First Ride: Suzuki Bandit 1250S - Bigger, Better And Still A Bargain - First Ride

Fuel-Injection And Liquid-Cooling Give The Super-Standard A New Lease On Life

By Roland Brown, Photography by Jason Critchell

Tech Spec
Evolution
Spiritual successor to the '80s GSs, the '95 Bandit 1200 was built around an overbored GSX-R1100 motor. Once considered a hooligan bike, it's now more of a sport-tourer.

Rivals
Yamaha's FZ-1 kicks out 30 more bhp, but suffers from fuel-injection maladies. Honda's 919 and Kawasaki's Z1000 trade comfort for streetfighter style.

Tech
Price: $8299 ($8799 w/ABS)
Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 1255cc
Bore x stroke: 79.0 x 64.0mm
Compression: 10.5:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Horsepower: 98 bhp at 7500 rpm
Torque: 79 lb.-ft. at 3700 rpm
Frame: Tubular steel
Front suspension: 43mm fork adjustable for spring preload
Rear suspension: Single shock adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual four-piston calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake: Single-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D281
Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax D281
Rake/trail: 25.3 degrees/4.1 in.
Seat height: 31.1/31.9 in.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Dry weight: 496 lb.
Colors: Black or red
Available: Summer
Warranty: 12 months, unlimited mi.
Contact: American Suzuki3251 E. Imperial Hwy.Brea, CA 92622714.996.7040www.suzukicycles.com

Verdict
Still the best super-standard if you're looking to go for long weekends. But other bikes in the class offer more outright performance for hooning around.

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