2004 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit Review

2004 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit from United Kingdom

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles


The Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles


Blow-back through the carburettors flooded the engine. Poor fuel, I think, rather than a design fault.

General Comments:

The Bandit 1200 does everything well without being inspiring in any one area.

I have the S version (faired), which makes high speeds and long distances comfortable.

It is fast in a straight line and the brakes are powerful and linear. Two-finger stops are the norm. It has very smooth acceleration (carbs, not injectors).

However, the suspension, both front and rear, is soft: comfortable, but vague in the twisty stuff.

It is totally reliable, easy to handle, cheap to buy, run, insure and maintain.

It is built to a budget and salty roads don't do the fasteners any favours. But, all in all, a truly competent and enjoyable machine.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th April, 2007

Average review marks: 8.4 / 10, based on 1 review