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GENERAL MOTORCYCLE FORUMS => GENERAL MOTORCYCLE => Topic started by: PeteSC on March 02, 2005, 07:42:54 PM

Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on March 02, 2005, 07:42:54 PM
  Please use this thread to 'introduce' yourself to the board!

     A full biography isn't needed,  but a few details, and a location, helps other members get an idea of who, and where you are.

  We have members scattered out all over the world, and you may be the only one in your little corner, or you may have more company than you think.

  If you're looking for somebody to ride with, go ahead and say so.

  We don't always give a formal welcome to new members....don't feel left out if we miss you...or wait for some acknowledgement to jump in and post a message.



(Note: this thread was re-started after a board crash.  The first batch of response are pretty much 'where've you been' stuff....)


  My stuff?


  I'm Pete, the founder of this board, and responsible for all things I can't blame on the moderators.
  I have a '99 Bandit 1200, I bought new in '99.
  I'm in the Augusta, GA area, but don't ride a lot, locally.
  I mostly save my bikes for trips to the mountains........life's too short for boring roads!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 03, 2005, 03:02:13 AM
What happened to my avatar? I see you got Rob's, Mike's, Chris' and a couple others... but ole Red's is MIA. sniff-sniff  :boohoo:

Borrowed this one from my ST.N account...
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Steve on March 03, 2005, 04:18:10 AM
It's working Pete, Thanks!

Hey Paul, what are we GMT -24?

Steve :mrgreen:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: aussiebandit on March 03, 2005, 06:58:58 AM
Good to have it back........no more cooking shows yeah :lol:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PitterB4 on March 03, 2005, 08:39:22 AM
Quote from: "Steve"
It's working Pete, Thanks!

Hey Paul, what are we GMT -24?

Steve :mrgreen:


GM -24???   :lol:

I don't think the time zone thing is working.  I know it was screwed up when we first started v2.0.  I believe that I am GMT -5 here on the east coast which would make a left-coaster GMT -8.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 97RedBird on March 03, 2005, 09:40:21 AM
Thank you for fixing the site!! :grin:
Title: Great job on getting the site back up!
Post by: Chi-TownBandit on March 03, 2005, 10:23:02 AM
Thanks for the hard work in getting the board back up.  I missed board while it was on "vacation!"
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Tundrahog on March 03, 2005, 10:35:08 AM
Thanks for your hard work getting the board back up.  I  was starting to get the shakes.  I think it was worse than quitting cigs! :banana:
Title: withdrawal
Post by: PeteSC on March 03, 2005, 10:44:23 AM
Tell me about it!
  Now instead of sitting here, mumbling at my computer....I can biotch at you guys! :grin:
Title: Thanks again, Pete
Post by: txbanditrydr on March 03, 2005, 10:53:18 AM
Things are running better this morning - a bit slow last nite but that was better than none at all.  Looking forward to new topics and rehashing/posting of old ones.   :banana:
Title: I am Back!
Post by: Banditboy600 on March 03, 2005, 11:29:21 AM
I am back under Banditboy600...................... :banana:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Signal9 on March 03, 2005, 07:37:50 PM
glad to be back!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Big Bo on March 03, 2005, 07:56:17 PM
So glad the site is back up.  :razz:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: zeebandit on March 03, 2005, 08:26:12 PM
Thanks for all the hard work in getting the site back up. You were missed.
Title: I said woo hoo!
Post by: Jacknife on March 04, 2005, 03:29:23 AM
Dame it good to see this back up and running! Got online the other day and there was a whole lot of nothing. Had just passed my BIKE test which ment I could ride my B6 on the road! and could not tell anyone, now everybody will hear now! nice one Pete. :mrgreen:

P.S. Technical support who are they kidding! :?:
Title: Site Working
Post by: banditnek on March 04, 2005, 10:10:15 AM
I'm glad you got it going again. You never know how much you miss somethings, till there gone. Thanks Pete for all of your hardwork.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: GaryB12VA on March 04, 2005, 10:48:30 AM
Good to be back.

Is it May yet??
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: B12Teuton on March 04, 2005, 10:55:07 AM
OK, I'm back :bandit:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: B6Matt on March 04, 2005, 11:27:00 AM
Now where did I put that damn avatar???!!!  CRAP!

Need more emoticons too, but I'm sure Pete will get around to that.  Glad we're up and running again.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on March 04, 2005, 12:02:52 PM
Yeah, the problem with uploading the avatars and emoticons is.....they take a lot of time, and get wiped out if I screw up the board version updates I need to do.
   I'm trying to put off adding all the 'frills' until I'm pretty sure they won't get wiped out again.........
 :bouncy:
  (She's an exception, though!)   :bandit:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jimmym1296 on March 05, 2005, 07:48:53 AM
It's great to see the board back up. It sucks that I'm on dial up this weekend though. Everthing is S L O W !
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Bandido 1200 on March 05, 2005, 12:48:31 PM
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!  :grin:

Back on line!!!!!! Although new to this board, I really missed it! All the fine BS and collateral tech talk !!

Thanks for all the effort Pete and everyone else involved, we sure appreciate it.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Big KT on March 06, 2005, 12:19:59 PM
Whatta ya know... I can post on this new one. :shock:
Big KT
Title: What happened?
Post by: terrebandit on March 06, 2005, 10:43:28 PM
Tried to log-in with no success.  Checked the memberlist and I was not listed as a "member".  Not that I was a post whore or anything....  :wink:  but I"M BACK!

 :mrgreen:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: snofrog on March 06, 2005, 11:09:18 PM
when i saw the board was gone i kinda got that feeling like when my folks lost me when i was 6 when we were out west on vacation :shock: but i`m better now  .thank`s M
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: victor55 on March 07, 2005, 02:42:04 AM
Hi Team,

Yes, you thought you had got rid of me uh! No way Jose!

I'm back to keep you all honest, but looks like I start from post No 1 again. Dang it after all that effort to beat Paul

Give my best to Mike please Pete. Remind him that the Southern hemisphere is with him too.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: B6mick on March 07, 2005, 02:53:33 AM
Hey Marty was wondering when you would get back. :lol:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: aussiebandit on March 07, 2005, 04:49:42 AM
Hey Marty, good so see you back old mate - took your time  :smile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: victor55 on March 07, 2005, 05:34:28 AM
Hi Mick & Aussi,

Well i got the avater the right size now too. But wasn't the big basttard a beut for a while. :lol:

Been off line cause i've been absolutely knackered with work and had a few things to do.  :?

cat Chew
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: victor55 on March 07, 2005, 05:36:53 AM
Hey there Pete,

What's this `new user' label over my avater.

`Old Fart' would probably be a little more accurate :lol:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PitterB4 on March 07, 2005, 10:47:33 AM
Marty - those member ranks are automatically assigned by the board.  I think after 10 posts, you'll be a 'Regular Member'.  Eat your fiber!!!!!!!   :wink:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on March 07, 2005, 10:47:44 AM
Marty,  the board crashed a couple of times since your last visit.  Long story.      :roll:

  Welcome  back...
Title: WooHoo
Post by: doublenaughtspy on March 08, 2005, 01:40:56 AM
And i thought i was the only one having 'puter probs.  Good to see ya'll back.  It hasn't been the same.  Oh, who am I kidding....I never knew it was down.   :oops:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on March 08, 2005, 02:31:37 AM
That's OK, Jethro.....nobody missed you!
 :mrgreen:
Title: Hydrogen?
Post by: B6Matt on March 09, 2005, 09:57:27 AM
Has Hydrogen/Frankenbandit come back into the fold here?  I accidentally dumped a jpg file into his ftp and it needs to be deleted.  (No, it's not porn so don't bother looking for it!)  

Sorry, but I know just enough to be dangerous. :duh:
Title: I am here
Post by: CRASHER on March 11, 2005, 07:26:23 AM
I had to register

banditboy was taken and satz becoming a little old ...i decided to go with crasher.

 ...... good site pete atleast for a man with a sausage in his mouth  :thanks:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Ampster on March 14, 2005, 11:18:31 PM
I AM BACK! Bwahahahaha!  :banana:
Title: New Guy Introduction
Post by: scooter trash on March 17, 2005, 08:20:06 AM
Hello Scooter Trash here,
I am new to Suzuki. I just bought a Red 2000 Bandit S1200 for 3K. It is in really good shape. It came with 16,000 miles, Corbin Beetle Bags, Yoshimura Can and was not dropped or abused. I know this because even though I said I was new to Suzuki I am not new to motorcycling. I was an MSF motorcycle safety instructor for 6 years and I currently own a 1996 Harley Davidson Springer Softail with 85,000 miles and a 2004 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200R with 7500 miles (my wife’s bike). In our spare time we are United States Cycling Federation (USCF) Officials. My wife and I officiate at bicycle races. Have you ever seen the Tour de France? Have you noticed all the motorcycles riding along with them? Some of them are officials. Now we are just National officials we haven’t made it to the International level yet so don’t bother looking for us on TV any time soon.

The reason I bought the Bandit was I needed a bike that was more suited to running down mountain roads at 60 and 70 mph. I can do it with the Springer but it is not always enjoyable (read between the lines “fear”). So I went looking for a bike that was more suited for that purpose and this Bandit came available. I love it. It’s a great bike. The only thing I have done was buy a Joe Rocket Tank Bag and replace the windshield with a Rifle 22”. During the races I cannot wear a full-face helmet. I have to be able to talk to the bicyclists as we are running down the road (discussing their indiscretions or attempted indiscretions). I really like the more upright seating position of the Bandit, as most races are 75 to 175 miles long the CBR I tried was hard on my wrists. And besides I’m not the one racing so I really did not need a racing type bike. The Bandit is perfect for this sport. Most of the other officials use BMW’s and I had thought about buying one too. But this bike is a much better.  Happy St. Patty's Day to all.
 :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 17, 2005, 01:25:59 PM
:welcome: Scooter Trash - and your recycled electrons.  :bigok:

I think you'll find the Bandit well suited to your intended task. .. and may even find it suited for all kinds of pavement travel.

Be aware unkind things are sometimes said about "The Motor Company" and the attitude some of it's more boisterous riders. Try not to take it personally. Even though we may bash Harleys sometimes, it doesn't come up here as often as other sites. Most of us are of the mind, "It doesn't matter what you ride, it's THAT you ride."
And it sure sounds like you're a rider!  :bigok:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: scooter trash on March 17, 2005, 03:29:01 PM
I was out at Anacortes, WA a couple years ago on a job and stopped by the local Harley shop to get a tee-shirt. It was raining as it had been for several days and I said to the young lady at the counter, "Man you guys really have some bad weather for riding." She looked at me very sternly and said, "When it comes to riding, there is no such thing as bad weather. Bad clothing yes. Bad weather no." I have never forgotten that conversation and have pretty much lived by it. I ride year round. But I do have a limit which is 35 degrees. Not that I do not have the clothing for it, but because it is getting really close to having ice on the roads. Yes we do ride. I got my wife her new 1200 last May, by September she had 7500 miles on it. We do not own a trailer. As a matter of fact I have a tee-shirt that says, “If you see my bike on a trailer call 911. It’s being stolen.” :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 17, 2005, 06:30:34 PM
Quote from: "Scooter Trash"
We do not own a trailer. As a matter of fact I have a tee-shirt that says, “If you see my bike on a trailer call 911. It’s being stolen.” :motorsmile:


 :bigok: I don't have a trailer either... not even a pickup.
(That makes haulin' my dirt bikes around a bit difficult though)
Title: I'm back
Post by: longislandbandit99 on March 17, 2005, 06:36:24 PM
Hello guys
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 17, 2005, 06:50:25 PM
:bandit: Hi LIB!
Title: New guy here
Post by: '?' on March 20, 2005, 11:19:23 AM
Hello all. I'm a long time member over at STN and that site steered me over here for the simple reason that I'm very seriously considering replacing my K1200RS with a naked bike. I'm considering the ZRX1200, the FZ1 and the Bandit 12. What I would like is for some help in deciding. There is likely an obvious bias here, but that's fine. What are strengths and weaknesses of the B12?  :thanks:

Richard
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: txbanditrydr on March 20, 2005, 01:10:04 PM
Welcome to the forum '?'.....  you will find a ton of good stuff about Bandits here.  I might suggest a new thread to address your questions in detail but in the meantime here are a couple of good points.

Great low end power, reasonably priced, low insurance costs, easy to maintain... the list is really longer though.

Bad points....  you take a hit on resale value.

We had some great stuff about this very same thing on the old board and hopefully someone will see this and copy / repost it in the next 10 days or so.
Title: Re: New guy here
Post by: Red01 on March 21, 2005, 05:51:45 AM
Quote from: "'?'"
I'm considering the ZRX1200, the FZ1 and the Bandit 12. What I would like is for some help in deciding. There is likely an obvious bias here, but that's fine. What are strengths and weaknesses of the B12?  :thanks:

Richard


All three are fine bikes. All three have their nits & pics, depending on what you're looking for in a bike. These same three were on my short list  when I decided on the B12.

Cliff's Notes version:

In the minus column
Out of the box, the B12 is the slowest and worst handling. Not by any large margins, but enough that magazines seems to ignore it and drool all over the FZ1.
In the plus column
It is the cheapest, has the best fairing (S model), easiest to work on yourself, best supported by the aftermarket and most time proven. It responds to horsepower mods far better than the other two. Try to get a 15-20 horse increase out of FZ-1 with a slip-on and a jet kit - you'll be lucky to get 5. If you prefer to do your own maintenance, the B12 has screw & locknut adjustments instead of PIA shims like the other two. No antifreeze to worry about leaking, changing, or boiling over.[/list]

Selling points for me were price, wind protection (I chose the "S" model), ease of maintenance, aftermarket support and the bulletproof reputation earned by its GSXR heritage. (Maybe one of these days I'll take advantge of it's ability to be hopped up with GSXR goodies.) As a bike that exposes its engine for the world to see, as all three of these do, it has the most attractive engine of the three.

Sounds like you like to ride for long periods in the saddle often. To me, this cuts the ZRX immediately, unless you Canadians get the ZRX-S model like they do in EU. The FZ's fairing is better than the bikini job on the ZRX-R, but even with aftermarket help, it's not as good as the Bandit's. I think if yo spent what you'd spend on a FZ1 on a B12 and a few choice upgrades (slip-on & jet kit, Hayabusa rear shock, Progressive or Race Tech fork springs), you'd have a bike that's better than the FZ in every regard.

Of course all this is IMHO, YMMV.  :motorsmile:
Title: Which bike
Post by: '?' on March 21, 2005, 11:21:27 PM
Thanks for the input. I've spent quite a bit of time over the winter with the fear that I would be facing this decision this year. And I'm pretty sure that the Kawi will fall off the list first. I like the added grunt of the Yami and my insurance would be cheaper on the Fazer than on the B12. I think the kicker is the reduced number of features on the bandit. It has no fuel pump. It has no water pump. It has no rad. It has no fan. It has no rad hoses.

All in all, it's got a whole lot less than the Fazer, a whole lot less things to break. And right now that's EXACTLY what I want.

I can't believe the price of the ABS computer on the K1200RS......$3000.00........and I wonder how much the labour charge will be?

Now all I have to do is figure out how I'm going to find the dough for this.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: B12sFred on March 22, 2005, 06:28:31 PM
Welcome "?". I highly recomend the Bandit. You admired mine at Breakfast last year with Flyer et al. You can also check out Bike-Tours UK for Bill's ( a very experienced Sport Tourers) opinion.

http://www.biketours-uk.com/catman/subcat/1/12/index.cms

Check the prices at  Suzuki of Brampton.

Fred
(Fellow Hockey Dad)
Title: Queen St. breakfast
Post by: '?' on March 23, 2005, 12:51:43 PM
Small world! I remember the meeting. Hope we can get together again sometime this summer.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Gnome on March 23, 2005, 05:15:11 PM
Hello all,

Name's John (or Gnome), and my ride is a '99 Bandit 600N.
Currently undergoing "Project Gnome," and a few more details can be found on the website I knocked up:

http://www.projectgnome.qn.com

 :grin:  :bigok:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 23, 2005, 06:26:38 PM
Hmmm... when I click on your link, it seems my employer doesn't like your site...

Quote
__________Access Denied__________

______ has instituted temporary additional virus filtering on our inbound forward proxy servers.

The Web Forward Proxy service is blocking in accord with: Protecting Against Malicious Code policy

If this filtering has affected business related data that you are sure is not infected with a virus, you can contact the customer help center at XXX-YYY-ZZZZ for assistance.
Title: old KevinB600
Post by: Banditboy600 on March 23, 2005, 06:29:08 PM
New Banditboy600
same bike:
http://www.bikepics.com/members/banditboy600s/02gsf600/
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Steve on March 24, 2005, 04:20:47 AM
Nice bike, great dogs!

Steve
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: scooter trash on March 24, 2005, 09:09:11 AM
Actually I was thinking, Nice bike, GREAT Security system !!!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 24, 2005, 03:43:00 PM
OK, no troubles @ home... don't know what work's beef was with your site...

And the pics weren't that bad to load on my 56K connection.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Bill Man on March 24, 2005, 10:56:38 PM
Hey Y' All,

Just joined the BBS this week and have spent countless hours reading everything on the board.  I had visited this site about a year or more ago, looks completely different!

Starting to think of projects for my 1G 1200S and am getting great ideas on the boards.

Just moved to NC from PA.  It's great to have riding weather in March!  Look forward to getting to Deals Gap this year.  Was never able to make it that far South from PA on a long weekend.

The Bill Man
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Post by: Terbang Roy on March 25, 2005, 10:22:31 PM
"Hello Hello its good to be back"
 :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: aussiebandit on March 26, 2005, 01:06:50 AM
Welcome back, Terbang Boy - or should that be Garry Glitter??????
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: RUSS M8 on March 26, 2005, 03:19:08 AM
Hey, I'm me again!!!  I've been away a while, working (fixing bikes) so this is the first I've seen the new BanditAlley - Looks cool.  :grin:
Title: Intro
Post by: smooth operator on March 27, 2005, 08:25:33 PM
Thought I'd reintroduce myself. Last time I was under my real name(Dan Lander) Now under smooth operator. I've been on bikes since I was 6. used to flattrak and TT,a little motox (many many moons ago,now at 48)but still like trak time when I can on the road courses. I have a 98 B12 that I customised to my liking. Now that we did some computre upgrades,I'll have to fgure out how to send pics.Glad to be back :thanks:
Title: Re: Intro
Post by: PitterB4 on March 27, 2005, 09:07:45 PM
Quote from: "smooth operator"
Now that we did some computre upgrades,I'll have to fgure out how to send pics.Glad to be back :thanks:


Dan - I had actually posted some pics for you the day before the old board crashed.  Here's a couple of your sweet B12 'til you figure it out...

(http://banditmotorcycles.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album24/dan4.sized.jpg)

(http://banditmotorcycles.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album24/dan.sized.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: WEINERDOGBONE on March 28, 2005, 03:35:01 AM
You got bling!
Title: Hi all
Post by: blueorgreen on March 28, 2005, 01:33:07 PM
just saying hi

Im danny , age 18, jst got a bandit 600  , wooohoo, iv been riding for a few years on road. (legaly of corse) iv owned :

Kawa Ar50 , suzuki GS125 , Honda Bros 400 (sorry to see it go)

N e way Hi :banana:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on March 28, 2005, 03:38:08 PM
Welcome Danny...  :congrats: on your choice of 600 cc bikes.  There is a ton of great information here so enjoy and ride safe!!   :motorsmile:
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Post by: blueorgreen on March 28, 2005, 06:05:58 PM
Cheers  :grin:
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Post by: Red01 on March 28, 2005, 07:24:22 PM
What part of the world do you call home, blueorgreen?
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: blueorgreen on March 28, 2005, 09:32:13 PM
Hi im from yorkshire ,, uk
Title: Thanks Rob
Post by: smooth operator on March 29, 2005, 07:22:14 AM
Thanks Rob for putting up those pisc. I just oredered a chain yesterday,I went with the RK in red. When I where out my street tires,I have a buddy that wants to powder coat the wheels,I'll go with the silver.(I think) And I'll have to pull off that electrial tape off the frame under the tank and put a couple tie wraps on.  :beers: Dan
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Post by: SPeeeeDY on March 29, 2005, 04:36:39 PM
ow do all.

Im Ryan from Leeds, W. yorkshire. I was looking to buy a bandit 600 but came across my SVS which is awsome (thats up for debate on this site).
Evenstill i thought i would join this forum as my dad is about to buy his second bandit 1200n. But he struggles to turn the PC on, so i thought i would join for him.

My road bikes up to press:

Speedfight 50
CG125
TTR250  

SPeeeeDY
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Post by: PitterB4 on March 29, 2005, 05:02:19 PM
Speedy - you're welcome here!  We have another SV guy around here, too.  I don't think you'll get much debate about the SV being a terrific bike because it is.
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Post by: Red01 on March 29, 2005, 06:53:45 PM
:welcome: Ryan. I think you'll find the SV series is well respected here.
. . . it's just another great Suzuki.  :bigok:

So, which SVS did you get? The 650 or the 1K?
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Post by: SPeeeeDY on March 30, 2005, 02:32:24 PM
hi,

The SVS is the 650 as i have to restrict it to 33bhp. it may be slow (tops out about 105mph) but it sounds awsome with the flueflame evo end can on!!!

SPeeeeDY
Title: restrictor
Post by: Steve on March 31, 2005, 05:56:35 AM
Hey Speedy,

If you don't mind, post up some info regarding you restrictor laws there. Why does your restrictor come off soon, and why was it there in the first place?

If it's not appropriate for this part of the forum either start a new thread somewhere else, or PM me if you want. You have my curiousity going on this one! I also get confused sometimes on what should go where on the board, and don't mean to "hi-jack" threads, although sometimes that is the outcome.

