Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    This is when it was pretty new. 65k now and no fairing.
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  2. RoyQ

    RoyQ Long timer

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    It's a good bike to travel on whether you are camping or lodging.

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  3. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharteâ„¢

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    Is that the Suzuki branded luggage? Did you consider the fairing lowers?
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  4. RoyQ

    RoyQ Long timer

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    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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  5. Jeff49783

    Jeff49783 Private ASEL

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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)?

    TIA
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  6. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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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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  7. RoyQ

    RoyQ Long timer

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    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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  8. 30Bones

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    Wasn't the best on gravel, but sure was a great motor.

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  9. 1129VLD

    1129VLD Adventurer

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  10. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    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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  11. KarlJ

    KarlJ Adventurer

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    The 650 is a great tourer
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  12. farmer fred

    farmer fred Banned

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    I traveled all over on my 02 B12. Great traveler with just the addition of hard bags. I changed the springs, too, and I wished I had added a fenda extenda.

    One non-techy trip here:

    http://www.fredsgarage.net/Trips/prairiedog/Prairie_Dogs.htm

    Unfortunately, I haven't paid my web-mistress this year and she hasn't added many photos.

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  13. 30Bones

    30Bones Long timer

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    Correct, I should have said loose gravel. After that pic it was newly laid stones and was sketchy
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  14. oklahoma_mike

    oklahoma_mike Wonderer

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  15. gringostd

    gringostd Rubber side up

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    I love my 2001 naked Bandit 1200 - best touring rig I've ever had. I did a 3000 mile tour last month - Oakland, Ca to Baja / Anza Borrego Desert / Vegas / Death Valley / etc... including a good bit of dirt. I held my own with a KLR-riding friend through Titus Canyon, Death Valley. If you've never been, this is an old, 30-some mile, dual-track mining road - complete with slot canyons, loose gravel, washboard, etc. El Bandito, and all her gear, held up perfectly.

    My favorite touring gear for this bike, in no particular order:

    - SW-Motech side racks w/ Caribou [Pelican] cases
    - Renntec rear rack w/ JC Whitney case [cheap and effective]
    - Magnetic tank bag w/ map pocket
    - Highway pegs on Motech engine guards
    - Hot Grips heated grips & a Widder vest
    - Monster wireless/waterproof iPod remote mounted to handlebar
    - Hayabusa rear shock & racetech fork springs
    - Aerostich Roadcrafter 2-piece suit
    - MSR Hubba Hubba tent, Marmot down sleeping bag, MSR Whisperlite Internationale stove, and a good first aid kit.
    - Lots of extra fuel - Primus 1.5 liter bottles [the Bandit doesn't exactly have the best range - especially if you've richened up the mix :D].


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    Titus Canyon - Death Valley, California [Thanks for the pic, Rob]
    Yes, that's a Miller High Life bottle opener attached to my license plate - one important piece of touring gear I forgot to mention [Highway Patrol loves it].

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    Between Tijuana and Ensenada - Baja California, Mexico

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    Eastern San Diego County, Ca - ...no, I was not riding in shorts - just giving the boys a breather.
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  16. johno

    johno Long timer

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    A workmate has a 2003 1200 Bandit, and it has around 60,000ks on it.
    He crashed it, bought the wreck back, and rebuilt it into a street fighter, and has been around Australia several times, and other numerous trips, and is having trouble finding anything as good to replace it with.
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  17. KenB

    KenB Been here awhile

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    Yes, both solo and 2-up. She's a glorious touring ride once equipped with the necessary touring bits -- side cases, top case, gel seat, touring screen.

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  18. achesley

    achesley Old Motorcyclist

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    Took the bandit dancing in Arkansas. Wanted more day but fog and rain the next day drove me back South to Louisiana. ;-)
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  19. Bamaboy

    Bamaboy Day Rider

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    I remember that you used to have a V-Strom? So, how do you like your Bandit so far compared to the V-Strom?



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  20. newyorkj

    newyorkj Adventurer

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    I have about 5000 miles on my 07 1250s. Got it this past june as a cheap leftover. Done a few long days. Bike showing awesome potential for sport touring when time permits. MY QUESTION to you Banditos. Who makes the best replacement for that handle bar? One that retains the ergos and doesn't over tax the cables? It's the only thing holding me back from loving the bike. I got a red one and it turns heads. It handles great for such a big bike. Torque, awesome. But, that bar man. No way.
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