Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit: history, specs, pictures

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Suzuki GSF1200
Manufacturer
Also called GSF1200SA Bandit, GSF 1200 SA Bandit, GSF1200 Bandit S, GSF 1200 Bandit S, GSF1200N Bandit, GSF1200 Bandit, GSF 1200 S Bandit, GSF 1200 N Bandit, GSF 1200 Bandit, GSF1200S Bandit
Production 1996 - 2006
Class Standard
Successor Suzuki GSF1250S Bandit
Engine
four-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC 16 valve, air/oil cooled with TSCC
Bore / Stroke 78.7mm x 78.7mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Top Speed 143 mph (230 km/h)
Horsepower 98.03 HP (73.1 KW) @ 8500RPM
Torque 67.86 ft/lbs (92.0 Nm) @ 6500RPM
Fuel System 4xMikuni BST36 Carburetors
Transmission Gear box: 5 speed, manual

Final Drive: #530 chain

Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Suspension Front: Telescopic, oil damped, preload adjustable
Rear: Link-type suspension, 7-way adjustable preload, 4-way adjustable rebound
Brakes Front: dual 310mm discs
Rear: single 240mm disc
Front Tire 120/60-ZR17
Rear Tire 180/55-ZR17
Wheelbase 56.3 inches (1430 mm)
Length 81.5 inches (2070 mm)
Width 30.12 inches (765 mm)
Height 48.03 inches (1220 mm)
Seat Height 31.1 inches (790 mm)
Weight 485.02 pounds (220.0 Kg) (dry), 221.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil Suzuki ECSTAR 10w40
Fuel Capacity 5.28 Gallon (20.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 0.73 liters/100 km (137.0 km/l or 322.22 mpg)
Manuals File:Suzuki GSF1200K6 Service Manual.pdf
More Manuals

The Suzuki GSF1200 was a standard was a four-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC 16 valve, air/oil cooled motorcycle made by Suzuki from 1997 to 2006 and more commonly known as the Suzuki Bandit. It could reach a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h). Max torque was 67.86 ft/lbs (92.0 Nm) @ 6500 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 98.03 HP (73.1 KW) @ 8500 RPM.


The 1200 was a brilliant all-rounder. A top half fairing, comfy seat and riding position allowed the 1200 model to be a tourer, work horse and play-thing at the weekends. It was quite simply… just a good buy and a good bike. The engine is the real thing that really shines on the Bandit. The Suzuki 1200 has always been a good bike, now with the fairing on the S version it has softened lines over the naked bike.


Engine[edit]

The engine was a air cooled four-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC 16 valve, air/oil cooled with TSCC. A 78.7mm bore x 78.7mm stroke result in a displacement of just 1157.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (dohc).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 5 speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-disc, manual.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 120/60-ZR17 front tire and a 180/55-ZR17 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via dual 310mm discs in the front and a single 240mm disc in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic, oil damped, preload adjustable while the rear was equipped with a Link-type suspension, 7-way adjustable preload, 4-way adjustable rebound. The GSF1200S Bandit was fitted with a 5.28 Gallon (20.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 485.02 pounds (220.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 56.3 inches (1430 mm) long.


1997[edit]

GSF1200SAV[edit]

1997 Suzuki GSF1200SAV


  • V.I.N.#: JS1GV75A V2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V719-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 27E
  • COLOR: Black
  • Same as GSF1200SV but with anti-lock braking system
  • ABS insignia below side panel


1997 GSF1200SV[edit]

1997 Suzuki GSF1200SV


  • V.I.N.#: JS1GV75A V2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V719-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 27E
  • COLOR: Maroon, Blue
  • Similar styling as GSF600S Bandit
  • Frame same color as body panels & fairing
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • 4 into 1 exhaust system w/aluminum muffler

1998 GSF1200SW[edit]

1998 Suzuki GSF1200SW
1998 Suzuki Bandit 1200S (GSF1200S) in Maroon
1998 Suzuki Bandit 1200S (GSF1200S) in Maroon


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GV75A W2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V719-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 27E
  • COLOR: Maroon, Black
  • Similar styling as GSF600S Bandit
  • Frame same color as body panels & fairing
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • 4 into 1 exhaust system w/aluminum muffler

