B1250 as a commuter?

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Post  Stephen Williams on Tue 09 Jan 2018, 6:26 pm

Hi all
Looking for a bot of advice so I thought I’d come to the source.
I’m looking to trade my GS500 for a1250 Bandit 2010 ( looking at one now).
I need it to ride in city traffic during the week and to ride for fun on the own road with some mates on the weekend. It seems to fit the bill for the latter but I’m worried about it being big for my 9km city commute with lane filtering etc.
I’m not all that experienced in all this and would really appreciate some advice / feedback.
Am hoping it’s positive as I’m looking forward to purchasing the bike.
Cheers
Steve

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Re: B1250 as a commuter?

Post  Chook on Tue 09 Jan 2018, 8:16 pm

@Stephen Williams wrote:Hi all
Looking for a bot of advice so I thought I’d come to the source.
I’m looking to trade my GS500 for a1250  Bandit 2010 ( looking at one now).
I need it to ride in city traffic during the week and to ride for fun on the own road with some mates on the weekend. It seems to fit the bill for the latter but I’m worried about it being big for my 9km city commute with lane filtering etc.
I’m not all that experienced in all this and would really appreciate some advice / feedback.
Am hoping it’s positive as I’m looking forward to purchasing the bike.
Cheers
Steve
Hi Stephen, welcome to the forum.

Mine is a everything bike, I commute about 11km including filtering, does some recreational rides both in the hills and also general highway riding. It loves eating up the highway, I've done quite a few 700+km days as well as a 800+ and a nearly 950 two up fully loaded

Before I bought mine someone told me "the Bandit isn't spectacular at anything but there is nothing it can't do reasonably well" 
I'd add to that, you won't get better bang for your buck anywhere

BTW, don't be afraid to start your own topic in the intro section (or perhaps 2Wa could split this??)
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Re: B1250 as a commuter?

Post  paul on Tue 09 Jan 2018, 9:31 pm

@Stephen Williams wrote:Hi all
Looking for a bot of advice so I thought I’d come to the source.
I’m looking to trade my GS500 for a1250  Bandit 2010 ( looking at one now).
I need it to ride in city traffic during the week and to ride for fun on the own road with some mates on the weekend. It seems to fit the bill for the latter but I’m worried about it being big for my 9km city commute with lane filtering etc.
I’m not all that experienced in all this and would really appreciate some advice / feedback.
Am hoping it’s positive as I’m looking forward to purchasing the bike.
Cheers
Steve
Yep , hopefully 2WA will split this to its own posting .
I have been commuting 25 km each way on mine for a few years  / 50 - 50 expressway , and city peak hour . It is no 250 size bike for lane splitting , but is very well balanced when moving & will fit through most gaps , except for the very smallest , then you will need the smaller bike. The Bandit also has the advantage of  a large bike when on the express way.

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B1250 as a commuter?

Post  Stephen Williams on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 8:05 am

Thanks guys.
Hopefully picking it up over the weekend.
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Re: B1250 as a commuter?

Post  madmax on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 4:05 pm

Welcome to the forum

I went from a Gs500f to a GSX1250FA
Just do it!

Although the GS is a great commuter, the bandit does that and much more.

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Re: B1250 as a commuter?

Post  rodent4 on Wed 10 Jan 2018, 4:49 pm

OP, you won't regret it, it's an awesome machine  Cool

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Re: B1250 as a commuter?

Post  reddog on Thu 11 Jan 2018, 12:55 am

And the first twist of the grip when you think you are on your old bike ends up in a wheel stand. Bloody awesome!
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Re: B1250 as a commuter?

Post  GDUB on Thu 11 Jan 2018, 4:39 pm

I ride my 07 1250 almost everyday which is a 32km journey each way from Kilsyth to Preston in Melbourne.  Its fantastic

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