Steve

BTW: the SV is at the top of my list of bikes that I really don't need to buy! At times I have contemplated life without the b12 in favor of an SV, too much into my b12 and it is easy to work on and does everything so well for me.
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Post by: PeteSC on March 31, 2005, 05:59:56 AM
Yup, Speeeeeeedy, the SV is a great bike, and probably to become a 'classic'.
   Maybe I'll start a thread about motorcycle restrictions in various places for the heck of it, since it comes up at times, and tend to puzzle us Yanks! :duh:
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Post by: SPeeeeDY on March 31, 2005, 01:31:32 PM
hey.

This is prob. the wrong place, but here goes anyway

At 16 you can do a CBT (compulsary basic training) and ride a moped (50cc) restricted to 32mph.

At age 17 or over, you will have two types of full motorcycle licence to aim for - the A1 light motorcycle licence or the standard category A motorcycle licence.

To gain a full A1 light motorcycle licence you must successfully complete CBT and pass a theory test followed by a practical test on a vehicle between 75cc and 125cc. A full A1 licence permits you to ride any motorcycle up to 125cc and a power output of up to 11kW (14.6 bhp) without `L' plates, carry pillion passengers and use motorways.

To gain a full standard category A licence you must successfully complete CBT and pass a theory test followed by a practical test on a motorcycle of over 120cc but not larger than 125cc and capable of at least 100kph. In practice the normal test vehicle will be a 125cc machine. A full standard category A licence permits you ride any motorcycle with a power output of up to 25kW (33bhp) and a power-to-weight ratio not exceeding 0.16kW/kg without `L' plates, carry pillion passengers and use motorways. You are restricted to a motorcycle up to 25kW for two years (not counting any periods of disqualification). After two years you may ride any size motorcycle.

Riders aged 21 or over may opt to take a test on a large motorcycle. On passing the test they are immediately qualified to ride any motorcycle without restrictions. This option is called Direct Access. You must complete CBT, and if necessary, a motorcycle theory test and a practical test on a motorcycle of at least 35kW (46.6bhp).


A person thinking of doing their bike test aged 20 can do their test, but they can only ride a bike under 33bhp for two years. They may as well wait until they turn 21 then take their full test and ride anything straightaway
Hope this helps


SPeeeeDY

PS, i passed my test whan i was 17, im 18 now so only have to wait until 3 March 2006 for my restriction to be lifted :banana:
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Post by: NCBANDIT on April 02, 2005, 12:23:27 PM
Hi all! Just bought a 98 B12 in black, stock with the exception of a vance&hines slip on. Just stumbled across the site, looks like alot of tech. info. I could use. I live in NC so if there is anyone in this area that would wanna meet up for a ride that would be awesome.  

Josh
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Post by: PitterB4 on April 02, 2005, 01:11:50 PM
Welcome, Josh.

Be sure to check out the forum about our BOSS rally in VA this May:

http://forums.banditalley.net/viewforum.php?f=14
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Post by: NCBANDIT on April 02, 2005, 04:00:30 PM
Thanks Rob. I already checked out the info on the rally and I have to work that weekend. If something happens and I dont have to, all I have to do is jump on the parkway about 30 min. from my house and run up with ya'll.
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Post by: PeteSC on April 02, 2005, 04:04:19 PM
There will probably be somebody around the campground from weds on.   If you have a weekday off, shoot up and say howdy....maybe get some riding in!
:welcome:
Title: Hi
Post by: Huge on April 06, 2005, 01:40:48 AM
My name is Hugh, I hail from Johannesburg, South Africa. Just bought a street bike, Naked, Black Bandit 1200.
Haven' had this much fun with my pants on in a long time.

The bike's used, its a grey import from Japan. The mileage was 5000kms (3100 miles) when I got it. Not a scratch, 100% original, still has the toolkit.
Just trying to figure out how to get rid of the electronic restriction.
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Post by: b12matty on April 06, 2005, 06:47:23 AM
hi all ive got a 95 jap import black 1200 bandit nice to be here :beers:
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Post by: KitD on April 06, 2005, 07:58:57 PM
Hi guys and gals, I haven't been around in a long time, but Larry and I have been lurking. Thought I'd go ahead and re-register.

Say, anybody planning on going over to Barber for the WERA races next weekend? I'm hoping to be riding through northern Alabama with a few friends from out of town, ending up at Barber on the 15th, then Larry and the boys will be coming over Saturday morning for the races. Pete, you gonna be there?
Kit
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Post by: PeteSC on April 06, 2005, 09:34:06 PM
Howdy, Kit!  Say Hi to Larry for me!
   Not sure about the WERA race, (maybe!) but for sure for AMA.
 :motorsmile:
  Some of the board members may know Kit and Larry, a couple who both ride the heck out of B12's!
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Post by: KitD on April 06, 2005, 10:22:57 PM
:wink: Hope to see ya soon
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Post by: wizud on April 08, 2005, 04:51:55 AM
Hey Huge- thats not a restrictor thats valve bounce!  I'm a newbie myself so "gday" from  downunder :beers:
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Post by: Odin1 on April 10, 2005, 11:41:35 AM
Hello all. I have a 93 400 Bandit that has been sitting in the garage. I found your forums while looking for info as I am getting it running to sell. Nice place you have here. I gave up riding when I had kids but the recent gas crunch and slight mid life crisis (bike fever) has me thinking of getting another bike to ride. I rode a Suzuki Katana 750 and ZX-9R for years and will probably get an '03 ZX-9R if I take the plunge again. Anyway, I am in the Atlanta area and just wanted to say hi. Regards, Odin1
Title: revelation
Post by: Zorlock on April 12, 2005, 04:17:17 PM
Ah, now I see why the site did not recognize my username and password when I tried logging in. It has been on a little vacation since last I visited (November '04?). Well, luckily I was able to re-register under my same username before someone else snatched it  :banana:

Glad the site back up and running.  :thanks:

The name is Dominick,
the location is New Hampshire
the ride is an '03 Bandit 1200S, silver  :motorsmile:
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Post by: rasrave on April 14, 2005, 04:09:55 AM
Hi all! :lol:
Heard about this site from a friend, had a look around, just had to join!
Bought my 1997 (red) Bandit 1200s from a friend at work, he is now riding a Honda CBR1100 and is in his mid-sixties.
My baby had 18000 miles on it last May, now 28000. I ride the bike EVERY chance that I get as I have some catching up to do after wasting the last ten years :duh:
Previous rides included Yamaha RD350, IT175 (trial bike), various European 125's and 250's...this bike is the best thing that has ever happened to me on 2 wheels, incredible all rounder, lots of guts...thank God for that decision last May!!!
Anyway, don't want to go on too much, have not read the previous 5 pages, but will say Hi to "Huge/Hugh" from Jo'burg, a fellow South African here in Mississippi (born in Cape Town), and another Hi to anyone going to Birmingham on the 22nd as me and my buddy will be there too :lol:
Cannot wait until next Friday morning, looking forward to the ride and a chat with people here :banana:
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Post by: 02B12S on April 19, 2005, 12:41:20 PM
Hi, joined the forum yesterday..  looking for additional info, other views  on the Bandit. I'm located in Townsend Ma.

Been riding M/C's since 1963.. Riding my Bandit since May of 03, bought it as a new leftover.   Was a chance buy, went to the dealer to buy another Kaw,  seen the bandit and bought it instead..  Best snap buy I ever made.

JJ
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Post by: Red01 on April 21, 2005, 06:52:49 PM
Quote from: "Bandit Jap"

New user!
Joined: 21 Apr 2005
Posts: 2
Location: Birmingham
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 5:19 am    
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Hi every one, just thought I would do what the subject says and introduce myself...

My names Andy 32 years old from Birmingham (some one has to live here)

Started on a yamaha TDR 125 seven months ago then did a das course last week and passed first time :)

I now have a Bandit 600 gsf and I love it! It is a N reg but in immaculate condition for £1400.

It is now i think my learning really starts, and this is why I have joined this forum to pick up hints and help when I need it.

At the moment I am still getting to know my bike and have not pushed it passed 4000 revs in any gear. All my biker friends say I should goto about 8000 to feel the power of the bike but all in good time, as Im in no rush to crash it, as after my 125 this is a differnet kettle of fish.

all the best
Bandit Jap

 
Quote from: "tacoman"

Board Homesteader!
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Posts: 57
Location: Tacoma, Wa.
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Welcome aboard! Is your bike bone stock or does it have some mods? Lot of good tips here for improving the bike. Are you handy with a wrench? If you can do the work yourself and have a couple hundred bucks to spare, you can make this bike sing.


Quote from: "Vee Dub Nut"

Board Regular!
Joined: 05 Mar 2005
Posts: 16
Location: Texas
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B6's pull the hardest from about 7k to 12k..... You will enjoy the bike!

Your in the right place for information, every question i have ever asked here was met with very prompt and helpful people.
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Adam in College Station Texas
1996 Bandit 600s
2000 VW GTi GLX
1967 VW Beetle* slight modifictations

 
Quote from: "billythefish"

TURBO TYPER!
Joined: 06 Apr 2005
Posts: 25
Location: Midlands, U.K.
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Regards,
Billy
'05 Bandit 1200 (nekkid)

 
Quote from: "Maniac"

TURBO TYPER!
Joined: 08 Mar 2005
Posts: 48
Location: Holly Hill, FL
Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2005 11:17 am    
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Quote from: "Bandit Jap"
At the moment I am still getting to know my bike and have not pushed it passed 4000 revs in any gear.  

Good idea! The only problem with this is that you may go through spark plugs faster. These engines are designed to rev a lot more than that, you are borderline lugging it, which could cause the plugs to foul out and go bad quicker than normal. Still, like you said, better than wrecking!
_________________

'04 Mazda 3s
'93 Suzuki Bandit 400
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Post by: Red01 on April 21, 2005, 06:58:41 PM
:welcome: Bandit Jap - and any other new members I may have missed.  :motorsmile:
Title: Cheers!
Post by: Bandit Jap on April 22, 2005, 08:16:16 AM
Thanks for the big welcome and response!

And to reply to tacoman no my bike has no mods and I would love to know how to get it running better taking into consideration my mechanics is rubbish :)
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Post by: Swamp Rat on April 22, 2005, 09:07:57 AM
At first...I thought you were from Alabama til I saw the....hell...I don't have a key for that...well...the lbs symbol in front of your purchase price. welcome to you and all others. And yes...rev the piss out of the little bugger!
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Post by: archer on April 25, 2005, 04:16:47 PM
Hello!

My names Dave, I'm from Ireland and I bought myself a B6 on the 7th of April this year. I used to ride a CBR125R piece of crap and to date have been extremly impressed with the Bandits ability to do everything. Well, I haven't had it on ice yet and won't for quite some time.

The bad news is I haven't seen it for a week and don't expect to see it for another. I pranged it. My bueatiful baby. I was being a idiot. I collected it from the dealler after its first service and set off across the city center to a job interview. Finished up over there, strapped interview stuff to bike, pulled on biking stuff and set off.

Only to remember after getting to 50km/h in one rotation of the rear wheel that the disk lock was still on. The Engine bars I'd fitted did the job, I kissed them, and the exhaust wasn't badly damaged but one of the indicators went to bits but one of the front brake disks was destroyed. Not having the money for the van I babied the thing at walking pace back towards the dealer where things got much worse but thats a story for another time.

So. I'm stuck at home at the moment waiting to get my brand new busted up bike back. So I figure its as good a time as any to introduce myself here.

So... Hello.
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Post by: Red01 on April 25, 2005, 06:58:55 PM
:welcome: That's a helluva way to make an introduction though.  :duh:
Betcha don't forget the disc lock again...
Title: Disc lock
Post by: wizud on April 27, 2005, 03:57:01 AM
I was about to say that was very Irish of you but you are niether first or last to do it so I'll just say--- WELCOME :motorsmile:
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Post by: archer on April 27, 2005, 01:43:04 PM
Thanks. I've been reading though the site and there's a lot of interesting stuff on here. =]
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Post by: SoonerVa on April 28, 2005, 02:26:50 PM
Just an introduction to all.  I finally found a good bbs with Bandit info.  Just bought a used 2002 Bandit 600S with under 2K.  Previous owner had used it to learn on before moving to bigger BMW.  Well taken care of and rides smooth.

Feel free to pass on any advice since I'ma newbie rider using this bike as a first out of the MSF course.  So far it's been really easy to use although the power is deceptive after riding 250's for a weekend.

See you on the road,
Chris

BTW- Dates wrong on the photo, it was this week but my SO doesn't know how to work the camera.
(http://i5.photobucket.com/albums/y173/SoonerVa/NewBike.jpg)
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Post by: PeteSC on April 28, 2005, 03:06:16 PM
Welcome Chris,

  Try to make the Rally in Meadows of Dan, VA in 2 weeks! :motorsmile:
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Post by: Red01 on April 28, 2005, 04:26:11 PM
Quote from: "SoonerVa"
Feel free to pass on any advice since I'ma newbie rider using this bike as a first out of the MSF course.  So far it's been really easy to use although the power is deceptive after riding 250's for a weekend.


:welcome: Chris!

As a new rider, just take it easy while getting used to your new bike. Yes, it's a world of difference from the MSF bikes. Pay attention, expect the unexpected and ride like you're invisible - because to many cages out there, you are.

 :beers: Here's to many miles and years of happy and safe riding!  :bigok:
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Post by: SoonerVa on April 28, 2005, 09:06:45 PM
Thanks.  So far I've been doing neighborhood rides for about an hour or so at a stretch.  Clutch and throtle control seem to be more senistive so I've been doing a lot of starting/stopping and changing from 1st-2nd-3rd.  I know it's boring but slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

If I'm ready in two weeks to hit the big roads I'll be there.  :motorsmile:
Title: Greetings
Post by: MBandit14 on May 01, 2005, 12:10:28 PM
Greetings from "The Gateway to Rindge"  ( that would be Winchendon Mass.) to all my fellow Banditos. Don't weathermen blow?? :boohoo: As soon as it dries up a little I'll be taking the Bandit out to stretch her legs. :motorsmile: Stay safe.
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Post by: wizud on May 02, 2005, 02:40:26 AM
Welcome Mbandit14! We are just starting to wind down with our weather, it's starting to get a little chilly out there but that just means warmer clothing! :bigok:  :motorsmile:
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Post by: cc600 on May 09, 2005, 02:14:04 PM
Hello all,

my name is Chris and I own a 2002 B6 Bandit with 900 miles on it so far.

If you see a red B6 with a cautious rider in the Detroit area, that would be me!  :grin:  - honing my motorcycle skills , as I haven't had my lic very long.    I did take the MSF course and I am trying to accumulate miles on my B6 to become a better rider.
Title: NEW GUY
Post by: 12sdrag on May 09, 2005, 11:17:22 PM
hey, did every thing backwards! posted on the board before introducing my self. so sorry  maryland rider born and raise bouht my 02 1200s brand new two and half years ago and have injoyed over 9,000 miles on it and the low 11 second passes at over 120 mph. love to race,but love to ride more.(need to build two bikes)also have a 99 600 project that i`m working on for a good friend.hope to get to know so more bandit owners have only seen a few running around town.It took almost two years for me to find this site.glad i did. :banana: jr (12sdrag)
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Post by: SlackMeister on May 11, 2005, 09:43:21 AM
morning, all!

I bought my b4 last October (from someone on this board, forget the screen name though, sorry!) and am enjoying the hell out of it now that nice weather has come around again. Located in the Washington DC area and my main online hangout is the notorious dcsportbikes.com  :banana:

Here's a pic from one of the last rides I squeezed in before winter. I'm the one on the left, northbound on skyline drive:

(http://filebox.vt.edu/users/smcmahon/images/me-jenn-skylinedr-11-07-04.jpg)
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Post by: gearset01 on May 11, 2005, 08:47:12 PM
HELLO........
Just bought a 05 1200s rode 250 miles in 48hrs.
I think I like it!!!!!
Any riders near Slatington, PA.
New Member.

Mike                           :grin:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on May 11, 2005, 09:22:35 PM
Welcome to the board Mike and  :congrats:  on the new Bandit.... ain't they sweet???  Got a dealer notification today on mine (of two months) for the 600 mile service..... just ticked over 3,000 today!!! :toocool:
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Post by: Tundrahog on May 12, 2005, 10:38:51 AM
Quote from: "gearset01"
Any riders near Slatington, PA.


Where's Slatington?  It doesn't show up on my search.
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Post by: gearset01 on May 12, 2005, 04:32:59 PM
Jon........
Its close to Allentown, you take 309 N from Allentown to 873 N for about 3 miles near Neffs. You are about 3hrs North of me up 476, are you close to Leprino foods in Waverly.
 :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile: :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :monkeymoon:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:  :motorsmile:
And yes its very sweeeet.
Mike
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Post by: Tundrahog on May 12, 2005, 06:20:49 PM
I ride by Leprino's every morning on my way to work, check out the NE area we've got a few guys down your way.
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Post by: raincheck_uk on May 12, 2005, 09:41:18 PM
HI im Becky, got my Bandit 400 last december after passing my test (on the second attempt!!) Have been riding since i was 11 im almost 25 now (just a month away!) and its always been my dream to own a bandit and now i have one  :banana: , although its been in the garage since last Saturday and im starting to miss it a little! Any one on here from my neck of the woods???
Title: hello and thanks bandit alley
Post by: elbandido on May 24, 2005, 03:02:23 PM
i'm a 2000 B6 owner, and use it mostly for commuting to and from work.  i've been riding off and on for over 10 years.  and most of those years on a honda rebel 250.  i've been working on my cornering skills on the angeles crest highway, and have aspirations of touring.  love my bandit!!! :banana:
i appreciate all of your help on my unending questions about the art of the bandit.
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Post by: Mustang-Mel on May 30, 2005, 01:33:45 AM
Hello to all Banditos,

I had joined this board last year but somehow after the upgrade, my account got screwed. So now, I have re-registered and am happy that I can participate in news and views.

I am from Singapore and have been riding a Bandit 600 (GSF600Y) since 2004 Jul and love it. I love the smoothness and quick throttle response (unlike my previous Harley) but am still fighting the front end wobble. I noticed this after I added on a rear helmet box.

I read some previous postings which deduce that it was probably due to the tyre design. I am using Bridgestone BATLAX BT50 Radials.

Are there any members from South East Asia?
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Post by: PeteSC on May 30, 2005, 03:30:43 AM
There are a couple of members from Singapore.....but can't come up with names right now.
  :welcome:
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Post by: Red01 on May 30, 2005, 02:18:59 PM
I believe the Singaporean members are all 400 Bandit owners, so you may find them there, if they don't show themselves here first.

:welcome:  :motorsmile:
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Post by: BBDAD on June 04, 2005, 06:14:04 PM
Hi. New to forum. My name is Robert, purchased a 2002 600 last month and love the bike. I live in South Ga ride every day and weekends with a great group of sport riders.I have found some good advice here and will be making some mods in the near future.
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Post by: RMR Bandit on June 13, 2005, 12:07:55 PM
Hi.   I have owned a 97 Bandit 1200S for two years now.  My cousin sold it too me after putting about $3500 in it from the Holeshot website.  1216 big bore kit being the big ticket item and upgraded suspension.  After being away from sport bikes for a couple years and closing in on 40yrs old, it was just the ticket.   Still smile every ride.

  I am currently stationed at Thule AB Greenland, but will return to Colorado Springs in a month.  See you around the online water cooler. :grin:
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Post by: feniano on June 14, 2005, 12:19:39 PM
Hi all,

My name is Alvaro. I'm from Madrid, Spain. I'm happy to be part of this international community. Greetings to everybody, especially to Irish bandits (I lived in Ireland for two years).

By the way, I've got a Bandis 600 s.

See you!
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Post by: Red01 on June 14, 2005, 07:20:50 PM
:welcome: Robert, RMR & Alvaro!  :beers:

Alvaro, do you know Carlos of Club Bandit España? (http://clubbandit.iespana.es/) I know Madrid is a big city, but just wondering in case you ride with the club. Carlos stops by once in a while and posts, especially when it's getting time to announce their Banditadas or show pictures from one.
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Post by: feniano on June 15, 2005, 05:45:49 AM
Hi Paul,

thanks for the welcome. Yes I know Carlos, not personally though, but I see his posts frequently in the Spanish board.

Greetings
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Post by: Woody on June 24, 2005, 04:05:13 AM
Hey all, have recently upgraded from a CBR 250 to a Bandit 1200s...

Have just discovered this board and it looks really helpful for tech questions, bit short on the Australian riders though!

Have just done my first big tour on the beast last weekend, 700km stopping only for fuel...

Any riders local to Canberra floating around??
Cheers,
Woody
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Post by: PeteSC on June 24, 2005, 10:22:18 AM
Welcome Woody,

  We don't have a lot of Aussies.....but the ones we have are 'vocal', particularily when it comes to  topics about footie, (all types) and sheep.
   :motorsmile:  :beers:  :bigok:  :motorsmile:  :duh:
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Post by: PitterB4 on June 24, 2005, 11:04:12 AM
Woody - the main problem is that we haven't found a reliable translation service for the Aussies yet!   :stickpoke:

BTW - :welcome:
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Post by: Woody on June 26, 2005, 12:06:39 AM
Wicked, thanks for the welcome guys!

I'll try to translate Aussie english into something universally recognised when I post - shouldn't be a problem (me thinks...).

 :beers:
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Post by: aussiebandit on June 26, 2005, 04:55:58 AM
G'day Woody, Welcome to the Board and to the world of Bandits. :welcome:

I think I'm one of the vocal ones.......
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Post by: Red01 on June 27, 2005, 08:39:28 PM
Quote from: "Gary N"

First Post! Be Gentle!
Joined: 24 Jun 2005
Posts: 1
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Just another new member signing in to introduce myself. I've read the messages and benefited from the tech infor for a couple years. Enjoy the site very much and appreciate the work gone into it. I have about 11K miles on a stock 1200S. Enjoy commuting and weekend cruises around the NW Washington area. Thanks to all participating.  

