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.
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.