For 2015, Suzuki has updated the popular Bandit in the form of the Bandit 1250S ABS. Headlining the changes is a refined half-fairing that refines the Bandit’s aerodynamics while providing improved wind protection and rider comfort.

Wrapping around the radiator shrouds, the new fairing also features a vent just below the headlight, which should smooth the airflow past both the rider and passenger. Additionally, the fairing modernizes this venerable platform, giving a fresh impression to an old favorite. Meanwhile, a new seat is height-adjustable by 20mm, from 31.7 to 32.5 inches. A classic analog tachometer takes up its rightful place in a new instrument panel, with all other information displayed on a modern LCD panel. Other classic touches include a standard centerstand and big passenger grab handles.


The broad powerband provided by the liquid-cooled 1255cc inline Four favors torque delivery from low down in the rpm range. The smooth acceleration provided by the DOHC four-valve per cylinder engine is enhanced by Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve system, now controlled by a 32-bit ECU drawing data from an O2 sensor and elsewhere. The new Bandit gets a 6-speed gearbox, which combined with its massive torque and engine counterbalancer, should make for supersmooth cruising.

The engine also benefits from a new chrome-nitride coating on the pistons’ upper compression and oil control rings. Applied using a physical vapor deposition (PVD) vacuum chamber system, the coating has a harder surface for reduced friction and tighter cylinder sealing, for higher performance. Suzuki’s SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) which is composed of nickel-phosphorous-silicon-carbide plating makes for tighter piston/cylinder tolerances, resulting in less mechanical loss and more power.


Follow the rest of our 2014 Intermot Show coverage for more information on new 2015 motorcycle announcements.

Stopping won’t be a problem either, thanks to a pair of 310mm discs up front, clamped by four-piston calipers, and a 240mm disc at the rear – both with standard ABS. Suzuki says the whole package weighs 560 pounds, filled with 5 gallons of fuel. Welcome back, Bandit.


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  • Steven Holmes

    U.S. availability? When will it show up in my local Suzuki dealer???

    I remember seeing details from the last one. Intermot = want…want…want….wantwantwantwant

  • Steven Holmes

    U.S. availability? When will it show up in my local Suzuki dealer???

    I remember seeing details from the last one. Intermot = want…want…want….wantwantwantwant

  • RandleMcMurphy

    That is a nice bike there.

  • DickRuble

    A nice aftermarket touch would be a lower fairing.. which would transform it into a great sport touring bike.

    • Gorga Naibaho

      Isn’t that already available as the GSX 1250 FA?

      • DickRuble

        Thanks for pointing that out! I haven’t seen one in my area (North East USA). The only ones I’ve seen had a half fairing.

  • So, it’s a GSX1250FA with less fairing. Which, of course, was only ever just a Bandit with fairing. I don’t want to be a hater but it feels that Suzuki is phoning it in these days.

    • Gary Scobie

      I agree. Black the engine, change the mini fairing – otherwise looks just like my 2007 Bandit. No weight drop. This is progress?
      I do like my bike though and at least this new one will keep my old one looking current.

      • Looks a lot like my 1998 Bandit 1200S but with a sharper fairing bolted-on.

  • Mark Avera

    Just like my 2011 gsx1250fa with half faring. I like the full faring, half or full fairing should be an option. Noting else new so i guess no need to trade mine in for a new one. Great bike though, love mine. There are still plenty of left over 2011 models around at discounted prices $8500 to $10000 just have to ask you local dealers as most dont have the on the showroom floor but are still in the crate in the back. Got mine $8500 with Suzuki promotional 0% financing.

  • Tim Foster

    I have a 2008 Suzuki 1250s bandit. Great bike. Good to see it back in the lineup.
    Did not see it on the Suzuki web site. Wish they offered Givi bag option !
    Then it would be a Sport Tourer.