Gary
Ferndale, WA
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2002 Bandit 1200S - Focal point of extended mid-life crises.
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Post by: Red01 on June 27, 2005, 10:07:45 PM
Quote from: "amboman"

First Post! Be Gentle!
Joined: 26 Jun 2005
Posts: 1
Location: New Zealand
Posted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 5:47 pm    
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G'day from Kiwi land. I have just seen the light and traded my 2005 VT 750 Shadow ( a little under powered for my liking ) for a new 2005 B 12. Man this thing is great. Just completed first 100 miles and haven fallen in love all over again. Need to say thanks for such a great forum and to all you guys who post topics. Reading the infromation on this site helped me decide to join the masses. Hope I can be the same help to someone someday.
Title: Thanks
Post by: amboman on June 28, 2005, 12:01:54 AM
Bikes are easy compared to this computer stuff.  Thanks for placing my post in the right area.  Will get the hang of things as time goes on.
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Post by: Red01 on June 28, 2005, 01:25:39 AM
Don't sweat it, we all learn sometime.  :grin:

:welcome:  :beers:
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Post by: Bandit_Bill on July 03, 2005, 07:06:07 PM
Coulda swore i've done this one or two times already on the forum.. but i keep disappearing?  :duh:

Anyway, just dropping anchor back on the forum, nice to meetcha :)
Title: newbie
Post by: fartndust on July 03, 2005, 10:11:51 PM
Been checking out the website for a couple of weeks now...felt good enough about what I had read to purchase a barely used (5k miles) '02 Bandit-S.  It has some little things...heated grips, cruise control, Zero Gravity windscreen, full Micron exhaust...somebody really loved this B12, so now it's my turn :banana:  :banana:
I won't say how old I am, but I owned my first street bike back in the mid 70's till a buddy I rode with was taken out by a woman pulling on to the highway in front of him; she said she never saw him but it killed him.
I wanted a bike that was big enough to catch a drivers' attention, have a comfy seat from the factory, (my other ride is a YFZ450..ouch!) easy to work on, with some reliability, not a crotch-rocket, but not a police cruiser either (I looked at a BMW1100RTP)  Now I heard about all the oil burner hubbub so that won't catch me off guard, and I can change pistons if it becomes necessary.  Anyway, hats off to you guys and all your input ideas and advice.  I won't be contributing much, but I'll be reading up a storm. :thanks:
I do a lot of ATV'ing Riding the dunes on the Oregon Coast, and running the tracks in Eastern Washington.  Won my first Hare Scramble this summer for the Open Class..just got lucky :beers:
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Post by: banditII on July 04, 2005, 09:38:57 AM
Hello everyone.  I'm new to the group.  I just purchased a 2005 Suzuki 1200 Bandit.  I had a 2001 Bandit way back when and traded it off, but over time I realized what a great bike it was.  Sooooo, I bought another one.  The Bandit is my favorite all round bike of all time.  I've owned everything from cruisers to a hayabusa and the Bandit is the best.  I also have a Cow 9R which is fun too.  Lets get together and ride sometime!

Warren Renshaw
Hanceville AL
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Post by: PeteSC on July 04, 2005, 09:51:57 AM
:welcome:

 Bill, the forum crashed a couple of times in the last 6 months, and all members were 'ejected'.  (It wasn't just a 'canadian sidecar jockey' purge.)

   Wecome back to the fold, Warren!

  FART....watch out, we have a good handful or riders on the board in your area.  One claims he does off road stuff in a jeep, but I think he just runs around town with big tires and scares old ladies in Buicks.... :monkeymoon:
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Post by: fartndust on July 04, 2005, 02:20:59 PM
Thanks for the Heads-up PeteSC!
We could use a few less Buicks on the road around here anyway.  I'm guessing that the B12 may have been owned by a former member of the website...
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Post by: Red01 on July 05, 2005, 07:59:26 PM
Quote from: "fartndust"
We could use a few less Buicks on the road around here anyway.


HEY! ...my Buick never cut you off...  :wink:

I find Volvos & Subarus more dangerous.  :stickpoke:
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Post by: solman on July 11, 2005, 09:38:51 PM
How's it going guys?  I finally made it in and happy to be here. :banana:   I have a 03 Bandit 1200 naked that I bought last year.  I currently have a Holeshot high mount with a modified stage 1 jet kit and have also trimmed the tail and changed my turn signals.  There is a pic of my bike on the Holeshot site in the 2001+ high mount pipe.  I also sent him a pic of me doing a nice burnout, but I haven't seen it anywhere yet.  

http://www.holeshot.com/main/showimage.shtml?bandit/images/Bandit_A10.jpg
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Post by: txbanditrydr on July 11, 2005, 11:24:20 PM
Welcome to the board Solman...... be sure to post up in the Texas forum of any rides you might be planning.  Maybe we can hook up.
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Post by: solman on July 11, 2005, 11:38:45 PM
:thanks:   I see on mapquest that your are SE of Dallas.  It says 250 miles according to it.  I would like to meet up with some other Bandit riders.  I met a couple at the Dragon a couple of weeks ago and that turned out to be about 2800 miles of riding over 1 1/2 weeks.  :motorsmile:
Title: Hi All
Post by: MaccDaddy on July 21, 2005, 07:44:39 AM
Hay All I'm a newbe from downunder (Darwin) and just wondering how many of us bandit riders are actually in the Topend? :?:
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Post by: aussiebandit on July 21, 2005, 08:42:44 AM
Hey it's good to have another Aussie on board.  Welcome :welcome: and  :beers:

There wouldn't be many corners up your way would there?  Mind you I do like your speed limit.
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Post by: MaccDaddy on July 21, 2005, 09:14:45 AM
Hay mick, yeah there arn't to many corners up here :sad: but i mannage to terrorise  the suburbs fairly well :lol: . The bandit 250 doesn't do the speed limit justice as i can only get 150km/h out of her :crybaby:  but i do love our roundabouts and slow points!!!!!!. :beers:
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Post by: Earth Brown on July 29, 2005, 08:06:15 AM
Hello.... from NY

Currently own and ride a 82 Suzuki GS11000e

Looking to upgrage to Bandit....
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Post by: NHBubba on July 29, 2005, 01:01:05 PM
I've actually been lurking for a little while and just got around to making my first coupl'a posts. I suppose I should to the show and tell bit for a sec though..

I currently ride a 2001 Bandit 1200 'K' (naked). The thing is almost entirely stock except a National Cycle F-16 'tour-sheild' and my second set of rubber.

I've been riding since the ripe age of 16. At 16 I took and successfully passed the NH state MC driving exam and inherited a 1978 Honda Hawk CB400. The bike was purchased for my folks to get back into riding and pass the driving test after being out of it for years. The bike had fallen into disrepair and in proper father/son fasion dad and I fixed her up and made her road worthy. I rode this CB400 through college. It was my pride and joy!

(http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/6/web/390000-390999/390404_41_full.jpg)

At the ripe age of 24 I was a fresh college grad and had just accepted a nice new full-time job as a Software Engineer. They gave me a nice pile of money for moving expenses. As most college grads can relate, I had nothing substantial to move.. nothing that wouldn't fit in my pickup anyhow, so I quickly found myself w/ money to burn and lust for a newer, more powerful bike. That summer I bought my Bandit.

Professionally I make my money as a Software Engineer. My company builds equipment and software for planetariums. Kind of an odd thing but it (usually) pays the bills.

On the side I am an avid amateur photographer. I have a web gallery here (http://www.pbase.com/nhbubba/root). Sadly I don't have many shots of the Bandit.. as I sit here typing this I'm not really sure why that is!

I have lived here in Southern NH for most of my life, except for a short stay in Western NY (Rochester) for school. I am firmly of the opinion that rural New England yeilds some very excellent riding material!

Anyhow, I am looking forward to posting here..
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Post by: Red01 on July 30, 2005, 12:15:28 PM
:welcome: folks! :welcome: :motorsmile:

Quote
I am firmly of the opinion that rural New England yeilds some very excellent riding material!


I am firmly of the opinion that anyplace that has one of the following rural settings yeilds some very excellent riding material:


Of course, the more of the above, the better!  :bigok:
Title: Hello.
Post by: Mentalino on July 31, 2005, 07:55:31 AM
02 Bandit 1200s Custom RoughRider Edition
RS-3 Yosh slipon
stage 2 jet kit
Metzeler M1's (religious)
5 degree advancer
(http://mysite.verizon.net/madmental/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/img_0228.jpg) :beers:
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Post by: billybandit on August 03, 2005, 08:50:43 PM
Hi I'm Billy! I actually joined a few weeks back but have only really been using the 250/400 forums. I'm from England and have a GSF250R

(http://predator.bikepics.com/pics/suzuki-bandit250-93-bikepics-402787.jpg)

I like to look after it, n thrash her silly!  :wink:  :motorsmile:
I also have a VW Scirocco, lovely car, but it ain't no motorbike no sir
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Post by: PitterB4 on August 03, 2005, 10:39:27 PM
:welcome: Newbies!

An 88 Scirocco?  Fun car!  I almost bought an 87 when I graduated from college in 91.  I don't think that salesman will ever clean the brown stains from his shorts after that test ride.   :lol:
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Post by: PitterB4 on August 03, 2005, 10:57:05 PM
Quote from: "NHBubba"
On the side I am an avid amateur photographer. I have a web gallery here (http://www.pbase.com/nhbubba/root). Sadly I don't have many shots of the Bandit.. as I sit here typing this I'm not really sure why that is!


I poked around your site a bit.  Really nice!  For some reason "Hydrant" really caught my eye.  Great shot.  Apparently, that site doesn't permit hot-linking - I tried to post it here but got the dreaded red x.
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Post by: buggyho on August 04, 2005, 12:56:38 AM
Hi gang!! I'm actually and older member that's been away for a while. I used to be B12inBlue but those of you that do Max-Suz know me as buggyho. I ride an 02 B12s that just rolled 50,000 miles coming back from Laguna Seca. My wife rides a 98 Magna. Here's a couple of my baby.
She does it all.
(http://members.cox.net/banditboy/bandit.jpg)
(http://members.cox.net/banditboy/Copy%20of%20Yosemite%20stream.jpg)
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Post by: Red01 on August 04, 2005, 02:20:19 AM
Welcome back!  :beers:
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Post by: Sven on August 04, 2005, 10:32:43 AM
Like NHBubba, I've been reading these boards for some time, but have only recently started to feel the urge to post, and with some specific questions coming up, got started.

El bandido de cerceta (03 b12s) is my first bike.  When I was young, I was around bikes a lot, but later not at all.  I always assumed I would eventually learn to ride, but it just hadn't happened...didn't know anyone who did, didn't have the disposable income for a toy, etc.  A couple years ago, I was on a plane and the guy sitting next to me was younger than me, and a pilot for the airline, and we were watching some riders rip around in the dirt below our landing path, and he said he wanted to learn to ride but didn't know anyone to teach him and was sort of afraid (nice talk from a pilot!).  I told him that there are schools for EVERYTHING, that there was no reason to put off doing something you wanted to do.  Over the next few weeks, I realized I should be saying the same thing to myself.

I took the MSF course in April '03 and began bike shopping.  I know there's an ongoing discussion here about what's an appropriate first bike.  Originally, with some research, I thought I wanted something like the Honda Shadow ACE, which I thought was a totally beautiful bike.  But I found cruisers to be uncomfortable.  The Bandit was something that when I sat on it, it just felt right, and I like the look and posture of a standard.  My buddy, who has a ZRX1100 (another big standard, we're a rare breed) kept urging me to get a litre-class bike, so I ended up researching and buying the B12.

Yeah, it was heavy and the center of gravity seemed too high and it was too fast and hard to learn on, and el bandido and I did a lot of damage to each other over the 1st 6 months or so.  Broke a lot of levers/lights, tore up some farings, broke my thumb, etc.  Still, after 10 weeks of cast and surgery (to set pins to make the thumb heal correctly) a week after I got the cast off, and before I started PT to regain hand strength, we went on my first "long distance" overnight trip, to Shiloh and environs.

Now I've been riding for 28 months, commute to work by bike almost  every day (except not in the winter...too many layers of crap to take on/off) and have more and more off a blast every day.

That was a bit long, but I hope you find it interesting...maybe similar to something you lived through at some point.
Title: Intro: sandifop
Post by: sandifop on August 04, 2005, 11:04:23 AM
'02 B12n in Biloxi, MS. Glad to be here.

"Avitar? I Don't Need No Stink'n Avitar"
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Post by: lmao_37 on August 07, 2005, 09:10:33 AM
hi there

thought i would say hi as iam new to this site and this this is a great site

dougie


 :banana:
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Post by: Mentalino on August 11, 2005, 10:10:31 AM
Welcome guys!....i dont recall an official welcome for me :boohoo:  j/k <3
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Post by: Red01 on August 11, 2005, 08:05:38 PM
Quote from: "Mentalino"
Welcome guys!....i dont recall an official welcome for me :boohoo:  j/k <3


(http://www.40ozmaltliquor.com/waynesworld.jpg)

When monkeys fly out my butt!

J/K... :welcome:  :beers:
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Post by: Mentalino on August 11, 2005, 10:19:52 PM
Wayne's World....Omg im gettin old...... :wink:
Title: New to the board
Post by: Mongo on August 13, 2005, 12:23:23 AM
I'd like to introduce myself! I picked up a 02 1200S in April and have been very pleased with the bike. I have found a great deal of useful information on this board! Look forward to posting any useful information I come across in the future.

Thanks,

Mongo
 :bigdrink:
Title: Re: New to the board
Post by: Red01 on August 13, 2005, 01:13:48 AM
:welcome:

Quote from: "Mongo"
Look forward to posting any useful information I come across in the future.

Who says it has to be useful?  :wink:

Entertaining is OK, too.  :beers:

Asking questions, looking for folks to ride with, etc...  :motorsmile:
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Post by: Mentalino on August 13, 2005, 11:42:37 AM
Here's to the 02's! :beers: BTW...mine is a late model 02 :motorsmile:
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Post by: Egg 'n' Bacon on August 13, 2005, 05:38:28 PM
02 b12s here (just hi-sided by it) but good to be here.
Title: New Bandit 400 Rider
Post by: ant_129 on August 13, 2005, 05:43:11 PM
Hi guys,

I have been posting here for a little bit but I figured since I just about got my bike on the road an offical greeting would be proper.  

I got a 93 bandit 400 for $500 running real nicely with a jet kit (not sure which kind), specII 3/4 fairing, and a full yoshi exhaust.  The bike has 10,600 original miles and practically had only one owner (The guy I bought it from only had it for 4 months before he wrecked and it scared him).  I have to fix the back plastic and repaint some of the body.  The wreck broke one of the turn signals and the clutch lever which I have already replaced.  As far as I can tell it only has a small oil leak coming from the right engine cover.  I have also replaced the front fork seals which made a huge difference in the riding performance.  

This is my first street bike (I have been on a DR500 for about 2 years).  I have successfully completed the MSF course and got my class M.  All I need now to ride is insurance and my tags.  

I will be hanging around this awsome forum.

Later,
Anthoney
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Post by: solman on August 13, 2005, 08:19:16 PM
I found two kilgore, TX  which one are you?  There is one near Dallas and the other South of San Antonio.
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Post by: ant_129 on August 13, 2005, 09:40:58 PM
Near Dallas.  It is in the heart of East Texas right between Tyler and Longview.  I didn't know there was another Kilgore, Tx.  Maybe it is a County name.
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Post by: PeteSC on August 13, 2005, 10:12:27 PM
Tsk...tsk....
    Wow, I only lived in Texas a few years, but I thought every young male knew where Kilgore is!
  It's the home of the Kilgore Rangerettes!

(http://www.rangerette.com/images/rangerette.gif)


 :banana:  :grin:  :motorsmile:
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Post by: solman on August 13, 2005, 10:36:44 PM
I typed it into mapquest and it gave me two kilgores.
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Post by: ant_129 on August 14, 2005, 01:39:46 AM
Yeah unfortunately thats what we are known for and the Rangeretts have a bigger name than our crappy community college.  I fortunately have only taken cheap summer class there that I wanted to aviod at my college.
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Post by: gsxr400 racer on August 14, 2005, 03:01:12 AM
Hi! :duh: My name is JAY , And I'm addicted to motorcycles , Its a problem I've had for years ! And i can now admit to the reasons im always broke! Im not new hear , nor old!  :shock: I dont spell to great! I usually hang out in the 400 section , But i tend to harass everyone,sometimes Ya hear!  :lol: Welcome all , And have a great day! :beers:  :stickpoke:  :stickpoke:  :stickpoke:  :stickpoke:
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Post by: Maniac on August 14, 2005, 04:17:43 PM
Quote from: "gsxr400 racer"
Hi! :duh: My name is JAY



Hi Jay! Welcome to the board!  :lol:
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Post by: gsxr400 racer on August 14, 2005, 05:13:12 PM
Quote from: "Maniac"
Quote from: "gsxr400 racer"
Hi! :duh: My name is JAY



Hi Jay! Welcome to the board!  :lol:


thanks bro i feel as if i know you already :monkeymoon:
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Post by: sportbikechic on August 15, 2005, 09:21:19 AM
I am new here as well!  I bought my 2000 Bandit 600 S a few months ago and LOVE IT!  It is black with chrome and it is beautiful!  

It is fun to be a chic riding around on a sportbike like bike.  I am really turning heads and love every minute of it.

I will post pictures soon!  I am from Maine!!!!    :motorsmile:
Title: Another new member
Post by: ergopower on August 15, 2005, 05:32:59 PM
Hi all,

I'm very impressed with the information available on this site.

I had an RD400 years ago, sold it when I moved abroad, and decided last year I had to have a motorbike again. I confess, I felt like the SV650 was the present-day RD and that's what I was looking for when I came across quite a deal on an '01 1200S. I initially thought it "way too big and heavy", but the idea of a decent fairing on a standard was attractive; so I did some searching on the web, including here, and decided to go for it.

Dang, these things have some power :shock: . I'm still getting used to the bike, and removing the rust after all these years, but glad I did it. I live in Central Pennsylvania; ride to work if the forecast is good, and play around in upper Dauphin County when I have some time on the weekend.

I'll be posting in the comfort/appearance thread, I've already swapped windscreens once but still not satisfied. And my Macadam 90 front is cupped to hell, I guess that'll need replacing as well. I like the stock seat though, and have the Corbin Gunfighter and Lady that it also came with sitting in the garage.

Cheers,

Brian
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Post by: gsxr400 racer on August 15, 2005, 11:33:45 PM
Quote from: "sportbikechic"

It is fun to be a chic riding around on a sportbike like bike.  I am really turning heads and love every minute of it.

I will post pictures soon!  I am from Maine!!!!    :motorsmile:


You didnt turn heads before ? Yes please do post a pic!
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Post by: sportbikechic on August 16, 2005, 08:22:03 AM
Well- of course I have always turned heads! hehehe  But now I do it on my bike and it is so much fun.  Hope I don't cause an accident. LOL  :wink:
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Post by: FullMetal on August 16, 2005, 01:38:21 PM
Hello all. My names Adam. I live in central Mass and I own an '01 1200S. I came across this site a few months back and have been lurking around. I've been into bike and such for along time, but my real passion for the past few years has been offroading in my jeep. but now that my arm and leg really cant take the jarring and slamming anymore, my bike is taking center stage.

Havent riden in a little over a year since I was hit by a drunk driver while I was walking down the street and had both my left leg and my right arm broken in 8 and 6 places respectively. Now my arm and leg are full of metal and I cant wait to try and get through an airport security checkpoint for the first time.

But the healing is pretty much done and I'll hopefully be back riding by next summer if everything keeps going well.

I got a few upgrades planned for the bike over the winter and will definately be checking the board often for advice and knowledge.

And thanks Pete, for givin us a place to go.
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Post by: Landry on August 16, 2005, 01:58:31 PM
Drunk drivers sure do suck, huh?

Welcome!
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Post by: Mentalino on August 17, 2005, 07:27:54 AM
Hello you...you 400 riders...lol....j/k.....ill have to stop in the 400 boards and harrass you back :) :beers:
Title: New member
Post by: lockwood81 on August 24, 2005, 11:04:08 PM
I've had my 2000 Bandit 1200s for a year and half, but I just found this board and love the wealth of information it contains.  I just bought a GSX-R1100 shock to put on mine and found some tips in here.  ( I'm 6-4 and 230lbs so I need the extra support)

I'm looking forward to the next BOSS rally, it will be my first.

I'm in Daytona Beach, FL.  Home of March Bike Week.
Title: 2005 Bandit 1200s, last production modle
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on August 25, 2005, 09:23:16 PM
:clap:
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Post by: PeteSC on August 25, 2005, 09:37:19 PM
:welcome:

  everybody.... :motorsmile:
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Post by: Cruisecontrol on August 28, 2005, 10:20:45 AM
Hello all. I am a Bandit fan from Sydney Australia.
I had a 96 1200 for a couple of years but unfortunately wrote it and myself off in May. I am still out of comission but I just picked up a slightly damaged 03 1200 that will receive a nice makeover and will hopefully be back on the road soon.

Regards, Daniel.
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Post by: Red01 on August 29, 2005, 07:54:09 PM
A hearty :welcome: to all our recent new members!  :beers:  :motorsmile:
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Post by: wizud on August 30, 2005, 05:42:32 AM
Welcome Daniel hope you're recovery is on track and good luck with the Bandit!! :motorsmile:
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Post by: aussiebandit on August 30, 2005, 06:18:16 AM
Cheers and welcome Daniel :beers:


Hope the you can get back on the road soon bloke.
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Post by: B6mick on August 30, 2005, 06:45:20 AM
Hey yet another Bandit rider from downunder
Welcome bloke :beers:
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Post by: Cruisecontrol on August 30, 2005, 08:01:09 AM
Thank you all for the welcome.

