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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
£3,600 (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)

  • 1250Bandit

    Neil Manning

    Huntingdon , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Picked mine up last wednesday 21st May 08. Fantastic bike and a great jump up from the 650SA I had before. Handling is a lot easier. Engine smooth, however it may just be me but bottom gears are a little clunky. Had a few extras and the belly pan finishes off the base of the bike real good. Still riding in so not done over 4.5 k revs yet but when I can do, woweee

    27 May 2008

  • Awesome bike

    Trav

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had my bike just over a month and the torque is fantastic on the twisties. Excellent on long journeys.

    08 April 2008

  • new 1250 gt

    rodellison1250

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I took delivery of my new 1250 gt on friday 28th march. I left it in this afternoon ( tuesday 1 Apr )for its 1st 500 mile service. i love it so far and i haven't even been over 5000 rpm yet! brilliantly smooth engine, abs, sat nav, heaps of torques, luggage and sweet handling. After spending the last 4 years on an 04 zx6 r,which is itself a great wee bike, my poor bones find the suzuki a breath of fresh air. im so looking forward to thrashing my sportsbike mates on our sunday runs and then heading to italy in the summer. its still early days but all the signs point to this being a cracking machine.

    01 April 2008

  • Average rating rating is 5

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    put my order in yesterday for new K8 Streetfighter! hurry up delivery man & warm weather.

    03 February 2008

  • GSF1250 Bandit

    daytonayellow

    UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    The best bike I've ever had. I got the Streetfighter version 1250, and it makes me smile everytime I tweak the throttle. Get one it's alot of bike for the money and keeps up with sports 1000's, superb.

    30 January 2008

  • 07 Bandit 1250 s

    PMR1980

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After having a k4 600 naked bandit as my first bike bike, I wanted to move into the 600 sports market. All the modern 600's are too track focused and as a result went for the new water coooled 1250s bandit. What a bike!! Done 1200 miles to date, and have found it a joy and fun to ride. The power delivery is very smooth. Like other reviews have mentioned there is no sign of the vibration I found on the old bandit. A completely different bike with the new engine and would recommend it to anyone. A great all rounder.

    09 December 2007

  • Bandit 1250S

    Nevster72

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is amazing! It is a proper 'real world' bike. After 10 years of 600cc sportsbikes and a number of knee operations, I was looking for something more practical/comfortable yet without having to give up too much in the way of power/handling etc. Cost was also an issue. Long story short, read a few reviews went for the Bandit and I'm absolutely loving it. No regrets whatsoever. I'm actually enjoying it more than any other bike before simply because its a joy to ride at any speed - not just at warp as is the case with sportsbikes nowadays. The engine is suberb, the suspension is slighly on the soft side for extreme riding but pretty much spot-on 95% of the time. The riding position took me a whille to get used to because I'd only ever ridden sportbikes before, but now feels perfectly balanced and neutral. No wrist pain, no leg pain, just having a blast. I must admit that when I ride in jeans my butt does begin to suffer slightly after approx 100miles....so I always wear my leathers now!

    08 November 2007

  • K8 1250 Bandit

    peppernelly

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Done 1250 miles in 2 weeks still can't get enough of this 1250 fun bike!

    17 October 2007

  • bandit1250s

    gypcee

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Had my bandit since march 5500miles done seat still not broke in yet no probs fitted bt021 from almost new still plenty of life in them,and they offer the best grip ever.Taller screen makes all the diffrence and easy to fit along with a hugger.When are these going to be standard kit.Got a bit of clutch rumble but nothing to worry about.Dont bother with a carbon can co can i dosnt make any diffrence just a we bit of noise and a smigen of weight.Still like my new bike though.

    08 September 2007

  • Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit sa

    homer11

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    picked up my bandit on saturday.first impressions are very good,no vibration that my 1200 bandit used to have at 4-5k.smooth injection unlike my last bike yamaha tdm 9000.seat seems firm but not uncomfortable.plenty of grunt from the new 1250 engine any gear any revs just flies.looking forward to having a run in engine to fully explore the performance.

    18 March 2007

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