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post #1 of 41 Old 01-28-2011, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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919 or Bandit 1250

I've got a great '07 ,low mileage 919 that I really like , but I've found a good deal on an '09 Bandit 1250S. I'm thinking the fairing would make it a little better for longer rides . Its 75 pounds heavier ,but I'm not an aggressive rider. I think I'm looking for reasons to NOT trade . Any help with pros and cons ???? Thanks, Eddie

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post #2 of 41 Old 01-28-2011, 05:18 AM
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Take your pick. There is nothing wrong with trying different bikes. I try not to poop on any models. I'd own one of everything if I had the money and space. You can always buy different, including the same model you've already owned. I've had seller's remorse for all of about two seconds whenever I've bought a replacement.

Got it whittled down to a sensible two bikes.
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I try not to poop on other bikes as well, and I just switched to a suzi so you know I like Zook's. That being said, theres no way in hell Id trade a 919 for a bandit, no way.

But thats an opinion, and opinions differ. Best bet is take it for a spin, Id consider it a downgrade personally.

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Do you ride mostly in town or on the highway?

Highway..................get the Bandit

In town...................keep the 919

If I didn't have the 919, I would have bought a 1250 last fall.

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Not being a former or current owner of either, I say flip a coin. If you are ready for a change, I think it's a good one. I like the big Suzy lump. Lot's of torque to be had. I like the cc's that's for sure.

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So far......I have 3 windshields for the 919. The biggest one looks like hell, but 8 hours down the road, the ole 919 feels like a gold wing.

Best part? After the 10-12 hours of slabbing it in comfort I can unbolt the shield for riding the twisties in light weight bliss.

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The bandits are nice looking. I was turned off by their weight and lack of power. 1250cc should have a heck of a lot more balls than what they have.
But I'd gladly ride one. Probably gladly own one. I'd need a 2nd bike that was light and fast for when I was in the mood for that sort of thing. I agree with one of each mentality.

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A Bandit with a four into four.........now that I can imagine owning.

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If we could get the naked.................I would probably own one now.


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post #11 of 41 Old 01-28-2011, 04:12 PM
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I love Suzukis, especially the Bandit and SV's, but the 919 is one of a kind, can fling it around like a supermoto, as well as cruise the slab at 80 all day, and seems to edge the Zooks in the fit/finish department ... seems like a lateral move, but this is coming from someone who has the hots for a dualsport, so my judgement is already suspect.

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Do you ride mostly in town or on the highway?

Highway..................get the Bandit

In town...................keep the 919

If I didn't have the 919, I would have bought a 1250 last fall.

Exactly what I was thinking also! I was so close to buying a Bandit 1250S before I got my 07 919 in November of 2008. The only 2 things that made me change my mind at the last minute was the killer price I got on the 919, and the fact that I didn't really like the fairing on the Bandit. I had seen a kit that was available to switch to a naked front end, but apparently they're hard to find.

If I ever win a lottery or come into another chunk of change, I'll be getting a Bandit 1250S, then I'll strip it down. The older Bandits that didn't have the fairing had carbs instead of fuel injection, so those are out of the question.

But I do agree... If I did mostly highway riding I'd get a Bandit yet a vast majority of my rides are local backroads or around town, I'm glad I got the 919.


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Well all I can say is the Bandit 1250S has kickass power when you need it !!!!!! I am no Moto GP Rider but love to have the power where it counts down low not at 120+MPH. Very usable power. It feels a little heavy compared to thr 919 but only for a few minutes or so till you get used to it. The 919 is a better around town backroads kind of bike and the Bandit is a better highway bike. I can say this because I actually own both a 2007 919 and a 2009 Bandit 1250S ABS. I love them both in different ways. Both are excellent bikes. If you are just cruising around get the 919. If you are doing longer distance communting get the Bandit you cannot go wrong. I also do not get what people say about fit and finish on the Suzuki's I think they are no different than Honda's fit and finish. Both are great bikes.............

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old smoky ,if you looking for the torque and the long distance go for the Bandit you will never regret it !!!!!!!!

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brian, I guess you never rode the Bandit 1250 then ?

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So far......I have 3 windshields for the 919. The biggest one looks like hell, but 8 hours down the road, the ole 919 feels like a gold wing.

Best part? After the 10-12 hours of slabbing it in comfort I can unbolt the shield for riding the twisties in light weight bliss.
What are you running for windshields and your experience with the ones you have tried ?
I'm keeping an eye out for a long trip type shield that would only be mounted for the trip and then disappear into the garage again for long term keep and very infrequent use.

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I've been experimenting a little. I really like the Honda fly screen for the twisties and several hour sorties..... Also received a large Memphis shades touring screen with the bike.....seriously, it transforms it into a different bike on the highway, but it mounts in 4 places and you have to take the flyscreen off.

So, I bought an MRA Roadshield from twisted throttle....it mounts only on the handlebars in 2 places, and is in front of and above the Honda Flyscreen for excellent highway protection. It then unbolts off the bars in under a minute.


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I rode a 2009 Bandit saturday. Streets and interstate. Nice bike with great torque, especially in the high gear roll-on from 60 or 70 mpg. Extra weight is not too noticeable in regular riding , but I'm sure it would be on "The Dragon" . Doesnt shift quite as well as the 919 but not bad. I like it a little better , but not enuff to trade yet. Mine is almost as good at speed with the little Nat. Cycle screen, so I'm gonna stick with the good old NINER a little while longer.

