on the windscreen that’s about as useful as a moustache on a pineapple. In the down position, it does nothing and when up, it creates buffeting so annoying I was ready to rip it off and deposit it in the nearest landfill.


The Givi bags are spacious but hinged at the bottom, which usually means underwear littering the parking lot when they open and the top box will easily swallow a full-faced lid.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:33

What is damned inconvenient though is having three separate keys for the ignition, topbox and bags. The two luggage keys look identical so I used a piece of tape to differentiate the top box key, but why not have one key for everything (or at least one for all the boxes)?


The hydraulic clutch is a bit on the heavy side, although it’s smooth and progressive, while five-position adjustable brake and clutch levers should fit any size glove.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:35

Feel and feedback at the brake lever is quite good and the four-pot calipers bring the 273 kg (603 lb) Bandit to a safe, controlled halt. The ABS provides another measure of security in wet or panic stop situations, although I never got on them hard enough to activate it.

Steering is fairly light and precise – a slight push on the inside bar initiates the turn and once committed, it stays where you want it. Front forks are non adjustable and setting the Bandit’s rear preload is a frustrating exercise in knuckle skinning.


Fortunately, spring and damping rates seemed fairly well matched to the motorcycle, although once you crank up the preload to firm-up the handling, the ride gets a bit harsh over frost heaves and expansion joints.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:37

I was stunned when El Bandito sipped an average of 4.65L of dead dinosaurs for every 100km traveled (60 mpg Imperial) – and that included some spirited riding.

During a day trip when riding with a KLR650 and a ZR7S, the Bandit routinely took on less fuel than the two other bikes over the exact same riding conditions.


The reserve is quite generous – when the fuel light started flashing, I could only get 13.5 liters into the 19-liter tank, which means a 400 kilometres cruising range is likely. Plus, the Bandit’s emissions controls and catalytic converter ensure it meets tough Euro 3 Tier 2 standards.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:39

HOLDING ITS OWN

To me what really summed up the Bandit is that even in basic meat-and-potatoes form it would’ve easily held its own on the CMG Fall-ish Tour against the high rent exotica of the Honda VFR1200 automatic, BMW R1200RT and Ducati Multistrada S.

And, when you figure that other popular sport tourers such as Honda’s ST1300 and Yamaha’s FJR1300 are also just over the $20,000 mark, it shows just what an outrageous bargain the $13,299 1250 SEA really is.


Even Honda’s CBF1000 lists at $12,999 and when you add bags, topbox and assorted required bracketry, you’re up to 15 large.

The 1250 Bandit is still one of the most comfortable and versatile motorcycles available and the SEA version takes it one step further. Granted, it doesn’t really excel in any one area but ranks near the top in every category you’d care to name and all at a bargain basement price to boot.

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PostSubject: Re: Bandit 1250 SEA   04.12.10 6:41

SPECIFICATIONS

Bike Suzuki Bandit 1250 SEA
MSRP $13,299
Displacement 1,255 cc
Engine type Four-stroke dohc inline four, liquid-cooled
Power (crank)* unknown
Torque* 79 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm
Tank Capacity 19 L (4.18 Imperical Gallons)
Carburetion Fuel Injection, 36 mm throttle bodies
Final drive Six speed, chain drive
Tires, front 120/70Z17
Tires, rear 180/55ZR17
Brakes, front Twin 310 mm discs with four-piston caliper
Brakes, rear Single 240 mm disc with single-piston caliper
Seat height 785/805 mm (30.9/31.7 in) - Low/High
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in)
Wet weight* 269 kg (595 lbs)
Colours Black, Blue
Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage

Info by: http://cmgonline.com

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