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Old 12-10-2008, 08:36 PM   #16
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I have managed a couple decent trips since buying my (second generation) 2001 Bandit 1200S new. I did a trip to the Smokey Mtns when I first got it. On the way stayed at "Two Wheels Only" campground in Suches, Georgia. http://www.twowheelsonly.com/ A great place to hang out when touring on a motorcycle, fantastic roads surround the place and they get a lot of serious riders stop in. All kinds of riders from moto journalists to racing professionals to business people in the motorcycle industry are even known to pop in from time to time.

In the spring this year I joined up with a friend from the Tampa area on his way to Birmingham. We did a bit of riding in the area staying at 29 Dreams campground. Chatted with the owner Tim Langley and he recommended a trip to Fort Payne so we took his advice and rode Little River Canyon. We spent most of an afternoon at the awesome Barber Motorcycle Museum http://barbermuseum.org/ near the campground. The museum was definitely a big treat. Worth the trip just to see that.

Back in late September I slabbed it over to southwest Louisiana to spend a day with a friend. Time was short and the purpose of the trip really was to visit my friend but I hoped to tour the coastal area a little while I was there. However due to storm damage at the time I wasn't able to access the roads along the coast. Achesley may remember me asking about riding opportunities in the area at that time. (Thanks btw for replying to my post achesley)

Last trip I did was a run to Daytona for Biketoberfest, that was cool. Main reason I went was to check out the factory demo rides. I would love to do that again sometime.

I've found the Bandit to be a very comfortable and capable sport touring bike for the money. I have absolutely no regrets getting it and recommend it highly to anyone looking for a solid, comfortable and relatively easy to maintain bike.
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Old 12-11-2008, 02:50 AM   #17
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I purchased a used 99 Bandit 1200 last spring and used it for a weekend camping trip as well as several 300 mile day trips. The bike is lots of fun to ride and with the addition of a Corbin seat very comfortable as well. Here is a pic loaded for a weekend camping trip.

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Old 12-11-2008, 06:02 AM   #18
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This is my 1999 Suzuki GSF600S, its my daily commuter, done some coast camping trips. I do agree, my next move is to improve the seat, over all a great bike.
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Old 12-11-2008, 03:34 PM   #19
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Yes...

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Old 12-13-2008, 08:29 AM   #20
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Rode to FLA and back from Toronto Canada 2 days after sitting on it for the first time. It came with Givi side bags.
Great solo tourer, for me at least. A great commuter bike as well.


I guess the seat could be better, but hey you gotta get off once in a while, so it may as well be when you choose to .....
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Old 12-13-2008, 02:04 PM   #21
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This is when it was pretty new. 65k now and no fairing.
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Old 12-14-2008, 06:55 AM   #22
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It's a good bike to travel on whether you are camping or lodging.

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Old 12-14-2008, 07:38 AM   #23
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It's a good bike to travel on whether you are camping or lodging.

Is that the Suzuki branded luggage? Did you consider the fairing lowers?
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Old 12-14-2008, 08:07 AM   #24
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Is that the Suzuki branded luggage? Did you consider the fairing lowers?
That is the Givi luggage and racks. Yes I have considered lowers in the past but the ease of oil changes like it is now always changes my mind.
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Old 12-24-2008, 06:20 AM   #25
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I'm thinking about a new Bandit 1250 and I'm reading all I can find.

How much is a new chain? Sprockets?

How much are the valve adjustments (or checks)?

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Old 12-24-2008, 07:40 AM   #26
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Chain, Sprocket should be around $150 plus labor.

IMO 2003-2005 Bandit 1200 is better than the newer water cooled 1250 Bandit. More HP, no coolant to leak (or to change, ever), reliable engine that's been tested through ages.

2001-2002 are the same bike as 2003-2005 but likely have oil burning problem..
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Old 12-24-2008, 07:48 AM   #27
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Chain, Sprocket should be around $150 plus labor.

IMO 2003-2005 Bandit 1200 is better than the newer water cooled 1250 Bandit. More HP, no coolant to leak, reliable engine that's been tested through ages.

2001-2002 are the same bike as 2003-2005 but likely have oil burning problem..
Almost 21k miles on a '07 1250 no coolant leaks or issues other than few FI teething problems early on mostly due to Suzuki setup or lack of. Some have not had the issue I ws not so lucky but am mechanically inclined to fix a problem so cost me nothing but time.

Stock chain and sprockets have not been changed on my bike and look to be in great shape at almost 21k miles. A good quality chain alone will cost you $150+ and OEM sprockets (that is all I use) another $75. Still way cheap for 20k+ miles of travel.
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Old 12-24-2008, 09:43 AM   #28
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Wasn't the best on gravel, but sure was a great motor.



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Old 12-24-2008, 08:41 PM   #29
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I've only had mine a few months. I like it. Did a SS1000 on it.

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Old 12-26-2008, 04:13 PM   #30
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Wasn't the best on gravel, but sure was a great motor.
I've probably got about 3 to 400 gravel miles on my '07 Bandit out of the 6000 I have on it in it's 6 months with me. Handles better than my DL1000 did due to the lower center of gravity but, not quite as good as my 2 R11**GS BMW's and of course not near as good as my KLR650 did. ;-) But , as is, I'm not hesitant about hauling down a gravel road on it.
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