Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Palmer Lake, Colorado
I owned a 1997 B12 concurrently with the my 03 Vee for 6 months, and the Bandit's big advantage was that awesome engine. I did some Holeshot stuff and it dyno'd at 110 hp and 80 ft/lb torque. My Vee is 86 hp and 64 ft/lb torque by the same dyno. I kept the Vee because it is a much better and versatile overall bike.
From a chassis, handling and braking standpoint, the Vee is much more refined. Gas Mileage was 44 mpg for the Bandit, I get around 48-49 avg with the Vee. Once I dialed in the carbs, the Bandit was smooth as silk (except for the high speed tingling that Bandits are known for) and no Vee will ever be that smooth and flexible at ANY rpm.
The Bandit was a good bit smaller in size (I'm 6'11" tall) so the Vee gives me more room to spread out on.
But gotta love that B12 engine!
I would get another B12 and may do that at some point, but found a 1980 Yamaha XS1100SG Special that just had to find a way into my garage and bought it back in April. What a cool bike from the standpoint of how it brought in the age of the "superbike with refinement" almost 30 years ago. It gets a lot of questions and "I remember when..." remarks where ever I ride it.