Hogs in the ‘hood: Suzuki Bandit 1200

Suzuki Bandit 1200 on the streets of Brooklyn...

Suzuki Bandit 1200 on the streets of Brooklyn…

A while back I was talking to a fellow rider about his “new” bike, and he was raving about it.  I was unfamiliar with the model, the Suzuki Bandit 1200.  “I can’t place it,” is all I had for him at the time.  He seemed a little surprised, because he really thought it was one of the best values, and most fun bikes he had owned…

Suzuki Bandit 1200: civilized fun…

Suzuki Bandit 1200 S sport-tourer...

Suzuki Bandit 1200 S sport-tourer…

I had forgotten about this conversation until the other day when I stumbled upon this Suzuki Bandit 1200 S parked on the street in Williamsburg.  Once i saw it, I realized that I have seen these bikes before…

Turns out the Suzuki Bandit series has been manufactured since way back in 1989, starting with some smaller models (250cc and 400cc).  All models are equipped with a DOHC inline 4 cylinder, with the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System (until 2007), which employs a combo of oil and air cooling.  Until 2007, the larger displacement model was derived from the GSX-R power plant, albeit slightly tamer.

Suzuki Bandit 1200 S complete with rear rack and storage for sport touring...

Suzuki Bandit 1200 S complete with rear rack and storage for sport touring…

The bike has remained fairly consistent, with major changes only occurring in 2001 and 2007.  Despite this example being more of the sport-touring style, many of these bikes are favored by stunt riders, and are even used by the “wheelie school” in the U.K.

The half-fairing and fairly comfortable riding position, compared to a more traditional sport bike stance, makes this a decent choice for long hauls.  While the 1200cc model may be overkill for the city, it seems this is nice choice for getting OUT of the city.

Seems like that fellow rider was right.  This is an undervalued bike, perhaps perfect for the city rider looking to take nice long trips into the countryside.  Plenty of juice for the twisties, and plenty of comfort for the times when a casual ride is all you need…

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