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If we could get the naked.................I would probably own one now.


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I rode a 2009 Bandit saturday. Streets and interstate. Nice bike with great torque, especially in the high gear roll-on from 60 or 70 mpg. Extra weight is not too noticeable in regular riding , but I'm sure it would be on "The Dragon" . Doesnt shift quite as well as the 919 but not bad. I like it a little better , but not enuff to trade yet. Mine is almost as good at speed with the little Nat. Cycle screen, so I'm gonna stick with the good old NINER a little while longer.
..... I just noticed where you live!!!! ha, ha. That changes the equation ALOT......

Dude --- you live in MARYVILLE!!!! if I lived that close to the GAP, I'd keep the 919 HANDS DOWN. You WOULD NOT be happy with a heavy bike living in that area!

You've got the perfect bike......slap on a larger windshield and go!

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You're right....I had a FJR1300 and sold that cause it was too much bike for riding here. Then I got a 1000 V-Strom for a trip to Utah and back. Then sold the strom and got the 919 to get even lighter. All in all the V-Strom was the best FOR ME. Its lighter than the Bandit and a better highway bike than the FJR. (FJR was buzzy at 75 mph (5 speed) and the strom had the overdrive 6th gear and just loafed at 75 and 80. I've had 2 Speed Triples and 1 FZ1 and the 919. I really like the nakeds , but I also appreciate a little wind protection and good highway gearing. There is no perfect bike but I'm gonna see how close I can get. Insurance is cheap here , so maybe a 3rd. bike will do it for me.

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Get one of those Road Kings with the detachable windscreen.

You'll probably get a free Do-rag and HD jacket with arm tassels too.

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Lol......I find it funny that people who live near the Gap sport-tour to other places.....where as everyone else sport-tours to your back yard.


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What do you think of this beemer?
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Ya know.... the new Triumph 800 is pretty cool too....


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Ya know.... the new Triumph 800 is pretty cool too....

The headlight/cluster setup is a little too insect looking. Other than that, is is pretty rad.



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was blown away when I rode the Street Triple, so I'm sure the 800 would be that much better, but it would have to be pretty dang sparky before I would give up my paid-for, semi exclusive 919 for a $10-12k Triumph, as much as I love British Steel... I know, i know, I'm a homer.

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Actually I DID consider a Harley , and even went to the dealership , but they wouldnt sell me one cause they found out my parents were married.

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....and regarding the Triumphs. The 2000 roulette green Speed Trip was favorite of my 59 motorcycles. Before that my favorite was my '80 CBX with the D&D 6 into one pipes. The X needed pretty good revs before the pipe played its best music , but the Triple, with the high mount CF pipe sounded good at ANY RPM. IF the 1050 Tiger didnt look like a V-Strom that was rear-ended by a bus , I would consider that. Lotta money for a bike that I dont want to ogle, though.

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You should be able to identify with this.....especially since dual-sporting where you live is absolutely amazing.

I'm keeping the 919 indefinitely. It's a great bike and worth nothing on resale value.

I plan to build a nice Suzuki DR650 adventure cruiser. Can pick them up for around $1800 used. Slap a Corbin & huge tank on.....maybe add racks for luggage and a windshield....
And go as far or anywhere you want for about $2500.

I just won't pay $10,000 for a bike that will probably see dirt.

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Ya know.... the new Triumph 800 is pretty cool too....

Fabulous looking bike, I must say. I could step down from my 10R to that bike, especially in the adventure format.

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Yep --- they have 2 versions, one with a 17" front, and one with a 21" front. Add to that, the spirit and sound of a triple.

I do think that the the new triumphs are going to give some competition to the BMW 800's.

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What do you think of this beemer?
Compare it to the 919..............weight, power, fuel range.............it loses.


I compare everything to the 919.

FZ1...............less fuel capacity

Bandit 1250................more weight

CB1000r................less fuel capacity

ZRX.....................more weight

& on & on & on.

The 919 is VERY unique.................start looking at the specs.

I like the BMW R1200R but once again it is down on fuel capacity.

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only a German could build anything that friggin ugly. But I'll bet that lil BMW works. I like it.

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Ya know.... the new Triumph 800 is pretty cool too....


How come the front wheel and rear wheel aren't on the same plane?

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I have read a couple of reviews raving about the new 800 Triumphs. Still Fuggly looking!

I really think the DR650 idea is worth consideration - enough poke for the street and plenty for the fire roads, and the darn things appears to be indestructible.

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I'm saving......DR650 is next on the list.

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Apparently there is a law in Michigan that says EVERYONE must own a dual sport bike. (Excellent law in my opinion.) I've owned 2 DR650's and a few KLR650's. The DR motor is better than the KLR motor and the bike is much lighter and better handling too. You wont be sorry with your choice. I'm riding an '09 KLR now cause I still like the fairing and the big gas tank, but I'd be happy to get rid of the radiator and swap in a DR650 motor....ugh, but I dont want to PAY to do that , so....

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LOL ---- Northern Michigan is AMAZING and Michigan will let you make just about any street legal with lights.....DNR motorsports trails EVERYWHERE, dual-sport, single track, hidden towns down fire roads....

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Ah --- the other piece of the puzzle... you own a 919 AND a KLR. wow --- that definitely complicates the decision.......

So --- the KLR doesn't have tame enough highway manners to tour on?

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