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Old 07-01-2011, 09:30 PM   #766
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My ride (2000 Bandit 600s) at Mt. Vernon Furnace, PA.

Sweet pic, Bill. Brings back memories.

June 2005: New to me 2000 Bandit with 7k on the clock.


Today, six years, 12 states, one motor and a mod here and there later - the odometer reads 94k.


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Old 07-01-2011, 10:01 PM   #767
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This was my brand spanking new 2004 Bandit just before I installed HeliBars, Givi windshield, bar end mirrors. and a Stebel horn. This bike took me to the tip of Newfoundland from Portland, ME and on the way back we hit Hurricane Ivan. Hundreds of people were marooned on the island for three days. The bike never missed a beat or caused me any drama as the weather tried to kill me. I only let it go when I met a V Strom.
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Old 07-01-2011, 10:36 PM   #768
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Ken Phoenix, nice looking bike! I like the raw engine color...94,000 miles is really cool...One of the most reliable bikes around!
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Old 07-03-2011, 03:56 PM   #769
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New bandit owner here, i added a pic of my new to me 600 with a bit less than 15000 miles that look very real, sorry for the lousy pic but i had it for three days so far. Just made a short trip and love it. Its a late 95 model and it looks real mint so far. Just minor things to do, one is that my petcock seems to not stay closed as i pulled the tank and kept leaking in all positions, thinking about a installing a fuel filter and try to rebuild the petcock later, anyone can suggest a nice fuel filter to put between petcock and carbs?. Other is that my key drum turns very rough so i imagine is in its way out, and finally some minor rust in few spots that i will ask later how to deal with.
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:30 AM   #770
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Some nice bandits in this thread.

I am picking up an 07 1250 in about 3 weeks. Will post some pics when I get it.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:11 AM   #771
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Old 07-08-2011, 03:16 PM   #772
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Sweet pic, Bill. Brings back memories.

June 2005: New to me 2000 Bandit with 7k on the clock.


Today, six years, 12 states, one motor and a mod here and there later - the odometer reads 94k.



That's really fantastic - I'm glad to see that you've done a ton of miles on your Bandit 600. I leave for my first long trip this weekend - Pittsburgh, PA to Glacier National Park (Montana) and who knows where else. I'm limited only by the time that I have - 2 weeks. I'll be doing the trip on the Bandit 600, and I'm excited to get out there, see what there is to see, and to experience whatever I encounter.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:07 PM   #773
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I have a question for all of you Bandit owners:

Have any of you used the MFW Vario Adjustable footpeg mounts?

http://mfw-wolf.de/en/products/motor...v&marke=Suzuki

I was wondering if any of you tried this product to obtain a longer seat-to-footpeg distance to make your Bandit more comfortable on long trips.

I'm getting set to take a cross-country trip on my 2000 Bandit 600 in July and my primary concern is my height (6'4") and the fact that my long legs get pretty cramped after a few hundred miles.

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I just got back from a 4900 mile jaunt around the western US on my 2001 Bandit 1200 S. I did a similar milage trip last year on the same bike and had experienced leg and back fatigue on the longer mileage days. (I'm 5', 10") This year I bolted a pair of my buddy's cast-off harley pegs to the Bandit's case savers and they worked great. I was able to stretch out my legs and lay my ankles over the pegs. It looked pretty cheesy but it worked great. I also tried to get the seat worked on by Daylong but ran out of time due to procrastination. I ended up ordering a sheepskin gel pad from Alaska Leather and I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. I always use an Alaskan sheepskin cover and bought the new gel type on a whim. It was a huge improvement.

Next year I'm planning on finding a windscreen that doesn't direct the air to my face. There were some higher speed stretches in Nevada, Nebraska and Wyoming where the air flow was tiring, and getting pinged in the face with hail stings.

Other than that the Bandit ran flawlessly, as usual, through heat, rain, wind, hail and even some snow on the Beartooth Pass. I averaged 45 mpg with my Givis packed full of stuff. I rode with two friends on Harleys and the only thing they had that I kind of wish I did was tunes.

But the I-4 Bandit motor is sooo sexy.

have fun!

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Old 07-08-2011, 10:02 PM   #774
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I have a question for all of you Bandit owners:

Have any of you used the MFW Vario Adjustable footpeg mounts?

http://mfw-wolf.de/en/products/motor...v&marke=Suzuki

I was wondering if any of you tried this product to obtain a longer seat-to-footpeg distance to make your Bandit more comfortable on long trips.

I'm getting set to take a cross-country trip on my 2000 Bandit 600 in July and my primary concern is my height (6'4") and the fact that my long legs get pretty cramped after a few hundred miles.

Thanks!
Hey Bill,
Don't know about the pegs but you might want to check into a set of Rox pivoting bar risers. They do not list the Bandit so I specified the V-strom when I ordered mine. http://www.roxspeedfx.com/cgi-bin/ca...?subcat_id=268

You will need a longer brake line and the wires can be rerouted. I also had to cut down an allen wrench to reach the clamp bolts.

Also the AirHawk seat cushion is amazing.
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Old 07-09-2011, 11:44 AM   #775
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Okay dont rip me apart on this!......What wieght oil do most of you use for summer traveling?
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:49 PM   #776
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Okay dont rip me apart on this!......What wieght oil do most of you use for summer traveling?
Come on guy's hurry I've been standing in Walmart for 3 hours.....tap! tap!
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Old 07-09-2011, 02:55 PM   #777
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Come on guy's hurry I've been standing in Walmart for 3 hours.....tap! tap!
Buy the wet oil - the one in the plastic bottle. It'll be fine.

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Old 07-09-2011, 03:03 PM   #778
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I'd suggest 5w-20
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:21 PM   #779
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I use 5w 40 Mobil1 for diesel. It's the only 5/40 synthetic readily available in my climate. I don't think you can make a bad choice of the premium brand oils these days. Now FILTERS! There's a subject. Lots of guys with nothing better to do make youtube clips of themselves cutting into various brands. Invariably, WIX seems to have the best quality construction.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:45 PM   #780
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I use Rotella T 5W40 full synthetic year-round.

On a related note: after 3 years of weak after-market headlight set-ups (cool looking one, Acerbis Cyclops, and then generic naked 7"), I've finally relented and gone back to the original fairing and headlight. It looks weird/cool though, since I had painted the rest of the bike after pulling the fairing off when I had just gotten the bike. What do you guys think, should I paint it?

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