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post #1 of 18 Old 03-22-2011, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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considering vstrom or bandit

I posted this in the General before I saw the V Curious forum. Sorry for the doulbe post.
Hey all, I've been considering getting a Vstrom 1000 or Bandit 1250. I dont' think I want the 650. My wife rides with me some times. Plust I already have an 800, so I want to go up, not down. I currently have a Suzuki M50. I would probably use it as a work commuter, pleasure riding and distance riding/sport touring. I was wondering how is the vstrom for the long highway runs for comfort and ergonomics. I probably wouldn't be off roading with the vstrom though. We only have one zuki dealer in my area, and it's more or less a cruiser or sport bike market here, so I've never been able to sit on either bike. I'm wondering what the seat height is. My inseam is roughly 29 inches. And what is the mpg of these bikes. I did test ride a used Honda ST1100 sport tourer, and it tall for me, as is all the big sport tourers are. I could not flat foot on both feet. I know this is a vstrom forum, but any bandit info would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 Old 04-18-2011, 10:05 PM
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Rode a friend's nearly new Bandit 1250 not long ago. IMPRESSIVE!

I think you'd like it. The 650 Strom in comparison is tall & underpowered. I ride the Strom, because it does what I want. The Bandit would be better if I never went off-pavement.

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post #3 of 18 Old 04-18-2011, 11:27 PM
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Comfort and ergonomics on long trips are excelent on V Strom for a rider and passenger as well. I would say much better then Bandits. V Strom fuel economy is better and gas tank is bigger, but you might have a problem with 29 inseam in stock condition (you can always lower it). In this departmet Bandit might fit you better. I have friend who owns Bandit and wants to go for V Strom. Yesterday he was looking at one being for sale and turned out that the owner just got Bandit and now is selling his V Strom. You never know...

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post #4 of 18 Old 04-19-2011, 06:04 AM
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Just as a side note ,a 650 strom will eat an m50 power wise...

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post #5 of 18 Old 04-19-2011, 08:30 AM
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This thread might offer some insight for you:

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post #6 of 18 Old 04-20-2011, 04:52 PM
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I have been riding a Wee Strom for 3 years and got a 1250S Bandit in January. They are way different. The Strom is more comfortable, but the Bandit is more exciting to ride. Every time I switch between the two I'm torn as to which one I like better.

If you're on the shorter side, the Bandit might be a better fit. The Strom is a much larger bike; you sit more in it than on it like the Bandit. Properly equipped (Madstad, Givi), the Strom has much better wind control. I put a Zero-Gravity sport touring (taller) screen on the Bandit, but it still has a lot more wind noise.

Strom gets 50-55 mpg, the Bandit gets about 40. But when you open them up, it's like a pickup truck vs a sports car. Bandit goes NOW whatever gear you are in. Strom requires some advance planning and shifting for passing.

Since you are coming from an 800cc bike, the Wee might be underwhelming. I've never ridden a Vee, but the size might be more than you are comfortable with. Bandit's heavier, but the weight seems to be carried lower. They both handle well, but feel different.

Hope that helps. I'm probably going to sell the Wee, and hope I don't regret it later since it's set up just the way I like it.

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post #7 of 18 Old 04-20-2011, 06:44 PM
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I currently have a DL1000. I've never owned a Bandit, but my previous bike was a 1999 ZRX1100 - close enough. I'm 5'10" tall & 185 lbs, by the way, with a 31" inseam.

The ZRX1100 with its Dale Walker slip-ons, stage 2 jet kit and Factory timing advance was way cool. It went like stink, was comfortable enough when I was in my 50's and my first wife was small enough to fit on the back for short hops up to the lake for dinner. I had a full set of Tourmaster soft luggage for it and I did multiple 10 hour days on the thing. My guess is that the Bandit would be similar.

The VStrom is down on power by about 25 hp but the longer suspension travel, more comfortable seating position and better wind management make for a much more enjoyable bike - plus long-legged wife #2 is comfortable on the back.

Yeah, the DL1000 has some issues, but this site and the VSTROM.INFO site will help you work through those. You won't go wrong with either bike, so quit waffling, make a choice and go riding.

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Talked to a rider the other day with a 09 Bandit. Had a Sargeant seat on it. His wife had comfort issues and he was thinking of a Wee bike instead of the Bandit. I suggested lowering the passenger pegs first and then see how it goes with the wife's comfort. I sat on the Bandit and it felt good.

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post #9 of 18 Old 04-21-2011, 09:04 AM
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I was looking at the Bandit before I got the Wee. It was the 4 cylinders that pushed me away from the Bandit, maintenance to me would have been more expensive than on a 2 cyl bike. Lucky for me the wife has her own bike, so I choose the wee, had we been riding 2 up I may have gotten the Vee - or something bigger

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post #10 of 18 Old 04-21-2011, 09:18 AM
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Hi Mate,It is unfortunate that Suzuki never released the Suzuki GSX 1400 in the US i think you would have been very impressed by the GSX 1400 ,over the years i owned 3 of the big Suzukis ,the Bandit 1250 was released here while the 1400 was still available and it wasn't readily accepted ,now that Suzuki have ceased production of the 1400 the Bandits sell quite well ,i now own a 2010 Suzuki DL650A and it suits me perfectly with enough zip to get through traffic i very rarely pillion , with the 22 litre fuel tank it makes a great touring bike with a top box and soft panniers attached ,at the end of the day try and take both bikes for a decent test ride and you will find which bike you feel most comfortable on.Cheers ,Paul ....Ride Safe .

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