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So, looking at a new bike as my current one is no longer among the living... I have a need for a new zuki, and have been looking at the GSX1250, but also in my sights is the 2012 V-strom Adventure.... both are about the same price within a few bucks, and I am in desperate need of a ride by the weekend... gas prices are hell if you are only getting 15-20mpg and commuting 60 miles each way to work! I have been on a nice C-50 for 5 years and 40k miles, and need an upgrade!

What do you guys think, i know i am asking a very partial group to one side, but honest opinions, and thoughts are greatly needed!

Hope you all have a great day riding
 

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I have both a Vstrom 650 and a Kawasaki ZRX1100 (which is VERY similar to the GS Bandit in style and function, never mind the Bandit has FI over my ZRX carbs). Anyway.........the choice is all about "how" you ride. I ride the Vstrom when I want to cruise effortlessly (i.e. comfortably) and "smell the roses" while I ride (not in a hurry, taking in my surroundings). The ZRX gets the nod for an adrenilin rush and covering big miles in a hurry. I bought the ZRX new in 1999 and it still brings a grin to my face when I wick it up (my SV1000S did the same thing two years ago, only more so......it was a BEAST in the power dept, and got me in trouble). I used the ZRX for Moto-camping while out in Eastern Wash State back in 2002-2003 and would cover many 100's of miles in half a day's riding. Maybe I'm getting "old" and not so much in a hurry now.......the vstrom is like an old, broken-in pair of sneakers (comfortable, no one notices it, and can be worn all day in different activities)......the ZRX is more like a shiny pair of new dress shoes (they "pop", as some say).....and you like to show it off. :mrgreen:
 

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I like the 1250 for it's torque and performance in general. It's a little more compact ergo wise than the Vee.

The Vee has a nice, high riding position, which I happen to like.

The 1250 has an I-4, the Vee has...a Vee twin. Some love the twin, others the I-4. I happen to like the Vee twin.

The aftermarket for the Vee is huge. The 1250's is growing.

The Vee has Stromtrooper.com. The 1250 does not.
 

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So, looking at a new bike as my current one is no longer among the living... I have a need for a new zuki, and have been looking at the GSX1250, but also in my sights is the 2012 V-strom Adventure.... both are about the same price within a few bucks, and I am in desperate need of a ride by the weekend... gas prices are hell if you are only getting 15-20mpg and commuting 60 miles each way to work! I have been on a nice C-50 for 5 years and 40k miles, and need an upgrade!

What do you guys think, i know i am asking a very partial group to one side, but honest opinions, and thoughts are greatly needed!

Hope you all have a great day riding
If you have been happy on the C-50, you might like the Vtwin grunt of the DL1000. The Bandit (1250) is a more refined touring machine....
for me, if I was not planning off road action, it would only be a matter of price...
 

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Thank you for Everyone's help and information. I found the gsx1250 for 10350 out the door with saddlebags with 3k miles on it... I have to call my dealer tomorrow to see what they will charge me for the Vee... but i am hoping that I can walk away for about msrp on the Vee, If i can, that will be the bike i ride come saturday.
 

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I watched a review video on the GSX1250 and they thought it was underpowered as a sport bike. It has the same horsepower as the V, 93 HP. Your choice is comfort or riding in the 1/2 sport position.
 

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I owned a Bandit 1250.... Hands down the better choice... The GSX is basically the same bike... The only thing the V-Strom does better is it has a little better off road ability... Suzuki still hasn't fixed the 1000 V-strom running issues yet... You will have zero problems with the GSX.... It's shares the bulletproof nature of the Wee without any of the funky runnng isues of the 1000 V-strom....
 

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Oh those nasty running issues of the Vee. That unridable beast of a bike.:green_lol:

Buy what fits you and your lifestyle. The Vee is easily tuned and worth the minimal effort it takes.
 

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The GSX1250F has identical ergonomics to the GSX650F that I recently traded in for a Vee after 4 years of ownership.

The Vee is far more comfortable for someone over 6'. I find myself riding double the distance on my Vee than I did on my 650F.

If I was under 6' I would go for the 1250F
 

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Having owned a 1250 bandit (the GSX1250F is essentially a bandit with a fairing) and now a Vee I would pick the Vee out of those two.
GSX is more cramped and lean forwardy than the Vee
Pillion on the GSX will be way more cramped than on the Vee
GSX has some running issues as does the Vee. Both are easy fixes and easy to tune so they run schweeeet without the need for add on bits and pieces
GSX is heavier than the Vee
You can punt the Vee along just a quickly as the GSX on the road IMO
GSX will reach a faster top speed then the Vee will but this is down to the top speed restriction on the Vee AFAIK
Both bikes are easy to service and look after at home with a little knowledge or assistance from forums
Both bikes are well serviced by forums
Both bikes have a good aftermarket sector
I4 compared to V2 is a personal choice, I like both for different reasons
GSX is a tork monster from down low, Vee needs a few more revs on board
The rev limiter on the GSX is more subtle than the Vee when it kicks in
Stock suspension is better on the Vee in a more plush kinda way IMO
Dirt road on the Vee is easier than on the GSX
GSX gets better fuel economy more often (best I've heard of is somewhere around 450kms to a full tank, best I ever did was 5.3l/100kms)
 

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bandit vs vee

I sold a 2000 bandit 1200s to help buy my 2012 Vee.
No contest in comfort with the Vee much more hospitable.
The ole bandit sure had a top end rush that I miss occasionally.
Now that I'm 50, the Vee suits me much better and I can still
wear my Suzuki jacket.
 
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