I ended up purchasing a Triumph Sprint ST. Suzuki would have had a shot at selling another Bandit if there were any demos available in Victoria. Even if I could have just sat on one, obviously, it wasn't to be. Anyway, the Sprint, despite the fairing, had all the bits in the right places for my size. The stock Bridgestone front wheel was ok, but the rear was replaced for a Michelin pilot road. I have owned it for nearly 2 months, having done nearly 2,000km. I commute every day through town for 10km each way, max speed 60km/h. Every weekend, I have ridden to nearly every mountain less than 200km away from Albury. During this time, I've only had to do one emergency brake. P plater in a circa 1990 commodore sitting at red lights in the middle lane of 3, green arrow for a left turn lights up, he pulls out into the left lane without indicating, looking in the mirrors and no head check. I'm not sure if I should have expected the front wheel to skid for a meter instead of doing a stoppie, but he did get a lecture when he got home. Riding around town, generally speaking, is not all that fantastic. The gearbox is like soup between 1st->3rd, requires what I find to be exaggerated and extra effort to change gears. There has been one occasion at 100km/h where I didn't change down a gear forcefully enough, and it was in limbo while I coasted. For about 3 seconds I attempted to change down a gear with the clutch in, and finally I let out the clutch and then downshifted, when the gearbox decided to engage and almost threw me off headfirst. I've shortened the clutch as much as I can, which has made a not enough difference. The front suspension is not as good as it could be. It tends to dive under hard braking, more so than any other bike I've ridden. The preload is the only stock variable available. Having size 14 feet, I ride with very solid leather hiking boots. I have about 2mm chicken strips, and the soles have been ground down in the front outer sides. I need to to lift my feet on the low corners so that the pegs will have a chance of hitting the bitumen before my boots. On grabbing a handful of front brake, they bite hard, but then let off a fraction. I have a feeling that the bike was designed for ABS, which really should be standard, instead of being an option. The bike also runs hot. On 40C days, any pause at the lights, you'll feel the very hot air from the engine wash over your legs. Also, the LCD display showed engine temperature 1 bar away from maximum when idling for more than 2 minutes. In the manual, it says a full temp bar will activate the warning light. Considering it is liquid cooled (The Suzuki GSX1400 would have been a serious option if it wasn't air-cooled), I was expecting a little more heat tolerance. All that said, the bike is a *lot* of fun. From what I've read, there's some silicon that decides how much juice the engine gets in order to deliver efficient fuel burn. Around town, I get between 6-7litres/100km, on the highway, 6th gear runs at just a little over 4,000rpm at 110km/h, consuming between 4.5-5.5L/100km. The engine delivers power evenly between 4,000 to 9,000rpm. The torque is addictive, although it doesn't quite match the XJR1300 in acceleration through 1st-3rd. Triumph claim it does 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds. Idling, the engine burbles nicely, however I think there could be more decibals shrieked towards the redline. I haven't been able to find any aftermarket exhausts, the stock 3-1-3 goes under the seat. The console display is nice, with a handy big clock readout, along with 2 trip meters, current fuel usage and average, among other not so useful metrics. I dislike the lack of a reserve, but Triumph have tried to mitigate that with a screen that estimates km remaining (calculated from the avg fuel use). Showing how much fuel in litres would be far more useful in my opinion. The fuel gauge, like every other gauge I've seen, goes quicker through the first half and I get nervous with a couple of bars remaining and a long way from a fuel station. The km remaining is estimated from the average consumption, which isn't really useful in my opinion. The bike is a classed as a sports/tourer. Being 6'6", I find it comfortable to ride if I remember to keep the weight off my wrists. Shorter people find it uncomfortable. Overall for me, it isn't perfect, but it's the closest I found. The power band is wonderful for slow and fast twists at legal speeds and everything in between. Although Triumph claim a top speed of 250km/h, it falls short and the speedo is out by 7%. It's just as well, when you're accelerating the bike does its best to fool you to go faster, and unless you watch the speedo, you can lose your license very easily. I'm enjoying the bike a lot, but I am looking to upgrade already. I consider the bike to be great value for the weekend carver or dedicated tourer, but for me, the bike lets me down commuting and in town.