Why it's desirable: The second coming of the "Big Bandito," as we affectionately called Suzuki's open-class standard, brought a marked improvement over the original air/oil-cooled and carbureted Bandit 1200. We pitted the revamped Bandit against its natural foe, Yamaha's quarter-faired FZ1 ("Double Standard," July 2007). Our pick? The Suzuki, whose power delivery was love at first ride thanks to super-clean throttle response and an abundance of torque (78.6 pound-feet on the CW dyno) that seemed to last from idle to redline. Whether commuting, sport-touring, or just going out for a Sunday morning back road run, the Bandit, with its blend of comfort and performance, established itself as one of the more versatile standards of its time.