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Old 10-31-2007, 10:02 PM   #16
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great bike for the price

That is a great price for that kinda bike! Hard to go wrong with a strong inline four . Yeah that price is starting to pull me away from another bike i was looking to pick up.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:25 PM   #17
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My wife would probably kick my ass up around my shoulders if she found out I could've bought a new Bandit for about 2-3 grand less than the FJR I'm picking up this weekend. It's a hell of a bike - guy here at work bought one earlier this year to replace an older Bandit he had and he's over the moon with it.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:46 PM   #18
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Shame Suzuki didn't make it shaft-driven.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:01 AM   #19
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Shame Suzuki didn't make it shaft-driven.
good thing they didn't

Super nice sport touring bike, with a chain.
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:40 PM   #20
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it kind of looks like my 1st gen fz1.but i would bet the engine is much more user friendly.
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Old 11-01-2007, 03:15 PM   #21
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I traded a 2000 Bandit because my beat up old body wouldn't take the forward lean but I miss it every day and gnash my teeth every time I read about somene else getting one.



If they keep improving it I may have to reconsider.
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:17 PM   #22
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good thing they didn't

Super nice sport touring bike, with a chain.
Can you give us a quick rundown on the after market stuff like the screen, gps and luggage etc....
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:28 PM   #23
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few ABS models

What I'm finding is quite a few non-ABS discounted in dealer inventories, but very few ABS models. Anyone here got the ABS model??
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:44 PM   #24
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Can you give us a quick rundown on the after market stuff like the screen, gps and luggage etc....
Sure no problem, I'll list it all the good and bad.

* Givi windscreen (not perfect but with ear plugs its tolerable).
* Givi PLX racks with V35N side bags, fit in real nice and tight.
* Givi topcase rack with E460 topcase (not shown in pic).
* Garmin Zumo 550 GPS with RAM lock knob.
* Valentine1 radar detector with Visual alert LEDS from Marc Parnes.
* SlipStreamer radar platform handlebar mounted.
* Currently wired for Gerbing heated gear, vest & gloves.
* Power outlet mounted under seat.
* Dale Walker mirror extentions (a must have item)
* Dale Walker O2 bypass plug, re-mapped ECM with a Yosh box at +5,0,0 much better!
* Michelin Pilot Power tires (not long lasting but kick butt in the twisties).

It needs a aftermarket seat of better shape and quality, stocker is adjustable in height but is very much a sportbike design. Heated grips are planned on down the road at some time. Very solid built motorcycle. It is a bit cramped under the seat and behind the various panels so wiring things on the bike and hiding stuff was a challenge. The V1 audio box is mounted behind the front fairing on top of the headlight box. I have it T-locked down and saran wrapped for moisture proofing. I rode V-Stroms since '02 (1000 and 650) so I sacrificed wind protection and comfort but I love a big inline 4 engine. Fuel mileage is better on the Bandit. I owned two 1200 Bandits a '99 and a '00. I never used anything on them but soft bags but loved the bikes a bit buzzy but stone cold reliable.
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:42 PM   #25
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Sure no problem, I'll list it all the good and bad.

* Givi windscreen (not perfect but with ear plugs its tolerable).
* Givi PLX racks with V35N side bags, fit in real nice and tight.
* Givi topcase rack with E460 topcase (not shown in pic).
* Garmin Zumo 550 GPS with RAM lock knob.
* Valentine1 radar detector with Visual alert LEDS from Marc Parnes.
* SlipStreamer radar platform handlebar mounted.
* Currently wired for Gerbing heated gear, vest & gloves.
* Power outlet mounted under seat.
* Dale Walker mirror extentions (a must have item)
* Dale Walker O2 bypass plug, re-mapped ECM with a Yosh box at +5,0,0 much better!
* Michelin Pilot Power tires (not long lasting but kick butt in the twisties).

