2002 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit Review

2002 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit from Australia

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired300 kilometres
Most recent distance14000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha R6

Summary:

A good price and a great all-round motorcycle that fills the bill perfectly

Faults:

1.The original handling was excellent on the bike, but deteriorated severely as the front tyre went 'off' at around 7000Km. The original (M...n) has now been replaced with a Pirelli and the bike corners on rails. Prior to this it was very hard work holding the bike into a corner, and when riding in a straight line it was impossible to take your hands off the handlebars without massive tank-slappers.

2.From new the bike felt slightly vague until race-foam was fitted inside the petrol tank. Being a flat bottomed tank there was a lot of fuel surge and the foam improved the feel of the bike hugely.

General Comments:

This is bike number 18 and it is one of the best bikes I've owned. Unlimited torque, solid handling and sweet manners for a big bike. Just does everything near perfect.

I rode the bike North on a 4000 Km round trip in Western Australia and overtaking 3 trailer road-trains was a breeze. The only downside was having to keep it under 80Kms/hr during the hottest part of the day (January, 65deg.C road temperature) when the rear tyre rubber would ball up creating a flat spot.

Mechanically the bike is great and the engine response is always reliable, and the carbies and electrics faithfully provide the goods when needed... rain, hail or shine.

The front brakes are excellent, although you can't stand this thing on its ear like a ZX9R I had once.

Go get one.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2004

30th Nov 2004, 15:20

I had a Bandit 1200 as well and totally agree with you on the handling - as soon as I hit 8000 kms the bike handled awful - new tires fix it.

Get a slip on exhaust and jet kit, amazing difference. I dynoed both set ups and gained 15 HP, and the bike was transformed. I used a Kerker can. Amazing wheelies.

Suzuki build quality is brutal on a budget bike - the clearcoat was amazingly weak, scratches easily.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review