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Old 06-01-2009, 12:45 PM   #196
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That looks great, love that color. I was in my local dealer last week, they had one of these sitting on the floor. Only problem was they had a ZX14 sitting next to it, marked down to nearly the same price...

How are those bags, they look good on the bike. Fit a laptop in those?
The bags are sweet. the monokey attachment is way cool. They don't hold a mountain of stuff, but more than enough for a few days worth of travel. I have not tried a laptop in it, but I think it would hold one, as long as it wasn't a bigass macbook or the like.
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Old 06-02-2009, 05:34 AM   #197
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I weigh 155 lb. (70 kg) with my riding gear on, the Bandit 1200 was a great all-around bike, great on highways and two-up riding; but not nimble enough for my liking. When leaned over, I feel there is too much mass on the Bandit, more likely to lose grip on tires.

So far, I've put approx. 360 mi. on the SFV650, tires are scrubed-in nicely, I'm having lots of fun with it. On the highway is not as fast as the Bandit 1200, but I'm likely to keep my license longer.

I've also gone the Supermoto route before, single cylinder has too much vibration at highway speed.. the lack of weigh is nice, but somewhat unstable at highway speed also.
Or the mass will keep it planted..
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Old 06-02-2009, 11:32 AM   #198
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Compared to stock?
I ran a stock seat for several 4 to 600 mile days. Ouch! My old hind end wanted more comfort. I went to the Corbin gunfighter for the Bandit. Much better for me.
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Old 06-02-2009, 12:52 PM   #199
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I ran a stock seat for several 4 to 600 mile days. Ouch! My old hind end wanted more comfort. I went to the Corbin gunfighter for the Bandit. Much better for me.
I'd love to pick one up one day but the $$$ is just insane. I figure I could probably re-coup a good bit of it with my Suzuki Gel Seat that's been Spencer'ized if I liked it but just hate to lay that kind of money out for a seat...
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Old 06-02-2009, 01:20 PM   #200
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:13 PM   #201
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Hand Guards

I have a 2000 Bandit 600, just wondering if anyone has installed handguards on their bandit. Hoping to get some feedback on good ones as well as ones to avoid. I heard a rumor that "Wee-STROM" hand guards can work with some modification. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-03-2009, 08:08 PM   #202
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Old 06-07-2009, 07:38 PM   #203
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V Strom handguards will work with a little mod. I had them on my 00 Bandit 600 for a while, but took them off. Check out Max Suzuki for a bunch of write-ups on them.


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I have a 2000 Bandit 600, just wondering if anyone has installed handguards on their bandit. Hoping to get some feedback on good ones as well as ones to avoid. I heard a rumor that "Wee-STROM" hand guards can work with some modification. Thanks guys.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:27 PM   #204
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I'm seriously considering a 2001+ Bandit 1200S as my first sport touring rig My '95 Triumph Speed Triple wouldn't fare well on an extended (several day) touring trip so I've been looking around.

One question (for now): What's the best way to "fix" the cold-blooded nature of the bikes. My Triumph is carb'd but it needs only about 30 seconds of choke at the most. The old Yamaha Radian needed choke and throttle to start well in the cold, but I figured that something as new as the Bandit would have carb issues like this sorted out. Talked to the PO and the only thing he said was that the bike is very cold-blooded. Usually takes 2-5 minutes to warm up with choke. What's the easiest (and cheapest) way to help fix this? I'd probably keep the stock pipe on it too, if that makes a difference.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:34 PM   #205
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Check out maxim-suzuki.com and do a search. You can shim the needles with washers from radio shack for about $2 and turn the air adjustment out to get the results you are looking for.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:44 PM   #206
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I'm seriously considering a 2001+ Bandit 1200S as my first sport touring rig My '95 Triumph Speed Triple wouldn't fare well on an extended (several day) touring trip so I've been looking around.

One question (for now): What's the best way to "fix" the cold-blooded nature of the bikes. My Triumph is carb'd but it needs only about 30 seconds of choke at the most. The old Yamaha Radian needed choke and throttle to start well in the cold, but I figured that something as new as the Bandit would have carb issues like this sorted out. Talked to the PO and the only thing he said was that the bike is very cold-blooded. Usually takes 2-5 minutes to warm up with choke. What's the easiest (and cheapest) way to help fix this? I'd probably keep the stock pipe on it too, if that makes a difference.
The quickest and easiest sure fire cure is a good carb cleaning and a Stage 1 kit from Holeshot. Adds some pep, a couple MPG (over stock) and turns up the grin factor.

Mine still requires choke when cold (particularly if I haven't ridden it in a week) but is ready to go within a min tops.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:47 AM   #207
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Yup, not an issue. My 2001 starts all summer long with no choke and only needs 30 seconds or so in the winter. If that's what's keeping you from buying this fantastic bike... just go buy one!
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:37 PM   #208
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Yup, not an issue. My 2001 starts all summer long with no choke and only needs 30 seconds or so in the winter. If that's what's keeping you from buying this fantastic bike... just go buy one!
It wasn't keeping me from buying, just that the owner wouldn't shut up about how it was the only down side of the bike when I talked to him over the phone. Anyways, the bike sold 30 minutes after I called him (to the first person, I was in line to be second). 2002 Bandit 1200S with 8k miles sold for $2200. Was on OEM tires so they needed to be replaced, as did the chain/sprockets, but still a hell of a deal.

I bought a 2006 Yamaha FZ6 on Friday though. At 145 lbs., it's a better fit for me
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Old 08-03-2009, 12:40 PM   #209
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Finally got my crash guards installed this weekend. If anyone cares to see, I can put up pics tonight to show what you could look forward to.

I know we're not supposed to put up Craigslist ads in Flea Market, so I'm putting up a link for someone that's got a '98 B1200 in my area for $1700. If you're interested, I can get in contact with him, maybe take it for a ride, and we could go from there.

http://charleston.craigslist.org/mcy/1301803323.html
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:00 PM   #210
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Just got home from a trip to the West Coast, Iowa to Newport, Oregon. I put on 4475 miles and averaged 46.38 mpg. I saw temps from 45-95 degrees, got rained on at 10,000' in the Rockys, hailed on in Wyoming and even did a few gravel "shortcuts". The bandit purred like a kitten through it all. All I did was lube the chain every now and then, and I changed the oil once in Idaho.
Kudos to the Metzler RoadTec Z6's also. They had 3250 miles when I left for a total now of 7725 and while they are squared off pretty good and are handling a little heavy, they still have tread left! I may do a ride report after my diaper rash heals.

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