Would love something like that Dave, but the budget won't get anywhere near. Off to look at the gsx1250 I posted a link to above later today, so will see how that feels.
Cheers Woody, poor as I am now (I still can't believe I paid $37k Au for a m/c...... but since I have one in the garage, then I'm guilty...... ) at least I have experienced the latest tech..... and it is brilliant. It's not a poser bike, it's everything in one package and the rider aids (Radar CC, ABS, Auto suspension, TC) all work seamlessly now.
I've been in lots of weather more times in the last 2 months than in the last 5+ years...... and not once did I feel in danger while riding in atrocious conditions...... I thought it was my brilliance as a safe, highly experienced, yet quick rider..... but it's the bloody bike!. All that IMU controlled super smart stuff is really great to have...... along with a nice comfy seat and a good screen .
Yet the BB still feels great to ride...... but I keep everything in perfect working order so it feels new... alas I am not so pristine, now with a metal hip and extra tubes stitched to my oil pump, so I need all the help I can get to make sure I never inspect the bitumen up close.......
The Suzuki Bandit was a long selling model, and a popular choice in the budget price/quality range. Getting a bit old now, but so are we all..... however there should be heaps of parts around for them as they were the poor mans BB back in the day. Stay away from ST1300's with ECU faults. Later model ST13's with the electric screens were ok as were later model FJR1300's.