And Mick, I know the roads of the Riverina quite well as I used to live in Canberra and commuted most weekends to Wagga to see my then girlfriend. I lost count of the number of times my old RZ500 and I made the trip, but snapping a chain whilst overtaking two semi trailers was definitely a highlight.  :wink:  Just outside of the aptly named town of Bookham.
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Post by: req on August 30, 2005, 08:34:31 PM
hey everyone!

I'm a n00b rider, just took my MSF course two weekends ago and bought a beautiful '01 Bandit 600 the next day.  Since then I've been riding every day, trying to make use of the good weather before it turns into Washington State's rainy season.  Hopefully I'll soon get a chance to get out of the city and off to some more fun riding (on the Olympic Peninsula, if I'm lucky...)

Lots of good info around here - thanks!

~Req
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Post by: Red01 on August 30, 2005, 08:39:21 PM
:welcome: Req!

 :bigok: Another Puget Sounder!  :beers:

If you head over to the Penninsula, be sure to ride SR112!  :bigok:  :motorsmile:
(Just west of Port Angeles to Neah Bay)

You'll also wanna get in a run over the N. Cascades Hwy (SR20).
Randle to Cougar down the east side of Mt. St. Helens is also most excellent!
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Post by: OZ_Bandit_matt84au on September 18, 2005, 04:29:16 AM
Hi All my name is matt & I'm from Australia & I have had my 05 Bandit since may and she just about up for her 2 sev soon. Well I'm a little sleepy just got back from a  470kms ride I haven't done ones of these for sometime :motorsmile: anyway I just want to say hi to everyone here It's good to some other Australia anyone from wollongong or Nowra ?

all the best matt:) your friend

Safe Ride :motorsmile:
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Post by: B6mick on September 18, 2005, 08:35:22 AM
G Day mate.
And yet another aussie joins us.
 :aus:

Welcome

Hey Mick another one for the redback rally. Maybe he could meet up with spetic for the ride over the hills :duh:
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Post by: OZ_Bandit_matt84au on September 18, 2005, 09:04:50 AM
Thank-you for the warm Welcome  :beers:  hey just wondering if any aussie are going on The Snowy Ride in Nov :motorsmile: ?

all the best matt :grin:  you friend

Safe Ride
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Post by: Cruisecontrol on September 18, 2005, 11:46:10 AM
Quote from: "OZ_Bandit_matt84au"
anyone from wollongong or Nowra ?

 


G'day Matt.
I am from Sydney but my parents are at Callala Bay. I used to ride my RZ500 to Culburra quite a bit and I know the roads around Kangaroo Valley quite well.
Once I get my 03 1200 back on the road we should meet up and you could show me some other nice roads.

Cheers, Daniel.
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Post by: B6mick on September 19, 2005, 06:41:27 AM
Quote from: "OZ_Bandit_matt84au"
Thank-you for the warm Welcome  :beers:  hey just wondering if any aussie are going on The Snowy Ride in Nov :motorsmile: ?

all the best matt :grin:  you friend

Safe Ride

I would like to hit the snowy ride again, but having 3 weeks off in early feb might just be pushing it. But hey great ride and for a great cause.
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Post by: OZ_Bandit_matt84au on September 19, 2005, 09:59:54 AM
Quote
G'day Matt.
I am from Sydney but my parents are at Callala Bay. I used to ride my RZ500 to Culburra quite a bit and I know the roads around Kangaroo Valley quite well.
Once I get my 03 1200 back on the road we should meet up and you could show me some other nice roads.

Cheers, Daniel.


Hi Daniel,
 cooll that would be good let me you. weekend just gone, I did  ride to Robertson pie shop
I start from nowra down to batmans bay & over to Braidwood pie shop ( This is one pie shop which is a must, the pies are GREAT) from here onto Goulburn and last of all Robertson pie shop all up 470km

all thet best matt  :grin: your friend

Safe Ride :motorsmile:
Title: Okie Bandit
Post by: HyperBlue on September 19, 2005, 06:13:13 PM
Greetings,

I'm located in the flatlands of central OK.  After a 15 year hiatus from motorcycling I caught the bike bug again and bit the bullet.  My old ride (way-back-when) was a 84 Yamaha Virago 920 V-twin.  This time around I wanted to go S/T and started looking at the Honda ST-1300 and BMW R1150.  YOWZA! too pricey.  That's when I discovered the Bandit and (thanks to teh interanets) this website!  

After reading all of your comments I knew this was my ride.  It wasn't too long before I found an 04 B1200S on eBay.  Low, Low miles, but needed some TLC.  I bought it and with some help from past posts and FAQs from BanditAlleyBBS (and some cash to Ron Ayers) the bike looks and rides cherry!  

I guess you could say this is my mid-life, I'm 38.    Two boys 5 and 2 and a beautiful, patient, and tolerant wife.  I am primarily using the Bandit for my daily 60 mi round-trip commute, but I'd like to take off on weekends with the wife and find some twisties soon.  Even though I rode quite a bit back in the 80-90's I think I'll take the MSF course soon anyway.

Wanted to go to Arkansas and meet some of ya'll, but doesn't look like I'll make it.

Thanks to every contributor for a great site and the excellent resource!

 :thanks:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: solman on September 19, 2005, 09:13:57 PM
Where exactly are you located?  I may not be too far from you.
Title: OKC
Post by: HyperBlue on September 20, 2005, 04:51:45 PM
I'm in OKC. Have some relatives in Wichita Falls.  Remember passing through and stopping at the Dixie Maid in BB for a burger and a cone on the way down to visit them (been awhile though).
Title: New to forum
Post by: Krasis on September 21, 2005, 12:25:36 AM
Just saying hi.
Title: Re: New to forum
Post by: Red01 on September 21, 2005, 04:29:43 PM
Quote from: "Krasis"
Just saying hi.


:welcome: and "hi" back atcha.

What do you ride and where do you hail from?
Title: re:
Post by: Krasis on September 22, 2005, 01:33:25 AM
Hello, i hail from tennesee. I currently ride a 2003 600 bandit, but am looking to go to the 1200, when the wife and money allow it. =)
Title: Hello
Post by: ttewejnodnarb on September 26, 2005, 10:58:33 PM
Posted a couple of times...Everyone is gracious and informative....Finally a formal intro!

Brandon, Rego Park NY

Hardware:
98 B12S
Holeshot SII jet kit W/ pods
Holeshot Exhaust
5 degree advance
GSXR cams
120+ RWHP (I hope)

02 Hyundai Excel
32+ FWHP (I'm positive)

All hail the administrator!

Anyone with a riding group in the area, please let me know!  I don't get out much but would love the opportunity!
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Post by: Red01 on September 27, 2005, 02:59:10 PM
Brandon, let me guess... your last name is Jewett?  :wink:

:welcome: to the madhouse.  :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on September 27, 2005, 03:24:34 PM
(Me too, Paul!)
  When I see a new username that isn't 'obvious', I study it to see if I can decipher any hidden meaning.
  This one was easy.... :beers:

Didn't we use to have a 'tidnab'?
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on September 27, 2005, 03:58:14 PM
Quote from: "PeteSC"
Didn't we use to have a 'tidnab'?


Yup!  :motorsmile:
Title: New guy
Post by: rg54669 on September 27, 2005, 04:47:54 PM
Just looking for some info on the B12S.  Cool board, I found it right here.
Title: New B12 Mechanic
Post by: gino_bambino on September 30, 2005, 08:48:49 AM
Hey all,

Okay, so I don't ride a Bandit, but I'll be working on one for a while.  My wife's friend is purchasing, for her first bike, a 2000 Bandit 1200.  

My wife and I have repeatedly informed her that we won't enjoy scraping her remains off the side of I85, but she won't be disuaded.

I'm registering here because I know she'll be coming to be for maintenance and stuff on her bike and figured I'd take advantage of the wealth of information (and share whatever I can as I gain experience on this bike).  While I'm a web engineer by trade, I'm attending Dekalb Technical College (here in Atlanta) and doing their night course for "Motorcycle Service Technology".

I took her new purchase out for a test ride the other day and ... wow ... the power on these bikes is just amazing.  I normally ride a cruiser (albeit a 1500cc one) and my wife rides a SV650 ... but there's just no comparison.  The feeling of having that much power at my control was intoxicating.

So, that's it, just wanted to say 'hi'.
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Post by: PitterB4 on September 30, 2005, 10:34:23 AM
You want one for yourself now, don't you, Gino???   :wink:

:welcome: to all newbies!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gino_bambino on September 30, 2005, 04:14:50 PM
Quote from: "PitterB4"
You want one for yourself now, don't you, Gino???


Nah ... :)  My wife wants one though ... she's the nutso sports rider.  I prefer the cruiser style of riding ... don't get me wrong though, I fully appreciate the sport style.  I borrow her SV650 at least once a week, just to be "one with the bike" (which, in my opinion, is a very un-cruiser like thing).

... and hey, I get the benefit of taking my friend's B12 out for "test rides" after I'm done working on it.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on September 30, 2005, 04:30:05 PM
Gino, if the lady hasn't taken an MSF course...PLEASE push her into it!
 Convince her she needs to take some sort of course.  There used to be a 'ladies only' bike school based at Toosies.
   I'd hate to see your friend get hurt on her bike, and riding in the Atlanta area, on a powerful bike, it's real likely! :shock:
  I'm convinced most lady riders aren't as idiotic as guys are.  Maybe she has some experience.....but I'd rather see her trash a DR200 in an MSF class, than a b12 on the street!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on September 30, 2005, 07:51:15 PM
Well, there've been a few folks who've used B12's for cruiser purposes.

(http://banditmotorcycles.com/v-web/gallery/albums/album16/gsxrwillschop1.jpg)

(http://banditmotorcycles.com/v-web/gallery/albums/Concepts/Bobs_bike_001.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gino_bambino on October 01, 2005, 10:42:23 AM
Quote from: "PeteSC"
Gino, if the lady hasn't taken an MSF course...PLEASE push her into it!


Thankfully, she's done that at least.  We did convince her to do that first thing ... I followed her home yesterday from picking up her bike and she seemed to be riding it "calmly" ... I hope it sticks through the learning period.  

Yah, the Atlanta area is a "fun" place to learn to ride a bike. :)  I upgraded from a Suzuki Volusia to my Victory after almost getting creamed on the interstates because of the lack of power in the 800cc Vol.

Hey Pete, I see you're a site admin ... nice touch having yourself join at epoch-time. :)

Quote from: "Red01"
Well, there've been a few folks who've used B12's for cruiser purposes.


Okay, I LOVE the first one (second is a little too radical in the seating position for me).  
Hey Red, I see you're from an island in Washington ... how close is that to Lummi Island?  I'm heading to the latter for vacation in a month (rented one of the vacation houses in the off-season).  What's the weather like up there in the latter part of October?

Again, thanks all for the welcome.  I'm hoping that given enough experience working on my friend's bike over the next two years of my classes that I'll be able to take a bandit and do something radical to it once my classes are done.  (again, that first picture is a lot of inspiration)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 01, 2005, 07:21:45 PM
Lummi Island is about an hour up the road from me - probably ~25-30 miles as the seagull flies.

Expect cool (35-55*F), damp weather... unless you get lucky enough to be there during an Indian Summer. If you plan on being outside, better bring rain gear.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gino_bambino on October 03, 2005, 01:19:01 PM
Quote from: "Red01"
If you plan on being outside, better bring rain gear.


Will do ... Frogg Toggs all the way.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on October 03, 2005, 01:31:09 PM
Although Al Gore often takes credit for it, GIno, I created the internet.
  It was real tough, considering there was no such thing as a personal computer at the time.......but it had to be done.
  (There's probably some way to change the date of my membership, but it's too much work....)
Title: Thought I'd better introduce myself
Post by: DrRune on October 05, 2005, 08:48:05 PM
Hi guys. Great forum!. I've just recently got a 2002 B-12 and LOVE it. Moved to Poughkeepsie, NY, USA from the UK where I had a Yamaha XJR 1300 (unavailable in the US). Prefer naked bikes with no chrome to polish as I like riding rather than cleaning. If anyone lives in or around the Hudson Valley region and would like to meet up for a ride or two please drop me a line! Ride safe, folks.
Best-hels Rune. :thanks:
Title: Newbie
Post by: Ken_T on October 07, 2005, 06:47:44 PM
Well maybe not a full newbie, but new to Bandits.  I've been riding pretty much all my adult life or what, 30+ years now.  I currently own 4 bikes not counting my wife's ride.  I live in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and am often a regular at the Rock Store.  I just bought an 05 B12 about 5 days ago after seeing the 06 preview pics because I just liked the 05 better.  My initial reaction to the bike is that it rides like crap and suffers from too much compression damping so I'm going to be interested in reading some fixes others have done in this area.  I also want about a 1-2" rise increase in the handelbars.  Every time a new bike comes my way it seems to take months to get it where I want it.  At any rate, looking forward to y'alls company, although I'm on 5 motorcycle lists already, D'OH!
Title: hi
Post by: BanditYeti on October 08, 2005, 08:28:03 PM
Hey All!

My name is Dale, I live in Italy and ride a 2002 B12S (blue). I haven't done much with the bike, just a zero gravity windscreen and a full Givi luggage set (52 liter top pack and 40 liter saddle bags). Almost as wide as a Fiat.........lol

Hope to get to know some other Bandit fans...

Take care,

-Dale C.

(I'm American Military stationed here)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Thailand_Tom on October 09, 2005, 08:37:45 AM
Greeting from the Biker's Paradise of northern THailand.  Lots of well maintained paved roads, unsurpassed scenery, mountians (2500m high), jungle, teak forests, lax speeding enforcement (my last speeding ticket code mt 200baht ($5.00).

If you're planning a trip to Thailand, think about renting a bike then going for a ride!javascript:emoticon(':beers:')
beers
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Post by: Cruisecontrol on October 09, 2005, 09:40:52 AM
Hey Tom, welcome to the board.

I visited Chang Mai many years ago. It is a very beautiful part of the world that I would like to see again some day.

Regards, Daniel.
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Post by: Goat on October 13, 2005, 06:56:05 PM
g'day ,I,m Goat from tasmania (australia ) just thought i'd tell you a little about my self I'm  39 and have a wife and 3 kids and a 97 1200 s bandit  :grin: i'm glad i finally found a forum just for bandits
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 13, 2005, 07:56:00 PM
:taz:  :welcome: Goat. Hope you enjoy your stay... just hope your real first name isn't Mick.  :wink:
Title: newbie
Post by: kthraff_g35 on October 13, 2005, 09:40:46 PM
hi, I'm Keith R and am out of Wake Forest, NC.  Just purchased my brother's (bandboy 600) '02 Bandit 600 (gave me a great deal  :thanks: ).  Just getting back into riding after about 12 years off.  Prior to the Bandit, I had a '85 Ninja 600R.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PeteSC on October 13, 2005, 09:52:43 PM
Dammit, Keith, we just got rid of your brother! :wink:  :duh:  :bigok:

  Welcome, anyway.... :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: aussiebandit on October 14, 2005, 06:46:34 AM
:welcome: Goat  :beers:  :beers:  :beers:

Good to have another aussie on board - so to speak.

and don't worry, I won't ask you to so us your scare......
Title: Newbie
Post by: Diskbrake on October 17, 2005, 09:19:16 PM
Hi all, my names Ian and iam from England the land of the tea drinkers. Iam 18 and on my third bike a Bandit 600 but its restricted to 33 bhp because of my age. I have had it for about 4 months now and have been looking for a good forum, so lets hope i have found one :lol:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PitterB4 on October 18, 2005, 08:35:19 AM
Welcome all ye newbies!  :welcome:

Sorry Ian but I had to trash your avatar.  It was like 220 pixles wide and screwed up the board.  Avatars are limited to 125 (or so  :roll: ).
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Diskbrake on October 18, 2005, 12:07:59 PM
Yeah my bad on the avatar should have read the size before sticking one on :duh:
Title: Greetings
Post by: Heaven Bound on October 18, 2005, 10:58:50 PM
Proud owner of an 04 GSF1200S (2nd bike I've owned) with just over 3k miles.  I'm setting up my Bandit for sport-touring and hope to take some weekend trips in the spring.  1st thing to go was the stock windshield - I needed the extra 2 inches. :motorsmile:

My 1st bike was a 79 Honda CB750 that came in parts from my brother-in-law.  I worked on the bike much more than I ever rode it...

Visit my home state of West Virginia for some of the most beautiful fall scenery this month.
Title: Re: Greetings
Post by: PitterB4 on October 19, 2005, 07:02:23 AM
Quote from: "Heaven Bound"
Visit my home state of West Virginia for some of the most beautiful fall scenery this month.


Did you see Pete the Webmonster's thread (http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=3232) about a trip to Seneca Rocks next week?

:welcome:
Title: Howdy!
Post by: ChuckD on October 19, 2005, 07:47:14 PM
Well I have had my 96 B6 for about 18 months now. When I bought it it had 16k Mi on the clock didn't seem like it had been mistreated but it needed some love. So first thing I did the Vortex 520 conversion thing (up to 52 teeth) front and rear brakes a set of Pilot Sports and stripped the faded out fairing off. It was riding nice for about a year then I had a little spill, mangled the tank lost a rearset and cracked the rear plastics. Being sans desposable income she sat for a while. I have always liked the Streetfighter look, so I vowed when I put her back on the road she was gettin' "fightered out". I had some practice in the mean time I chopped and fightered my brother-in-law's buell blast. Check it out http://www.badweatherbikers.com/buell/messages/20164/89848.html I'm the guy with the dremel and the dust mask.
So I got mine in line last month with a new tank, filled the weld at the bottom and the bar recesses, (using MX bars no worries even if I have a tank slapper) I cut the front fender and replaced the B6 plastics and seat with that of an 04 SV650S. I will load pictures as soon as I figure out how. Today I put a yoshi stage one kit in and did my very first carb sync with my $1.94 man-o-meter. Sucked a litte water thru the carbs at first then I tried pinching the tube to act as a restrictor, worked like a charm. She is running bettter than ever and all thanks to you guys and your good old fashion American/British/Canadian(sorry if I missed anyone) ingenuity.
Thanks,
Chuck
Title: Re: Greetings
Post by: Heaven Bound on October 20, 2005, 12:40:28 AM
Quote from: "PitterB4"
Quote from: "Heaven Bound"
Visit my home state of West Virginia for some of the most beautiful fall scenery this month.


Did you see Pete the Webmonster's thread (http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=3232) about a trip to Seneca Rocks next week?

:welcome:


 :thanks:  for the link...don't think I'll be able to get away during the week to join him though.
Title: New Member
Post by: peterwolfs on October 20, 2005, 09:47:37 AM
Hello,

I am a new member of the forum. I am the proud owner of a "new" 2002 Bandit 600S with only 1700 miles. I look forward to many happy miles on the new bike. Previous bike was a 1989 Suzuki GS500E.

Pete W.
Stamford CT USA


(http://www.peterwolfs.com/images/bandit.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: hyperbit on October 20, 2005, 11:02:22 AM
Hi

Im a new member here, got myself a 98 Bandit 600s for travelling to and from work (and everywhere else) in all mannar of weather, sun, rain, snow, all of it :)

Had two years off from bikes, and it was probably the most uncomfortable two years of my life. I gave up a Honda VT600C Shadow for a car, and wished I never bothered.

Back on two wheels and loving it!
Title: introducing myself
Post by: mainerider on October 20, 2005, 03:21:41 PM
Figured I'd introduce myself, like the big print says.

Recently picked up a well cared for 2001 Bandit 1200s.
Totally stock, 5,000 well cared for miles.
Have owned a few of what used to be called UJM's, and this bike is a dream come true.

Past bikes include:

1979 Yamaha xs1100
1980 gs1000
1981? KZ1100 Spectre
1979 CB750F
1976? Yamaha xs350 (I think it was an XS.  It wasn't an RD)

All I can say is they don't make bikes like they used to.  Good thing.

Use bike mostly for local hops, occasional commute, and light touring.

HH
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 20, 2005, 07:44:40 PM
:welcome: to all the new folks!  :beers:

Pete W, I fixed your image tag.  :motorsmile:
Title: Image Tag
Post by: peterwolfs on October 21, 2005, 09:33:30 AM
Thanks Paul !!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: IcyChaos on October 21, 2005, 02:07:53 PM
Hey Everyone. I have been riding for a little over a year. Most of my experience was ona 2001 Honda Shadow 750 ACE which I bought for $2000. I then put 16K miles in a year and sold it for $2500 a year later.

I just picked up my new 2000 Bandit 1200S with 8K miles for $3300.
This bike came with a Yoshi pipe, K&N Pod filter and Stage 2 jetting. Im having a total blast and wonder why I didn't swap to the sportbike earlier. Im in a whole new world here trying to learn how to lean these bikes to the max. Going very well so far, and Im still reading tips so I can loose all my riding buddies that blew past me for a year straight.

Nice to meet you all, And Im shure I will be on this site FOREVER, If I sold this bandit I would just buy another. Thats how happy I am with this bike.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jeepskate99 on October 21, 2005, 03:29:35 PM
My name is Jason and I like pudding!  Just kidding folks.  I am from Buffalo NY and I ride a 2004 bandit 1200s.  I also picked up a 2001 that will become a street fighter.  I love the looks.  My bike has about 7600 miles on it now and I still love that bike.  I came out of three CBR's ( 900RR, 929RR, 954RR) and I like this bike the best.  Great do-it-all bike!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ballinger on October 21, 2005, 03:47:21 PM
Hi All.  My name is Kevin. I'm in Bloomington (Minneapolis) Minnesota. Just sold my original 79 Kawasaki 1000 LTD to pay for the 02 B12S I picked up on eBAY.


