2005 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit Reviews

2005 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit from Australia

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance90000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Ninja ZX-10R

Summary:

Great bike - simple, reliable and bulletproof

Faults:

Have completed 10000 klms in 14 days on this bike - crossed the Nullarbor twice, and only issue was the flatspotting of the rear tyre due to the excessive distance traveled on straight roads.

General Comments:

I decided on purchasing the Bandit 1200 four touring after reading many reviews on sports/tourer motorcycles. I wanted to get away from water cooled engines, and back to basic suspension etc for ease of repair and service if needed while traveling in remote and often hot/harsh conditions.

I crossed Australia from Brisbane to Perth and back again (10000 klms in 14 days) without any breakdowns or issues on a 205 model starting with 80000 klms on the clock. The bike never missed a beat mechanically, and I got around 280 to 300 klms a tank fully loaded.

Seat comfort can be an issue on long distance rides like this.

I fully recommend the reliability of the bike, and the engine is just simply bulletproof and pulls like nothing I have ever ridden in 25 years of riding.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th February, 2010

2005 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired18335 miles
Most recent distance18788 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FXE 1200 SuperGlide

Summary:

The king of street-fighters, hands down!!!

Faults:

Dead battery.

Laid down, what little fairings on it exploded.

General Comments:

Valve adjustment is tedious and too short of intervals.

Torque monster.

Can be hopped up to be as fast as the superbikes.

Lacks suspension of the super bikes.

Comfy seat.

Nimble and easy to use.

Likes to be on one wheel.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2008

2005 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.5 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FLHRCI Road King Classic

Summary:

Great bike for the money

Faults:

Carbs are balky when cold.

General Comments:

Bargain priced bruiser. Bought new in '05.

Found the bike to be a little top heavy (6'0", 30" inseam). Semi comfortable riding position, still too much forward weight on wrists.

Plenty of power through the entire RPM range. Should have waited for the FI version, cold blooded carbs, sometimes take several miles before engine runs smoothly.

Overall, a bargain for $6500.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2007

2005 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit from United Kingdom

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3800 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha XT600

Summary:

Very rapid barge

Faults:

Water in electrics under seat, not used in rain.

Standard handle bars poor bend.

Corrosion on rear footrest hangers already.

General Comments:

Very rapid when unrestricted and jetted.

Replacement bars cures the original bend.

Takes some holding on at full bore.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th August, 2006

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 4 reviews