Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. JStory

    JStory Long timer

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    I have 65k on my '00 1200. I'm on my fourth chain. Stocker lasted 16k. Next three were DID ZVM X-ring. Second chain lasted 24k, but probably should have been changed 4k earlier. It was pretty gnarly by the time I replaced it. Third lasted 20k. I put the fourth on at 60 k. My chain maintenance consists of spraying with WD-40 and wiping off with a rag about every 300 miles. YMMV.

    As far as tires, I'm on my 12th set: Stock B'stone BT54, one set of Continental Contiforce, three sets of Dunlop 207, two sets of Metzeler Z4, three sets of Dunlop 220, currently on my second set of Continental Road Attacks. The Road Attacks are the best yet. 7.5k on the rear, close to 10k on the front. Again, YMMV.
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  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    They make 021 though, as it's replacement, and it's supposedly much better
    being dual compound, and should last even longer. The 020 was already
    known for it's rather long life span. I've still got the 1st set of 020s on my
    ER6F after 22k kms, but it's a mediocre tire at best.
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  3. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    You ARE aware that the WD40 is a degreaser?
    You're keeping your chain clean, but also bone dry this way.
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  4. Dirtysouth

    Dirtysouth Stud fee waived for noobs

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    The man is getting an average of 16k+ miles out of a chain on a 100hp+ bike with WD40, I'd say it's working for him.
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  5. 3990

    3990 Adventurer

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    My '08 Bandit... 'Haven't managed more than a 3.5hr trip, but hope to change that this season..:D

    [​IMG]
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  6. ManitouMike

    ManitouMike Been here awhile

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    + 1 on Road Attacks
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  7. skunk

    skunk Mid-life crisis ver. 2.5

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    I put 7000 miles on my 07 Bandita last summer, riding all over the Northwest.
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  8. kutch

    kutch That fell off where?

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    Lower fairing and bags...I like the look!

    If you don't mind me asking...How much $$ for the total kit?


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  9. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I'd say he could get 2-4k more, but also think that keeping it clean is
    more important then lubing it, and not a good idea to lube a dirty chain
    (even from my cycling experience).
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  10. Bamaboy

    Bamaboy Day Rider

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    I never heard of anyone lubing a motorcycle chain with WD40! Always a first for everything.

    <nobr>"WD-40</nobr><sub>®</sub> protects metal from rust and corrosion, penetrates stuck parts, displaces moisture, and lubricates just about anything. <nobr>WD-40</nobr> is also great when it comes to cleaning grease, grime, and other marks from most surfaces." -- WD40 website
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  11. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Lubricates "just about anything" does not include the rubber 0-ring seals in the chain. The stuff attacks rubber and plastic. And yes...once it penetrates past the 0-rings it will disolve the grease sealed inside effectively ruining your chain.

    It is a great cleaner. It will protect from rust and displace water. It WILL lubricate stuff, but for about 15 minutes before it is gone.
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  12. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Exactly.
    It will clean and displace water, and keeping the chain clean will keep it
    running a long time itself, but add lube, and you get bonus miles.
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  13. Bamaboy

    Bamaboy Day Rider

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    That is what I was thinking would happen. I think it best to keep to chain lube spec. for bikes or heavy motor oil to lube the chain.
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  14. DLdeano

    DLdeano Ridin' all I can

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    Nice look with the fairing lowers...I would like to see a few more pics, and opinions of them when you get a second. Are they functional at all for wind protection??

    Looks sharp
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  15. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    I really REALLY like Maxima chain wax. I spray it on a hot chain and then wipe off the excess.

    NO fling off whatsoever. Chain stays clean and resists grit. The waxy substance protects the O-ring seals. Water literally beads on the chain.

    I used to use PJ black and the stuff got everywhere, no matter how much I was careful to apply it sparingly and wipe off excess.
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  16. Bones750

    Bones750 Adventurer

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    To change tack just a bit, How does one "simply " identify Bandit year other than color? Dropped by the dealer yesterday and asked if they had any on the floor. One. It's black. How much? $7899. ABS? No. Last time the web-site shows Black (non-ABS) is '07. Didn't think to ask while there but he didn't offer either. Not a real bad price given that the '09's jumped a $1000. Any issues if it is indeed an '07?
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  17. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Nearly $8000 for a 07 Bandit, that's seems a bit high to me.
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  18. Bamaboy

    Bamaboy Day Rider

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    *Continuing Off topic but...* I just read up on the Maxima chain wax, seems like a good product. I will have to give that a try when I get my bike. Is it readily available in the USA?
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  19. Off the grid

    Off the grid Seeker of the Unf

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    Finding a 1250 ABS is getting harder than a Yeti sighting.

    Might be the winter season, but I hope things look up in the spring.
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  20. DLdeano

    DLdeano Ridin' all I can

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    Seems to be; I buy it at a dealer or local shop. I have found it both on Florida and Georgia, pretty common product from what I have seen.
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