It needs a aftermarket seat of better shape and quality, stocker is adjustable in height but is very much a sportbike design. Heated grips are planned on down the road at some time. Very solid built motorcycle. It is a bit cramped under the seat and behind the various panels so wiring things on the bike and hiding stuff was a challenge. The V1 audio box is mounted behind the front fairing on top of the headlight box. I have it T-locked down and saran wrapped for moisture proofing. I rode V-Stroms since '02 (1000 and 650) so I sacrificed wind protection and comfort but I love a big inline 4 engine. Fuel mileage is better on the Bandit. I owned two 1200 Bandits a '99 and a '00. I never used anything on them but soft bags but loved the bikes a bit buzzy but stone cold reliable.
Well, it looks great. Nicely set up and everything you chose seems to blend into the disign of the bike really well.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:36 PM   #26
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Sure no problem, I'll list it all the good and bad.

* Givi windscreen (not perfect but with ear plugs its tolerable).
* Givi PLX racks with V35N side bags, fit in real nice and tight.
* Givi topcase rack with E460 topcase (not shown in pic).
* Garmin Zumo 550 GPS with RAM lock knob.
* Valentine1 radar detector with Visual alert LEDS from Marc Parnes.
* SlipStreamer radar platform handlebar mounted.
* Currently wired for Gerbing heated gear, vest & gloves.
* Power outlet mounted under seat.
* Dale Walker mirror extentions (a must have item)
* Dale Walker O2 bypass plug, re-mapped ECM with a Yosh box at +5,0,0 much better!
* Michelin Pilot Power tires (not long lasting but kick butt in the twisties).

It needs a aftermarket seat of better shape and quality, stocker is adjustable in height but is very much a sportbike design. Heated grips are planned on down the road at some time. Very solid built motorcycle. It is a bit cramped under the seat and behind the various panels so wiring things on the bike and hiding stuff was a challenge. The V1 audio box is mounted behind the front fairing on top of the headlight box. I have it T-locked down and saran wrapped for moisture proofing. I rode V-Stroms since '02 (1000 and 650) so I sacrificed wind protection and comfort but I love a big inline 4 engine. Fuel mileage is better on the Bandit. I owned two 1200 Bandits a '99 and a '00. I never used anything on them but soft bags but loved the bikes a bit buzzy but stone cold reliable.


Any word on alternator output?

Heat issues?
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:03 PM   #27
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I have the 2003 Bandit 1200 and I love it. I bought it new in Sept. 03 for $6200 otd and it now has 65,000 trouble free miles.


It does everything well, the only change I made from stock was to add a tooth to the rear sprocket and a Givi sport screen. It handles well for canyon carving and will rev cleanly to redline in every gear but 5th.


Capable of 155 mph on top and 50.5 mpg at a sedate 70 mph giving me a 230 mile range before reserve on a 5.2 gal tank. Touring weeks at a time averaging 500 mile days are a snap.


The only downside is it eats chains for breakfast, granted I tend to stay on the 'sport' side of sport touring (hard not to play with the torque) but 13,000 miles is the most I've gotten from a chain and my last one died after only 7,000 miles, oh but what fun I had killing it.

All in all it's a great do-it-all bike.
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Old 11-02-2007, 03:43 AM   #28
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Any word on alternator output?

Heat issues?
You have about 100 watts to spare at 5k rpms which is odd since at 5k rpm you'd be hauling the mail pretty seriously. So far no battery issues with the way I have it setup and using it.

There was a little heat on the legs when new and the O2 sensor was hooked up. Bike was running way too lean. With O2 bypassed and a little more fuel into the beast everything has leveled off to a normal amount of heat given off. The bike is E3 compliant so its a lean one from the factory. I need to ditch the muffler it weighs alot and I am sure its stopping up the engine. Just hate to go loud it sounds so sweet as it is.
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:44 AM   #29
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Man one more bike to add to my list to look at before pulling the trigger this winter.
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Old 11-02-2007, 07:04 AM   #30
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You have about 100 watts to spare at 5k rpms which is odd since at 5k rpm you'd be hauling the mail pretty seriously.
Probably a little more than that. My dash volt meter reads 14 volts @ 4000rpm when I'm running 2-55W auxiliary lights and a 44W electric vest.
5K rpm = 90 mph, Suzi's sweet spot an my normal traveling speed.
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