Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Anyone looking for a 01 Bandit 600 motor complete + wiring harness cheap? I also have a complete exhaust system to.
  2. R0ssc0

    R0ssc0 Adventurer

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    Just got these in the mail the other day.:clap

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    Can't wait to put'em on. Looks like a pretty straight-forward install.They do eliminate the union though, replacing it with a double banjo at the master.
  3. YJake

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    I have been eyeing those for several months now, let us know how the install goes and how they change the feel at the lever.:ear

    -Jake
  4. oldschoolsk8ter

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    Whats everyone running for hardbags on the MK1 bandits?

    This is my current set-up although this bike is completely torn apart again and getting repainted/powdercoated/ rebuilt

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    Trying to find out what options I have if any outside of making custom racks like these ones.

    Taking a x-country trip in the spring and thinking I might want a little more room??? these are GIVI E21's MONOKEY
  5. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Sorry, no help on the bags. But....

    I'm looking to upgrade my forks, what have you done here?
  6. oldschoolsk8ter

    oldschoolsk8ter Adventurer

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    Those are gsxr1100 forks. Off of a 1992. You would need the following parts to do the conversion I swapped everything for about 500 including fresh fluids. By the time I sold my old bandit forks/fairing:freakythat got replaced I about broke even.

    Gsxr 1100 fork tubes
    Gsxr 1100 top triple and lower triple clamps
    Gsxr 1100 fender and mount.

    Press out your bandit stem from your lower triple and then press that into the gsxr lower triple. I replaced all the bearings when I did it.

    The bandit brakes,axle,front wheel are all re-useable and bolt right up. You can even re-use the cable speed indicator and spacer.

    It is the most straight forward swap I could find.:freaky
  7. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    I have a Gen2 Bandit 1200 w/ Givi E36 cases, the storage is nice but they make the bike pretty wide. I was dubious about the monokey system & thought the plastic cases weren't rigid enough OTOH I had a ~25 mph lowside in Oct (took a turn way to hard, grounded the right case & washed out- no-one else involved, rode home). Both bags stayed on, neither flopped open and sprayed my stuff over the intersection, even though the bike spun around a few times w/ the right case on the ground. Now a firm believer in Givi cases and Holeshot nerf bars- engine case never touched the ground; only bent the right side handlebar and wasted the rear brake lever & peg. The Givi case incurred some rash but the plastic handled it well, basically it shows the abrasion but there was no breakage.

    As far as a long trip I think the big win is one of the 45L top cases, I did a 2k mile trip thru New England and back, I had my laptop, toiletries and 3 days worth of clothes packed in that, side cases w/ tools, raingear etc. If camping then I guess I'd go for some kind of tubular duffle bag sort of thing placed crossways in front of the rear case.
  8. YJake

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    I have the monokey system and it works great for commuting. Sure does make the bike wide but half of the time I just run with the topcase for my lunch/rain gear. :norton

    -Jake
  9. oldschoolsk8ter

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    I was looking at the E36 side bags but really like a top loader. How has the side loading been with the bandit? Does stuff fall out as soon as you open it?

    I have a dry bag that I usually throw on top that serves as my "top case"
  10. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    I find the side loading annoying. The strap that came in mine was stretchy but it won't hold anything more substantial than folded up raingear on the downhill side; stuff just falls out around it and the cover restraint cord is nowhere near strong enough for anything more than a couple pounds when the case is open. I removed the elastic straps and replaced it with 5 small bungee cords inside both cases- sort of a cargo net- so at least all my tools and related junk stay in place. The side access is kinda OK on the uphill side because the stuff doesn't want to fall out when you open the case.

    But I'd far rather have the top loading- I had top loading saddlebags on my cruiser- they were lots smaller but much nicer to pack and access. If I was buying new I'd go for the smaller 21 liter top opening cases- I got my full system (rack, both sides and topcase) for $300 off craigslist so I'm not <actually> complaining lol

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  11. YJake

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    I have never had top loading cases so the side loaders are just fine for me, the PO included dry bags that line the boxes so if I have little stuff it goes in there so that it doesn't fall out. I love the system honestly. Before this I had always used a backpack and tail bag on trips, the monokey combo beats the shit out of that. :rofl

    -Jake
  12. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    Packing the loose junk into suitable bags is very helpful so stuff doesn't fall out as readily and keeps it sort-of organized, REI or equiv sells mesh zipper bags of various sizes. Never had any trouble with water getting in and I ride in anything short of torrential rain, that too if I get caught in it. I keep a spare qt of engine oil which was punctured by one of my DIY bungee cord ends (didn't dress that one well enough), and the oil didn't leak out either. That was a mess since it wouldn't drip dry...
  13. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Long timer

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    Has anyone replaced the oil cooler recently?? I need to get a new one for my Gen 2. I was told there is some HEL model that would work well. Trying to get suggtestions together so that I can get the bike back on the road.
  14. R0ssc0

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    Installed my MFW Adjustable footpegs today.

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    I didn't go with the cheaper Buell units due to their lack of adjustability.

    But these MFW units went on without a hitch. I did have to adjust the shifter though.

    Took the bike around the block.They feel different, and they definitely are an improvement over the stock pegs. I went with the "racing" style of pegs since they were the cheapest and appeared to be the lowest profile offering the most cornering clearance.

    Haven't yet tested these in the long run. I think if I plan on doing an Iron Butt next year, I'll definitely need to get MFW's highway pegs that attach to my SW-Motech crashbars.
  15. oldschoolsk8ter

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    Do you have to shift your toe inward to shift? I tried the buell pegs and took them off after a trip around the block because they moved my foot farther out due to the step in the peg.

    I had to angle my foot towards the engine to shift and I did not like that feeling.
  16. R0ssc0

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    Unfortunately yes. I had to adjust the shifter to make it lower for this but I still have to move my foot towards the engine.

    Everyone's tolerances are different I guess.
  17. oldschoolsk8ter

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    Thanks, unfortunately my feet are fussy:cry
  18. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    New to the Bandit 1200 world, just picking up a 2000 model.
    Needs alot of TLC starting with fork seals which I'm doing. Not going to do new springs or emulators yet but wondering if I should put heavier oil in or play with preload spacers any? Recommendations for cheap tricks?


    Did find a good link from a different forum for PDF manual if anyone else is looking:
    http://theotherstyle.info/manuals/bikes&atv/Suzuki/Suzuki GSF1200S Bandit [1996 2000].pdf
  19. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    There are a few "standard" mods for the forks and carbs, cheap upgrades for the clutch too.

    Check holeshot.com for the Bandit jet kits, fork upgrades. A gsxr 600/750 clutch is an excellent upgrade. Maximum-suzuki.com is a good place to start.
  20. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Ok...so tackled the seals. Got everything out but having trouble getting the bushings into the fork lowers. It's the upper bushing, here is the video. Why won't it slide back into place? What am I missing or doing wrong?

    This is where I'm at on both of the forks. You can see the top of the bushing that is immediately under the seal. Neither of them will seat.

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