2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200s

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  • Suzuki's Big Bandit delivers tons of Value, but comes up short in aggression...

    Oct 30, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Versatile, capable sport-tourer with half-naked flare and alot of grunt
    Cons: Far from lightweight, not anywhere near as aggressive as its nemesis, the FZ1

    Summary: Suzuki's Bandit series has always been a favorite choice of sport-tourers who want something more than the moderate performance of a Japanese cruiser BUT do not want the !!BONZAI!! craziness of a full blown sport-model race bike... The naked sportbike ... read more

  • Great all around bike

    Jul 16, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Usable, real world power - comfortable - FUN!
    Cons: Stock jetting is a bit off under 3K, Stock head light bulbs.

    Summary:   I picked up my Bandit ( 2002 1200S) about 16 months ago. It had 5100 miles on it at the time.  It now has over 16K on the ticker and I feel I have enough experience with it to provide some valid feedback. &nbs p; I ... read more

  • 2005 Suzuki Bandit 1200/S

    Jun 18, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Inexpensive with excellent useable power for the experienced rider
    Cons: Old school engineering, will need replacement parts early

    Summary: The 2005 iteration of Suzuki's 1200/S was the last year in the US for this model. Like all it's predecessors, it was blessed with what has to be one of the best motors ever put into a day to day street bike. The air/oil cooled engine was lifted from the ... read more

  • Love my Bandit1200S!!

    Apr 2, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: POWER, Comfort, standard features, Smoothness, Wind Protection, PRICE, Maintenance-free, Aftermarket parts availability, reliability, versatility
    Cons: an aluminum frame to take off some weight. Other than that, it's perfect for me.

    Summary: This bike is the perfect bike for me. It delivers hellacious roll-on power in its fat, beefy midrange. Handling and braking are awesome for such a heavy bike. I love the rear brake because it won't lock up and send you sliding. The front brakes are ... read more

  • 2005 Bandit 1200S - An Excellent Sport/Sport Touring UJM Bike

    Aug 28, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Handsome bike with a smooth, 1200 CC engine that's under the radar of insurance companies.
    Cons: Need to address the carbs to get rid of idle/low speed vibration.

    Summary: In May 2005, I sold my 2001 Suzuki SV650 naked bike and bought a 2005 Bandit 1200S. I liked the SV for local riding and commutes, but its light weight on larger highways above 65 mph was not always fun. I was looking for something that was more solid ... read more

  • Most powerful, comfortable, sporty, reliable bike for the money

    Apr 28, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Powerful, fast, stylish, comfortable, inexpensive, plenty of aftermarket goodies, low maintainence
    Cons: Heavy, cheap suspension, handlebar vibration, cheap tires

    Summary: I own a 2002 Bandit 1200s. I have been riding on and off since the mid 70's when i got my first Yamaha 80. I bought my Bandit used 2 years ago with 3000 miles on it. I previously had an underpowered and very uncomfortable Hardley Sportser 1200 which I ... read more

  • Pedestrian transportation.

    Apr 21, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, reliability, value.
    Cons: Suspension, fueling, bottom end grunt, weight.

    Summary: This bike gets me back and forth from Astoria to Mid-Town for work every day. I ride year round, except when there's snow or rain (in the winter). 70% city, 30% hiway usage - its an urban commuter. Here's what I've got to say about it: the performance ... read more

  • "S" Version May NOT Be The Way To Go...

    Mar 9, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Torque, near-perfect riding position, low expected service cost.
    Cons: Who designed that Fairing??? More Gears! Chain and clutch problems.

    Summary: I agree with much of what has been said here, so will limit my comments to only a few things. The Bandit 12 is great as a standard bike, good as a sport/tourer. Time-tested (well, okay, old technology) motor tuned for mid-range tourque means the ... read more

  • 16k miles and still having fun

    Jul 31, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Best phlipin ride for the money.
    Cons: Tires. Sorry if you were expecting worse.

    Summary: I'm not sure how positive a review can be if the owner hasn't put at least 10k miles on the bike, or been through at least one set of tires. The latter of course can be accomplished rather easily on most bikes with sufficient throttle exercise. I ... read more

  • Possibly the Best Sport Touring Value in Existence

    Jul 27, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A true do-everything road bike. Thrills, reliability, good looks, great seat posture.
    Cons: Dated design. Needs more color selections.

    Summary: The fact that little has been changed in this incarnation of the 1200S Bandit since 1997 (in fact the engine has virtually not changed in over 20 years) does not diminish the level of excitement and pleasure this motorcycle can still provide. If you log ... read more

  • The Big Bandit GSF1200S

    Jun 16, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Best value in a ludicrous speed capable bike. Sweet turning & comforable.
    Cons: Not for everyone. Modern day liter bikes with professional riders, will smoke the Bandit.

    Summary: For me, this one was/is all about complete infatuation at first ride. It's a genuine bargain basement Hot Rod. This big Suzuki happens to be a great value, sweet in the turns, while effortlessly doing 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Did I mention that it's ... read more

  • Big Bandit

    May 17, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Power at any rpm, comfort, value.
    Cons: None so far

    Summary: I bought a brand new 1200S two weeks ago, and have driven 1200 miles already. I researched various models of bikes for over a year before deciding on the bandit. I chose the bandit because i wanted something with plenty of power and torque that was ... read more

  • 2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200

    Nov 4, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, comfort, dependability, brakes
    Cons: choke and idle need a lot of attention

    Summary: I bought this bike used (1 year old) with 4200 miles. It had the ugliest windshield on it which was one of those full streamlined fairing type windshields. The bike has oodles of power and is smooth at all speed ranges and rpm ranges. It is "cold-colla ... read more

  • 2002 Suzuki BANDIT 1200S

    Aug 5, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, Power, Proven engine history
    Cons: No blinker cancel, no 6th gear, helmet holder almost useless.

    Summary: I purchased this 2002 bike new in 2003 as a left over. The dealer gave me a good price on a bike that was already pretty well priced. I had looked at the Yamaha FZ1, Kawasaki ZRX1200, and the Honda 919. The Suzuki was the lowest price, and from what ... read more

  • Best bang for your buck

    Oct 6, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Loads of bottom & mid range power
    Cons: Minor vibration at highway speeds

    Summary: After much debate, I decided to get back onto a Motorcycle after a 20 year absence. The last bike I had was a Suzuki GS 1100E. I am not really at all excited about the cruiser fad, and my 43 year old frame finds a true sport bike a bit ... read more

  • Dollar for Dollar, Best Bargain!

    Jul 18, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, Engine, History, Performance
    Cons: Suspension, Weight

    Summary: I have been riding motorcycles for over 20 years and have owned everything from Honda to Ducati to Bimota, even used to do some road racing when I was younger. I still have my 1981 Suzuki GS850G with 50000 miles on it, but I wanted something new that had ... read more

  • 2002 Bandit 1200S - A Great Sport Touring Bike

    Jun 5, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price, Power, Comfort
    Cons: Limited storage space under the seat

    Summary: This is not my first bike. I've ridden a lot of dirt bikes and several street bikes. My last bike was a Yamaha Virago 1100. The Virago is a cruiser and does that job very well. But, I got tired of the sedentary style of the cruisers and wanted ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Hulkish Power at a Laughable price

    Jan 25, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Positively silly amounts of power! Sport bike performance at intro bike price
    Cons: Soft suspension, Bad riding position for highway, you end up catching a lot of air

    Summary: I picked one of these babies for $2000 US in San Diego. The guy who had it before me had put a Two Bros. exhaust and a few other custom parts on making it look and sound great. So far it's given me no problems outside of maintenance. I'm still amazed at ... read more

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