Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. keenerkeen

    keenerkeen Adventurer

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    Not sure on the years but i think the 2000/2001 BANDIT 12 had a change made in the piston rings in a misguided effort from Suzuki to aid in cooling ...Many burned some oil because of this ..the fix was going back to the original rings used in the previous bikes 98,99, which ran a little tighter.. :wink:
  2. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    That's funny because my 01 has 11K on it and I started it last week and noticed a little blue smoke at cold idle then went away as it warmed up. For sure it's the seals....
  3. OldManSandman

    OldManSandman Adventurer

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    Awesome feedback guys, thanks!:1drink EDIT: Think that I should have mentioned the '01 is $500. less than my pals. But an oil problem is probably not a good one to have when you are buying a bike. Gotta love shopping for bikes...
  4. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    IMO... I wouldn't buy a Bandit again, very uncomfortable on long rides, powerband is awful, it's built cheap. I should of bought the V-Strom instead.:deal To own a Bandit and say it's a great bike is truly wrong, meaning it's great for what you pay for it which is low end.
  5. keenerkeen

    keenerkeen Adventurer

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    :lol3 you very funny man ....now GTFO:evil
  6. judobiker

    judobiker Been here awhile

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    I got a great deal on a low mileage '05 last year. I have really enjoyed it so far. I just got finished putting a Delkevic slip-on and Ivan's jet kit with modified airbox this week. Wow! It really woke it up and improved the throttle response.

    I tried putting Daytona bars on, as many people have recommended here. I couldn't get the throttle cables to work. I already had 1" bar risers on and had no problem with them (after I put a different front brake line on). Any tricks to getting the controls to work with the bikemaster Daytona bars? I didn't try cutting any length off the bars yet.
  7. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Are you just joking? Which model Bandit are you talking about? My 1200N is one bike I wish I never sold. That bike was awesome as it had a Fox rear clicker shock and GSXR front end, so the suspension was well sorted, which was the only thing I thought was budget on the bike. I also had a beautiful Remus Carbon Fiber exhaust that sounded frigging great!!!!

    You must be talking about the 600 as you reference the "powerband is awful". If you were talking about the 1200 it must have only been running on 2 cylinders. Mine was an awesome torque monster and could pull wheelies with ease. And I didn't burn a single drop of oil. So I'm not sure about another posted comment about them being known for oil issues. It was a 2001. Lots of bike for the money. Suspension is the weak point but can be sorted easily.

    Just saw your sig line. Yeah the 600 is kind of a basket case. I had one. It was my first bike, a 600S. I immediately ditched the fairing and street-fightered it. It looked cool but was all show, no go. The power on that bike sucked. So, I agree there. I wouldn't bother upgrading the 600, kind of like lipstick on a pig, unless you are into that. The 1200 is a huge improvement in power. Very smooth controllable and torquey motor. It didn't care if you were solo or 2-up. The 600, well, not so much.
  8. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    The 1200 Bandits rock! Yes I'am talking about the 600 S for shitty....:D You nailed it, all show no go. :lol3
  9. EastSideSM

    EastSideSM Isn't that dangerous?

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    Ha! you got that right the "S" did stand for shitty!!!!!:roflIt was good for a first bike though. Couldn't really get yourself into too much trouble no matter how much you twisted the throttle, however you couldn't really get yourself OUT of trouble either...
  10. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    Power is just a bolt-on swap away...
  11. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    I'll keep my 600. Thank you very much!:D
  12. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    I've been trying to sell the piece of shit for over a year now, sad when you post it and you get "0" looks. This was a fucken joke from Suzuki to get back at us...:lol3
  13. 2whl-hoop

    2whl-hoop Long timer

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    I looked at a '99 1200s today ~25k miles $2400. The paint and bodywork were in good shape (a small crack on the right side panel) with no obvious crash damage. New tires, chain and sprockets, and a new clutch. The clutch and the metal mulisha sticker on the swingarm makes me think the bike has probably been beat on a bit, but, as I said, it looks to be in good shape. Is there anything I should look for or be worried about on these? I want something cheap and simple that I can hot rod, and these look like pretty solid bikes with some good aftermarket stuff still available. It has a Yosh slip on and the air box is still on the bike.

    Any thoughts/opinions??? :ear
  14. keenerkeen

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    Couple of things to check ,,cam chain can stretch enough that the stock tensioner is use less..not a big deal an APE manual tensioner has more adjustment capacity ..and will give you more cam chain life..easy fix IF needed the cam chain can go along way..depends on the PO and matinance..
    If the shock is original its crap by now..the front forks should see some upgrading aswell at least an fork oil change.
    the engine its self is one the best inline fours ever made.. so it was the reason i purchased one new in 98 ...strong reliable and it creats midrange power like no other..pretty too
    IMO for 2400 its not bad... gone over with a good mecanic ..could make your day or lower the price ..either way they are a great bike and always will be...I love the thing and any upgrades you can do as to suspenstion makes it 5 times better and definately worth it..:wink:
    cheers
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  15. JesperP-H

    JesperP-H Anthro-Rider

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    Next thing for my Bandit?

    My bandit '02 Bandit 600S has been fitted quite nicely so far: Akra-exhaust, LED flush front and back, flip-up toned windscreen, but now I'm thinking the next thing to do is to get rid of the nasty plastic tail under the licence plate.

    I'm thinking of getting this Fender eliminator but I don't know how well it'll work - anyone got any experience with it?

    http://www.solomotoparts.com/product.php?productid=26089&cat=0&page=1

    Second question is whether or not I should buy a hugger and which model looks and/or works best?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! :ear

    /Jesper
  16. DrewCopter

    DrewCopter Been here awhile

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    Anyone with 2nd gen bandits (01-06ish?) have subframe issues?

    I was using a topcase all the time, and it sheared the freakin mounting tabs for the grab bar/topcase right off. No more luggage capability :cry I was riding around a day with nothing but plastic holding my stuff on.

    I wonder if I could just get tabs welded back on... it would have to be threaded and lined up just right though. Not having hard luggage sucks!
  17. Lank

    Lank Been here awhile

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    Getting ready to replace the cams in my 2000 Bandit....So many choices?? Any ideas on what is available from GSXR's and Kats that might be the best choices.. I am looking to increase my trap speed and moving redline up a thousand or so.
  18. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    My dealer has a 2007 Bandit 1250 with 10K miles for a decent price. I'm not very familiar with the various Bandit generations so I was wondering if this one's the latest one. I know for 2012 Suzuki has a new name, using the same engine.

    Is it reliable and what are its negatives and known issues?
  19. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    I own an 07. Put 23k miles on it so far. 10k on one trip in just 2 months. Oil, gas, tires. Dead reliable.

    Known issues: torture rack for a seat and sore inner palms from stock bars, both easily resolved. Unresolvable issue is a tired right wrist.
  20. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    +1 probably one of the most under rated bikes on the market. TONS-O-TORQUE
    Sargent seat and Daytona Superbike bars took care of the ergo issues.
    You should be able to finish breaking in the engine:lol3

    Mine after de-stickering

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