Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. Kalmar

    Kalmar n00b

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    Thanks! It's a bit of an old warhorse but I like it.
  2. R0ssc0

    R0ssc0 Adventurer

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    Welcome, nice bike!

    I take it that's the Mount Washington Auto Road? Quite a fun ride, eh?
  3. Kalmar

    Kalmar n00b

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    Good eye, that's exactly where it is. I really enjoyed it, and I'm glad I did the brakes before I left for that trip!
  4. Gren

    Gren Adventurer

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    Here's mine 1216 big bore and 140rwbhp.....:D

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  5. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    Welcome Kalmar. Neat bike.

    Nice to to see the Shad cases on your bike. Can I request for a close-up rear view picture of your bike with both the shad SH42 cases mounted on the bike. (I have them on my 1200GS and considering putting them on a B1250 but dont know how they will look). Also do the SH42 hinder the easy get on & get off for the pillion rider? Any heat issues on the right side case from the exhaust?

    Thanks
  6. rollinrob

    rollinrob Long timer

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    Just a pic from a campng trip to Gold Bluffs Beach way up in Northern California couple of weeks ago, 700 miles round trip.

    7 miles of dirt road to the beach no problems, the Bandits a good all around bike for sure.

    First time using the Wolfman water proof duffel bag. The Wolfman bag held all my camping stuff plus some.

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  7. FUTURE

    FUTURE Left right out

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    Full instrument pods came in yesterday. They did have some scuffing in the chrome. Rubbed back. Several layers of matt black paint later. Brackets to hold the instruments had to be altered to fit the covers on and now the bike is done. Until I find something else to fiddle and change on it.

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  8. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Went for a little backroad ride Sunday.

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    The Bandit and it's sidekick ZRX1200.
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    A couple of shots of an old railroad tressle that was once part of the Annie and Mary rail line. It's a fairly well known rail among railroad history buffs.
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    My friend Don under it on someones private driveway.
  9. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    2000+ Bandit 600S parts for sale:
    -new Fender extender
    -excellent condition low mileage Progressive 420 rear shock

    $190 shipped in the US. PM me
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  10. JIM MORRIS

    JIM MORRIS Adventurer

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    I have acquired a new to me Suzuki 1200S Bandit. It is reputed to be a 2006 model and probably is according to the VIN number (JS1CB121300100200 07/06). But from what I have seen on this forum I am a bit confused. My bike has all the hallmarks of a later 2007 and on water cooled model, except it still has the 1200 air/oil cooled motor.

    What I have noticed: Strengthening bands around the lower fork legs to help support the brake calipers, Rear brake calipers mounted above the axel. It has charcoal plastics, and red / maroon frame. Analog round revcounter, and digital speedometer, trip meters and fuel gauge.

    It seems like it was a mix up of parts. Certainly not complaining, just curious.

    Any comments? Thanks.
  11. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    Upgrades sound nice.. the below axle rear caliper tends to collect dirt & gets a good bit of spray when riding wet. Do consider checking valve clearance and servicing the carbs. If your bike has the "lean sneeze" then a Stage1 from any of the usual vendors will make it run a lot better, adds some HP too- no need for exhaust upgrades. Front end tends to dive on heavy braking, Holeshot.com has a Racetech valvue & spring upgrade which helps A LOT.

    When reinstalling bolts on the engine consider not using a torque wrench, instead use a 1/4" drive socket wrench- the threaded holes in the engine casting have a tendency to strip out; oil pan bolts, valve cover bolts etc should all be hand tightened.
  12. Kalmar

    Kalmar n00b

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    Hi Haroon,

    Sorry for the delay, I just saw your post. I don't have a close up of the cases currently (but you could zoom in on the photo above), but I will take one the next time I have the bike out. I've had several different passengers ride with the cases on and never had any negative comments about them. Heat has NEVER been an issue with the exhaust heat, although it's always been with the carbon fiber Hindle and not the stock pipe. If you're considering mounting them on a 1250 I would think about looking at the SW Motech racks with the adapters for the shad cases. Just a little nicer than the tubular Shad racks I have. I was able to mount my givi top plate and rack in conjunction with the Shad racks as well. Hope this helps.
  13. FUTURE

    FUTURE Left right out

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    The bar end mirrors I bought off eBay have not lasted long. The right hand mirror ended up flapping around on my hand the other day. I was riding along when the mirror decided that it had enough. So I have ditched them and bought some "N" clamps to hold mirrors on stalks (more on this in a another posting later.)

    I have also made some frame side covers. On the "S" because of the fairing the covers up near the steering head are not supplied. I could have bought some new or second hand off eBay but decided to make my own.

    As I call my Bandit 'el-Lobo' ,which in Spanish means 'the Wolf' I have engraved a wolf into the side plates. These plates were cut from 2mm aluminium. Shaped, engraved, painted and then mounted. One on each side. They cover up all that wiring etc that stands out like dogs balls with no cover.

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  14. jwmitch

    jwmitch Running on empty

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    I have the same bike, and in my opinion you have the best of both worlds,the oiled cooled motor in the the liquid cooled frame and bodywork. I am very pleased with mine. You may have a few problems ordering after market parts though!

    jwmitch.
  15. vwkaferman

    vwkaferman Adventurer

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    Thought I posted in this thread, reckon I have not!

    2005, lots o Holeshot goodies. 1216 kit, Gary Dye ported head, GSXr intake/exhaust. Gonna tear down for new rings this Summer, throw some flatsides on her and see what she'll do.

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  16. Steelybeast

    Steelybeast Been here awhile

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    James - That is one sweet looking Bandit. Really like the color scheme on it. :thumb
  17. FirstLight

    FirstLight Been here awhile

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    Those team colored or commemorative colored Bandits are the sweetest looking they ever made!
  18. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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  19. Sparkey

    Sparkey BaRook HaShem

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    I've been on this forum for a few years and this is the first time i've seen this thread. Gotta look around some more. I love my Bandit. Local rides or distance, doesn't matter Suzi is a work horse. 54k miles and counting :clap
  20. TexanInSeattle

    TexanInSeattle Been here awhile

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