Scooters, basic motorised two wheeled transportation at nearly its simplest form, are completely ignored here in capitalist Amerika, which is funny because they’re everywhere in many other congested cities around the globe.
My first impression of the Bandit 1200, shortly after I picked it up at Suzuki Canada, was just how torquey the motor is. While doing a couple laps of the parking lot to familiarise myself with the bike, the front wheel would readily jump up a couple inches with just the slightest provocation.
The Bullet pushes a meagre 24 bhp (18 for the 350), but it’s a torquey little bike with that one cylinder. The shifter is stiff and sluggish, and it’s not always evident the gear has taken until you release the clutch. I keep reminding myself it improves with use.
I think I have a new favourite BMW, even considering my aging body and the mildly sporty riding position.
When BMW offers the press a chance to ride their bikes, it’s best to take care not to get trampled in the rush.