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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Suzuki’s big-bore GSF1250 Bandit gets an all-new engine designed to meet latest Euro legislation. In doing so, Suzuki have created a 98cc bigger, 1255cc water-cooled, fuel-injected, tourque-laden peach of an engine. The GSF1250 Bandit's frame and suspension have also been upgraded to give a sumptuous, well-mannered mileage machine that can also run in the twisties.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

With nigh-on 80ftlb of torque delivered to the rear wheel at 3700rpm, the Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit’s new six-speed gearbox needs little provocation. The GSF1250 will cheerfully pull from 3500rpm in top gear and run on to 140+mph. That gearbox is typical Suzuki: precise, perfectly spaced ratios. And, hoorah, no sign of any fuel-injection stutters or flatspots in its performance delivery.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

It’s a Bandit, and as such it carries the tradition of upright seating, sumptuous seat and perfectly placed footpegs and one-piece handlebars. Suzuki haven’t changed the chassis too much from the old (k6) model, just beefed up the GSF1250 Bandit's frame rails and revised the suspension damping and springs. Big difference, though, the Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit now steers faultlessly, stable and hides its weight well.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

There are two versions of the Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit – non ABS and with ABS, but Suzuki GB is only importing the ABS kitted version. This isn’t a problem as the ABS is a refined set-up and leaves a lot of the braking up to the rider before cutting in. Suzuki GB will do its usual trick of releasing limited versions of the GSF1250 Bandit (touring, GT etc), but until then a ruck of accessories (topbox, panniers etc) will be available separately.

Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit (2007-2012)

Detail Value
New price £7,045
Dealer used prices
£3,720 (2007) - £4,440 (2009)
Private used prices
£3,270 (2007) - £4,000 (2009)
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Engine size 1255 cc
Power 97 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The old defunct Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit has a reputation for extreme reliability and a genuine all-rounder. There’s no reason to believe the new GSF1250 Bandit will be any different; Suzuki is aiming for existing Bandit customers to upgrade while attracting new customers with its revised performance. As the redline has dropped 1000rpm and a sixth gear has been added, there’s no danger the new GSF1250's motor will be stressed.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A 1255cc machine that can be used for touring, scratching or as a genuine workhorse should be an expensive piece of kit as it’s many motorcycles in one wheelbase. But no. Suzuki have pegged the price to just £250 more than the old GSF1200 Bandit. For £5549 MCN considers the Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit to be a bargain – its even cheaper than its Honda competition the CBF1000F. Find a Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2007: Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit launched.

Other Versions

2011: Bandit 1250SA (ABS, adustable seat) [£7,555]

Specifications

Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.18 secs
Max power 97 bhp
Max torque 79.6 ft-lb
Weight 229 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1255 cc
Engine specification 16v liquid-cooled in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Pre-load only
Rear suspension adjustment Pre-load and rebound damping
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs, 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 1 x 240mm disc, 1-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(40 reviews)

  • 1250SAZ K9

    yellow vtr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    what a bargin bike. had a z750 2004. Got this july 2010 brand new now done over 2500 miles mostly 2 up in the uk.only faults i would say is a flat spot at 2500revs in high gears and rear tyre only lasted 1500 miles now changed to michlen road 2, now put a venom gp can on seams to to have cured the 2500revs mile flat spot and revs better

    04 September 2010

  • 2008 1250SA

    ghansen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Wonderful bike, fast, quiet (yes some of us do prefer a quiet bike), vibration free but stability on side stand is not what it should be. After one incident I now ALWAYS use the centre stand.

    25 March 2010

  • 2009 1250 GT

    andy batchelor

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought the 1250GT as a company bike in November 2009 to replace an unreliable BMW R1150RT. Overall its a great bike, egnine is strong, gearbox is good. Only thing that lets it down is the brakes (lack bite and feel) and how easy it corrodes.

    24 February 2010

  • Initial impressions

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Just traded in my 03 1200 bandit for a 09 1250. Just 50 miles on the clock so not allowed over 4.5k rpm (sulk). Biggest impression is the engine; huge improvement. Very smooth fueling; no jerkiness anywhere. Even though it's being broken in the engine pulls hard - the increase in torque is seriously noticable & it seems happier to rev so I can't wait till the bike gets to a 1000 miles so I can start really playing. Even though the bike is heavier it does seem to handle better than the old 1200, but early days yet. Certainly the suspension & brakes have improved. The ABS is not intrusive. The only areas that are negative are the mirrors (rubbish) & fuel consumption (not good) - I did think about being sensible & getting a more fuel efficient bike, but heck biking about having fun. Seriously recommended bike

    06 February 2010

  • Awesome Bandit

    GSFK9

    Average rating rating is 5

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    it has one of the Best ride and handling. it rides like dream. Very Smooth,Comfortable and When you need the Power! Bandit has got plenty of it.

    06 October 2009

  • 1250 S in Portugal

    mpaa

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Well, I do have one of this kind. 15 months and 14.000Km rolled, in Portugal and Spain (I'm Portuguese), and so far I believe that when someone talk about all rounders - well, this is the all rounder. The 1250 S is an astonishing bike, that you can trust in every occasions. Suggestion: mount de bigger screen, much better protection in high speed!!

    28 September 2009

  • '07' Bandit 1250

    sweetbear45

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my Bandit since the day they were released in the good ol' U.S.A. I have over 25,000 miles on it and have had no problems at all. I wish they had more accessories available thru suzuki, but as far as the bike goes? WOW!!! YOU CAN"T GET BETTER!!! Granted it don't run with the Busa, but it is far more comfortable. Can out-run everthing thats not a dedicated pure sports bike. Plenty of passing power, smooth, and have had mine at 167mph plenty fast enough. Good luck on your next bike puchase, this ones hard to beat! Oh, did I say HARD? Yeah I agree the seat is the only thing on ths bike you could complain about, after about 50mi. you start to realize that the seat is toooo "HARD". Other than that seat, this bike is very HARD to beat!

    09 August 2009

  • Big Black Mean Machine

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had my GSF1250SA GT now for just over a year and did just over 4500 miles. The torque is awesome and handling is great even on twisty roads. Once on the way you don't feel the weight. The only things I have to complain about is the fairing which is a bit flimsy and too noisy. The mirrors show the ellbows quite nicely, but you can't see what's behind you. Would be better to have them on the handlebars I reckon. A lot of bike for a bargain. I noticed the paint coming off from the wheels, but Suzuki has agreed to powder coat them under warranty. Nevertheless a lot of bike for your money.

    07 August 2009

  • vibration spoils???

    mikey1964

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've just read the review below, I think you must have a rogue bike. I've now put 4k on my K7 1250 and its a dream bike. it does everything i want from a bike, wether local or distance it never fails to make me smile. Hell of a bike for the money, fair play to Suzuki. Priced right and a great bit of kit.

    27 June 2009

  • vibration spoils

    tarmaclordy

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    euro 3 regs spoils a topbike vibration at 3500 revs numbs the body making 50 miles the maximum journey. seat needs gel pads and change grips to gel type or suffer old 1200 a lot better package k2 onwards..

    24 June 2009

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