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Okay, so I am selling my car because I never drive it, and want to get another bike. I am looking for something that is comfortable 2 up (for sunday morning cruise, not touring), and can rip my arms off at the same time, the Wee is a great commuter, but its too slow for me when I am in the mood for a weekend blast.

So I am thinking of a wide veriety of bikes:
1. Suzuki M109R
2. Suzuki 1250 FA (Bandit with full fairing)
3. Kawasaki Ninja 1000

As you can see I am not locked in to a specific style or type, but would appreciate thoughts from those that have had experience with any of these.

I will be keeping the Wee as my everyday bike, have it set up nicely for its intended purpose.
 

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FJR1300 will do what you want. :fineprint:
 

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have owned and run the snot out of an FJR... but keeping with your list the Bandit is the one I'd choose - and I'd actually choose the Bandit over the FJR as well.
 

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My wife has a 99 Bandit 1200 that is a fantastic bike so out of your list I would get the Bandit 1250. If I bought a mate for the Strom (or to replace it as I already have a 74 Honda 750 project) it would be a Kawasaki Concours 14 as stated above. That was the other bike I wanted when I bought the Wee, some days still wish I had bought it for the additional power....:frown:
 

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Hmmm, just went and looked up the Bandit you are thinking about and with the hard bags and top case I would really have a hard time deciding between the Concours and the Bandit considering the great reliability of the one we currently own. I would have to sit on the new Bandit and look into raising the bars but makes me second guess my thoughts on the Concours....:confused:
 

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I recommend you go after something completely different - for me it's a Yamaha Stratoliner. Love them both - but nothing the same xcept for 2 wheels underneath.
 

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I'd love to have an FJR 1300 as well. I can't describe it without thinking of it as a rocket ship on wheels. It's quite comfortable for two up rides and very sporting, plus it comes with hard bags if you want to pack for a trip but still looks good without the bags. The Concours 1400 is also quite capable along those same lines (and a bit faster), however I think Kawasaki dropped the ball on overall style and made the bike feel much larger than necessary.
 

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I have a Wee and bought a 1250S Bandit with full Givi luggage a little while ago.

The 1250 has loads of torque, but it's not an elbow-snapper in acceleration. It is fast - 3.5 secs 0-60mph from memory, but not WTF! like a big sportsbike. It will easily hit 140+kmh on an 80kmh top-gear pass in seconds, so you do need to keep an eye on the speed when overtaking. The engine is smooth and it will pull from 1500rpm and cruise happily in 4/5/6th at 2250rpm around town, but there are some vibes and the gearbox is clunky. I haven't had an inline four for a few years and I'd forgotten how busy the engines sound at a 120kmh cruise - around 4000rpm. The EFI is very smooth and it is easy to ride at legal urban and highway speeds without constantly having the speed creeping up, it is very quiet with the standard exhaust and has a surprisingly comfortable riding position. (It may be a bit cramped if you are over 6 foot.) The wind blast from the standard screen hits me right in the upper body and the chin vent on my helmet, which makes it very cold and wet to ride in winter and I have a Givi touring screen on the way. I put 1" risers, EB PC8 fusebox, heated grips and a set of Wee handguards on mine and will change the standard bars soon for something the same height but slightly wider and with a little less pull-back. The rider's seat is as hard as a rock, mirrors pretty useless, the rear shock is oversprung for my (light) weight, and my petite 5'2"" tall daughter finds the pillion pegs a touch high, but the seat is comfortable. Lights are good, but not in the same league as the Wee.

The immense low down torque means it handles two up without noticing even on the very steep roads around here, and it gets good fuel economy though the fuel warning bars are useless, flashing reserve at about 230k with about 5 litres left. My guess is that it would do around 320km to a tank with perhaps 20km left. The 19L tank is a PITA compared to the Wee, as I'm refilling it a couple of times a week. It is light to push around the garage, seat height is low and it is light on the move. It handles very well if you lean in and power it around corners, but in twisties it doesn't flick as well as Wee, and I can make faster time over the same twisty roads on the Wee. It does not like cornering hard on a trailing throttle. Brakes are good, but there's a lot of forward weight transfer with a pillion on the back. (It's hard for a passenger to brace their legs on those high footpegs.) There is effectively no underseat storage, even the tool kit is a tight fit.

I like the bike a lot, put about 500km a week on it and am glad I bought it, but apart from the Bandit's sheer power, for pottering around on and touring up to a 120kmh cruise the Wee is a lot nicer bike to ride. I bought the Bandit for fast interstate trips where I felt the Wee would be a bit underpowered, but after putting a few thousand km on the 1250, now I'd probably take the Wee anyway for the sheer comfort and forgo the ability to nail the throttle for quick overtaking.
 

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From your list the Bandit is the pick I was loaned one for a few months some time ago and it was one of my best rides.

If I was after what you describe my pick would be a Yamaha Vmax.
 
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