Wanted something with a little more zip to keep up with the kids on there gixxers. Boy did I get it!
 :banana:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 21, 2005, 09:03:36 PM
WOW! We're getting quite the influx of new members!  :welcome: to all of you.   :motorsmile:
Kind of surprising for the northern hemisphere's fall.  :bigok:

jeepskate99 - what kind of Jeep do you have?
(I've got a yard full of them... well, maybe not FULL... 3 XJ's & a CJ-5)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: solman on October 21, 2005, 10:50:23 PM
I met someone with a 97 Bandit 1200 today.  One of my co-workers was holding out on me.  He has a neighbor with a bandit and never told me.  Anyways I met him and talk to him for a bit.  I also told him about this site.  I am hoping that he will sign up. :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: wtnbandit on October 21, 2005, 11:43:40 PM
Hi all, migrated over from that "other" board. Hope to get to know everyone. That is, those I don't already know.  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: txbanditrydr on October 21, 2005, 11:55:36 PM
Quote from: "wtnbandit"
Hi all, migrated over from that "other" board. Hope to get to know everyone. :

Welcome WTN.. good to have ya!!!!   :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jeepskate99 on October 22, 2005, 08:33:04 AM
Quote from: "Red01"
WOW! We're getting quite the influx of new members!  :welcome: to all of you.   :motorsmile:
Kind of surprising for the northern hemisphere's fall.  :bigok:

jeepskate99 - what kind of Jeep do you have?
(I've got a yard full of them... well, maybe not FULL... 3 XJ's & a CJ-5)


98 & 99 Xj
82CJ-7
77 CJ-5

My yard is small so I am getting close
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: B12NScott on October 22, 2005, 01:32:00 PM
Ok.. I will chime in.. You both have me beat I only have a 46' Willys CJ 2A
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jeepskate99 on October 22, 2005, 03:22:08 PM
Quote from: "B12NScott"
Ok.. I will chime in.. You both have me beat I only have a 46' Willys CJ 2A


You wanna sell?  I had a 47 and loved it but it finally fell apart (literally).  I ran a trail and the body broke loose from the frame.  It was kinda rusty.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: B12NScott on October 22, 2005, 11:55:20 PM
Na I'd better keep it. I have had it 15 years, couldn't sell her now.  Not to much 46' about her anymore.  Just the Title.  Its set up for 4x4ing.  It gets trailored to the trail, beat,  and back on the trailer.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 23, 2005, 06:02:06 AM
Quote from: "jeepskate99"
You wanna sell?  I had a 47 and loved it but it finally fell apart (literally).  I ran a trail and the body broke loose from the frame.  It was kinda rusty.


Just put a flatfender body made out of your favorite material on the CJ5.

My 71 CJ-5 has been in the family since '72 and I learned to drive in it. This Jeep will never be for sale! Took some awesome trips in it with Dad, including a trip down Baja in '73. Dad broke his collar bone in Cabo San Lucas (which was nothing more than a cheap motel on the beach back then) and I had to drive all the way home once he was released from the hospital in La Paz. My Learners Permit expired on my 16th birthday during the trip, so I drove from Cabo to Seattle with no real license.

The XJ's are two '86 models (one is a parts rig, one is a poor, abused, trail rig) and '94 Country (stock).
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 737 on October 26, 2005, 04:31:40 AM
Used to be terbang and its good to be back.. :congrats:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: yolloms on October 26, 2005, 02:04:08 PM
hi all. recently purchased a Bandit600. my first big bike(had four prev). One of the best purchases iv ever made
Title: Great to be here
Post by: Tman on October 28, 2005, 02:16:15 AM
DAMN I love my Bandit. How she screams tearing it up the road and how she coasts around corners.. ah.. first bike honeymooner.

Yo. Tristen here. First timer on the board and recently bought my first bike.

I have a 97' Bandit 250 and she is a beauty. I'm hoping to learn all I can about bikes and it is a bit of a learning curve for me but I want to be able to work on my Bandit as much as I can in the future.

Bought myself a Shoei TX-R helmet with the Ryu design on it (its mint). And I have Alpinestars jacket and gloves.

Good to find a place to chat to people with the same love for motorcycling and in particular Suzuki Bandits.

(http://home.it.net.au/~memphis/download/DSC00062.JPG)

(http://home.it.net.au/~memphis/download/DSC00061.JPG)

(http://home.it.net.au/~memphis/download/DSC00050.JPG)
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Post by: kedeg_97B12 on November 02, 2005, 06:05:56 PM
I am Keith. I live outside of St. Louis and I like pancakes.

Don't any of you call me Francis. Any of you call me Francis and I'll kill you.
Also, keep your meathooks off my stuff.
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Post by: solman on November 02, 2005, 06:50:39 PM
Quote from: "kedeg_97B12"
I am Keith. I live outside of St. Louis and I like pancakes.

Don't any of you call me Francis. Any of you call me Francis and I'll kill you.
Also, keep your meathooks off my stuff.


Sssooo what are you trying to say?  That you don't like cinamon candles and long walks on the beach.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Ar-Bandit on November 02, 2005, 07:34:45 PM
Hey everyone.  I'm matt and live in arkansas.  I have a 2002 600S...Hit me up if your ever in the state and wanna ride...there are alot of good roads
Title: New Member in Wisconsin
Post by: ldbandit76 on November 04, 2005, 02:51:11 PM
Hi all, I just signed up today to ask about alternators.

But, I'm Dave (Hi Dave!). I'm a mechanical engineer near Madison, WI.  I've got a 1997 Bandit 1200S that I bought in 2000 from a fellow who kept it as his European bike, so it's got lots of exotic stickers on the Givi bags that I didn't put there.  It now has 52,000 miles on it and is a little rough around the edges.  But, I'm keeping it up, and have a few projects in mind for this winter, including a fuel cell and auxiliary lights (Hella FF50s).  

I'll be riding most of the winter, though I'm being a bit cautious about deer around here.  Perhaps I'll see you around.

Dave
Title: New Member - Hi everyone
Post by: pmackie on November 13, 2005, 06:35:15 PM
Hi Guys
I am a recently returning rider. I bought a 2002 Bandit GSF600S in Jan 03 and am really glad to be back riding.

I live in Cranbrook, B.C., Canada. Right in the SE corner of BC, right in the Rocky Mountains, a few hours travel North of Spokane, Wash and a few hours west of Calgary, Alberta.

I own and operate an Esso Petroleum Distributor business here for the past 11 years. Prior to that I worked for Imperial Oil (Esso) for 10 years as a company rep, in various Marketing and Engineering roles. In the late 70's I was previously a Motorcycle mechanic for Allied Motorcycles in Burnaby (Vancouver) BC. Honda, Susuki & Bultaco. The bikes have changed quite a bit...

The roads right around town are not the best M/C roads, but within 3-5 hours ride I can access some of the best of what BC, Washinton and Idaho states have to offer. My preference for riding is 3-5 day trips with a few buddies. Hoping to make a weeklong trip through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming to Colorada and back summer 06.

The 600 Bandit is basically stock, with only higher fork oil level & more preload front and back. The stock tires have been replaced with BT-020 and I have some Kappa hard bags and Joe Rocket tank bag.

Plans are for new fork springs and oil this winter, possibly a Double Bubble windshield and another new rear tire.

Happy to be aboard...
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Post by: Red01 on November 14, 2005, 02:19:11 AM
:welcome: I was thru Cranbrook back in July. Enjoyed myself immensely!! :bigok:
 Trip report here (http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=2107) - Sorry, the pic links are broken, where they were hosted has disappeared off the face of the Web.  :sad:
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Post by: philb on November 20, 2005, 07:12:14 AM
hi everyone
just like to introduce myself
i'm Phil from Kingston upon Hull, England
46 yrs old and i've been back to bikes for the last 2 years (after a 20 years absence) my previous bike was a gsx750f which took me and my wife on 2 trips to the French Alps (great rides) the old girl was getting a bit tired so i've swapped her for a GSF1200S what a beauty.
we plan to travel around Scotland early next year then hopefully take her on a continental tour in the summer Germany,Austria and Italy.

looking forwards to reading the posts on here and hopefully make my own contributions  :thanks:
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Post by: Desolation Angel on November 20, 2005, 06:06:34 PM
Quote from: "philb"
hi everyone
just like to introduce myself
i'm Phil from Kingston upon Hull, England
46 yrs old and i've been back to bikes for the last 2 years (after a 20 years absence) my previous bike was a gsx750f which took me and my wife on 2 trips to the French Alps (great rides) the old girl was getting a bit tired so i've swapped her for a GSF1200S what a beauty.
we plan to travel around Scotland early next year then hopefully take her on a continental tour in the summer Germany,Austria and Italy.

looking forwards to reading the posts on here and hopefully make my own contributions  :thanks:


WELCOME, guys!   :welcome:

Gotcha beat, Phil!  I went bikeless from '81 to '04.  Although, some would say I was bikeless in '80 & '81 as well (my time spent with an H-D 1340 Lowrider). :grin:  :grin:
Title: New Member - G'day
Post by: kpresco2 on November 21, 2005, 08:53:07 PM
G'day all,

My name is Ken Prescott - I live on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia.

I rode bikes in the late 70's to the early 90's - but was bikeless from 91 to 99.

I have had a few bikes since rekindling my love affair - the latest a (very slightly) used 2005 GSF1200S - this is a great bike, I just love the torque.

The only mods I have so far are scottoiler and GIVI top box - more to come of course (when the missus calms down about getting the Bandit - could be a month or two  :wink: )

Really like the site - heaps of info and tips.
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Post by: Red01 on November 21, 2005, 09:36:17 PM
:welcome: Phil & Ken.  :motorsmile:
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Post by: Groundpounder on November 27, 2005, 07:20:26 PM
Hey fellow riders,

Just wanted to introduce myself. My name for this forum is Groundpounder and I reside in Central California. I will be 45 next week and have been riding bikes since I was 15. My latest ride is an '05 Bandit LTD. Today, was the first chance I had to ride it since I took delivery last week. Wow, what a great riding machine. My last Suzuki was a '96 RF900...but, this bandit feels like the cadillac of motorcycles. Can't wait to break it in and then, go the distance. Nonetheless, this appears to be a great forum and I look forward to sharing thoughts, comments, and recommendations with fellow bandit riders. BTW, I have to admit...the bike is too quiet. Anyway, I'll save that for another topic. Ride on!
Title: newbie to the site
Post by: steel96 on November 30, 2005, 11:04:30 PM
hey i'm jorge from lower east side of NYC
'96 bandit 600 picked up from Kamzilla
New member but i've been reading the forum for a while  
:banana:
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Post by: Red01 on December 01, 2005, 12:41:12 AM
:welcome:

 :btw: Nice avatar!!  :bigok:
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Post by: Kamzilla on December 01, 2005, 11:12:17 AM
Welcome to the board Jorge.  

Guys, Jorge's an artist, so be on the lookout for an eventual cosmetic makeover for his Bandit.
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Post by: PeteSC on December 01, 2005, 11:20:08 AM
Cool, we need some class added to this mess, Kamil! :roll:
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Post by: Kamzilla on December 01, 2005, 09:02:20 PM
Class?  Did you see the guy's avatar?  He'll fit right in.
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Post by: Desolation Angel on December 02, 2005, 10:11:21 AM
Welcome to the board! :welcome:

 :btw: You can also have offensive pictures in your signature line.

I'm just sayin'! :bigok:
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Post by: PeteSC on December 02, 2005, 10:39:44 AM
I hate to burst your bubble, but I think that's a stock avatar I recently uploaded to the gallery.....although, it's still a lovely view!
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Post by: Russtang on December 06, 2005, 02:22:30 PM
Hello all,

Been lurking for a week or so.  Great site!  No bandit yet, but in the market for a GSF400.

Been riding bikes since I was 5 or so (about 30 years ago).  All of them were of the "dirt" variety.  I just completed my street riding safety course and am ready to hit the asphalt...well, not literally I hope.

FYI, I've got some bandit stuff (manuals/fische) mirrored up on my website:

http://russtang.com/Bandit%20Manuals/

I'm looking for the GSF400 HI-RES shop manual to put up on my site.  My email account accepts 10 MB files  :grin:
russgephart@gmail.com

Glad to be here,
Russ
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Post by: solman on December 06, 2005, 06:03:42 PM
I'll be moving to Phoenix next February.  Welcome to the site.
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Post by: TK421 on December 15, 2005, 08:13:26 PM
Hi guys.  I love the site-- everyone I know who rides is on a Harley  :annoy: , so its good to be able to talk to people who like to get a little more bang for their buck!

I have a silver 2002 1200S with very few mods.  I have Givi Wingrack installed and just put a Loobman on last week (verdict still out on that one.)  I'm hoping to find a taller windscreen under the tree this year, and I'm looking for a nice integrated taillight/ turnsignal setup.  (I hate those bulky signals from Givi.)

I've lived all over the east coast but I'm currently on the west coast of FL.  I've also got a newborn at home so needless to say saddle time has been somewhat reduced of late!

Happy riding everyone, and to those of you in the North, only 4 months to to go!!
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Post by: txbanditrydr on December 15, 2005, 08:27:50 PM
Welcome TK..... glad you made the trip over to BA.  The loobman takes some getting used to and no doubt you have overused it a time or two.  I have one but pretty much only use it on longer trips (150 miles +)
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Post by: Farre on December 16, 2005, 07:41:36 AM
Hi, ehh.. I've posted already on this site but only now i've noticed everybody *should* introduce themselves on this link, whoops :duh:

I'm Alex aka Farre from Belgium. Bought my '91 B4 (completely stock) beginning of November this year and i love it!! It is a tremendous difference with my former bike, a Honda NX250. Of course, cause it's a different style but also i've had the chance to compare it with the Kawa ER-5. The B4 is just so much more agile!

Sadly i have to report that 2 weeks i've had an accident with this bike and currently it's standing in the garage waiting for the expert to tally the repair costs. It wasn't my mistake so everything should work out in terms of cash but i'm a sitting duck for a while  :sad:
Public transportation has never been so annoying  :wink:
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Post by: Desolation Angel on December 16, 2005, 09:58:00 AM
Welcome newbies and sorry 'bout the bike, man!
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Post by: JayRo on December 16, 2005, 03:55:57 PM
Wow! This is the first time I have seen this post.  I guess my mom was right when she said I would go blind if I kept doing that unmentionable thing.  Well, my name is Jason Ronson, hence the lame user name, but someone from work started calling me that, and unfortunately it stuck.  The low expectation vibe it sends out is right up my banditalley.  I am 32 and live in northeast georgia about an hour from atlanta.  I have been getting injured on motorcycles since I was a wee lad. i.e. broken nose, slashed throat, etc.  

I have owned Honda shadows ever since I was 16, other than my dirtbikes,  but I started getting annoyed with my last 93 spirit.  Acting like a big wind sail is not my idea of a comfortable riding position.  I will say this about the shadows though.  They are bullet proof.  I have never had any problems from any of my shadows.  Routine maintenance is all that was required.  

I wanted something a little bit more fun to ride so I picked up a 99 B12.  What a change!  It took a while to get the mechanical problems worked out, but with this sites help, it now runs great.  

Now if my wife would release her vise like grip from my beanbag and let me ride more often, life would be grand.
Title: SimplyMe
Post by: SimplyMe on December 30, 2005, 05:07:06 PM
Hi...

New to your sight and looking forward to learning, sharing and making friends here as the New Year begins to ring in...

:thanks:  for the Hello's and Welcomes...

SimplyMe
 ~Rea
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Post by: Red01 on December 30, 2005, 05:45:43 PM
Hi Rea!
How's the DR-Z400SM doin'?
So... do you have a Bandit now?
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Post by: Smelly-Trout on January 05, 2006, 06:06:40 PM
Hello all, I'm Carl (smelly-trout) i live in england , i have a gsxr 1260 engined bandit which i'm fitting a nitrous kit over winter, it's a bit scruffy at the moment but i want to make sure it goes, before it shows -  :thanks:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on January 05, 2006, 11:17:55 PM
Quote from: "Smelly-Trout"
Hello all, I'm Carl (smelly-trout)

Okay... I'll bite - what's the story behind the screen name - there HAS to be a story.   :wink:

....and BTW - Welcome to the site. :beers:  :beers:
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Post by: Smelly-Trout on January 06, 2006, 09:17:18 AM
Sorry, no real story (not an interesting one anyway)
a friend went to buy a gsxr, he said he wouldn't touch it because it was an "old smelly trout"

I then had one of those inspirational moments of "that’s a screen name nobody will have”, so I can keep the same name everywhere.......  :grin:

Although I have just been told what it can mean in other parts of the world
which gives it a whole new meaning   :shock:
Title: Hi folks!
Post by: bassguytom on January 11, 2006, 04:33:07 PM
Just sold my LS650 Savage and bought a "mild fixer" '02 Red B6s...it's my "dream bike" and I can't wait to get it all fixed up and running.  It doesn't need much, but logistics are just going to take a couple of weeks.  I'm in central Alabama and I guess I'll be spending a little time on this board as I get to know my bike.  

Been riding since I was 12 (that'd be 34 years ago), with mostly street stuff since I got my first GS400 in 1978.  I've put a bike down before (or it put me down...and jumped on me), and I hope not to repeat that experience in this lifetime.  

I have some noob questions to ask about my 'new' bike since it didn't come with an owners manual or a repair manual.  I'll get those eventually, but right now I'm just going by feel.  I'll get some pics up eventually too.   :motorsmile:
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Post by: DogBoy on January 11, 2006, 08:27:31 PM
Ooops. I'm late posting my to the welcome thread.

I've been lurking here and on the old non-VBulletin board for a couple of years. Spent most of my time at Sport-Touring.Net avoiding threads on "Best ST bike". I recognize Red01 and some other names from that forum.

I bought a '91 Bandit400 for my wife to use as her first bike. She loved it but ultimately decided riding wasn't for her. WooHoo! Another fun bike for me. I've been riding for almost 15 years, club raced with AFM for two years (FZR400) and now do many day rides in NorCal and short tours ('96 YZF600).

I've been dumping some dollars into the B4 lately and I'm overwhelmed by the great wealth of info available among the devotees here.
 :thanks:
Title: HEY HEY HEY!
Post by: jason9775 on January 11, 2006, 11:07:40 PM
Greetings.. I actually joined a while ago and never got around to introducing myself.. here it goes! I live in San Diego and have been here
since 1978.. gee, wonder why I stayed! Anyway, I have an 02 Bandit 1200
(the train size headlight model) Here are the details. Got a D&D pipe, Dynojet stage 3 kit w/ K&N pods(xlnt combo) :lol: and O'neal dirtbike
bars.. super comfy, bar-end mirror, sliders, Michelin Pilot Powers(best handling tires yet, in my opinion) :motorsmile:  and I have a double bubble windscreen and Nelson Rigg Pro tail Pack on the way!! Woo-Hoo, don't have stuff my jacket anymore! I ride my bike to work most of the time and on the weekends. Looking forward to chatting with y'all!!

J
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Post by: Big Bandit on January 19, 2006, 05:10:45 PM
Hey!

I live in central Texas on the edge of the hill country, which is the best riding in Texas.  I have 98 B12 with Corbin seat and Beetle bags which I bought about a year ago.  I just found you guys.  I like to go on day trips in the hill country and go on long road trips.  I have ridden my Bandit halfway across the country to FL.  I like to camp when I travel.  I look forward to visiting this site.

Rod
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Post by: PitterB4 on January 19, 2006, 07:37:15 PM
:welcome: all noobs!
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Post by: ATC'er on January 20, 2006, 10:54:28 PM
Hello everyone, I'm Chuck from Windsor, CT.  I bought a 2005 Bandit 1200S 10 months ago and have been visiting this site for a few months to get opinions/ideas.  Now the bike is at the dealer getting some goodies installed! (Yosh carbon slip on, Dynojet stage 1, Race Tech springs and gold valves).  Purchased Pro Tek clip-ons too, but the mechanic told me today he won't install them (liability issue I'm guessing).  He gave me the blah-blah-blah about changing the rake/trail and about clearance issues when the suspension bottoms out, etc.  I don't want to purchase a front stand, so not sure what I'm going to do next.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Looking to install steel brake lines before the summer.  Also have a xenon kit (dealer won't install that either; worried about shorting the electrical system).  Anyway, enough of the complaining...   I love the bike and look forward to chatting with everyone.
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Post by: Red01 on January 20, 2006, 11:37:33 PM
:welcome:

Are you having your work done (what they're willing to do anyway) at a dealership? If so, you might try an independant bike repair shop - they're more likely to be willing to do the ALL the work (or the work a dealer won't, if you prefer it that way).

So, you've been lurking for a few months gathering information and you STILL bought a Dynojet kit?
Good luck with that.
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Post by: ATC'er on January 21, 2006, 12:48:44 AM
Yes, the dealer is doing the install work.  I was thinking maybe there's an independent shop somewhere here that might do the clip ons.  I'll have to check the yellow pages to see if there are any.  I just found a post a little while ago where someone simply installed a different handlebar that gave a lower riding position.  That's beginning to look like a headache-free alternative.  

I hear what you're saying about the Dynojet kit.  I've seen lots of complaints (also a few compliments).  I really hesitated on buying it, but figured that since I'm paying someone else to install it, I can bring the bike back and demand they get it right.  I'll let you know if I regret doing it...
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Post by: jfpjet on January 21, 2006, 03:26:13 PM
Hi - this is jfpjet from Chapel Hill, NC.  After 22 years on an 83 Nighthawk 650 (great bike, btw, continuing on strong with its second owner) I picked up a 2005 B12s last summer.  

I ride it whenever I get a chance, which unfortunately, is mostly errrands and commuting to work.  It does make a wonderful bike even for just those occasions.  Zipping through the gears out of a light, it's always a hoot to see the rest of the traffic in the mirrors still trying to get going.