1999 GSF1200SX[edit]

1999 Suzuki GSF1200SX


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GV75A X2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V719-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 27E
  • COLOR 1: Dark Green - Y7G
  • COLOR 2: Black - 33J
  • Frame same color as body panels & fairing
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • 4 into 1 exhaust system w/aluminum muffler


2000 GSF1200SY[edit]

2000 Suzuki GSF1200SY
2000 Suzuki Bandit 1200S (GSF1200S) in Maroon


  • V.I.N. #: JS1GV75A Y2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V719-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 27E
  • COLOR 1: Maroon - 22U
  • COLOR 2: Silver - YC7
  • Frame same color as body panels & fairing
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • 4 into 1 exhaust system w/aluminum muffler

2001[edit]

GSF1200SK1[edit]

2001 Suzuki GSF1200SK1


  • V.I.N. #. JS1GV77A 12100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V720-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 32F
  • COLOR 1: Maroon - YC6
  • COLOR 2: Silver - YD8
  • Frame same color as body panels & fairing
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • 4 into 1 exhaust system w/aluminum muffler

GSF1200K1[edit]

  • V.I.N. #: JS1GV77A 12100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: V720-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 1157cc, Four-stroke, 4 Cyl
  • MODEL CODE: 32F
  • COLOR1: Maroon - YC6
  • COLOR2: Black - 33J
  • Similar styling as GSF600S Bandit
  • Frame same color as body panels
  • Aluminum swingarm
  • 4 into 1 exhaust system w/aluminum muffler

2002[edit]

The Suzuki GSF 1200 Bandit is one of biking's true bargains. Grunty Suzuki GSX-R1100 derived engine, decent handling for its day and simple to tune up should you require more lairy A roads fun. The 2002 GSF 1200 has a new stainless steel muffler, exhaust catalyzer added to exhaust system on California model to further reduce emissions.


2002 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2002 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

The 2002 MY GSF1200S Bandit is not a spectacular machine, but it can do quite a lot of things very well. Whether we are thinking about commuting, fun rides around the city, track weekends or even longer trips, the big Bandit will life up to the expectations. A sport bike with a more street-oriented character, the GSF1200S Bandit also arrives with a half-fairing design and a windscreen for better weather protection.

A generous tank ensures very good range for touring purposes, while the upright riding stance makes this air-cooled monster comfortable for longer hauls.

2003[edit]


2000 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2000 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

The 2000 MY GSF1200S Bandit is a brawny naked machine for both commuting and long-range cruises. Exceedingly nimble thanks to is 98 hp in-line 4 engine, the big Bandit sports suspensions tuned for a sporty feel, but they are also comfort-focused. Cast wheels, disc brakes, a miniature fairing in the upper area and a fly screen add to the package, while the two-up one-piece seat offers plenty of real estate for a passenger.


2001 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit[edit]

2001 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit

The 2001 MY GSF1200 Bandit is the properly naked version of the 1200S Bandit, and therefore lacks the half-fairing and windscreen which add some extra weather protection for those riding the latter. On the tech side, the GSF1200 Bandit has also received the tweaks its sister shows off: reduced rake, trail and wheelbase, revised suspensions and new calipers, a new center stands, bigger fuel tank.

The engine received new camshaft timing, new carbs with throttle position sensor, a higher capacity clutch and a larger oil cooler. The max power reaches 98 hp at 8500 rpm.


2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit 2001 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

The 2001 MY GSF1200S Bandit has been restyled with a more aerodynamic fairing, as skimpy as it is. The headlights have been also revised, together with a taller windscreen, a new sear and whole tail section, with modern and lighter instrumentation in the dashboard and added functions.

Apart from this, you're also in for a revised chassis with a shorter rake and trail, and a smaller wheelbase for improved handling, complemented by some suspension tweaking and new calipers.


