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This is a discussion on 2007 Bandit 1250 vs. FZ1 within the Other Bikes forums, part of the General Forums category; I own a 2007 Suzuki GSF1250 aka Bandit and I love the bike. Its almost scary fast when you get on it hard. I have ...

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    I own a 2007 Suzuki GSF1250 aka Bandit and I love the bike. Its almost scary fast when you get on it hard. I have on more than one occasion pulled the wheel off the ground accelerating a little too hard. Even stock its a very comfortable ride. There are a couple things I dont like hower. The electronic display catches a lot of glare, the stock pipes are not nearly load enough and at low rpm my bike stutters a bit. All of this can be addressed with aftermarket mods once they start becoming available. There's not a lot out there right now.

    I have no experience with the other bike you mention but my GSF has been rock solid and a hoot to ride.

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    I'm always amazed to see 18 month old threads that almost read as if they aren't.

    Anyhoo, before I bought my Z1K, the Bandit and FZ1 were on my short list of possibilities. In the end, sheer economics determined my choice.

    I like all three bikes. But when the Z1000 cost me only $6000 brand new with a helmet, jacket, and rear seat cowl included, I show a bit of a bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zick View Post
    at low rpm my bike stutters a bit.
    Sounds like a TRE would fix that. I they're a "one size fits all" thing on Suzuki bikes.

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    Hey, Zick, Holeshot.com already has a bunch of cool stuff for your Bandit. Dale Walker (the guy who runs holeshot) made his company by making lots of hop-up parts for bandits and has an excellent reputation for quality products and outstanding service. I highly recommend them.

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    BANDIT 1250 BY ALPEREZ


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    this is my bandit 1250



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    I was lucky & sold my ZZR1200 for a decent price. Whilst doing that, I had been shopping for another ZRX1200. I had test ridden a variety of similar bikes but always came back to the ZRX. I found a beauty, a low mileage 03 & took her home. However, had I not been able to locate another ZRX, the B1250 w/abs would've been my 2nd choice. Woulda needed a lot of mods but I coulda made it work. I was very impressed w/the B1250 but have no regrets being back on a ZRX.
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    I plan to buy one of these bikes.

    Ok, I currently ride a Yamaha FZ6 2008 model. I plan to purchase either a Suzuki Bandit, or 09 Yamaha FZ1. However, which one to buy?

    The Suzuki wins hands down on real world usable power (I'm 50 and don't desire to run 100+ mph or do any racing). The big Bandit looks to have a nice comfy seat, and it looks great. A big pluss is the grand saved by choosing the Bandit over the FZ1. I hear Suzuki improved the fork damping and ride quality in the curves.

    The Yamaha FZ1 is about 70lbs lighter with a 1" shorter wheelbase. I assume the handling award in the twisties goes hands down to Yamaha. From what I've read the FZ1 is good for all day rides, especially in the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas. That big ol muffler on the FZ1 will have to be replaced with one that supposedly boosts power in all the rpms, and give it a nicer look. Yamaha claims to have solved the carburation problems on the 09 version.

    So, which one is best for me? I need a backrest on either bike. I don't desire to put a trunk on a sports touring bike, but use soft luggage on the semi rare occasions of touring. However, the wife wants a backrest, and I can understand that. The only option I've seen for sport bikes is the Corbin Seat with the optional backrests. However, those puppies are expensive. Does anyone know if anyone makes a removeable backrest for either of these rigs?

    The big issue: Yamaha engines share parts with the R series, is made to run high rpms for long periods, so I assume at normal speeds these things should last a long time. Anybody know how the Bandit will do in reliability compared to the FZ1 over a 10 year or so period? How do they compare, not counting the regular oil changes, tires, etc. Which one has less trouble with cables and that other necessary stuff? Which engine and bike is going to have less shop time?

    Help me out guys.

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    Get the FZ1 and get it Ivanized (150 rwhp). You will not be disappointed. It will beat a bandit hands down, hell even a stock R1 and last a long long time.
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    I used to own an FZ1 and it was a blast of a bike. With a few key modifications, the bike is truly a fast bike! Not only was it comfy, but it would keep up with modern liter bikes and obliterate modern 600's. Handling isn't as good as those bikes, but i'm no where near a good enough rider to know the difference

    Great bike, you won't be sorry if you purchase it.
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    FZ1 or Bandit

    Just my opinion, but riding the 05 Yamaha seemed to be more work in the corners than the Bandit. The pegs seem a little high. It also has a flat spot you have to push thru. The 07 Bandit handles easier, although you still have to keep the bars steady in the corners. The grunt is there all the way through the rev range. Then again. you are also working with 250 more cc. Back in the day, that was enough to power a whole other bike. I also have access to a ZRX1100, FJR and do most of my riding on an R1100RTP. I have had something like 30 bikes all told and started riding 40 years ago. Still, just one mans opinion.

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    The two bikes really don't compare. The FZ1 has evolved from standard modern naked into basically, a hard core racer replica with tall bars. The Bandit has evolved from a old fashion naked to a true sport tourer. Bandit is about non-chalant, no effort torque. The FZ1 is about reving it to get the horse power. Bandit is much more confortable at the expense of weight. Also who needs to deal with 5 valves per cylinder, even Yamaha is getting away from that.

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    I considered used 919, Bandit 1200, and FZ1. I bought 2005 FZ1, and am very happy with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WMU_BRONCO View Post
    I considered used 919, Bandit 1200, and FZ1. I bought 2005 FZ1, and am very happy with it.
    That would have been my choice, too. In fact, I almost bought a 2nd generation FZ1 instead of my VFR.

    I've never regretted choosing the VFR, but I'd still love to get a nice test ride on the Yamaha someday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Delgadillo View Post
    Also who needs to deal with 5 valves per cylinder, even Yamaha is getting away from that.
    That extra valve just makes ownership and service so much more difficult. Especially with Yamaha's valve adjustment intervals being so heinously frequent.

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