Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. Tom-Nor

    Tom-Nor Wannabe Adventurer

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    Hayabusa is known for its weak breaks. They work ok, but no more.
    So i would have been looking at breaks from somthing ells.
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    They're probably weak for a bike that can do 200mph, which Bandit can't.

    ..and they just announced the 2014 Busa with new brakes.
    :D
  3. Gregarious_raconteur

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    Also, the fact that the bike has the stock slip-ons from a GSXR struck me as... odd.


    Is this commonly done?
    Do they work well?
  4. Ed-B

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    What muffler was it?

    The megaphone shaped titanium canister from the 2005-2006 GSXR 1000 has been known to be used on Bandits. There was a guy on Two Wheeled Texans who did that - he cut off the servo valve and welded a section of straight Ti pipe to fit his 1250. It looked great, was reported to sound great, it weighs considerably less, and - perhaps most importantly for some areas - is OEM Suzuki for hassle free state inspections. These canisters never need to be repacked, either. I have one of these cans for a future installation on my own 1250. Anything stamped "Off road use" will not pass here.

    The cylindrical 2001-2002 GSXR canister mod is legendary for DR650 people for all the above reasons. I'm running that one on my DR650, and it's just under the noise threshold. Passes inspection with no problem,too.
  5. Gregarious_raconteur

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    The poster didn't say, but it does look somewhat like the '05-06 gsxr1000 pipes.


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  6. Ed-B

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    That looks like the later GSXR 600/750 muffler. It could work, actually.

    I'm not certain, but I think the GSX650F and the 1250 Bandit used the same muffler. So this might be comparable.

    The stock muffler on the 1250 has a small outlet, but a large capacity canister, so there's a lot of volume, but a somewhat restricted output. I'm certainly not an exhaust engineer, and only a dyno can verify how these things compare.

    Whatever the case, that muffler should not be a deal breaker. You can swap it for something else provided that the other parts haven't been modified.
  7. Gregarious_raconteur

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    Could you, by chance, link me to this? I've been searching through that site and I can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.
  8. Ed-B

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  9. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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    this bike has been on Craigs list, off and on for 2 months or more
    Price keeps getting lower-I would look real close and hard.
    He can't be just back from the dragon every other week.
    The gsxr exhaust would concern me-why?
  10. Gregarious_raconteur

    Gregarious_raconteur Adventurer

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    Yeah, I noticed that it's been up for awhile too. I figured that he was just copy/pasting the same ad up, rather than r rewriting it every few weeks.
  11. Mondo Endo

    Mondo Endo Been here awhile

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    The guy with the red 1250 with the Gixxer exhaust goes by the name Suzuki Joe but now rides a Honda CB1000R.When he put the Gixxer pipe on his 1250 he explained all the mods he had to do to make it fit.. He is often on the cycle world forums and would Im sure answer any questions you have regarding this.. still goes by Suzuki Joe btw
  12. Tom-Nor

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    Sorry, using the word weak was a little wrong, the complainants are usually lack of feeling and you have to use some force and i am not talking about when in speed of 100mph++. Their not bad but could be a lot better.
    What about just getting stainless steel breaklines and EBC HH break pads on the original Bandit breaks? That will give you better breaks.

    PS My first point was that if your first gona put money in to upgrading the breaks, go for the best not the second best :D
  13. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    +1 for the stainless brake lines. I was dubious but after I installed the Holeshot bar risers (which include a longer stainless hose), brake feel improved considerably. I put a set of Vesrah pads in a while back, still feel great OTOH the weak brakes I had before were likely due to the old pads being glazed.

    Greg
  14. brawnyhombre

    brawnyhombre n00b

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    Hello, all. I've had my '01 little Bandit for five years now, and am having more and more trouble resisting the "need" to go bigger. A few viable bikes around my area have me seriously considering making the move. I could use some input on which way I should go. The bikes, in no particular order:

    Option 1: a 2012 GSX1250FA, brand new from the dealer, for $9800 OTD.

    Option 2: a 2011 GSX1250FA, brand new from the dealer, for $8350 OTD.

    Option 3: a 2009 Bandit, from a used bike dealer, 14k miles, $4500 (plus tax)

    Option 4: a 2003 1200, 3,200 miles, pristine condition, "asking" $2500.

    I have some inklings and leanings, but wanted some feedback from people who know these bikes. (The first three dealers would offer $1000 to $1200 for my 600 in trade, also.) Any thoughts and input from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
  15. Draechon

    Draechon Long timer

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    Brawnyhombre, what are you wanting another Bandit for: do you plan to commute, tour, pleasure ride, etc.? Also, will you be doing your own maintenance or paying a mechanic for it?

    I have two first-generation Bandit 1200's. They are super-reliable, decently easy to work on (not as much as the DR, but oh well), parts are cheap, etc. I have done dozens of weekend trips with a Givi top box and soft bags, commute, rode to Canada and back (see my Ride Report), and have ~40,000 miles on the one I ride now with no signs of trouble any time soon.

    While I'm here, I'll ask the group: do any of you have Givi PLB511 side racks you're looking to get rid of? I've been searching for a long while unsuccessfully as I want to add side cases.
  16. Carl Childers

    Carl Childers Ghost in the Machine

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    For me hands down I'd go for the 1200! Simple, reliable and fast. Add some easy mods and they're even FASTER!

    I'm old school so I am biased toward things like carbs, air/oil cooling and lower tech sort of bikes.

    Which ever you pick enjoy it!
  17. beeper

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    Ditto. :wink:
  18. discoganya

    discoganya Been here awhile

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    Can a stock Bandit do a power wheelie? Which gear?
  19. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Yes, very easy to loft the front wheel in first gear.
  20. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    Yes, and with a few mods it will stand up anytime (over4,000 rpm) you hit anything thicker than a sheet of paper
    1st gear can be dangerous!:clap