Suzuki Bandit

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

  1. Gregarious_raconteur

    Gregarious_raconteur Adventurer

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    I'd appreciate the link to the trip report.


    I commute by bike and don't own a car and need something that's practical for 75% freeway commuting and 25% city riding, and I've heard that both the 1050 and 1250 engines have gobs of low end torque, but still have plenty of power left over for the freeway.

    I know that there are other similar bikes out there, but I get caught in the rain a LOT, and would like something with ABS, which limits choices severely.


    The tiger seems like a great bike, but the upright position on my magna is hard on my back, so I was leaning a bit more to the Sprint and bandit.
  2. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    I commute on my 1200S all the time. I have it set up with givi bags for my tools, raingear etc. I really like the simplicity wrt working on it and parts availability- there are a few "usual" fix/upgrades (jets, suspension, clutch) which really help the bike. Weight is considerable but lighter than the modern sport-touring bikes, I get 45mpg routinely- less if I get a batch of bad gas. My commute is a 20-40 minute ride each way, though on my longer getaway rides I usually go 7-9hrs in a day, last year the wife was stressing out so I pulled a 16hr stretch to make it home in one day. I did put handlebar risers on but I am using the stock bars & seat. It makes for a slightly leaned forward posture- my biggest physical issue is tendency to develop a pinched nerve in my neck during long rides (> 4hrs or so)

    My '02 is not a burner, there is a serial # range where the problem is reported.

    Gives me a big smile every time I head out of the driveway... :) The Bandit is great in traffic; if you need to respond quickly, just drop a gear and hit the gas even if you were poking along at 3k.

    ABS and FI are a better idea no question but these late generation carbs are pretty good when clean & rejetted.

    Greg
  3. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    On my 1997 1200s If I were "poking along" at 3k an dropped a gear and pin it, I'd be on the ground behind the bike :D

    I could only dream about 45 mpg though, I'd have to get off and push for that kind of economy.:cry
  4. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    Lol, mine has a stage 1 w/ airbox mod & timing advance but no other hi performance stuff, stock sprockets too. OTOH with all the torque I dont pin it very often...
  5. Gregarious_raconteur

    Gregarious_raconteur Adventurer

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    Are the OEM panniers big enough to fit a full faced helmet?
  6. YJake

    YJake Roaming

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    Same here. Holeshot Stage 1 cleared most every oddity out of the power band. The timing advance seems like it makes the bike wind up faster too. I was going to buy a new bike but may just modify this B12 more.

    It has been a very reliable and inexpensive bike to run, not to mention fun.

    Now fuel economy is another story completely...:huh

    -Jake
  7. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    On the GSX/FA? Nope. I'd need to invest in a trunk as well to fit my XXL HJC lid. I like trunks better for commuting duty.

    Loving this thread (even though I don't own a Bandit) :clap
  8. Gregarious_raconteur

    Gregarious_raconteur Adventurer

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    Well, I'm wearing a medium Shoei. Might fit better than an XXL.
  9. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    haha me too.

    One bandit. made faster with the Holeshot stage two kit, teeny exhaust etc....

    one Medium Shoei pinhead makes me even more aerodynamic..... :rofl

    I haven't had hard panniers as yet.... do they make a lot of difference to how the bike handles?
  10. Tundra Tom

    Tundra Tom XLR8

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    The first gen 1200 does have more vibration. From 2007 on the 1250 Bandits have counter balancers, liquid cooling, 6 gears, fuel injection etc. Completely different motor built specifically for the Bandit series.
  11. duitswes

    duitswes NAM Biker in CA

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    I think my large Shoei fits on a 1250.
  12. Horsehead

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    I'm in need of a new rear tire for my '01 1200S. Where have ya'll found the best deals? I'm looking for a good all around tire, capable of logging some miles but also not so hard that I'll be sliding all over the place. Also, where would I begin my search to find a place to get it mounted, balanced, etc.? Thanks!
  13. KX50002

    KX50002 NooB, my ass

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    I ran a set of Conti Road attacks on my 97 G-12 they held up well and offered good traction even in the rain I've heard good things about the Pirelli sport touring tires, my brother (more sport than tour) loves them on his TLR 1000 says they stick really well and last.
    As far as where to buy, and where to get mounted, try a local independent MC shop. My local shop will mount and balance free if I buy the tires from them, it works out about even with buying online and paying for installation

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  14. Horsehead

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    I just checked what was on there now, a set of Continental "Contimotion". The wore well, I think, and never gave me any real traction issues. May go with them again.


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  15. gpounce

    gpounce Been here awhile

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    I use Pirelli Angel GT's on my Bandit 1200. I'm at about 10k on my rear and its doing fine, just replaced the front at nearly 20k. I guess I'm fairly easy on tires being mostly a commuter and low speed adv rider, I don't get above 85 very often though I do get the rear chicken strips down to 1/4" or so.

    But mind the rear wheel alignment. Get it good, I wasted my 1st one in about 7k- wore it flat and down to the cords because of my bad alignment job.
  16. OldManSandman

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    Pilot Road 3's here. Very happy with them.
  17. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Pirelli Angel GT and Pilot Road 2 and 3 have been winning tire comparisons in
    last 2-3 years for lasting long and having great grip in all conditions, but if
    you're looking for a "deal" - these might be a bit on the expensive side.

    Actually, locally, those 2 (GT and PR3) are the 2 most expensive sport touring
    tires you can buy. I found the alternative in the Metzeler Z6 which are still made
    even if they've been replaced by Z8 years ago, and work great and you're
    more likely to throw them out because of old age then wearing them out.

    They're miles better then Bridgestone BT020 or 021 for example, have
    virtually the same grip as the sportier Dunlop Qualifier (which doesn't last
    long at all) and are about as good as the Dunlop Roadsmarts or better.

    They're just a bit harder to tip into corners.

    All of the above I've had on my bikes.

    p.s. Pilot Road 4 just came out, maybe there'll be deals on 2 and 3's now.
  18. Gregarious_raconteur

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    I'm heading out to look at, and possibly buy a 2007 1250s with ABS this weekend.

    When I'm inspecting it, are there any 'bandit specific' issues that I should keep an eye out for?
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    None.
    Maybe a bit of rust.
  20. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    Nothing that I know of, that's why we ride them. I need to have one bike that just works.