Suzuki introduces the 2009 1250S and 1250S ABS models with little, but notable upgrades even though at a first glance nothing seems to be new on the bikes. A full fairing wouldn’t suit it well so designers haven’t got much work to do this year, at least in what concerns the Bandits.
At its base, the 2009 Bandit, be it ABS-equipped or not is the same impressive sport-touring motorcycle kept competitive by the liquid-cooled 1255cc DOHC engine that is fuel injected, providing great power and torque. The 79.0mm bore and 64.0mm stroke result into a 10.5:1 compression ratio and, by featuring 36mm throttle bodies, the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection ads up to performance and increases your chances to get a speeding ticket.
Still, the reliability of the Suzuki Bandit had to continue being something worth to brag about so the cylinders are now plated with Suzuki’s Composite Electrochemical Material. Another 2009 addition, the secondary balancer shaft, smoothens out the rides making the engine well balanced source of excitement. The Bandit engine makes an unbeatable team with the six speed gearbox, concluding in 39 mpg for city riding (we reckon things get a lot better on the highway).
Also, for the same roads, the 2009 Suzuki Bandit is quite a choice as it is comfortable and fast as well as very stable. With a curb weight of 551 lbs underneath you, there are few chances to be bothered by other traffic participant’s air tunnel. With 20mm height adjustable seat and LCD digital speedometer, fuel gauge and clock, make sure you don’t confuse it with a tourer before actually buying it.
The motorcycle market had first seen the GSF 1200 Bandit in 1995 as a naked motorcycle weighing a decent 458 lbs. Created for long, relaxing rides, the first Bandit featured an air and oil-cooled 1,156cc four-cylinder DOHC, 16-valves engine producing 98 hp at 8,500 rpm and 96.1 Nm at 4,000 rpm.
Only a year later, torque was decreased to 90.7 Nm at 4,500 rpm, but, most importantly, the Bandit received a half-fairing with screen, turning suddenly into a sport-tourer and carrying on two separate ways.
1997 model year saw the introduction of the GSF1200SA Bandit which featured front and rear ABS. But that was like a preamble of the modern Bandit ABS and didn’t continue being produced.
For the next three years, the engine was retuned for even less torque (83.6 Nm at 4,500 rpm) in expectancy of the entirely new 2001 Suzuki GSF 1200 Bandit and GSF 1200 S Bandit. Power was still the same, but the engine finally got more torque (91.7 Nm at 6,500 rpm). Apart from the revised engine, the frame, front fork and brake (now six calipers instead of four) were also new as well as the fairing and headlight of the half-faired model.
The next revision was prepared for the 2004 model year. This was aimed at the exhaust system which now had a stainless steel silencer and catalyer on models that were produced with the destination California.
2006 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit
Having worked more on the engine than the body, for the 2006 model year, Suzuki prepared a redesigned Bandit 1200. This is when the height adjustable seat saw its way on the bike while the fuel tank and side panels have been reshaped. Also, the “S” model now had a new fairing and mirrors as well as a brand new headlight. This is when the ABS started being available on the “S” model.
Because the engine of the 2006 model didn’t meet Euro 3 regulations, it was upgraded to 1,255cc, got fuel-injected and water-cooled. Suzuki combined the need to meet the standards with the need for more torque so that is why displacement increased, resulting the 108 Nm at 3,700 rpm Bandit 1250 S and 1250 S ABS. This was the last major upgrade that the big Bandit suffered.