Suzuki GSF1200S Ban­dit


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1996-2006 100bhp 67ftlb 214kg 145mph Why you want one What to look for

The big Ban­dit is the de­fin­i­tive bar­gain all-rounder. In original 1152cc form, as both the un­faired N and half-faired S (which, for tour­ing, is the one we’re most in­ter­ested in here) its de­tuned, oil-cooled, four-cylin­der, GSX-R11de­rived en­gine is grunty, flex­i­ble and bul­let­proof, its up­right chas­sis is roomy, com­fort­able and bet­ter han­dling than it has any right to be given its fairly hefty bulk and, with a few ac­ces­sories such as hard lug­gage and a tall screen (which many own­ers fit any­way), the big Suzuki makes a great tourer – for tid­dler money.

There are plenty avail­able at around the two grand mark – and you’ve a solid blank can­vas of a bike that will pretty much do any­thing. No won­der it proved so pop­u­lar.

The face-lifted, 2000-on ver­sion is bet­ter still, with a plusher ride and im­proved fin­ish, as is the water-cooled 1250 post-2007 model, but they’re both out of reach of this bud­get. Over­all, de­spite being a lit­tle plain, ba­sic and built down to a price, the big Ban­dit more than does the job, is bet­ter than many peo­ple re­al­ize and re­mains fan­tas­tic value for money. “There’s thou­sands out there and they’re very good at what they do. They han­dle well, the en­gine is nice and smooth and it’s one of the most re­li­able bikes out there. The en­gine’s solid, the brakes should be fine un­less they’ve an aw­ful lot of grime in them, and the fin­ish is no worse than any­thing else. Over­all I’d strongly rec­om­mend them. They tick a lot of boxes.” Shaun Lock, Ser­vice Fore­man at Bridge Mo­tor­cy­cles in Ex­eter

X-reg (2000) Suzuki GSF1200S Ban­dit, £1995 Lug­gage rack, cen­tre stand and screen, 12 months MOT, ser­vice history and de­cent tyres. BUY ONE NOW

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