The bike was immaculate up until a week ago, when it got tipped while standing in a parking lot (OK, I tipped it).  So today I'm installing a new clutch lever and some engine guards (there's just a scratch on the starter cover, but no doubt this will happen again, perhaps while moving, and that could really wreck things).  

Here are a couple of plugs for places I have experience with:

www.combustioncycles.com (http://www.combustioncycles.com)) in Durham NC is a licensed independent repair shop that does great work, including warranty term service, at an excellent price.

- MR Motorcycles (www.mrcycles.com (http://www.mrcycles.com)) near Asheville, NC for mail order parts.  Prices were good and the parts above arrived in three days.[/list]
Any bandit riders in the area?  I'll catch you around. :grin:
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Post by: kbraz on January 26, 2006, 02:46:20 AM
Hey all, I'm Kirsty from Queensland Australia.  I bought a '90 Bandit 250 (my first bike)  a month or so ago.  The only things that I have done to the bike is   1. put crash knobs on, as I have only just started to learn how to ride and   2. I had to lower it (am a very short little chick, 4'11) til i got a bit more comfortable on it.  It's now back at standard height again, but am thinking of shaving the seat down as I can only put one foot down.

Was doing a little research on the Bandit when I came across this forum, and, well..

Cheers
Kirsty
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Post by: steves on January 26, 2006, 06:31:31 PM
Greetings Bandit riders!  My name is Steve, and I ride an '01 600 in 'zuki blue!  I'm currently working on rebuilding a '97 katana for my girlfriend as well.  I ran across your site when someone from katriders.com posted a link, so I thought I'd stop by.
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Post by: Red01 on January 26, 2006, 09:28:40 PM
:welcome: Kirsty & Steve.  :motorsmile:

Kirsty, don't forget to follow along in the 400 section as a lot of what applies to them applies to the 250.

Steve, the Kat 600 and the Bandit 600 share pretty much the same motor, so your Kat & Bandit board contacts should be able to help on both bikes.
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Post by: steves on January 26, 2006, 09:36:21 PM
Yup, you're right.  I'm only missing the exhaust to complete my mechanical repairs but the kat stock 4 into 2 doesn't fit over the bump in the bandit oil pan which I assume is to accomodate the 4 into 1 header.
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Post by: Red01 on January 26, 2006, 09:39:38 PM
Why would you want that heavy old system on the Bandit?

Not sure how well the mufflers would bolt up in the back, but you could solve the oil pan issue with a Kat pan & oil pickup.
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Post by: aussiebandit on January 26, 2006, 11:10:01 PM
G'day Kirsty and Steve  :welcome:  :beers:

Kirsty, don't forget the Aussie/NZ area as well.....
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Post by: choppa on January 31, 2006, 08:07:43 PM
whats up? jay here, i'm from winston-salem, north carolina. came across your site today and always have questions, so hopefully you guys will have the answers. i am a harley-davidson mech by trade and i have a softail i built that i ride, another on the build table (Rigid 250mm tire) and my new toy a custom streetfighter i'm building that is based around a 1200 bandit engine and electrics its in an old 86' gsxr frame and has hyabusa front end, wheels, and brakes. i built my exaust to exit under the tailsection, (looks pretty cool).  i had a 97 1200 with flatslide mikunis and a corbin seat a couple of years ago and missed the power so here i go again.
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Post by: sitler on January 31, 2006, 09:42:15 PM
This is part of a reply I made to BitterB4 (or was it PitterB4) so don't get on my case if you see it in that one other location.

"I bought a new, silver, 2003 1200 with 16 miles on it from a dealer last August for $5200 and since then I've added the following: Lower fairing (EU), Bar risers, Bar vib dampener, Zero Gravity smoked touring screen, Chopped the rear fender, Corona race team decal kit, Butterfly nymph graphic on tank, Magnetic vinyl scoops over SUZUKI logos on tank, Decaled a $30 full-face helmet, Installed a stero (Walkman to small 4 channel amp under seat to a pair of boxed 2-way 3 1/2" Alpines and 2 additional Alpine tweeters, Trunk, Hitch and Trailer.

I don't plan to do any power mods now as I am 40 and don't go looking for R1s and Busa's to race. I wrecked my V65 Magna at 150 in 1985 but now that I'm older, I don't think I bounce as well. I'm not dead though and after almost every light I hit 50 in 2 sec's with the front wheel bouncing off the pavement."

Oh yeah, I almost forgot! I also fabbed a driver backrest that slides into the trunk mounting bracket I made. I have long arms so with the bar risers I've sitting at 90 degrees so the backrest gives me a bit of lower back support and I really feel it when I get on it.

I'm in Clearwater Florida and now that I have the 1200 I'm retiring my 280ZX. SUVs are for when it is raining.
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Post by: PitterB4 on January 31, 2006, 10:39:13 PM
Quote from: "sitler"
This is part of a reply I made to BitterB4 (or was it PitterB4) so don't get on my case if you see it in that one other location.


That's OK.  I'll beg your forgiveness for repeating myself, too...  :welcome: Sitler
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Post by: Pillage on February 05, 2006, 09:57:24 PM
Nice website Pete.  
I have a 97 GSF1200S and I just started modifying it.  I'm glad I found this site it looks like there is a lot of valuable information here.  Anyway I'm looking forward to getting a little more out of my Bandit and maybe meeting up with a few of you for a ride?
Andy
Title: hello!
Post by: Adventure Sidecar on February 08, 2006, 07:47:57 PM
Hi! My name is Vernon Wade and I am starting a Sidecar and Trike training and tour business, located in the Columbia Gorge area of the Pacific North West(USA).

We used Urals last year, but have decided to try and find a cheaper, more reliable bike to base our business around. To that end, I recently purchased a KLR 650 and a Bandit 600.

 Almost all my riding has been on European bikes and most of that for the last 5 years has been on sidecars exclusively. I haven't put sidecars on the KLR or the Bandit yet. Been riding back and forth(between snow storms) to my real job(x ray tech), just getting a feel for the bikes and sorting things out. Kinda odd riding without my training wheel, but I am remembering what leaning is all about :-)  The Bandit is a lot of fun to ride, but way too loud with the Yosh exhaust. I may put the original back on if rejetting it doesn't prove to be too much hassle.

I will probably be looking for the largest rear sprocket I can find and the smallest countershaft sprocket (what is a reasonable tooth count for the front sprocket?) once I get the sidecar installed.

If things go as planned I will end up with two Bandits and two KLR 650 all with sidecars and a couple of metric shaft drive cruisers converted to trikes. Spent all my ready cash on the two bikes I just got, but I am hopeful I will be able to purchase the rest soon.

Anywho, I will be pestering y'all with lots of questions as I get to know the bike. You can visit my website to get a better idea what I am about, if you are curious:


http://adventuresidecar.com/

(http://adventuresidecar.com/ASSFLEET/newbikes3.jpg)
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Post by: Red01 on February 08, 2006, 08:18:59 PM
:welcome: Vernon!
So, those Urals weren't the perfect model of reliability?  :wink:

You shouldn't drop more than 1 tooth (14t) up front on the B6. I don't know how geared down you want it, but there's some BIG sprockets out there that'll fit the B6, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding something suitable for your purposes.
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Post by: Adventure Sidecar on February 08, 2006, 08:43:54 PM
Quote from: "Red01"
:welcome: Vernon!
.


Thanks for the welcome and the info!

I really can't complain too much about the URALs. The importer, IMWA up in Renton, Washington, supplied them free of charge. We did have some minor problems with them.

 Since I will be buying rather than borrowing rigs this year, I had to look at the cost and reliability a little more closely. If I charge people to come ride with me, the bikes have to work every time you push the button. And they have to be cheap. Which means they will probably be used. I have come to the conclusion that while a Ural is very much a fun bike to play on, for my purposes I can do better and for less money with a used mid sized Japanese bike.

The KLR and the Bandit600 both are in my price range and seem to have a great rep for reliability, so I thought I would give them a try. They also both have frames which allow for easy installation of a sidecar, something of a rarity for a modern streetbike, especially a midsized bike. Cruisers would work but the foot forward controls and pegs really are not the best set up for a sidecar.

So far I have been very favorably impressed with the Bandit. I am looking forward to seeing how it behaves with a hack attached to it.
VW
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Post by: Red01 on February 08, 2006, 08:48:51 PM
Haven't seen a hack on a B6 yet.
There's a few B12's running around on 3 wheels... click here for a couple. (http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=3885)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Adventure Sidecar on February 08, 2006, 09:09:21 PM
Thanks for pointing out the Bandit Hack thread, Paul. Some nice looking rigs! Dauntless Motors( http://www.dauntlessmotors.com/ ) in Covington, WA has done at least one Bandit, but I don't think it is a 600

(http://adventuresidecar.com/medIMG_4552.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on February 08, 2006, 10:57:08 PM
Some outfit in Seattle has done a couple 12's (Liberty, I think?). Dave Hough did a test of one of them for Sound Rider back in '01 or '02.
Title: New Member
Post by: fossil on February 10, 2006, 04:06:06 PM
Just ordered an '06 b12 with abs. :banana:  :banana: Looked at several bikes including the FZ6, Kawi Z750 and V-Strom.  All good bikes but didn't offer the combination of features, performance and value of the Bandit.  Unfortunately will have to wait until April for delivery. :sad:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on February 10, 2006, 07:06:46 PM
:welcome: fossil
Unless someone takes delivery before yours gets here, looks like you're the first 3G B12 owner here.  :bigok:
Title: Im new
Post by: Marshall on February 15, 2006, 03:45:42 PM
hi all, just to say im new and have just joined

i passed my bike test today aswell

took my B6 for a ride this afternoon, my god its ace.

hopfully ill see you about!!

Marshall
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Desolation Angel on February 15, 2006, 04:11:42 PM
:welcome:   I'll watch for you.  What color is your bike?   :grin:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Marshall on February 16, 2006, 10:09:40 AM
:thanks:

Urm its a kind of Dark Pearl Orangey, almost red, not sure what its called

damn nice color though  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: marshj3 on February 23, 2006, 08:15:41 PM
Hi all! First time Bandit owner, and member of this BB. I've just put a down payment on an '02 GFS600s. All silver and in great condition. I'm up in Toronto and am looking forward to some warmer weather so the gentleman I  bought it from can deliver it, and I can get my riding legs back.

PS.. Like the SQUIDS section. I'll go back to it from time to time when I'm in the mood to do something REALLY stupid.

Jj :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PitterB4 on February 23, 2006, 09:07:28 PM
:welcome: JJ

You should be able to find some Bandits to ride with up there in Toronto.  We've got quite a contigent of 4s, 6s and 12s in the area.  

BTW - The Squids section is supposed to tell you what not to do.   :wink:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: marshj3 on February 24, 2006, 02:22:30 PM
LOL. That's what I meant. I'll take a look at that section to set my head straight. Mind you....that can take a lot sometimes. Guess that's what you get for being a cubicle ornament.

 :boohoo:
Title: My new 03 B12
Post by: silvershadow on March 03, 2006, 03:18:08 PM
Just wanted to say hey there to everyone.

Just bought my 03 b12 about two weeks ago and have had some great rides already.  It looks like it maybe a few weeks before I get a chance to get back out due to the cold weather that has blown back into Indy.  I have been looking at the B12 and FZ1 for about a year now and found a good deal on my 03 at my local Honda shop.  I traded my 99 VT750 that I had for the last tree years for it.  I look forward to chatting with you.
Title: Re-Introduction
Post by: gino_bambino on March 05, 2006, 12:11:58 AM
Hey all,

Just wanted to re-introduce myself.  I stopped by last fall when a friend of mine decided to purchase a used Bandit 1200 and wanted me to be the wrench.
Well, my wife has loved our friend's bike so much that she picked up a left-over 2005 Bandit 1200S from a dealership in Cumming, GA this afternoon (graduated from an SV650!).
She'll kick me and my Vegas' ass all over the asphalt ... but I didn't buy my bike for racing anyways. :)
Can't wait to use the great resources this site has available!
See y'all out there ...

~G
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: txbanditrydr on March 05, 2006, 12:15:18 PM
If you don't mind me asking... what does a "leftover" 05 go for these days.  And BTW -  :welcome:  back to the site.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gino_bambino on March 05, 2006, 12:24:21 PM
Quote from: "txbanditrydr"
If you don't mind me asking... what does a "leftover" 05 go for these days.  And BTW -  :welcome:  back to the site.


Nah ... I don't mind asking (whatever my price was can only help the next person in negotiations).
I paid $6400 otd.  I probably could've gotten less (think I saw someone else around here getting an '05 for $5700) ... but I was just pleased that my wife wanted this instead of the $10k Speed Triple (and with only one Triumph dealership in the city, I didn't think they were gonna bargain).
Also figurin' we will try to sell her SV650 for $2k ...
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: sitler on March 07, 2006, 10:54:34 PM
Hey Gino, how do you like your Vegas? I bought my '03 1200S this past Sept from a dealer for $5200 and it had 16 miles on it, but if I would have had the extra cash I would have went with the 8-Ball. I saw my first Vegas on the road last week and it was awesome. When I do get my 8-Ball, I'll have to keep my B12 too because I can't imagine being happy trading balls for looks.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gino_bambino on March 07, 2006, 11:05:05 PM
Quote from: "sitler"
Hey Gino, how do you like your Vegas? I bought my '03 1200S this past Sept from a dealer for $5200 and it had 16 miles on it, but if I would have had the extra cash I would have went with the 8-Ball. I saw my first Vegas on the road last week and it was awesome. When I do get my 8-Ball, I'll have to keep my B12 too because I can't imagine being happy trading balls for looks.


Funny you mention the 8-Ball ... my bike actually started it's life as an 8-Ball.  We've got an awesome dealer in North Atlanta and I managed to snag the first 8-Ball sold in the southeast, #5 off the assembly line.  I've done lots of mods to it since then including a paint job (and re-christening to the 7-Ball).  It's a great bike for looks and turning heads ... doesn't hold a candle to the B12 though in terms of speed and sheer fun-on-the-road.  I'm glad my wife got the B12 so I can experience both ends of the riding spectrum.  The Vegas has massive power though ... I moved to it from a Volusia and the first time I cranked the throttle I 'bout crapped my pants going onto I85 in downtown Atlanta.  Felt like I was hanging on for dear life.


Check out better pics of my 8-Ball @

http://www.crowdedstreets.net/photos/thumbnails.php?album=63

Wheels are off getting powder coated red right now.

~G
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: sitler on March 07, 2006, 11:22:10 PM
I checked out the pic's. What a sweet ride! The pipes are great and the paint is awesome! Arlen and Cory did a super job designing it for Victory.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Caper#5 on March 16, 2006, 04:55:55 AM
Hi Everyone, I'm new to this board and the biking community. I bought my first bike last month, a '05 650 Bandit. I've been visiting this board for a little bit, and I realize alot of you have the 1200, so I hope you don't mind if it's little brother tags along. I can't hardly wait for the some nice weather to start riding it. We've had a few nice days, but my street has a lot of sand and gravel accumulated on it over the winter. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Terry
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PitterB4 on March 16, 2006, 08:48:45 AM
:welcome: Terry!

We have our share of 600's and you're at least the 2nd 650 on the site.  We even have a couple 400 (me) and 250 members who frequent the regular boards.

BTW - as a new rider, glad you've figured out that sand/gravel/cinders and whatever other wintertime crap you've got on the road is bad stuff for a bike!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Katamaniac on March 17, 2006, 11:36:51 AM
Hi, I'm new as well to Bandit Alley. We picked up a B400 for the wife a couple weeks ago. She really likes it. I posted a hello in the 400 forum also. You can see a picture of my Hans Muth Katana there. I'm a big Suzuki Nut. My next ride will be either a B1200 naked or the Stratosphere if it ever makes it to production.

http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=4767
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 17, 2006, 01:16:50 PM
Quote from: "Katamaniac"
My next ride will be either a B1200 naked or the Stratosphere if it ever makes it to production.

http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=4767


What? No GSR-1XXX "B-King" for ya?  :shock:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Katamaniac on March 18, 2006, 10:18:05 AM
I like the GSR, but the Stratosphere has a lot of the same styling cues from the (real) Katana. Plus the Strat has a really cool inline 6 putting out 185HP :shock:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Caper#5 on March 19, 2006, 11:05:59 PM
Thanks PitterB4,

It's hard looking at the bike in the garage, when I know there have been days when I could have had it out. But it would be just my luck that I wold drop it as soon as I left the drive way.

Oh well, I guess I'll just put another coat of wax on it.  :grin:

Terry
Title: hello
Post by: rickmancc on March 27, 2006, 07:05:05 PM
just wanna say to to every1

 :beers:
Title: Re: hello
Post by: Red01 on March 27, 2006, 08:36:33 PM
Quote from: "rickmancc"
just wanna say to to every1

 :beers:


someone says :welcome: to the Alley, rickmancc.  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: sitler on March 28, 2006, 08:47:14 AM
Hey Rick, What are you riding?

"Life is good with a B12 between your legs."  Confucius
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: amboman on March 29, 2006, 12:17:51 PM
Welcome to all from motorcycle paradise, New Zealand.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 29, 2006, 12:35:11 PM
Quote from: "amboman"
Welcome to all from motorcycle paradise, New Zealand.

Where men are men - and sheep are nervous. :banana:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: sitler on March 30, 2006, 10:07:11 AM
Ma aa aa aa an, that was a low blow. :stooges:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on March 30, 2006, 10:11:39 AM
Quote from: "sitler"
Ma aa aa aa an, that was a low blow. :stooges:


Speaking of which, how's your...

nevermind.  :wink:

 :stickpoke:  :banana:  :stickpoke:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jomed on April 04, 2006, 10:50:17 AM
good day fellow bandits,
im jomed from philippines. i owned a banditV 400cc. we formed a bikers group here namely CLUB BANDIT PHILIPPINES composed of more than 30 bandidos, we gather/ hang out every friday night and do some rides mostly on sunday.
i frequently visit this site and found very informative.

Ride Safely
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: blackb62002 on April 05, 2006, 02:46:57 PM
hi i am jim from delavan wisconsin i ride a black 2002 bandit 600 bought new in 2004 :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on April 05, 2006, 04:53:43 PM
:welcome: new members!  :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jezza on April 09, 2006, 06:29:28 PM
hellooo. jezza here. i live in london. i am a motorcycle mechanics student at merton college, and have been for three years. i currently ride a 1985 gsxr400, but hopefully soon i will be inheriting a 2000 model red bandit 600. lovely bike. will be modded to hell. hopefully to get in the streetfighters mag.

jez
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: HarleyBandit on April 12, 2006, 08:30:20 AM
Oh yea!!!

I'm new here!!

I have a 2003 Heritage Springer

I just bought a 2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200S to play with!!

Great site!!!
Good to be here!!!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: aussiebandit on April 12, 2006, 09:28:51 AM
:welcome: and  :beers: to all the newbies.....
Title: Newbie here
Post by: Tim750 on April 17, 2006, 03:05:00 AM
Greeting to all

I  found this forum so i thought I'd Join.

The names Tim and i live Just outside Nottingham In the UK

I ride a slightly Modified 600 Bandit which i bought new in 2000 all thats left of that bike is the Frame and bodywork..LOL everything else has been tweaked. :grin:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Rotten_Ronnie on April 17, 2006, 10:23:36 PM
Hi guys! I started riding a Suzuki GS500E in late October of 2004, and found by spring that I needed a bigger bike, so I moved to a used 2001 Bandit GSF600S in July of 2005. The previous owner put on the following mods:

Windscreen is Zero Gravity
Metisse lower fairing kit  (http://www.whaccessories.com/Suzuki%20Bandit.htm)and colour matched paint job
Dale Walker Hole Shot Exhaust
"Carbon Fibre" plastic chain guard
SWMotec quick release luggage racks

I changed from Bridgestone Battleax BT014s to BT020 as I want more than 7,000km from the rear tyre.

I'm having a blast on it, and have put another 10,000km on the clock of this bike.

(http://www3.sympatico.ca/ronkierstead/misc/Suzuki_GSF600S_Bandit.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PitterB4 on April 18, 2006, 09:09:03 AM
Welcome all newbs!!!!  :welcome:

BTW Tim, I live just outside Nottingham, too.  Nottingham, PA, tho!   :bigok:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: JimBob on April 20, 2006, 06:25:33 PM
Hello,

JimBob in Idaho signing in for the first time.

Bought a 2005 GSF1200S in the blue & white this last fall,...really enjoying it. First oil change completed. Then,...purchased an exhaust, tinted windscreen, and tank bra. Nothing as radical as I see some of you have done to your rides. I probably will leave mine alone for the most part. I may do the stage one or two jetting,...and maybe not. As soon as I see how the bike runs here at 2800 feet with the new can on it,...then I'll know.

I have owned many bikes by now. Starting back in 1980,...

LTD305
GS850G
VF500F
CBR600F2
FZR1000
VFR800
FZR1000 R1
VTX1800C
ZRX1200
VTX1300
CBR954RR
and now,...GSF1200S (z) Bandit.

Just enjoy riding what fits my mood I guess.

