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Old 02-18-2013, 01:54 PM   #1501
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Lots of Bandi tech stuff over on maximum-suzuki too,its a nice board.
Yes, its a great place!
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:33 PM   #1502
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Hello Bandit folks -- I'm getting interested in a Suzuki Bandit 1200S for touring (long distance 500+ mile days).

How much would you pay for a 2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200S with 14k miles, full luggage and in (really) mint condition?

How different would it be from a naked SV650 on the freeway?

How is the torque curve compared to an SV650? Is it very peaky, or more linear?

Thanks!

Here is how it looks --

Torque curve with the big Bandit is very linear, think freight train.

That one is very nicely set up for touring and with the low miles I'd say in the neighborhood of $3500.......
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:44 PM   #1503
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Hello Bandit folks -- I'm getting interested in a Suzuki Bandit 1200S for touring (long distance 500+ mile days).

How much would you pay for a 2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200S with 14k miles, full luggage and in (really) mint condition?

How different would it be from a naked SV650 on the freeway?

How is the torque curve compared to an SV650? Is it very peaky, or more linear?

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I got the 1250 and its quite linear. No peaking. Pulls from very low down.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:33 PM   #1504
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I like the Bandit for long rides, last summer I spent 7 to 9 hrs each day riding, one about 15. The bottom end torque makes it easy to poke along on slower roads without a lot of trouble lugging, the big shove at 5k on up is really a blast. I find the transition from linear to afterburner is very convenient; 4k and below when you're taking it easy, 5k on up if you trying to scoot. So you could call it peaky in the sense that the top end is lot hotter than the low end but its not obtrusive and reasonably work from both.

My bandit is naked so its breezy but I do find the air up top on the helmet isn't super turbulent.

There are some "standard" upgrades to the engine & suspension that improve the bike considerably, generally easy to install. The bike is also easy to work on.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:04 PM   #1505
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There are some "standard" upgrades to the engine & suspension that improve the bike considerably, generally easy to install. The bike is also easy to work on.

I'll be taking advantage of this when I replace my punctured oil cooler with an Earl's unit. Provided I can figure out a way to make mounting brackets.
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Old 02-19-2013, 09:46 AM   #1506
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Hello Bandit folks -- I'm getting interested in a Suzuki Bandit 1200S for touring (long distance 500+ mile days).

How much would you pay for a 2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200S with 14k miles, full luggage and in (really) mint condition?

How different would it be from a naked SV650 on the freeway?

How is the torque curve compared to an SV650? Is it very peaky, or more linear?

Thanks!

Here is how it looks --
I paid 3400. a year ago for a 2004 with 20k miles. I bought it from a dealer so I paid a little on the high side but, it did have Dale Walker's stage 1 and a Corbin seat. I rode it to Key West from Central Georgia and was quite happy with the way the bike performed and the level of comfort.
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Old 02-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #1507
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I paid 3400. a year ago for a 2004 with 20k miles. I bought it from a dealer so I paid a little on the high side but, it did have Dale Walker's stage 1 and a Corbin seat. I rode it to Key West from Central Georgia and was quite happy with the way the bike performed and the level of comfort.
Thanks. How much wind does the windscreen stop? Is it very quiet riding compared to a naked bike? I am 6' 2" ... so most screens divert the air to my face.
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:18 PM   #1508
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Thanks. How much wind does the windscreen stop? Is it very quiet riding compared to a naked bike? I am 6' 2" ... so most screens divert the air to my face.
It looks like that bike may have a Zero Gravity sport touring screen on it. If so, it works great. I am 6' and love the hell out of the '01 I picked up last year. The engine is very tractable with good power just about everywhere. Wishing I had a few extra $ to spend with Dale, including a different seat. I am looking to add a very similar bag package as to what that one has.
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Old 02-19-2013, 03:48 PM   #1509
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If you are looking at a bandit in the 2001-2002 timeframe make certain to check the VIN for the oil burning issue.

It's a big tear-up if you get stuck with this issue......

Have a look here.

http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=276.0

I pretty much just avoid the 2001-2002 because of this issue.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:44 PM   #1510
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It looks like that bike may have a Zero Gravity sport touring screen on it. If so, it works great. I am 6' and love the hell out of the '01 I picked up last year. The engine is very tractable with good power just about everywhere. Wishing I had a few extra $ to spend with Dale, including a different seat. I am looking to add a very similar bag package as to what that one has.
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Thanks. How much wind does the windscreen stop? Is it very quiet riding compared to a naked bike? I am 6' 2" ... so most screens divert the air to my face.

I know it's aftermarket but not sure which one. It does a nice job of keeping the wind off my helmet. I just picked up a Gsx1250 and it's terrible! Wind is directed to my upper torso and head causing me to bobble head at speeds over 70! I'm already looking for a good aftermarket screen for it.

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Old 02-21-2013, 12:33 PM   #1511
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I took the 04 out yesterday so I could do a direct comparison. My helmet still gets the wind but it's not enough to throw it around. Wind noise is still considerable but I blame that mostly on the helmet design.I would rather have it this way though instead of being so tall, I didn't get any air. As for a direct comparison against a naked bike, can't help you there. I haven't rode a naked bike since 1984.
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Old 02-21-2013, 02:46 PM   #1512
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anybody know where you can buy the RED Givi PLX V35 cases? I can't seem to find them. I know they're available somewhere because i've seen photos.

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Old 02-21-2013, 03:18 PM   #1513
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anybody know where you can buy the RED Givi PLX V35 cases? I can't seem to find them. I know they're available somewhere because i've seen photos.
Have you tried Suzuki? The OEM bags are V35, the color matched red trim panels I would expect you to be able to order through a dealer.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:03 AM   #1514
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I believe those Givi bags are custom painted to match the bike.

According to their web site, the V35 only come in several colors, red not being one of them.

http://www.giviusa.com/Side-hardbags/Monokey--Side/V35

EDIT:

I was looking around on eBay and found a set of the V35 cases for the Bandit. Here is a quote from the auction:

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UP FOR SALE IS A BRAND NEW SET OF OEM SUZUKI SIDE CASES WITH RED COVER PANELS ( TOP CASE NOT INCLUDED)

35 LITER (1.2 CU FT ) CAPACITY DETACHABLE SIDE CASE. INCLUDES KEYS TO LOCK CASE TO MOUNT AND OPEN / CLOSE CASE. TOTAL INSTALLED WIDTH ON BIKE IS 41 INCHES.

NOTE THIS AUCTION HAS THE RED COLOR COVER PANELS INCLUDED ( PART # 990D0-V35SC-YHL )

Mounting hardware sold seperately

BUY FROM US AND SAVE !!!

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07 - 09 BANDIT 1250
So evidently, Givi did offer a red panel for those bags at one time.

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Old 02-22-2013, 03:09 PM   #1515
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So evidently, Givi did offer a red panel for those bags at one time.
Well, kind of. Suzuki offered them as an OEM accessory. My bags actually had the Suzuki 'S' on them where the Givi badge normally is.

The colored inserts were available as an option on the option.... Which I didn't realize and just ran them without any trim panels at all since I was too cheap to buy them after the fact....

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