Suzuki Bandit

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Erase, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Bought my Bandit in January '00. Rode it home from the dealer end of February during an early thaw, temps in the mid 50's. That's about the coldest weather I ride the Bandit in, not much wind protection in chilly temps. Very comfy with the Corbin seat for long summer rides though, I can go tank to tank no problem...or until my arms get tired. :D

    Great all around bike, don't think I'll ever sell her....

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  2. jawntybull

    jawntybull Life's too short

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    Picking mine up on Friday - 08 model with only 2k km on it. Have to ride it home (1000km back to Sydney) - what a shame!
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  3. Oilhed

    Oilhed MarkF

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    I love the old style! If mine was a 1200 instead of a 600 and was truely naked (big round headlight) I never would have sold it. Kinda wished I didn't anyhow. I loved Dale Walker's (Holeshot) footpeg relocators.
  4. djchan

    djchan Long timer

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    The search feature leaves me cold.

    Looking for some info on the Delkevic exhaust on a gen 2 B1200. From the few hints I've had here and there - seems it's mildly louder and hotter than the stocker. I watched a youtube ad for the can and a dyno comparison (small and gone really quick) seemed to show about 8hp over stock.

    If that's the case then I may be interested. Now, I like quiet, but the stocker is eerily so. An increase in db's would be OK if it bought a few ponies along with it. Pretty sure I don't want to go with a really loud can like the D&D though. Too bad - it's a good looking can for sure.

    Any thoughts?
  5. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    If your doing a pipe/muffler change you will need to rejet the carbs. The B-12 is lean as twiggy already and free flowing exhaust will lean it out even more.
    Have you looked into Holeshot? Dale really has these bikes figured out and his kits will really wake the Bandit up. www.holeshot.com

    I did just the stage one kit with pipe on mine and have been real pleased with the results.
  6. djchan

    djchan Long timer

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    Thanks Beeper. The stage 1/advancer is on it's way from Holeshot already. Just not quite ready to drop the $$ for Dale's can as well.

    Hey, anybody have a nice Holeshot exhaust for sale?
  7. PrtclMn001

    PrtclMn001 Custom User Title

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    the drool factor in this thread = high :clap
  8. jawntybull

    jawntybull Life's too short

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    Picked the bike up yesterday - what an amazing machine! Ride back from Melbourne through Beechworth, the Murray Valley and Bathurst - beautiful countryside! Here's a couple of picks near Corryong
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  9. SEPTIC12666

    SEPTIC12666 Adventurer

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    I love my Bandit (06 1200).
    I have travelled all over NSW (Australia) on it.
    About the only thing wrong is the standard seat, but I fixed that with a Airhawk.
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  10. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    Get another one. Clean first gen Bandits can be found for ridiculously low prices.
  11. Lee Gunn

    Lee Gunn Long timer

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    I'm loving the esky strapped to the back - pure innovation :smile6
  12. SEPTIC12666

    SEPTIC12666 Adventurer

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    Got to keep the beer cold, I am a Aussie not a Pom :D
  13. lookatdirt

    lookatdirt Been here awhile

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    Hey, quick question for you Bandit owners! I have an '01 1200s that I purchased in July. Been putting a ton of miles on it and enjoying it a lot. Big grin factor. The only thing that kinda bugs me is: it is a clunky shifter, up and down through the gears, especially through first and third. Anybody else experience this? Is this a trait of this model, or do I have some work to do? The clutch seems fine and adjusted correctly. The bike now has 25,000k on it.

    Just having fun reading through the string and thought I'd throw the question out!
  14. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    No "clucky" shifts on my 01 Bandit 1200 w/10k mi. on odometer. When was the last time you bled the clutch?
  15. lookatdirt

    lookatdirt Been here awhile

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    Never. Guess thats my move. Thanks for the response! I'm on it.
  16. djchan

    djchan Long timer

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    Bleed the clutch. Huh, forgot this thing has a hydraulic clutch. Been riding simple dualsports for too long. My '01 has a clunky shift as well. Mity-vac here I come. Might as well hit the brakes while I'm at it.
  17. xring04

    xring04 Been here awhile

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    I found a bandit. I was pretty sure I wanted a second gen, but after finding this jewel, I had to have it.

    The seller was asking $2500, and I would have bought it at that. (And if I passed my father in law was going to snatch it up.)

    I got it for $2400.:banana

    This thing is like new, and the paint it beautiful.

    It's a bone stock 2000 with only 2500 miles on it.

    Now for the cruddy pics, shot in my dim garage.

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  18. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Good score!! It's like a time capsule, still wearing it's original rubber. Same year and color as mine. Best looking of all the Bandits says me. :D








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  19. drjeff

    drjeff n00b

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    Great ride. I love mine...2002 s:1drink
  20. xring04

    xring04 Been here awhile

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    Took some better pics.


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    I also flushed the brakes and clutch, shimmed the carb needles and adjusted the adjustment screws.

    She's running great now.