Hope to meet you all soon enough and chat about life.
Title: Checking In
Post by: DOUG SLOCUM on April 20, 2006, 06:51:36 PM
After a 30 year gap, I am back on two wheels, '01 600. Can't explain why it took so long as it is as much fun as it was back then. Here in the Peoples Republic of Portland in the great Pacific NorthWET, we have some great back roads to explore. I also commute daily. My scoot has seen rain, hail and snow, never was much of a fair weather rider. So far have only had one drop since I got the bike last June. That's right I dropped it, not the previous owner, curse of being vertically challenged. PC be damned, I'm short.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on April 20, 2006, 11:46:35 PM
Cool!  :bigok: More riders from the PNW!!!  :beers:
Title: NEWBIE
Post by: stalker258 on April 24, 2006, 03:38:56 PM
hey im ant from leicester (england) i have just became the very proud owner of a 1992 bandit 400 16v slingshot im 20 years old n thats bout it lol
will get sum pics up asap :thanks:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: parraxis on April 25, 2006, 05:28:00 AM
Hi all, I actually posted a reply on the price of petrol a couple of weeks ago, and thought I should finally do a into. My name is Paul, I'm a late arrivel to the biking world I'm 38 Years young and only started riding bikes just over a year ago. I live in dunedin, New zealand. My brother in law to be is also a member (he got me into the bike scene, payback for me getting him into boats) goes by the the handle of amboman. in the last 12 months I have had a Suzuki GN 250 to learn on...did a local rally after 2weeks on the GN called the Brass Monkey (cold enough to freeze them off!!!!! snow ice and all) second bike is a Honda VTZ 250, which I still have.....but........ much to the miss's horror the Brother in law to be has sold me his 2005 bandit 1200 (had 3130 miles on the clock). Scared the sh.. out of me the first couple of times on it but have done aprox 1500 miles on it now and LOVE it.....
Title: A Newbie from Canada
Post by: JAD777 on April 25, 2006, 01:33:21 PM
Hey Everyone.  My name is Jeff from Ontario Canada (Just East of Toronto) and I have been riding off and on from a little under 10 years.  Just recent picked up a slightly used (stock) 2005 650s - Red.  Already put 1200 KM's on it and haven't stopped smiling.... :lol:

This site looks awesome.  Your guys really know your stuff.  I'm kind of a do it yourself'r.  If someone can explain it, I'll do it...  Looking forward to starting the mods.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jbrough7 on April 30, 2006, 08:27:30 PM
Welcome, Jad!  Good to see another canuck join the board.  I have a red 2006 650 so we're pretty close.  Geographically, as well.  I'm just west of London.

Jim
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gds216 on May 07, 2006, 01:41:55 AM
Hello to everyone.  My name is Garrick and I just recently rejoined the world of motorcycling after 14 years when I purchased a red 96 Bandit 600S with a little over 13k miles.  My first bike was a Honda XL80 when I was a teenager and I moved up to a Nighthawk 450 when I turned 19.

I currently live near Nashville, TN and am looking to move the family back to East Tennessee where there are good motorcycle roads everywhere.

I would like to thank everyone here for putting together an invaluable resource.  I am looking to do all my own wrenching so I am sure I'll be looking here regularly.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Desolation Angel on May 07, 2006, 10:03:45 AM
Hi, Garrick!  Feels weird to be back on one, don't it?

Did for me...I went 23 years.
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Post by: gds216 on May 08, 2006, 05:07:59 AM
The first couple of rides did feel wierd, especially getting home from the dealership.  However, after getting some miles behind me I am so glad I got back on a bike.  I'm also looking forward to getting into a MSF class just for a refresher.
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Post by: marcostn on May 08, 2006, 11:30:33 AM
Hi guys, I'm Marcos, from Sao Paulo/Brazil. My girl is a blue '02 Bandit 600 N. She is almost stock, except by the fender eliminator kit and by its happy owner.
I am glad to join you at the Alley.
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Post by: Seanybiker on May 08, 2006, 08:16:32 PM
How do everyone. Im Séan from Ireland. Got meself a Bandit 600. loves the thing. Starting the mods on it soon.  :beers:  :beers:
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Post by: tom_eaton on May 09, 2006, 09:11:40 AM
Hi all,

Bought a bandit 400 recently, I live in Portsmouth and am taking full test (33bhp) on the 17th of May. Am quite happy to go on rideouts with anyone from the area, and I'm currently a member of Portsmouth Student Bikers.
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Post by: Red01 on May 09, 2006, 10:33:10 AM
Quote from: "tom_eaton"
I live in Portsmouth and am taking full test (33bhp) on the 17th of May.


:welcome: I take it from the "full test (33bhp)" part that you're from the original Portsmouth in the UK and not one of the ones in the USA.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: RckyMtnB6 on May 15, 2006, 06:28:59 PM
Heya guys,
New rider checking in! Getting a '99 B6 tonight, from a friend who had to dump his bike to go back home overseas. I've been lurking for a while, but I can finally join the ranks!
'99 B6, 16k miles, a little used, but just needs some elbow grease and a little bit of cash for now. He let me have it for $1500, so I decided to jump on it. I'm really stoked, its my first bike. I've been trying to buy one for the past year(was looking for a SV650), got all my gear, took the MSF course, just didnt have anything to ride, until now.  :motorsmile:

I'm up in Ft. Collins, CO, and occasionally Colorado Springs. Any other CO members out there? Always good to know more people locally!

Ben
'99 B6
'02 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: kevinfromrex on May 16, 2006, 07:22:16 AM
Im Kevin, 43 year old (today) big kid. Been riding since I was 6, raced MX till I got a drivers license, hit the road at 16 on 70 sportster. Owned various cruisers, shadows, nighthawk. Also own atv's and dirt bikes. Bandit is my first "sport" bike. I love it. Ill never ride other than a sport bike again, the light feel, the cornering, the high rpm power!

I live in Rex Georgia a place no one has ever heard of, its a southeast suburb of Atlanta.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on May 16, 2006, 09:56:18 AM
:welcome: Ben & Kevin.  :bigok:  :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Jason F. on May 16, 2006, 04:39:05 PM
Well hello there. Picked up my Bandit yesterday and found the Forum last night. I am located in the Nashville, TN area, Smyrna to be precise.

I am a new rider and picked up a 96 Bandit 600S as my first bike. Got a good deal on it only a couple scratches and 7400 miles.

Here is a quick crappy camera phone pic.

(http://www.turnthewheel.com/Photos/Motorcycles/Bandit04.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jbrough7 on May 16, 2006, 04:51:34 PM
Welcome, Jason ...I live in Canada so I have the new 650 but the bikes look really similar.  Hope you have fun - this is a great board but watch for people that have 1200cc fixations! :wink:

jim
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on May 17, 2006, 10:08:55 AM
Hey! I resemble that remark!  :wink:

Actually, I'm not fixated on 1200cc... 1300 or 1400 is OK, too.  :monkeymoon:

 :stickpoke:
If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.
Go big or go home.
 :stickpoke:

Seriously though, the smaller Bandits are great bikes, too.
And a much better choice for new rider.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Desolation Angel on May 17, 2006, 10:58:24 AM
Quote from: jbrough7
Welcome, Jason ...I live in Canada so I have the new 650 but the bikes look really similar.  Hope you have fun - this is a great board but watch for people that have 1200cc fixations! :wink:

jim


Ooooo, your jealousy is showing! :grin:   I waggle my big 1200 in your general direction!  :lol:  Normally, you'd only see the taillights in the distance.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: sirdarkheart on May 18, 2006, 08:05:05 PM
Hi,
   I'm going to get a bandit 400. I love those things.
Title: Howdy
Post by: texasbandit on May 20, 2006, 11:17:05 AM
Just wanted to introduce myself.  I have owned motorcycles since 1966.  I bought my 1997 B12 when it was exactly one year old to the day and had 1,997 miles on it.  It was much more comfortable than my FZR1000 and mountains more powerful than my VX800 - both of those bike have moved on.  My latest addition is a 2003 FZ1, but the Bandit is still my workhorse 28k+ with three trips to VMD, two to the Dragon, and one to the east coast, under its belt and it still makes me laugh every time it gets into its torque curve.

1997 GSF1200S, D&D, Dale Walker Stage II, 1" lowering doglegs, fender extender, several windshields, Galfer lines front & rear.

Mike J
Round Rock, Texas
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Post by: H2RICK on May 24, 2006, 01:02:25 AM
Well, I see I haven't done this yet so here goes....
I live in "Cowtown", Canada (known to cartographers as Calgary) the home of the Calgary Flames of the NHL, home of the Calgary Stampede (the "Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth") and we also hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics (yes, I went to as many events as I could get tickets for and, yes, it's highly recommended IMO). Calgary is ~80 miles from the Rocky Mountains so good riding roads are not far away....and it's VERY easy to get to the interior of British Columbia next door for GREAT riding roads. OK, enough travelogue/Chamber of Commerce stuff.
I finally got my '06 B12S on May 20/06. The thread with all that stuff is in this section.
I've been riding since 1964 and owned various Hondas up until I went to work as a wrench for a Suzuki/Ducati/Ossa/Hodaka dealer in the early-mid 70's.
I learned what handling was (Ducati) and learned what strokers have to offer (Suzuki and Ossa). At the time I had a bought-brand-new CB750K0 Honda which, I thought, was pretty much the dog's bollocks until I got waxed by a '69 Mach III. The H1 rider and I became good friends and we still hang out together. That K0 Honda was my last new street bike until I bought my B12S recently. 36 years is a lonnngggg time without a new street bike.
In 1988, after 15 years of off-roading only, I decided to get back into street bikes, mainly because my back couldn't take the off-road beating any more. I found a reasonably nice (what else ?)  CB750K6 and proceeded to restore it to new, riding it during the process. Meanwhile, I was looking for a Kwak H2 for a stroker fun bike.....but none were to be had. Sooooo......I found an absolutely mint '76 Suzi GT550 which is a civilized version of the Kwak Mach III.....not as fast....but a lot more durable and economical to run and a real pleasure to ride when you're in a pootleing mood. Then I found an H2 and made a nice semi-hotrod out of it....and then found another....and another.....and another....and  another.
And then I found a '77 Water Buffalo. I've got projects to last me until, oh, maybe 2025....if I live that long.  :lol:
But, I finally decided to bust the piggy bank and get myself a new Suzi....
and since Suzi doesn't make strokers anymore and since I'm not old enough for a cruiser and since my back won't stand for a Gixxer
....presto...the Bandit. My Mach III-driving buddy's brother had a '97 B12S that had a jet kit, Yosh can and EXTENSIVE dyno time/tuning put into it back in 1998.
It did 280 km/hr (174 MPH) on a speed run over a timed 3 mile stretch of public road in 1999 !!!! I was impressed, to say the least, and that shows what a properly set up bike CAN do, even up at 3500' ASL.
So, I always thought if I could ever afford a new bike again, the Bandit would be at the top of my list, mainly because, even with all the Kwaks and Hondas I've had (and have), my heart belongs to Suzi.  :grin:
I may not ever want to go that fast....but it's comforting to know I could do it if I had a mind to.   :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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Post by: RDUBandit on May 25, 2006, 11:06:14 AM
Hi everyone!  

My name is Dave and I live in Raleigh, NC.  I've had my Bandit 1200S since April 2004.  I love it.  I use it mostly for touring and commuting.  Last night I clicked over 22000 miles.

I would like to ride the Bandit in each of the 49 states -- I've got 29 to go!!

I also have a Ducati for posing and shorter rides. :roll:

Cheers,
  Dave
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Post by: Desolation Angel on May 25, 2006, 01:10:11 PM
Woo hoo!  A dressed up Bandit!  I like it!

Quote from: RDUBandit
...I also have a Ducati for posing and shorter rides...


Multistrada?
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Post by: RDUBandit on May 25, 2006, 01:19:59 PM
Quote from: Desolation Angel
Woo hoo!  A dressed up Bandit!  I like it!

Quote from: RDUBandit
...I also have a Ducati for posing and shorter rides...


Multistrada?


Thanks!

Nope, an S4R Monster (with some bling  :roll: )
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Post by: Sven on May 25, 2006, 01:47:01 PM
Quote from: RDUBandit
I would like to ride the Bandit in each of the 49 states -- I've got 29 to go!!


Dave, you may be a Canadian secretly posing as an American, or else you'd know we have *50* states.  And since Hawaii does have an interstate highway, adding it to your list shouldn't be a problem.

Just ribbin' ya, welcome to the boards!
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Post by: RDUBandit on May 25, 2006, 03:10:46 PM
Quote from: Sven
Quote from: RDUBandit
I would like to ride the Bandit in each of the 49 states -- I've got 29 to go!!


Dave, you may be a Canadian secretly posing as an American, or else you'd know we have *50* states.  And since Hawaii does have an interstate highway, adding it to your list shouldn't be a problem.

Just ribbin' ya, welcome to the boards!


Ha!  I was gonna say "contiguous 49," but Alaska isn't contiguous to another state, eh. :wink:

Thanks for the welcome!
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Post by: Desolation Angel on May 25, 2006, 03:23:40 PM
Quote from: RDUBandit
Quote from: Sven
Quote from: RDUBandit
I would like to ride the Bandit in each of the 49 states -- I've got 29 to go!!


Dave, you may be a Canadian secretly posing as an American, or else you'd know we have *50* states.  And since Hawaii does have an interstate highway, adding it to your list shouldn't be a problem.

Just ribbin' ya, welcome to the boards!


Ha!  I was gonna say "contiguous 49," but Alaska isn't contiguous to another state, eh. :wink:

Thanks for the welcome!


We need to annex a strip of Canada to get Alaska connected up.  And a tunnel to Hawaii, similar to the England to France under channel tunnel.  Man, what a ride that one would be!
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Post by: Sven on May 25, 2006, 03:32:53 PM
Quote from: Desolation Angel
We need to annex a strip of Canadia to get Alaska connected up.  And a tunnel to Hawaii, similar to the England to France under channel tunnel.  Man, what a ride that one would be!


Man, that would be one long dark tunnel.  2400 miles long.  Maybe some sort of straight glass tube...separate tube for MCs only.

I'd like to be
under the sea
in an octopus' garden
going 180.

As for Canadia...let's just annex them.  "All your moose are belong to us."  Then we can argue whether the national language is Enlish, French, Spanish, or just settle for an Esperanto and Metric system.
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Post by: RDUBandit on May 25, 2006, 03:37:09 PM
Quote from: Sven
Man, that would be one long dark tunnel.  2400 miles long.  Maybe some sort of straight glass tube...separate tube for MCs only.

I'd like to be
under the sea
in an octopus' garden
going 180.

As for Canadia...let's just annex them.  "All your moose are belong to us."  Then we can argue whether the national language is Enlish, French, Spanish, or just settle for an Esperanto and Metric system.


  :lol:
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Post by: Ripper00 on May 26, 2006, 07:02:44 PM
Hi, I've been reading this forum for some time and thought I'd introduce myself. After years of wanting to get a bike, I took the plunge. (just completed MSF). Was expecting to get a GS500 for my first bike and came across the bandit.... I'm now expecting delivery of my "new" 2000 bandit 600s next week. My research says the bandit is a great bike (don't expect any arguments here :grin: ).

Anyway, any advice from you vets for a new bandit rider is appreciated. I'm glad to be a member of the bandit family.  :motorsmile:
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Post by: Desolation Angel on May 26, 2006, 07:36:43 PM
You'll dig it.  They just seem to be about the most versatile things ever made.  Them and V-Stroms.
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 26, 2006, 08:42:11 PM
Welcome!  Congrats on the bike!  I got a 650.  You might hear some references here about the 1200 being faster than our bikes on the straights and on the corners but we can beat them everywhere else. :lol:
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Post by: Desolation Angel on May 26, 2006, 09:04:55 PM
Yeah, Jim says he has a 650, but you can't prove it by us.  Seems, unlike all the other members, he hasn't ever posted a pic of it. (http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/images/smilies/eusa_think.gif)

I'm just sayin'!
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 26, 2006, 10:01:12 PM
I posted this picture the first day, I'm sure!

This is April 6th, the day I got my Bandit - was going to ride her home but it snowed pretty heavily.  

Warning:  The Surgeon General has determined that this picture might show material that could make some people physically sick.  If you have a queasy stomache, please click on  the URL, lean back in your chair, turn your head slightly to the right and squint.  A garbage can or other receptacle should be on the floor, six inches from your chair, just in case...  You have been warned....


 http://hosting.showthatimage.com/serve.cfm?webhost=CCE3A023-603A-4F29-BD3AF2E1FDF61D6E.jpg
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Post by: H2RICK on May 27, 2006, 01:47:00 AM
So, Jim, how cold WAS it on the ride home like that ??? Or did you just take off the toque for the pic ??? :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
That's quite a cat's cradle of tiedowns you've got going there. I'll bet all the neighbourhood spiders were green with envy.  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
Kidding aside, you look like a very happy guy and that's a nice ride you've got there. I believe the cops call that colour "Arrest Me Red", so keep a close eye on your speedo !!!  :grin:
 :congrats:  :beers:  :bigok:
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 27, 2006, 07:55:41 AM
I usually just use the two ties on the handlebars with the forks being compressed and don't worry about it.  With my brand new Suzi, I just kept rolling on and on with those darn straps.  I felt like covering the whole thing in duct tape!  But got her home no worries. (Then I scratched her up later).


Yeah, the salesman said I could have any colour I wanted, as long as it was black or red.  So I didn't sleep for two days trying to decide and then finally chose black.  I called him up and he said they had only ever had ONE black and it was just sold!!  There were 52 red ones in their garage so I decided on red.

Happy as a pig in Brooks, AB (not) with the bike and love the colour.

Funny thing about the speed, I ride way faster on the bike than in my Ford pickup, but the coppers never give me a second look.  So far, the Suzuki gods have been on my side.
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Post by: thurm on May 27, 2006, 05:40:40 PM
HI ALL!! Still new at this,I have a Bandit 400 ,91 model.all stock except the partial front fender.
 I am from oklahoma,around the poteau area.
there are mountains north  and south of me.
There is a lot of mountain twisties around here.One road is called skyline drive, always see bikers on it.Starts in oklahoma and ends  in mena arkansas.all bikers seem to stop and eat at the Queen Whillimena lodge, at the top of Ritch mountain.which is part of the winding stair mountains range,I live at the foot of sugarloaf mountain,To go hiking all i have to do is walk out the door and start up the mountain.
 My other horse is a suzuki C-50. Here is link to pic.

http://www.freewebs.com/mamachipmunk/MVC%2D001F.JPG
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 27, 2006, 07:06:46 PM
Welcome, Thurm!  You live in God's Country, doncha know it?

Weird you gotta C50 because I was REALLY leaning toward a M50 when I bought my 650 Bandit.  I come from cruisers so they are still near and dear to me.

How do you find the comfort compares between the two bikes?  Does the C feel gutless after the 400 or are they pretty much the same?
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Post by: Desolation Angel on May 27, 2006, 07:25:09 PM
:shock:       :shock:       :shock:

OMG!  It's Squidward!

(http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y297/DesolationAngels/Jimbo.jpg)

 :shock:       :shock:       :shock:


OK, so it's a cool bike.  But I thought all the half-pints had grey engines?
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Post by: thurm on May 27, 2006, 08:01:57 PM
Thanks Jim! It is really beautiful here.I like to take fall rides as the leaves are turning.
 And the twisties are fun to power out of!!
 As far as comparison of the c-50 to the 400 cant  really say ,havent ran the c 50 hard yet,still on the break in milage. 65 is as fast as i run it till I hit 1000 ,then well it balls to the walls!!!
 but i think the bandit will take it off the line, but will pass the bandit on the high end.
 Like i say i havent 1/4 miled it yet.
  The c-50 is more comfortable to do long road trips on, no handle bar vibration that i can tell.the seat in definately more cushie.
  But not as neary fun to ride as the bandit,for as i love the quickness and handling thru the curves. If it wasent for the wife riding, would have got the b 1000  Or Dare i dream.......... HAYBUESA!!??
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 27, 2006, 10:09:56 PM
I love the bandit but everywhere I go here (today was nice and sunny and warm), I'm seeing cruisers left, right and centre.  I love to yak so I'm always stopping and talking to the different riders.  Makes me pine for another one.

Maybe I should pick up a used one this October for those times when the mood hits!  I just love the M50 but I realize that's sorta only been around for a couple of years.

Are the M's not selling well?  My dealer had them discounted from $8800 down to $6800  CDN!!  For a brand new bike!!  That's like giving the durn thing away!
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Post by: thurm on May 28, 2006, 11:36:00 PM
I know what you mean.
 Dont know much about the m 50 ,but i know the c 50 and m 50 have the gxr fuel injection system.
 havent had any trouble with mine [yet] ,theay are a volusia with a face lift.
so theay should be dependable.
 The only way to find out is to jump in. :beers:
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Post by: mothman on May 30, 2006, 04:19:04 PM
Greetings. Raleigh, NC here.
I am currently looking at two different Bandits right now. I beleive I'll have one very soon. At the moment I have a 79 CB750f. I am in the middle of restoring that bike yet I want a great ride now. I have road off and street for years. I'll post a question on a new thread. Cheers all.
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 30, 2006, 08:21:15 PM
Hey, Mothman, welcome!

Wasn't there a movie about you a few years back? :wink:
Title: New B
Post by: Yep ! on May 30, 2006, 11:13:50 PM
First time on BanditAlleyBBs...at my age, one appreciate FIRSTS.
Ride is a B12S.  See you around...
Title: Re: New B
Post by: Seanybiker on May 30, 2006, 11:41:06 PM
Quote from:
First time on BanditAlleyBBs...at my age, one appreciate FIRSTS.
Ride is a B12S.  See you around...


Welcome to the mad house mate.
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Post by: solman on May 31, 2006, 12:09:08 AM
Quote from: mothman
Greetings. Raleigh, NC here.
I am currently looking at two different Bandits right now. I beleive I'll have one very soon. At the moment I have a 79 CB750f. I am in the middle of restoring that bike yet I want a great ride now. I have road off and street for years. I'll post a question on a new thread. Cheers all.


I see that you came over to the dark side.  :beers:  As well as my CB900F, I also have a '03 Bandit 1200.
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 31, 2006, 11:44:37 AM
Welcome, Yep!

