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Used Motorcycles: Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit buyers guide

By RiDE -

 17 February 2009 17:30

Price new: £5299
Engine: 1157cc, 16v, dohc inline four, a/c
Power: 96bhp
Top speed: 130mph
Weight: 214kg (dry)

The original hooligan, with a tough air/oil cooled engine loaded with torque. It might have only 96bhp, but all the power is right where you need it. Heavier riders may find they overwhelm the soft front forks, but uprating them with slightly heavier springs is no real hardship.

Mechanically the Bandit is as tough as they come, but is let down by its budget build. Many owners replace the standard bolts and fastenings as well as exhausts, bars, paintwork and... anything they fancy, really.

Check for play in the head races, as it's a popular bike with wheelie merchants: too many hard landings and the bearings will be shot.  

 

RiDER Power 2008 verdict

Build quality

0/5

Maintenance

5/5

Reliability

4/5

Running costs

3/5

OVERALL

77.27

 

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