Intermot 2014: 2015 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS

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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.

intermot 2014 2015 suzuki bandit 1250s abs

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.

intermot 2014 2015 suzuki bandit 1250s abs

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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  • Mark Avera Mark Avera on Feb 07, 2015

    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 Tim Foster on Apr 04, 2015

    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.