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Been thinking about replacing the 919. Not much out there that appeals to me, but have been looking at the Suzuki. Anybody have one? info on it? Thanks.

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rworm has a monster of a 1250 bandit... there is a couple videos of him smoking a cbr1000rr on his............



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All secondhand info from others, but my understanding is that it's a torque monster, fairly comfy, good reliability, nice tourer. Any actual owners want to clarify?

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Been thinking about replacing the 919. Not much out there that appeals to me, but have been looking at the Suzuki. Anybody have one? info on it? Thanks.
You lookin new or used....helluva bike...
And i do have some good vids
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You can't sell your 919, or you'll have to endure it's curse! Just ask paco, he knows all about it.

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You can't sell your 919, or you'll have to endure it's curse! Just ask paco, he knows all about it.
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My 919 faded into fond memory with nary a whimper.

....and on that note. I was also interested in a bandit. When I happened upon the 2007 Tiger it fit the bill and then some.

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I have a stock 2002 919 and a 2007 Bandit 1250.

The Bandit feels much heavier than the 919, but it makes the torque. I replaced the stock muffler and air cleaner and added Givi bags to the Bandit and it makes a good sport tourer.

I commute to work most every day, year round and I ride the 919 quite a bit in the warmer months. If I had to make a choice, I would go with the Bandit. It isn't as buzzy as the 919 and you can ride most all day in more comfort. For shorter trips, you can hardy beat the 919

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2007 bandit in the garage, is a bit more bike to throw around in the corners. a little faster than the 919, full torque @ 3750 rpm. added full set of Suzuki brand luggage (givi stuff in disguise) and givi windshield, originally meant to tour with it. great bike for the $$$$ you won't be dissapointed.

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2007 bandit in the garage, is a bit more bike to throw around in the corners. a little faster than the 919, full torque @ 3750 rpm. added full set of Suzuki brand luggage (givi stuff in disguise) and givi windshield, originally meant to tour with it. great bike for the $$$$ you won't be dissapointed.
You should share some pics.

It's winter in some parts you know...

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Get a 1000rr and strip it down.

Most dealers are selling 08s for under 8k right now.

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Here's some pics, of the wife's ride
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02 919
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I traded my 919 for a 1250 last summer for a few hundred miles. After we swapped bikes, the increase in torque and the lack of buzz was a nice change. On the highway, the Bandit is the hands down winner. Tight back roads go to the 919. I'd probably do a 1250 if I were in the market or looking for a change. The extra snort of the 1250 was really nice.

That'll work........
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Very nice looking Bandit. That bike was on my short list before I got the 9'er.

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I know this is going to start a war but bench racing BS is what forums are for right?

After reading this I dug up some old magazines to see why the bandit was not on my radar. Well over 500 lbs and slower than the 919. Thats why. It is a great looking bike (the N model)and I'm sure also great on the superslab. But that is one big slow bike.
Bandit....11.29 @ 118
919........11.18 @ 120
Theses are from motorcyclist. Magazines arn't the best but at least it is a common source. This plus the fact that I like my girls light I couldn't go for one of these.

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What are you looking for? If it is a sport tourer that is still semi naked and good in the corners, I would look no further than the Triumph Tiger. Light, good torque and hp, and easy to carve a corner or two...



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I know this is going to start a war
After reading this I dug up some old magazines to see why the bandit was not on my radar. But that is one big slow bike.
Bandit....11.29 @ 118
919........11.18 @ 120
No war....But thats a pretty close time slip if thats what you're into.
The 1250 was on my radar because of this spec:
Torque: 80lb.ft @ 3,700rpm .....

That'll work........
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Tractors have good torque too. wouldn't drive that down the highway. Well, yea I would but thats a different story. It is splitting hairs. Mostly the weight was the turn off for me. The tiger is a sweet ride too. Kinda forgot about that one.

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If you love acceleration, then torque is your buddy. If it's top speed you're after, then skip the Bandit and get something with lots f HP. I wasn't looking for a 160 MPH bike. I prefer 0-60 in the blink of an eye and then hit the twist in the road confidently and make me smile big. That's why I picked up a 1250 Bandit.

And after a couple purchases from Dale Walker (full exhaust system, o2 sensor bypass, K&N filter, new fuel mapping CPU, and secondary butterfly removal) her numbers went up to 96 ft lbs and 132 HP. That's a shitload of torque on a 500 lb bike. Add on a Givi screen and a Corbin seat and you have a heckuva bike that will pull away from nearly anything, still gets 45-50 MPG, and an insurance premium that barely hits $250/year (with collision). Try that with a sport bike. Not bad for an OTD $7K bike that handles more like a sport bike than a 500 pound standard, but has the all-day ride comfort of a standard. There's a reason why Motorcyclist gave it the "Best Bang for the Buck Award".

You can read my first impressions here on WT.

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BMW K1200R And Suzuki Bandit 1250S - The $9000 Question - MC Comparison

On the Bandit versus BMW K1200R shootout:
"The most significant twist is how close the Bandit comes to delivering filet mignon for the price of flank steak. The bottom line, in this case, is the bottom line. For $8799 (or $8299 if you can live without ABS), the Bandit 1250S delivers more motorcycle for less money than anything in anybody else's showroom."

