Original: For those new to the scene I posted a 1000km review HERE a while back. 6000k Along: After racking up 6000k in fairly quick time responding to many PMâ€™s and posts on my thoughts about the new water cooled Bandits I thought it about time I give you all an update on what they are like to live with. The Relationship: During our time together I have ridden over My Hotham twice. Done a couple of trips to Melbourne. Had an 800k day and generally chaperoned Mrs 2wheelsagain and her ZZR250 around while she learns what riding is all about. I have done group rides including one (part) NR ride and commuted to work most days. I have been on the jail side of the speed limit and I have lugged along in stop start traffic. All The Bike I Need: The Bandit 1250 does all this and more. Easily. Itâ€™s all the bike I need these days. Itâ€™s a better â€œsportsâ€ bike than I am and that means there is a lot in reserve. It covers distances, It goes, it corners and stops. Itâ€™s comfortable and smooth for my large frame. It turns heads, itâ€™s a conversation starter and it â€œscares old ladiesâ€. It is not without the need for improvement but what bike is? Itâ€™s still the best value big bike you can get in Australia. It regularly returns 5l/100km. (5.2 over Mt Hotham) After running in, the torque of this engine is enormous and the gearbox was sweet from day one and even better with full synth oil. The EFI is spot on whether you are lugging around town two gears to high, or giving it the berries in 6th. The quality of the fit and finish is very good and this bike is easy to keep clean. The center stand is easy to operate for a 245kg (wet) bike. The suspension is up to the job the way I ride although there is no argument itâ€™s on the touring side of sporting. But seriously who knows how to set up bikes fitted with infinite range suspension adjustments? It may give you something to talk about at the pub but can the average rider get the most out of it? The Bandit is set up and well balanced for most people and rear preload is the only adjustment that may be needed depending on what youâ€™re carrying. I have left the front alone and gone up one click on the rear preload. Mods: My mods have been limited to swingarm spools, radiator guard, tank protector, K & N filters and a throttle rocker. Coming soon will be a headlight cover and later a new lighter and smaller can. There are plenty of mod parts available, some in Australia but most from the US or UK and most available on eBay. Almost Perfect: I am learning to live with a temp light instead of a gauge and a very conservative fuel gauge that tells me to find a servo and then I can only cram in 12lt. I still set one of the two trip meters anyway. The front rotor â€œfizzâ€ was an annoyance at first but at least you know something is happening at the pointy end. Itâ€™s probably a combination of the disc drill pattern and pad material. No biggy. The only consumable at 6000k this bike has gone through apart from filters and oils, is the rear tyre. The chain has only been adjusted once though. I still forget what gear Iâ€™m in if Iâ€™m hard at work so an engine and gearbox combination that pulls like this should have a gear indicator. Having one would probably result in shorter tyre life but it would be good to know. Sometimes I would like more power then I realise how quickly the scenery is flashing by. More power would make this a different bike and that may not be for the better. There are more powerful naked bikes around but they have a different focus. Go Get One: Iâ€™m told supply is not an issue now like it was when I placed the order back in Sept 07. I made the right choice. Hereâ€™s hoping my thoughts and experiences help someone choose this bike. Iâ€™m still happy to be PMâ€™d if there is anything I have left out. Cheers, Chris.