Suzuki has announced the return of the Bandit 1250S to its American lineup, after an absence of several years. Heavily updated in 2007, the latest iteration of the big-bore Bandit features a 1255cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine, housed in a tubular steel chassis. The Bandit was rebadged as the GSX1250FA in 2011, but returns for 2016 with its original name along with the addition of ABS as standard equipment. MSRP is listed as $9,899, and color options include red or black. Bikes are expected to be in dealerships in late July/early August.
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The full text of Suzuki's press material follows:
Suzuki Motor of America Inc., is thrilled to announce the 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS. The refined Bandit is back to deliver a higher level of sport-touring performance and an even greater level of everyday riding value. The Bandit’s fuel-injected engine is in naked view below a wind-breaking half fairing that boosts the bike’s long-ride capabilities. Welcome back Bandit.
Powering the Bandit 1250S ABS is a 1255cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine using dual overhead cams to generate peak torque from relatively low in the rev range, plus a long curve of high-rpm power for confident highway cruising. A high-capacity radiator and liquid-cooled oil cooler keep the engine performing at its best. Power is delivered through a 6-speed transmission using gear ratios chosen to suit the broad character of this motorcycle, from city commuting to freeway cruising.
The Bandit’s state-of-the-art Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) technology, a digital closed-loop fuel-injection system, gives superb throttle response feel, extra-smooth power delivery, improved mileage and reduced emissions. Suzuki’s proven Pulsed-AIR (PAIR) system injects fresh air from the airbox into the exhaust ports, igniting unburned hydrocarbons and reducing carbon monoxide emissions. A catalyzer, built into the high-volume exhaust silencer, further cuts down on hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.
The 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS features a refined half-fairing, adding wind protection that improves its aerodynamics and sport-touring capability, while keeping the bike’s eye-catching engine on display. A fairing vent just below the headlight reduces buffeting and improves airflow past rider and passenger.
The Bandit’s chassis is engineered to provide the balanced rigidity that gives it sporty performance along with touring stability. The Bandit 1250S ABS has a single rear shock that works with a progressive, rising-rate link system designed to respond smoothly to road irregularities. Rear shock rebound damping and spring preload are adjustable. Increasing the comfort potential, the Bandit features a seat-height adjustment that allows the contoured seat to be raised or lower 20mm (0.5 in.) with a simple change of mounting spacer positions.
Braking is handled by fully floating 310mm-diameter dual front discs with four-piston calipers, and a 240mm-diameter rear disc with a single-piston caliper. Digital Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)* monitors wheel speed, and matches stopping power to available traction.
The 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS will be available in Red or Black, for a suggested retail price of $9,899. The Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS will be available at your local Suzuki dealership in late July/early August.
- 1255cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected engine uses dual overhead cams and delivers extra-smooth acceleration.
- The 6-speed transmission has carefully selected gear ratios for strong acceleration and relaxed highway cruising
- A maintenance-free secondary balancer shaft produces smooth engine operation.
- Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV)-equipped fuel injection brings better response feel, smoother power output, and reduced emissions.
- Cylinder bores are finished with long-wearing Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM), just like the GSX-R sportbikes, for excellent heat transfer.
- A chrome-nitride coating, applied to each piston’s upper compression and oil control rings using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) vacuum chamber system, is harder and smoother than conventional chrome plating, resulting in reduced friction and precise cylinder sealing.
- Liquid-cooled oil cooler augments the aluminum radiator to help keep the engine running cool.
- Antilock Braking System (ABS)* monitors wheel speed, and matches stopping power to available traction.
- The Bandit’s classic tube-frame chassis is engineered to provide excellent balance between sporty handling and highway cruising comfort.
- 43mm-stanchion-tube front forks and single rear shock absorber are both spring-preload-adjustable.
- Fully floating 310mm-disc dual front brakes with 4-piston calipers. The rear brakes use a 240mm disc with single-piston caliper.
- Seat height can easily be adjusted up or down 20mm (0.5 in.).
- Convenient center stand is standard equipment.
- The sleek half-fairing has an integrated multi-reflector headlight and an effective windscreen. Just below that screen, an analog tachometer, LCD digital speedometer, plus an LCD fuel gauge, clock, and indicator lights provide easy-to-read information.
**ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves and corners. *