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To each there own. Its not worth getting into the torque hp argument. Its been done.

For sure the bandit is a good bike. Just not my cup of tea. I wanted big power and low weight. Not as good of a sport tourer for sure the 1000rr or the 919. But for me they get the touring job done plenty good enough.

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I'm surprised you can get that kind of mpg out of a 1250. Pretty fair.

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To each there own. Its not worth getting into the torque hp argument. Its been done.

For sure the bandit is a good bike. Just not my cup of tea. I wanted big power and low weight. Not as good of a sport tourer for sure the 1000rr or the 919. But for me they get the touring job done plenty good enough.
- I thought I was replying to ricko's post / request for info from Bandit owners...

FWIW - "power" is in the eye of the beholder. Some measure it with HP, some measure it with torque, some prefer times, and others look at the power to weight ratio. Whatever makes the buyer's pulse race is all that counts.

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- I thought I was replying to ricko's post / request for info from Bandit owners...
Ken, So glad you decided to burn furniture and keep your Bandit! If my 9r wears out or I get a big raise my new 2up sport bike choices are Bandit or Tiger.

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I just can't do it, dream! It's too much fun, too easy to ride, too easy to bring out some hooliganism in me, and damned if it just doesn't put me in a great, (slightly rebellious) mood. The resale value doesn't equal the fun factor. I've been through a lot of bikes over the years and parted with all of them. There was only one I really regretted selling. That's not going to happen again.

In the meantime, you are more than welcome to take it for a week, weekend, day, afternoon, whatever, if you are ever up this way.

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I've been through a lot of bikes over the years and parted with all of them. There was only one I really regretted selling. That's not going to happen again.
Sorry, I can't help with the Bandit idea but just wanted to say that Ken's got it right in my mind about seller's regret. This is why I'll buy other bikes when ready but will never sell off my current mount. Out of all the bikes I've ridden and owned in the past, this parallel twin is that special one for me.
If you still can ride your 9er and it will last ya till something comes along and really revs up your blood, I'd wait. When you have time to just look around and enjoy the hunt, take it.
Now all that is based on whether your doctor just gave you news that your good to go but, if he just told you only have 6 months to live- Then I'd make a beeline to my Ducati Dealership and snatch up a new streetfighter S model in Red or a MV Agusta Brutale 990R! Just have a lawyer on retainer to keep postponing any court dates!


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I just stumbled onto this old thread.
I just trade my 06 919 on an 09 Bandit 1250.
I was looking for something more comfortable on longer rides. I just picked up the Bandit a couple of days ago. It's been raining and cold here, so I've only put on 200km so far.
I got the touring model with hard bags.
I now better understand the difference between HP and torque. The Bandit out pulls the 919 big time. The Suzuki will lift the front wheel no problem.
I can't wait till the weather straightens out in a couple of days.

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Thank's,
It's still raining here.
I guess I'll be sitting on the bike in the garage making motor noises.

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LoL - that's me in the middle of winter, sitting on the bike, looking out the window at the snow, wishing for March, and feeling total ride withdrawal.

I just got the Wing and the Bandit out this week. Took the Wing out for a spin already - it was about 45 degrees, but with leathers and heated seat and grips, it felt like heaven. Too bad the weather sucks today, and probably tomorrow too. Monday is supposed to be 60 and sunny though, and the Bandit will be taking me to work for sure!

I'd love to see some pictures of the new Bandit, Jeff! You may want to stay clear of me though. I'll start talking about Holeshot Performance and all of Dale Walker's Bandit mods. Within a year of purchase, I had a Holeshot/Corbin seat, full Holeshot exhaust, and a Givi screen. It's an amazing bike right off the floor. But with a reasonable amount of money can be transformed into a 94 ft lb, 134 HP sweetheart.

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Nice engine, boring bike - make a great tourer.

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Please define boring. Boring compared to what?
Uh oh.....this is kinda like telling a guy he has an ugly wife.

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Please define boring. Boring compared to what?
Just a personal opinion.
Boring to look at and ride. I think Suzuki has made the bike so mainstream that they have sucked some of the personality out of the Bandit. The old Bandit had a hint of hooligan in it - it grew up I guess (and got fat......).

The clothes do not to the engine justice.

Consequently a very good open road touring bike. But don't expect to be caught sneaking into the garage late at night just to look at it.

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Ken,
I discovered Holeshot Performance soon after I got the bike. I have a short list of goodies I would like. I would like to get one of their slip ons for sure. The big muffler on the Bandit is the only thing I really have an urge to change. Other than that, I like the looks of the bike.
I suppose the bike might look boring to some sitting in the garage with full luggage mounted.
When I ride it though, it's easy to forget the side bags and top case behind me. I'm looking forward to having the ability to carry enough stuff for an extended ride. I also like having a place to lock up my helmet and jacket when I park somewhere.

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