Bandit 400/GSF400

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by AJ.., Jan 20, 2008.

  1. AJ..

    AJ.. Long timer

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    hey dude..great looking bike...my bandit comes stock without the clip bars...here in Singapore,the bandit that comes with clip bars are the bandit 400VV...

    i not favour those clip bars anyways...:evil

    post more photos please..:clap

    bring some snow over here pls...
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  2. AJ..

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    no other bandit out there?:huh
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  3. JonnyThrice

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    I have one too! A 1991 Bandit 400. I bought it last year with 56,000 km on it. It is my first bike, but I LOVE IT so far! :clap :D I will try to get pictures up, it seems that photobucket is down.

    Yours is very nice! I like what you have done with it!

    Can you please do me a BIG favour!? See the bracket on the back to mount the topcase....

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    WHEEEEERE do you get that? Who makes it? I want to get a topcase for my Bandit, but I cant find that ANYWHERE!

    PLEASE TELL ME!!! :cry
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  4. JonnyThrice

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    Here are some more pictures of mine:

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  5. AJ..

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    Hey jonny...great looking bandit too...i've already replied your PM...

    thanks for the posting of the bandit with the upside down fork conversion photos on the other thread....that has kept my mind stirred up abit to find a used gsxr front end...

    for guys out there who keen to know about the racks as well,its from Givi...the rack in the pict above is previously from my bandit...i have no use of it so i gave it to my friend...its easily available here in Singapore...and it don't cost much if you know where to buy it...not sure if you're able to find it in the GIvi webby...
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  6. AJ..

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    Jonny,check your mail...i've send you the details regards the rack...
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  7. wario

    wario still a good bike cleaner...

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  8. Kiba

    Kiba Dances With Huskies

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    I hereby resurrect this thread. :D

    I got a titled 1992 GSF400 Bandit in a trade the other day and am debating on fixing it up. I've read that it's a fun, light and revvy bike with a smooth motor and it appears to have a decent amount of spare parts available, though nothing aftermarket, although I've seen rear racks and fairings. My particular example is very dusty, though not actually dirty, and missing a bunch of fairly easy parts (some plastics, carbs and airbox, etc).

    Any inmates own/owned one? How would they do as a commuter and light touring bike? I already have read a bit about their performance, but more importantly how is their reliability and maintenance schedule? Mine has 31k on the motor and still has good compression (can't run it with no carbs) and was stored correctly, doesn't appear to have been abused.

    Strong points? Weak points? I'm all ears :ear
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  9. superspeed123

    superspeed123 Been here awhile

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    I used to own a bandit 400 10 years ago. A high rev bike with acceptable performances. No major problem when i rode it for 2 years. The carb tends to run out of tune easily and it a must to tune it so tgat it will run smoithly. The rest is just oil , oil filter , tyres and brakes. Tried 190 km/h on my bike. Madness.
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  10. crotchrocket3000

    crotchrocket3000 b00b

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    Had a 400 Bandit VVT back in 2001-2003. LOVED IT!!!



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  11. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Got a 91 myself. Up on my lift now getting a facelift

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  12. Kiba

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    Thanks guys. Here's pics of my project (I've since cleaned her up a bit and some of the missing parts were in a box with the bike, like the rear brake system).

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    35,197 miles. I don't think that's enough to wear out a liquid cooled DOHC inline-four (basically a small, high revving version of those universal Japanese straight fours we see in cars, right?)

    I am planning on doing all the routine and high mile maintenance before even attempting to start it, including the valve adjustment (screw and locknut adjusters!) and oil and coolant flush and replace.



    I'd like to use it for commuting and sport-touring, so it needs a rack. These guys have one as well as a full pannier rack. A windscreen would also be good. Besides that, what would I need?
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  13. superspeed123

    superspeed123 Been here awhile

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    You can do carb tuning , change the front fork oil, change the spark plugs , check the coolant hoses whether they are in good condition.:evil
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  14. Kiba

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    I'm curious if anyone has used this bike for long distance trips. Adventure bike, sport touring bike, whatever you'd call it.

    I ask this question about any bike I think about fixing up since motorcycles are my transportation, not toys. I already "do it all" on my XT600, but experiencing the same stuff (sans the heavy dirt riding, of course) on a sportbike sounds fun and probably much more comfortable.

    According to the gear ratios it turns at 7800rpm at 75mph, which doesn't seem all that bad since most reviews mention the smoothness of the engine and the fact that it redlines at 14k, meaning highway cruising wouldn't seem to stress it.

    Anyone with experience care to comment? It wouldn't take much more than a decent rear rack/pannier set and a windscreen to make it a good tourer according to the numbers alone, but that doesn't mean much when compared to experience.
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  15. superspeed123

    superspeed123 Been here awhile

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    I did my first long trip on a bandit 400 many year ago. Below 120km/h , the bike is still acceptable smooth enough to ride for long hours. Above 120km/h, the engine give out lots of vibration through the handlebar.
    You need to get a windshield if you intend to use it for long trip.
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  16. andrewsw

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    Back from the dead.

    I've had two Bandit 400s. The first, a 1991, one of the better years for US bikes, I owned from the mid 90s until I sold in 1999 for a cross country move. Immediately regretted it. Had the factory solo cowl and little fairing. Yoshimura 4-2-1 exhaust, mildly jetted. Rode it daily, including some 2-up commuting and a little messenger work. Fantastic city bike and ruled the tight twisties.
    In 2004 or so, bought a '93 that I still own. That year, the engine was detuned due to some horsepower rating issues in Japan? It's sitting up on the stand waiting for me to get the courage tear it down. Was my daily commuter until about two years ago.

    It was pretty ragged out when I got it. Owned by a young kid in central Washington. Nothing but flat straight roads. Completely the wrong place to own that bike, and all his friends were on liter sport bikes. Poor bandit couldn't keep up. I put new tires, new carbs, front springs, better brake pads, new cam chain tensioner, etc on it. Fixed the poor jetting, about as aggressive as you can in a drilled out air box, and stripped and painted the Yosh 4-2-1 (again!) exhaust.

    Rode the crap out of it. That thing STILL rules the tight twisties, you know the ones. Where the warning sign says 15mph :-D can keep up with or better just about anything.

    But she's old and tired. Needs rings. Needs paint bad. And all kinds of bearings. And there's a big ding in the frame from a tip over in a parking lot, etc. So now she sits waiting for my courage.

    Best picture I have on hand. The red blob on the back is a gallon of gas so I can get back out from Mt St Helens. Not enough range to get up and back.

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    Oh, and I'm 6'1", 230 pounds. Love that bike. Now I daily ride a 2012 V-Strom 650 which I also love for very different reasons.

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  17. andrewsw

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    Oh yeah, and the obligatory clubman bars and bar end mirrors :-D

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  18. Robb

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    If you need parts, holler .. I've got one here I'm going to be parting out. Previous owner blew the number four con-rod through the case, and for an encore, lost the title. I've got a spare set of cases and extra crank as well as what's on the bike itself. It's actually in very nice shape (aside from the ventilated engine). I'm near Milwaukee WI but I can ship most smaller items. IMG_5581.jpg IMG_5582.jpg IMG_5583.jpg IMG_5599.jpg
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