2005 Suzuki Bandit Review


The 2005 Suzuki Bandit 1200S is a classic example of the Japanese manufacturer's attention to detail and engineering prowess. Everything about this bike is efficient, strong, and functional, making it a true standout among a highly competitive class of standard mid-range cycles.

The Suzuki Bandit enjoys an aggressive attitude, thanks to a power-packed 1157cc, air/oil cooled, four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine that's been optimized for excellent low and midrange power. Its Mikuni BSR36 carburetors feature a throttle position sensor that delivers incredibly precise ignition timing control, and super-strong response at the lower register of the rpm scale.

In fact, the 2005 Suzuki Bandit 1200S is all about delivering exceptional low and midrange power, and that's even more evident, thanks to the bike's stainless steel four-into-one exhaust system with aluminum muffler, and finely-tuned camshaft timing. Exhaust is equally tuned to perfection, with a built-in pulsed secondary air-injection system that reliably reduces emissions even further. The Bandit's five-speed transmission has a low-maintenance clutch with high-rate springs, and a large diameter slave cylinder for a smoother clutch feel, and easier operation.

Visually, the 2005 Suzuki Bandit steals the show. It has a sharp, aerodynamic fairing that's topped off by dual projector beam headlights, and side-mount mirrors. Its rigid, large diameter cradle-type frame is color-matched for a beautiful and unified look, and its generous 5.3 gallon fuel tank looks smaller than it really is. This gives the bike a streamlined appearance that pays homage to Suzuki's racing heritage.

While the 2005 Suzuki Bandit looks sporty, it's surprisingly comfortable to drive. Rider ergonomics are excellent, and the bike's 43mm front fork suspension and single rear shock with seven preload adjustments help to ensure a silky smooth ride on virtually any road surface. This allows you to take full advantage of the long-range capacity promised by its fuel tank, relatively easily and comfortably.

The 2005 Suzuki Bandit 1200S delivers everything one could ask for out of an daily-use motorcycle. It offers two-passenger convenience with a surprisingly wide and long seat, great fuel economy, a roomy under-seat storage compartment, external tie-down hooks, an easy-to-operate centerstand, and one of the best finishes in its class.

New For 2005

  • The 2005 Suzuki Bandit is a crossover model, with only minor updates over the previous year's model. These include a new headlight switch that automatically turns the bike's headlight off during startup, and a limited edition blue and white paint scheme that commemorates Suzuki's racing legacy.

2005 Suzuki Bandit Specs

  • Model:1200S
  • Engine Type: Four-Stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 79mm x 59mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.51:1
  • Induction: Carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Dual Hydraulic Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin Sided Swing Arm
  • Wheelbase: 56.3 inches
  • Seat Height: 31.1 inches
  • Curb Weight: N/A
  • Tires (Front): 120/70 ZR17
  • Tires (Rear): 180/55 ZR17


  • Engine Guards - Bandit
  • Gel Seat
  • Sport Half Motorcycle Cover
  • Tank Cover
  • Windshield - Bandit

Key Competitors For The 2005 Suzuki Bandit

  • 2005 Yamaha FZ1
  • 2005 Honda ST1300P ABS
  • 2005 Kawasaki ZZR1200
  • 2005 Ducati Multistrada 1000DS