2002 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit[edit]

2002 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit

The GSF1200 Bandit is the completely naked version of the big Bandit, the GSF1200S. The bikes are identical, but the GSF1200 lacks the upper fairing and the windscreen, being a tad lighter and showing off a bit of extra street aggressiveness. While the half-faired Bandit has a stylish, modern headlight assembly, the GSF1200 Bandit is easy to recognize thanks to its classic, round unit and the bullet-styled instrument casing.

On the tech side riders get the same 98 hp air and oil-cooled in-line 4, with a 5-speed gearbox and a comfy riding position which makes both commuting and longer hauls less fatiguing.



2003 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit[edit]

If an all-naked big-bore machine in next on your shopping list, then a bike like the 2003 MY GSF1200 Bandit should most likely be among the top choices. With 98 hp under the seat, the GSF1200 Bandit is a monstrous commuter, but a very fun bike, as its character is tuned for street-level performance and rideability. Powerful brakes and an upright position add to the whole package, offering the rider an excellent feeling of being in control and at the same time providing great long-range comfort.

Is you fancy modern looks, you should go with its S-suffixed sibling, but if showing off the steel frame, bullet-housing instruments and chunky single round headlight is your thing, there's hardly a better tool than the 2003 MY GSF1200 Bandit.


2003 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2003 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit 2003 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Welcome to 2003-sped big-bore semi-naked fun and prepare to slice the city aboard the GSF1200S Bandit. Powerful, yet manageable and non-intimidating, at least not to the experience rider, the big half-faired (or half-naked) Bandit is a force to be reckoned with.

With just under 100hp, the 2003 MY GSF1200S Bandit boasts a generous 20-liter fuel tank to keep you going, and going, and going. Adjustable preload suspensions allow precise tailoring for various riders and conditions, while the upper bodywork, front cowl and windscreen add to the weather protection factor. Tis might very well be the "über-commuter"!


2004 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2004 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit 2004 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

The big-bore Bandit has come a long time, and it looks like this model still has a long history ahead. The 2004 MY GSF1200S Bandit introduces a new stainless steel muffler with an exhaust catalyzer for more environmently-friendly operation and to comply with the California state regulations. Adjustable suspensions extend the comfort for riding on various types of roads, while the tweaked passenger grab rails add to the overall comfort and safety.

The package includes a generous underseat storage area, a center stand and external tie-down hooks. The fuel tank also boasts a generous capacity making the GSF1200S Bandit a bike that's also compliant with the requirements of road-touring.


2005 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2005 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

The 2005 MY GSF1200S Bandit is unchanged from the previous version, and the color variations represent the entire extent of the whole modifications the bike received. The recipe for this brawny all-rounder half-naked machine seems just perfect for 2005, so Hamamatsu decided it should not be changed.

You're putting your money on a neat 98 hp oil-cooled beast which offers a comfy upright riding position and sharp cornering. This bike is great for anything you might throw at it, city slicing, highway touring, commuting or longer journeys. With the extra protection added by the windscreen, the GSF1200S Bandit only needs a luggage system and an open road for premium gratification.


2006 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit[edit]

2006 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit 2006 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit 2006 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit 2006 Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit

If you're into naked bikes with sizeable engines, the 2006 MY GSF1200 Bandit may be just the right machine for you. Big, powerful, agile and practical, this Suzuki carries on the heritage which made the Bandit family famous. An awesome commuter with excellent all-rounder capabilities, the GSF1200 Bandit can slice the city and burn highway miles with the same ease.

Throw in a luggage system and you're good to start your vacation. If you don't want to carry your kitchen sink, with you, the GSF1200 Bandit will just do. You'll have a lot of fun with this air and oil-cooled machine, as it arrives with upgraded brakes for more performance.


2006 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit[edit]

2006 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit 2006 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit 2006 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit 2006 Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

If you like big-bore naked machines but are not that fond of catching all the wind in your face, Suzuki has the right bike for you. The 2006 MY GSF1200S Bandit brings all the features and the benefits of the basic all-naked version, but offers increased protection thanks to the front cowl, upper half-fairing and windscreen.

The stance of the bike remains the same, and you'll only enjoy riding it more. It can carry you to work on a daily basis, as it is a fun machine for weekend outings. And if you plan a vacation, the GSF1200S Bandit is also going to provide glorious transportation.


