SUZUKI GSF1250 BANDIT (2007-2012) Review

Published: 27 February 2007

"Big-bore Bandit gets an all-new engine designed to meet latest Euro legislation"

Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit motorcycle review - Riding

"Big-bore Bandit gets an all-new engine designed to meet latest Euro legislation"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 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 group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

48 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSF1250 BANDIT (2007-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI GSF1250 BANDIT (2007-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.3 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
4 out of 5

11 June 2017 by Saltycrisp

I have had this bike from new and am just about to sell it after 7 years and 35000 miles so now feel like I can give an accurate review. The mechanical components on the bike are bomb proof but i you want to ride throughout the year you had better... Read more like cleaning and de-rusting

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The seat is rock hard and I find my arse is numb after about 1 and a half hours. I changed the screen to a touring type and added heated grips for the winter which improved the comfort.
Engine
5 out of 5
Very torquey. It has no traction control so when it's wet you need to get use to catching the back wheel when it spins up. I span it up at 80 mph in the wet and nearly got spat off! It is very easy to overtake and can be done without messing around with any gears. The standard exhaust can is like a dustbin and makes the bike almost silent so could be a plus if that's what you want. I changed it for a Beowulf can binned the baffle and now use it as a "I am coming through so look in your mirrors and keep out my F***ing way siren"!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Only issue real has been the awful finish on the bike which needs constant attention. The brakes will start to fade within a few 1000 miles and need to have the caliper cleaned each service(may not be as much of an issue if you don't ride in the wet). The engine, electrics (still have original battery)and all other components have been faultless . I have serviced the bike myself every 4000 miles unless it needs the valve doing and is very easy.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Service costs are cheap if you do the minor services yourself 50-100 pounds. The valve checks which are every 15000 miles ( I did them at 16000) and are expensive costing anywhere from 350 to 500 pounds. I average about 48 -50 mpg on a run.
Equipment
3 out of 5
The most exotic feature is ABS so there isn't much to go wrong.
4 out of 5

16 November 2016 by gordon glover

Absolutely perfect except the stainless exhaust rotted and broke in 2 which seams to be a manufacturing fault and the brakes and abs need upgrading Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
very good ride for me and the wife been all over europe with this bike better than the pan i had because its lighter and faster, we go about 1 1/2 hrs between tanking. good enough for 2 oudens
Engine
5 out of 5
bang on the power all the time
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
allways service it myself
Equipment
4 out of 5
2007 needed a gear indicator and heated grips put these on myself. I've got side and back boxes and higher adjustable screen better for the rain
3 out of 5

Solid bike

10 March 2016 by RONJOH

Seat uncomfortable, windscreen small Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
ABS
Buying experience

Dealer - paid £7400

3 out of 5

suzuki bandit

18 December 2015 by rod

nice motor- comfy-heavy when pushing about and the worst fuel gauge in motorcycling history Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
open roads in wales usually stop for petrol before reach my limit
Engine
4 out of 5
superb smooth and very strong at midrange
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
have to keep on top of cleaning bullet proof
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
heavy on tyres if given some welly but that's expected
Equipment
3 out of 5
tyres can really upset this bike, going for pilot roads next
Buying experience

dealer bought for £3450

5 out of 5

best all rounder out there

09 December 2015 by dave wilkinson

best all rounder out there. have owned vfr 750 valadero 1000 kawa z1000 yam divi 900 to name a few over the past 30 years of biking. this 1250 bandit was cheaper than the others mentioned. Also more economical and more enjoyable to ride. dead... Read more cheap to service, and will get you to work on time. 0 to 100mph will put a smile on you face all day. also great two up. well recommended

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
abs on mine, with no probs at all
Engine
5 out of 5
reliable and more than adequate for this bike. 3800 revs in 6th=70mph. it revs to 12000 yeaaaaah
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
4 years old and still looks like new. starts first time every time
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
45 mpg 0 to 60 faster than any car I've seen
Equipment
4 out of 5
basic stuff. but, all you need and all works well.
Buying experience

£3300 from a dealer. with 3000 miles on the clock. still looks like new, rite bikes bradford. cheers lads

5 out of 5

good bike for the money

18 August 2015 by digger

plenty of power.good fuel range.not much for the money can touch it. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Buying experience

dealer

5 out of 5

07 June 2015 by Casper

Comfort and ease of handling, reliable and has started 1st time every time for the last seven years. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Bike is best ridden hard but also a smooth ride with a pillion. Will go all day but numb bum sets in around 100 miles.
Engine
5 out of 5
Don't dislike anything, it's a good solid all rounder
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Built like a brick s...t house and reliable.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Service myself oil and filter. Cheap insurance
Equipment
4 out of 5
Love the centre stand. Could do with a luggage rack .I use Metzeler tyres and I'm happy
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer, I traded in 650 bandit and rode away with a beast. Paid £4500.00 in 2007

5 out of 5

03 June 2015 by daz seaton

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Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Cheap wonderland !

17 October 2012 by Trotts

Have owned giant trailee's for the past 12 years, Tigers, varadero, GS. You name it, I've had it. Tended to change Bike every few years. My other half retired from riding pillion and being a tad older wanted something a bit smaller, with some... Read more 'stonk' and also a capable long distance summer tourer for my yearly trips to the Alps and later Spain. The 1250Sa was at silly money, pre reg price. Had to be done. Pleased, to right. What have I been missing. For a solo long distance machine, and general 'fun' bike, this cannot be beaten at the money. Why pay £10K when this ticks all the boxes for half that amount, with ABS, 3 box panniers etc. Roll on spring/ summer 2013 Barnd 'new' pre reg 1250 Just done forst 1000 miles My only gripe is the seat will need surgery this winter ! Plenty of people out there for little money. Also addedd a wonderful 'Fuel' can to replace the cannon that was at the side !

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Even better than I thought it would be

26 July 2012 by Hillbery120

After riding for 35 years I have a pretty good idea what bike I want, and after narrowing it down to 2 bikes, this one ticked all the boxes. My previous bike was a Kawasaki ZRX 1200S and the 1250 Bandit is a better bike in every way. Is is smoother,... Read more has more low down power,handles better and has clocks you can read and a centre stand. The real surprise was how well it handles, you can really throw it around, it changes direction quickly for a big bike and is as much fun on twisty back roads as fast A roads and motorways. You never really need more than 6000 rpm to make rapid progress and is so easy and ralaxing to ride fast. Comfort is fine but needs a higher screen if you are tall. The only niggles are the small storage area under the seat and lack of bungee hooks. Fuel consumption is about average for a big bike at 43 mpg with mixed fast riding and touring. It's main rival is the CBF 1000, which may arguably be a slightly better bike but just looks so dull.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £7,045
Used price £3,000 to £5,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £130
Performance
Max power 97 bhp
Max torque 79.6 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.18 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 1255cc
Engine type 16v liquid-cooled in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Tubular steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 229kg
Front suspension Pre-load only
Rear suspension Pre-load and rebound damping
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2007: Suzuki GSF1250 Bandit launched.

Other versions

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

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