Suzuki Bandit was first launched in the year 1989 and since then Bandit’s legacy has been carried on by many successors. From 250cc to 1250cc, Bandit was launched in almost all categories, be it naked or a fully faired versions. Over the years Bandit became one of the most famous motorcycles among touring riders and stunt enthusiasts. Also, there are many active riders and Bandit owner groups around the world.
Few Days back I had a chance of riding the Suzuki Bandit 1250S. As soon as I was handled the keys I knew it was going to be a good day. I was surprised by the fact that Bandit hides all the mass in a compact body and small fairing. From the looks itself it is hard to imagine that the motorcycle weighs more than 250kgs. Soon as you get on the bike, its old-school double circular meter console welcomes you. The tachometer is analogue while the other circular gauge is digital that displays speed, fuel level, time and more stuff to list down. Bandit offers an upright riding position with a comfortable reach to the handle bars. From there, the wide seat is height adjustable by up to 20mm, allowing enhanced comfort along with the large-capacity 19 litre fuel tank. It offers a comfortable reach to the handle bars for all kind of riders, be it tall or short.
Now talking about the engine, the 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC engine on Suzuki Bandit 1250 makes 98bhp of maximum power at 7,500rpm while 108Nm of torque kicks in at a low 3,750rpm.You never really need more than 6,000 rpm to make rapid progress and is so easy and relaxing to ride fast. It is brilliantly comfortable, but I missed a bigger front windscreen at higher speeds. The big Suzuki does a pretty good job of impersonating a sports bike, too. It carries 250kgs of wet weight, yet the bike is fun to flick through bends despite its unchanged and relatively conservative steering geometry.
The real surprise is how well it handles, you can really throw it around, and it changes direction quickly for a big bike. It is as much fun on twisty back roads as it is on highways or daily city traffic. In terms of handling you will be pleased to know that the Suzuki Bandit 1250SA has a chassis that features a frame with larger diameter down tubes for better balance.
The twin ventilated discs and four-pot Tokico callipers gave enough bite and control up front, backed up by the single rear disc. And the ABS system, which is standard fitment on the 1250S, adds confidence on the wet surfaces. For a massive engine like Bandit’s 1250, the average fuel consumption of 20km/l is appreciable. With a substantial fuel tank, it can cover up a distance of more than 350kilometers without asking for fuel, which is a much needed characteristic in sport-touring motorcycles like these. Overall the Bandit 1250S proved to be a powerful yet relaxing motorcycle. It is meant for the people who just can’t live without riding their motorcycle on a daily basis and for those old-school motorcycle lovers.