Suzuki Bandit 1200S - Road Test
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Photography by Kevin Wing
60 mph, actual 56
El Bandito Grande has near-perfect power delivery, serving up 70-ish foot-pounds of highly usable torque over a 4000-rpm band smack in the middle of the rev range. Very nice.
Performance with test-session weather conditions corrected to sea-level standard conditions (59 degrees F, 29.92 in. of mercury)
Wet weight plus 170 lb. rider divided by measured horsepower
|Cheers & Jeers |
|Suzuki Bandit 1200S |
|Engine ||9 ||Charismatic whistly four with major grunt |
|Drivetrain ||8 ||Gearbox is just the slightest bit reluctant |
|Handling ||7 ||Better than the kids suspect |
|Braking ||7 ||New and improved |
|Ride ||9 ||All day and then some |
|Ergonomics ||10 ||A page from the old GS playbook |
|Features ||8 ||Clock, centerstand, no cup holders |
|Refinement ||8 ||Highly refined unrefined thing |
|Value ||10 ||Can't think of anything better for the price |
|Fun Factor ||8 ||Highly stimulating to do more with less |
Verdict: This one reminds us why the Universal Japanese Motorcycle became so popular in the first place. It does nothing exceptionally well, except do everything well.
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