Model History[edit]

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1995 Japan Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit

Code: GSF1200S

1996 Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit + ABS

Code: GSF1200T, GSF1200ST + GSF1200SAT

1997 Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit + ABS

Code: GSF1200V, GSF1200SV + GSF1200SAV

1998 Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit + ABS

Code: GSF1200W, GSF1200SW + GSF1200SAW

1999 Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit + ABS

Code: GSF1200X, GSF1200SX + GSF1200SAX

2000 Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit + ABS

Code: GSF1200Y, GSF1200SY + GSF1200SAY

2001 Japan, Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Code: GSF1200K1, GSF1200SK1

2002 Japan, Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Code: GSF1200K2, GSF1200SK2

2003 Japan, Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Code: GSF1200K3, GSF1200SK3

2004 Japan, Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Code: GSF1200K4, GSF1200SK4

2005 Japan, Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit

Code: GSF1200K5, GSF1200SK5

2006 Japan, Europe, North America Name: Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit + ABS; Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit + ABS

Code: GSF1200K6 + GSF1200AK6, GSF1200SK6 + GSF1200SAK6

Specifications[edit]

Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit: specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2095 mm / 82,5 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

2130 mm / 83,9 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Overall width 790 mm / 31,1 in
Overall height 1100 mm / 43,3 in – GSF1200 (1995-2000)

1215 mm / 47,8 in – GSF1200S (1996-2000)

1095 mm / 43,1 in – GSF1200 (2001-2006)

1235 mm / 48,6 in – GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Seat height 835 mm / 32,9 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

785/805 mm / 30,9/31,7 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Wheelbase 1435 mm / 56,5 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

1480 mm / 58,3 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Ground clearance 130 mm / 5,1 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

135 mm / 5,3 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Dry weight 211 kg / 465 lbs – GSF1200 (1995-2000)

214 kg / 472 lbs – GSF1200S (1996-2000)

212 kg / 467 lbs – GSF1200 (2001-2006)

215 kg / 474 lbs – GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Curb (wet) weight
FRAME Type Double cradle (steel)
Front suspension, travel 43 mm telescopic fork (adjustable spring pre-load), 130 mm / 5,1 in
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with mono-shock (adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping), 134 mm / 5,27 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

Swingarm with mono-shock (adjustable spring pre-load and rebound damping), 136 mm / 5,35 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Front tire size 120/70-ZR17 (58W)
Rear tire size 180/55-ZR17 (73W)
Front brake Double disc, 320 mm, 4-piston calipers (option - ABS, 1995-2000, 2006)

Double disc, 320 mm, 6-piston calipers – GSF1200S Bandit (2001-2005)

Rear brake Single disc, 220 mm, 2-piston caliper – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000, option - ABS)

Single disc, 220 mm, 1-piston caliper – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Fuel capacity 19,0 l / 5,0 Us gal (reserve – 4,5 l) – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

20,0 l / 5,3 Us gal (reserve – 4,4 l) – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Trail 107 mm / 4,2 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

104 mm / 4,1 in – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

Fuel economy 6,36 l / 100 km (37 mpg)
ENGINE Type Air/Oil-cooled, 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 4-cylinders in-line
Bore & Stroke 79,0 x 59,0 mm
Displacement 1157 cm³ (70,6 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Valve train Chain driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 98,0 hp (72,0 kW) / 8500 rpm
Max. torque 91,0 Nm (9,3 kgf*m) / 4500 rpm – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

93,0 Nm (9,4 kgf*m) / 6500 rpm – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

0 to 100 km/h 3,07 sec
Top speed 243 km/h (151 mph)
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 4x Mikuni BST36 – GSF1200/GSF1200S (1995-2000)

Carburetor, 4x Mikuni BSR36 – GSF1200/GSF1200S (2001-2006)

ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction 1.565
Final reduction 3.000
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


3.384

1.631

1.250

1.045

0.913

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistorized
Alternator Three-phase A.C. Generator
Battery capacity 12V-10Ah

Videos[edit]

Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit
2005 SUZUKI GSF1200S BANDIT 1200 S

In Movies[edit]