After knocking off 1000k in quick time I'm happy to give my thoughts on my K8 1250S Bandit (GSF1250S) If you're thinking of a Bandit as your next bike, go get one. No need to read further. If a Bandit is on the list along with other bikes read on as this may sway you one way or the other. For those who can cast their minds back 2 or 3 months you may remember I was trying to get hold of a Bandit for a test ride without success. I was pretty sure it was what I wanted in a bike so I put a deposit down without a test. ( I had sat on one in Florida in August) Me: I'm a big bastard XXXXL shirts 185cm and size 12 boots so I wanted a bike that could cart my frame around and the Bandit does this easily. The new wet Bandits have a new engine and gearbox specifically built for the Bandits. The engine is narrower and fuel injected. The new gearbox is 6 speed and more compact allowing a longer swing arm at the same wheel base. Frame and suspension are upgraded and with perfectly placed footpegs and one-piece handlebars this is an easy bike to ride and live with. All this adds up to locomotive type torque in the bottom and mid range in a bike that is a very capable sports tourer leaning slightly towards the tourer end of the scale. EFI gives instant throttle response at any speed. Cold starts are fuss free. Limping around in traffic presents no fuelling issues. If you want an outright hoon machine get an earlier Bandit or another brand of bike. These Bandits may have grown up but they are in no way boring. They will do almost whatever you ask them to do if you're good enough. How fast? I need my license for work but believe me its plenty quick enough. Others say 245km/h stock and that seems achievable to me. This bike is not about outright speed anyway. If you want bigger numbers than that buy a supersports and kiss your license goodbye. 100km/h arrives at 3300rpm and it seems happy to sit there all day. Passing can be done in any gear above 2nd at this speed. You get the feeling there is enormous untapped grunt in these engines but accessing that would be outside the design brief of this bike. Brakes are as good as you need for a 240kg (wet) bike in this class too. The standard screen does a good job, but anyone taller in the body may feel inclined to look for a touring screen. There is a small slot at the bottom that lowers air pressure behind the screen. Great idea but it must have been tested in a bug free environment. I get more bug guts inside the screen than outside and cleaning it is a pain. I have a fix that I'll be trying soon. Mirrors allow more than looking at your elbows and are very steady at speed. Easily the best I've seen and cars soon become dots in them. Instruments are easy to read, comprising of analogue tacho and digital speedo with odo, 2 trip functions, clock and fuel gauge. Lights consist of neutral, over heat, oil pressure and hi beam. Nicely laid out. The standard tyres are Dunlop 218's. I've never had them before. They seem ok if not a little noisy. Not sure how they are in the wet or how they wear. Pilot Roads may go on next as I had these on the RF900R. The seat is adjustable and is fine for me in the standard position and with good padding. Fuel economy is about 5.5l/100k (95 & 91 RON) 98 seems to be worse with no power gain. Thanks to Euro 3 emissions the stock muffler is almost to quiet. There is more tyre noise then engine noise at 100km/h There are plenty of "bling" and aftermarket bits available and customising should be compulsory. As you can see I like this bike. What Suzuki could do better: Fix the Euro 3 emission EFI snatch under light load 2500-3500 (temp fix is to run a gear higher and load the engine) My bike doesn't seem as bad as others and some others have no issues at all. Fix the lateral throttle slop. (easy to fix at home but should be done at the factory and makes the above snatch worse due to less control) Supply an accessory electrical tap somewhere, anywhere. Speedo has +7% error. (some bikes are worse than this but its not good enough with modern electronics) Incorporate a temp gauge into the instruments. (a wet engine with no way of telling how hot its running until a light comes on) Pay closer attention to frame welds (appearance) Use a narrower but deeper radiator (less prone to bugs and stones guards for less than $200) Final comments: If you can find a better value bike in the Australian market get it. Demand for Bandits outstrips current supplies. Most are sold before they land. An after market muffler may not gain much in hp but it will save weight and sound better. The gearbox is as sweet as any Suzuki box has been. Everyone wants to stop and talk about this black bike with the silver engine. If you want more power get an FZ1. If you want to get naked get a Hornet. If a Bandit ticks most of your boxes don't look at anything else, just be prepared to wait for delivery. Would I buy another? Absolutely and there are people around the world who have traded their Bandit 1200's for the 1250 and are grinning, like me from ear to ear. PM for any specifics.