Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Long timer

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  2. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Torque curve with the big Bandit is very linear, think freight train. :wink:

    That one is very nicely set up for touring and with the low miles I'd say in the neighborhood of $3500.......
  3. duitswes

    duitswes NAM Biker in CA

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    I got the 1250 and its quite linear. No peaking. Pulls from very low down.
  4. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    I like the Bandit for long rides, last summer I spent 7 to 9 hrs each day riding, one about 15. The bottom end torque makes it easy to poke along on slower roads without a lot of trouble lugging, the big shove at 5k on up is really a blast. I find the transition from linear to afterburner is very convenient; 4k and below when you're taking it easy, 5k on up if you trying to scoot. So you could call it peaky in the sense that the top end is lot hotter than the low end but its not obtrusive and reasonably work from both.

    My bandit is naked so its breezy but I do find the air up top on the helmet isn't super turbulent.

    There are some "standard" upgrades to the engine & suspension that improve the bike considerably, generally easy to install. The bike is also easy to work on.
  5. SteelB12

    SteelB12 Long timer

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    I'll be taking advantage of this when I replace my punctured oil cooler with an Earl's unit. Provided I can figure out a way to make mounting brackets.
  6. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I paid 3400. a year ago for a 2004 with 20k miles. I bought it from a dealer so I paid a little on the high side but, it did have Dale Walker's stage 1 and a Corbin seat. I rode it to Key West from Central Georgia and was quite happy with the way the bike performed and the level of comfort.
  7. discoganya

    discoganya Been here awhile

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    Thanks. How much wind does the windscreen stop? Is it very quiet riding compared to a naked bike? I am 6' 2" ... so most screens divert the air to my face.
  8. MerlotMax

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    It looks like that bike may have a Zero Gravity sport touring screen on it. If so, it works great. I am 6' and love the hell out of the '01 I picked up last year. The engine is very tractable with good power just about everywhere. Wishing I had a few extra $ to spend with Dale, including a different seat. I am looking to add a very similar bag package as to what that one has.
  9. oldschoolsk8ter

    oldschoolsk8ter Adventurer

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    If you are looking at a bandit in the 2001-2002 timeframe make certain to check the VIN for the oil burning issue.

    It's a big tear-up if you get stuck with this issue......

    Have a look here.

    http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=276.0

    I pretty much just avoid the 2001-2002 because of this issue.:deal
  10. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I know it's aftermarket but not sure which one. It does a nice job of keeping the wind off my helmet. I just picked up a Gsx1250 and it's terrible! Wind is directed to my upper torso and head causing me to bobble head at speeds over 70! I'm already looking for a good aftermarket screen for it.
  11. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I took the 04 out yesterday so I could do a direct comparison. My helmet still gets the wind but it's not enough to throw it around. Wind noise is still considerable but I blame that mostly on the helmet design.I would rather have it this way though instead of being so tall, I didn't get any air. As for a direct comparison against a naked bike, can't help you there. I haven't rode a naked bike since 1984.
  12. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    anybody know where you can buy the RED Givi PLX V35 cases? I can't seem to find them. I know they're available somewhere because i've seen photos.

    [​IMG]
  13. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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    Have you tried Suzuki? The OEM bags are V35, the color matched red trim panels I would expect you to be able to order through a dealer.

    trey
  14. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    I believe those Givi bags are custom painted to match the bike.

    According to their web site, the V35 only come in several colors, red not being one of them.

    http://www.giviusa.com/Side-hardbags/Monokey--Side/V35

    EDIT:

    I was looking around on eBay and found a set of the V35 cases for the Bandit. Here is a quote from the auction:

    So evidently, Givi did offer a red panel for those bags at one time.
  15. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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    Well, kind of. Suzuki offered them as an OEM accessory. My bags actually had the Suzuki 'S' on them where the Givi badge normally is.

    The colored inserts were available as an option on the option.... Which I didn't realize and just ran them without any trim panels at all since I was too cheap to buy them after the fact....

    trey
  16. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    Yep, planning to buy them if my other bike sells today as planned.
  17. Incredulous

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    You can buy the color matched inserts from Suzuki.

    I bought a set of bags used and then the inserts to match the bike. Not cheap--IIRC the inserts were ~$30 each plus shipping.

    Looks good though...

    [​IMG]

    Incredulous
  18. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    That does look good. I just bought a GSX1250 that came with E21 bags that I really don't care for. I like the V35 bags a lot more but then I would have to change to bag mounts.
  19. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    PM me if you want to get rid of the E21's. The V35's I was eyeing on eBay got sold out from under me.
  20. jub jub

    jub jub frumiousbandersnatch

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    Sorry, I promised them to a fellow inmate but, if he decides he doesn't want them, I'll give you a shout.