OT: Bandit 1250 anyone?

Steven Bixby steven at bixbys.net
Fri Oct 19 10:58:29 PDT 2007

My wife has been looking high and low for a combination of bike that
fits her well, is a modern fuel-injection engine, has decent power and
is reasonable in cost.

She sat on the Bandit 1250 at the last IMS show and instantly fell in
love.  She didn't even know it was the stump-shredding torque (80
ft-lbs at 3K rpm!) 1250cc engine.  Over the past year I've hinted at
it being a little excessive for her, but in the end after looking at a
bazillion different bikes, it comes down to being the best-fitting
machine she's liked.

So we're a few days short of signing the bottom line on a 2007
ABS-version Bandit 1250S.

Yeah, yeah, I know, some of you guys will think I'm nuts for going
along with this... But she's waited three years (riding her Ninja
250), has spent a fair amount of time on my GPZ (and loves it's power
and handling, but not the long stretch to the bars). She's got some
55K experience in 3.25 years and is currently an MSF instructor, and I
think she's ready.  Sure, the bike is still a seriously-powered
machine and she'll have to do some right-hand-muscle-memory
adjustment, but...  it'll be a solid long-distance bike for her.  She
will keep the Ninjette for her day-to-day commuting through San
Francisco, although after a few hundred miles on the Bandit, I'm sure
that will lose her interest soon enough. :)

Anyway, I'm just babbling about it and I thought I'd see if you guys
have seen/tried/bought/experienced the new Bandit and what things you
like or dislike about it.  I'm sure I'll get plenty of fun miles on it
myself and I'm looking forward to that part.

Also sorta OT: We just got back from a 3200-mile loop around
California, and I'm lazily working on a trip report.  It was a
most-fun, often exasperating trip with a few strange events thrown in
for confusion.  But you'll have to wait for the report cuz I don't
want to repeat the tales over and over again.   :->

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