 This is a great board full of great people but we are also humble! :wink:
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Post by: Desolation Angel on May 31, 2006, 12:00:24 PM
:welcome:
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Post by: WabashMX5 on May 31, 2006, 02:30:17 PM
Just picked up a green '03 B12S (1760 miles) last night.  Put about another 100+ on the same evening.  My wife talked me into a little newer/nicer/bigger than I'd planned. (Yeah, I married a keeper!)

So, a new Bandito on the road in Lafayette, IN (about 60 miles NW of Indianapolis and 120 SE of Chicago along Interstate 65). :motorsmile:

Now, the '85 Kaw 450 our best man gave us as a wedding present last year (as planned, he's got an R6 now) will become my wife's learner.
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Post by: jbrough7 on May 31, 2006, 03:39:02 PM
Wabash:  What's that thing worth over there, I wonder?  North of the 49th, that darn thing would go close to original MSRP! It's crazy but I have a theory that there are so few used bikes up here they are worth a ton.

So to me, the leap to brand new seems so tiny that I don't even have to think about it.  We have two taxes up here (!!) on everything brand new (pst and gst) which are now just going down a tad to 14%.  But if you buy used, you only have to pay 7% so that saves a bit.  

But brand new, obviously, you get that warranty so I think it makes it well worth it.

my .02 cents worth
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Post by: Andrew1157 on June 06, 2006, 01:46:46 PM
Alright folks? Just saying hi. I'm Andrew, currently in Dundee Scotland. Stumbled across the site while looking for odds and sods for me bandit. I ride a 99 B12 (unfaired) which i've had from new and a forever exploding Malaguti Firefox scooter. Seem like a friedly enough bunch on here.
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Post by: Desolation Angel on June 06, 2006, 02:07:50 PM
Just don't type in all caps or post boobie pics!  :lol:

Oh, and a hearty welcome to you!

Pssst!  Watch out for the Canadians, though.  Big trouble there.
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Post by: Red01 on June 06, 2006, 02:09:20 PM
:bouncy: pics are OK in the Clubhouse section.  :bigok:
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Post by: Desolation Angel on June 06, 2006, 02:11:51 PM
Quote from: Red01
:bouncy: pics are OK in the Clubhouse section.  :bigok:


Now, you stop that, young man! (http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/images/smilies/eusa_naughty.gif)
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Post by: Andrew1157 on June 07, 2006, 01:53:54 PM
Quote from: Desolation Angel
Just don't type in all caps or post boobie pics!  :lol:

FAIR DO'S I'LL REMEMBER THAT. arf arf arf
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Post by: Wee H on June 08, 2006, 11:52:21 AM
Hi there!  Heather from Dundee also.... I think I know you Andrew, are you on the DBF forum?  

Anyhoos, was trawling through the net looking for an exhaust for my 400 Bandit, and came across your forum.  Hope you don't mind another squeezing in  :lol:  I'm a motorcycle instructor in Dundee and need the bike for training as well as fun runs.... are you getting I need an exhaust and soon?  :wink:

It's not very often the sun shines here in Scotland and it has been toasting all week, typical when the bikes off the road eh? Righties, think that's about me then!  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Andrew1157 on June 08, 2006, 02:36:07 PM
Quote from: Wee H
Hi there!  Heather from Dundee also.... I think I know you Andrew, are you on the DBF forum?  

Blimey what are the odds? Hello mrs.
Title: New forum member and B12S owner
Post by: Dennis on June 08, 2006, 07:14:22 PM
Hello all,

My name is Dennis and I'm a new forum member here.  Seems like a great online community!

I sold my last motorcycle ('94 Honda VF750C Magna) to buy a house about 9 years ago and I just recently bought a bike again.  During the interim I had my sights set on buying a '94-'97 Honda VFR but a test ride on a '99 Bandit 1200s about 2 years ago made me stop and reconsider.  When it came time to buy I found a black '98 Bandit 1200s locally that piqued my interest.  The bike was being sold by the original owner because he's buying (or building) a house.  He'd added a D&D slip-on muffler, stage 1 jet kit, and had the bike dyno tuned for smotth power delivery and  to eliminate flat spots.  Also sold with a half tank bra and a tank bag, factory gel seat, factory tail rack, black chain guard, and a new set of sprockets for the next chain replacement.  18.6K miles and, aside from a few very minor scuffs from a driveway drop, it's been kept meticulously (all service intervals documented).  Two minutes into the test ride I pointed the bike towards my bank to have a check stroked.  What a great motorcycle!  The tuning was done well - there isn't a flat spot anywhere in the rev range and it's smoooooooth!!! This bike isn't as refined as the VFR but it's way more fun to ride, has more power on tap than I'll ever need (dyno chart shows 110hp - more than stock?), has a more comfortable riding position (especially for riding 2-up), and was a bunch cheaper.  I picked this bike up for just over $3,000...

(http://home.centurytel.net/flanneldrawers/banditsmall.JPG)

I've put about 400 miles on it since I brought it home 3 weeks ago - nothing but smiles and grins so far.
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Post by: WabashMX5 on June 09, 2006, 11:33:26 AM
Congratulations -- great buy!  Maybe my favorite thing about the B12s (besides the sheer power) is how big a bargain they are as gently-used bikes.  Welcome aboard -- I'm amazed by how knowledgeable the people on here are.  Lots for me to learn!
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Post by: Red01 on June 09, 2006, 11:36:21 AM
:welcome: to the latest batch of new folks!  :bigok:

Dennis, you're ~10-12 hp over stock.
Title: Not Alone!!
Post by: GoDad on June 09, 2006, 06:00:03 PM
I have a 2000 1200S
Live in the Houston, TX area
Use the Bandit as a daily rider to work
Thought I was the only Bandit rider in the whole area
Never see many of them
Good to know there are others out there that see these bikes for what they are: damn good machines
What a great site- will be visiting frequently.
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Post by: Desolation Angel on June 09, 2006, 07:16:26 PM
You commute in Houston?  :shock:   May God be with you!  :wink:
Title: NOS Dave
Post by: NOS Dave on June 12, 2006, 01:12:06 PM
Hey Guys just checking in its been awhile how is everyone.

Dave
Title: silver 2002 1200 naked
Post by: azzie on June 13, 2006, 10:16:56 AM
Hi guys, I live in central Iowa, USA and recently bought a silver 2002 Bandit 1200 naked.  They don't seem very common in this area as this is only the third Bandit I've found for sale locally since last fall

I put about 500 miles on last week , great bike, very comfortable.  Over the years I've ridden a Honda CL175, CL450, BSA Lightning, and a Suzuki GS850.  The Bandit is the best yet, but will require relearning how to deal with a chain.  :grin:

I look forward to participating in this fine forum, I've been mostly lurking for about six months while shopping.  

-azzie
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Post by: DjVas on June 13, 2006, 06:13:53 PM
Hey! new member and new rider.. Just got a 01 B6.. it's exactly what I was looking for and I think it's perfect to start with... I am in MI

Good job with the site!

Billy
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Post by: PitterB4 on June 13, 2006, 08:23:09 PM
Hey, y'all!  :welcome:
Title: Newbie
Post by: Chandita on June 16, 2006, 04:10:40 AM
Thought I'd post here too to just say hello!  

I've been a proud owner since March 05.   :motorsmile: My husband bought a 01 B12S this spring.

Bandits rock!

Chantal
96 B6S
Spokane, WA USA
Title: Re: Newbie
Post by: Desolation Angel on June 16, 2006, 10:27:16 AM
Quote from: Chandita
Thought I'd post here too to just say hello!  

I've been a proud owner since March 05.   :motorsmile: My husband bought a 01 B12S this spring.

Bandits rock!

Chantal
96 B6S
Spokane, WA USA


Welcome!  Please have a thick skin...we're an offensive bunch.
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Post by: K6 on June 16, 2006, 12:57:28 PM
Another newbie from the UK, just bought me a 2006 naked 12,
hello all.
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Post by: Dundee on June 29, 2006, 12:15:53 AM
hi everyone, bought a K1 B12s 6 months ago, switched to riding as my only method of transport. Riding 2 1/2 years, no bike experience before that.
I've noticed some other aussies here, I'm in western sydney, say gday!
This looks like a great forum guys, hope to be here a while. cheers, Mick.
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Post by: silvershadow on June 30, 2006, 03:06:39 PM
Just wanted to make sure my profile was popping up right with the pic of the bike.
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Post by: Zuki138 on July 22, 2006, 09:33:21 PM
Hey guys.
My name is Ben and I purchased a 97' Bandit 600s about a month ago.

Got a good 500ish miles on it and low-sided in a turn after hitting pea-gravel (I curse you VDOT).  The bike is down for now but will soon be back better than ever.
It didn't take me long to realize that this was a great all-around bike.  Heres to good talk and good riding to come.    :beers:
Title: Introduce myself
Post by: Aub on July 23, 2006, 10:04:00 AM
Hi I'm Aubrey. Just bought a 2003 Bandit 1200s, this year, after a 15 year absence from motorcycling. Live in Nova Scotia , Canada. Like the twisty roads, and longer trips.
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Post by: Red01 on July 24, 2006, 03:41:36 AM
:welcome: Aub & Zuki138.  :beers:
Hope you enjoy your time here!  :motorsmile:
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Post by: KHMYERBANDIT on July 25, 2006, 03:33:51 PM
HEY EVERYONE...
I JUST WANTED TO SAY "HI".
I AM A PROUD OWNER OF A 2001 BANDIT 600.
THIS IS MY FIRST BIKE AND I AM GLAD I WENT WITH THIS ONE.
THIS IS SUCH A GREAT SITE. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO IS KNOWLEGEABLE ABOUT THE BANDIT. :thanks:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on July 25, 2006, 09:09:49 PM
Welcome to the site KHMYER.... you made a good choice.  I got one after a long layoff and have been hooked ever since.  

BTW... is your cap lock button missing???   :stickpoke:  :stickpoke:

Again....  :welcome:
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Post by: huahuafish on August 11, 2006, 01:37:34 AM
hello, my name is Ed and I'm an alcoholi...err...I mean...I just bought a 91' Bandit 400 as my first bike.  Been riding for a month now and has absolutely fell in love with riding.  Having a lot of trouble with the cluth coming outta first gear (especially stopped on a hill), but I hear that's normal with B4's...or rather just with noobs on bikes in general...

this board rocks my socks off, I've basically gotten my Bandit to run by following tips and tricks from people on this board.  So far I've changed my battery, replaced my clutch, swapped new oil pan, change the oil and oil filter....etc...you guys are great.

You can find me around seattle (north gate) in my white/red strip B4 with red helmet and red joe rocket jacket...I love to wave so don't be shy.  (that was the first thing I found out on the street...the waving...at first I thought riders were trying to tell me that my front tire was flat  :lol: )

once again, great board
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Post by: txbanditrydr on August 11, 2006, 10:54:47 AM
Quote
...at first I thought riders were trying to tell me that my front tire was flat

 :toofunny:   That's good..... and welcome to the site.
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Post by: nwetherill on August 12, 2006, 11:21:30 AM
I have been on this site for a little bit. All I can say is wow. I have never been on a more professional forum. I was reffered to this site from some of the guys on Max-zuki (another great bandit site). If you have questions they get answered no matter how dumb they are with no crap from the *****************.

Thanks for providing such a great site!

And please keep up the awesome work.


Nic

01 1200S
Race tech front
busa shock
Holeshot comp II
Stage II jet kit / Advancer
Title: newbie
Post by: 10Zero on August 13, 2006, 02:23:11 PM
Hey y'all.  Been lurking for a while, neat site, lots of info.  I have a 2000 bandit 1200 that doesn't get ridden nearly enough, been riding bikes on and off-road for about 30 years.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: PantheonTyphon on August 14, 2006, 10:47:18 PM
Whats up all, well im young guy looking for a girl who can... Oh wait wrong boards :shock:

Anyways, I started riding an 02 bandit 600 when i was 17. I had it for a year and life came up and beat the hell out of my pocketbook, had to sell it. A few years later and a bit more financially stable, i've found myself an 01 bandit 1200. Bought it less than a week ago and I LOVE IT! Prepare for all of my stupid questions you will see on these boards.

BTW im out of anaheim, ca so if you live nearby hit me up. I work alot but if ya know any good places to ride around here im down. Keep the shiney side up right?
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Post by: bngboyd on August 17, 2006, 05:23:07 PM
Newbie to the site

Bob
2005 Bandit 1200S Yosh RS-3 Exhaust.

36 years young, 5'11 260Lbs

Married w/3 boys all born in Dec. 12,14,16

Redding, Ca.

Computer Network Engineer
Title: me and my bandit
Post by: HAMMER on August 17, 2006, 09:25:00 PM
i live in middle Tn (about 70 miles from the Dragons Tail) i own a 1998 1200,black by the way.it has 17000 original miles  :beers: i mean cheers
Title: New here
Post by: Bandito Loco on August 24, 2006, 02:47:29 PM
Hello all. I just joined the board although I've had my Bandit 1200 since 2000. I'm sure I've met many of you from the Atlanta and surrounding area and I've been to 2 of the rallies at Suches, Ga. My name is Spain and I hope to meet many more of you guys soon.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 0to60 on August 30, 2006, 09:48:15 PM
I posted over 100 replies in late April/ early May of 2005. Now I'm back.............................................................





:gatlin :bigok:
Title: Introduction
Post by: BillyO on September 04, 2006, 08:56:45 PM
Hi, I'm BillyO, from Monson MA. My current ride is a 2000 B12, holeshot stage 1, pipe, and timing advance, diamond lowering links on the back. This is my second B12, I had a 98 that I was riding to work back in June (27th) when about 20 yards from my jobs driveway, after putting on my directional, flashing my brakes,and downshifting I got rearended by a guy in a minivan. I got talked into a Kawaski Vulcan by some cruiser friends of mine while the insurance companys were screwing around, and don't get me wrong I love the V-twin, but what a F#%*&ing truck in the corners. And that single disk in the front? 3 weeks of ownership and I bought another Bandit. I
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Post by: StangMATA on September 04, 2006, 09:06:51 PM
Found it!

Names Ian. Been riding since I was a little guy and last month picked up a 03  Bandit 1200S. Pretty much stock except for a D&D can.

In the San Antonio area for now and we'll see where the AF takes me next. If anyone is around the area and likes to race, let me know. I'm all about it.

Worked at a bike shop for many years...so I hope that I can learn and help while here.
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Post by: mccuts on September 05, 2006, 09:09:44 PM
mccuts  -  
50 year old bandit rider.  I only get in 6 months of riding a year here in Maine if I'm lucky.
My Bandit is pretty stock as I use it for mostly sport touring.
Mods - GEN MAR bar risers,  LAMINAR LIP on the Windshield, RENNTEC
sport rack and tailpack,  1/2 tank bra.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: wrathchild on September 06, 2006, 01:31:08 PM
Hi guys ( and gals )

I am a new ( almost) Bandit owner and am looking forward to learning more about it.

I am from Montreal, Canada and am married with 2 boys. I have recently gotten my license, and for those who are familiar with Quebec know that I just went through hell and high water to get it, therefore with careful consideration, I have chosen a Bandit as my first bike.

I will be here often to get advice, tips, and insight into everthing from repairs, mods, and upgrades to my bike, as well as the occasional participation in the off topic stuff.

Hope to meet some of you on the road eventually!!!

Wrathchild
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: willo on September 11, 2006, 02:49:36 AM
Hi every body been lurking around for a few weeks now thought I better say Gday. My name is Graham I live in Logan City QLD Aust, I ride a bog stock 2002 1200s best bike I have owned, and have had a few I ride every day as I use the bike to commute + weekend fun. and I forgot to say I am allmost old...Graham
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on September 11, 2006, 06:06:58 AM
A warm welcome to all the new folk that have joined since my last post. Sorry I didn't welcome some of you sooner, but between work and computer problems the last 6-8 weeks, getting on the board has not been something I could do.
Title: awsome site.
Post by: jasper on September 12, 2006, 09:52:56 PM
Hi, i'm Dezza, i live in Darwin Australia.
I own a 1992 GSF 250 Bandit Grey import.
Just put in a recon motor but having afew problems starting it.seems like a fuel problem.
love riding only have my L plates for now should get my opens in December.
Title: Noobie
Post by: ricander on September 17, 2006, 03:28:03 PM
Hello, and thanks to everyone involved in this board for keeping it online.  There's some great information here.
I recently bought a 1996 GSF600, which I use for my 30-mile commute to my work place. I've found my Bandit to be a comfortable, capable and -- knock on wood -- extremely reliable bike.
I look forward to chatting with everyone and, hopefully, providing some insight. Thanks again.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: seb on October 23, 2006, 09:20:31 AM
Hi all,

I'm Seb, live in the UK, and I'm currently looking to own a 600 Bandit as my next bike. I currently own an RGV 250 but I'd like to get something that i can personalise a bit more.

I was wondering if anyone can give me any info on the 600 Bandit (older models around the '98 mark) such as any common faults, bits and bobs that need looking at before buying etc.

Thanks people, I hope to be joining the ranks very soon!

Seb
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 24, 2006, 11:47:34 AM
:welcome: to the board!  :beers:

The good news is there's nothing peculiar to the 600 Bandit you should look for besides the normal stuff you'd look for on any used bike.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: JamieK on October 24, 2006, 03:00:45 PM
Hi Everyone,
I'm James and hail from Edmonton Alberta Canada. I picked up my new 06 B12S (red) last Saturday. I had an 04 KLR650 that I sold in September, it was a fun bike but lacked highway prowess :wink: Before that I had a Kawi ZX7R, Honda CBR600F4i,my fave bike a 99 Honda VFR800 (write-off in 02) and numerous other motorcycles dating back to the mid 80's. I picked the Bandit after riding a friend's 04 B12 and was quite impressed with it. My b12 is named Dreadnought following a theme of other bikes I've had named after Reno Air Racers.
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Post by: seanhellen on October 28, 2006, 01:16:01 PM
Hi everybody,

My name is Sean (as you could probably tell by me username!!!) and I am about to be the proud owner of a 2006 black B12S.   Over the past 4 years, I have had 2x125 varadero's (first was written off) and have just sold my K5 GS550F for a Bandit.   I am from Blackburn, Lancashire, UK so if anyone wants a ride somewhere, let me know.

I have been lurking round the forums for about a month now (but not registered) and found some goo useful info about the B12's.   Hope that in years to come, I can be as much help too.

Look forward to meeting you all,  :bigok:
Title: hi from north yorkshire uk !!
Post by: madmickyb on October 31, 2006, 06:57:43 PM
just a quick hello ...names mick from north yorkshire i have two bikes a bandit 6 2001 fully faired and a baby gixxer 400 73a ..


mick :beers:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Keith on November 01, 2006, 02:07:21 PM
Hello All!
  My name is Keith, I am from Orange County CA, picked up a '97 B12 recently.  I did not even know the bike existed before I saw it for sale on the side of the road.  I stoped, liked what I saw and read about the Bandit and proceded to get a good deal on it.  Right now the Bandit is in Lien Sale purgatory as the previous owner bought it from a towing yard that entered the VIN incorrectly.  The Bandit has to spend 31 days back at the tow yard with the potential for the original owner to reclaim it (upon which time I would get my money back).  14 days to go.
   I have previously owned a Honda Transalp, Honda Magna V65 (1985), and most recently a Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide (1999).  Following the HD I have been wanting for a bike with a bit more spirit and sport-ability and was looking at a Ducati Multistrada (could not get past the price tag for a commuter bike).  The Bandit changed how I look at motorcycles.  Great bike for the money.  If I do not get mine back from the lien sale I would quickly search for and buy another one.

Anyhow, I look forward to spending more time on the Bandit and getting to know you all around here.  Thanks for the great site.

Keith
Title: greetings from east Tn
Post by: daking on November 07, 2006, 08:29:00 PM
i have a 01 1200s Bandit. Bought from the original owner, with 4800 miles on the clock. I think I have read every thread on the inter-net about the "oil" issue for the 01s and early 02s. My Bandit has the stock pistons, and so far very minimal oil use and no smoke. Maybe I have dodged the bullet.  With winter coming on, I am going to install a Holeshot stage 1 kit and order some new skins for the spring. I am alittle concerned about the stage 1 kit from Dale,s. I start seeing words like..needles, and jets, I start to feel faint. :scaredmouse:  How tough is it?
I have a nice garage and apretty good supply of tools, but have never taken apart carbs before. (I did take the blades off of the mower this past spring) :beers:
 Great bike and a great forum  I look forward to all posts.
  regards
  David
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Post by: gosnika4 on November 07, 2006, 08:52:20 PM
Hello everyone,

I am a proud owner of a '97 Bandit 600.  I love this bike and will probably keep it no matter what.  I joined this forum to try to meet other Bandit owners in the NW, specificaly in Oregon and SW Washington.  Happy riding!
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Post by: PitterB4 on November 07, 2006, 09:52:23 PM
Welcome all.  Seems like a cool crop of newbies!  Love the baby gix!
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Post by: gdavis2265 on November 10, 2006, 05:07:40 PM
Hello everyone,

Mine name is Glenn and I am new to Bandits and BanditAlley.

Just bought a 2003 B12 naked.  The ususal: pipe, jetted, ss brake lines and so forth.   Rode it last week for the first time, I can't seem to wipe the grin off my face.  (coming off of a fzr600)  This is a beast!  Well, great site and look forward to learning much more.
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Post by: 06 Greyhound on November 12, 2006, 07:37:14 PM
Hi All
My new 06 Bandit ABS is still sitting in the shop.
I did the deal and before I could pick the bike up it snowed and the weather has been rotten ever since.
This is my third bike, I started with a Ninja 500 and kept that for a year or so, until a gust of wind sent me on a trip from the centre line to the shoulder in a milasecond.
I live in Chinook country so I traided the Ninja for a VZ800, nice bike but I can't sit feet forward for the kind of miles I like to ride. So after a lot of thought I went for the Bandit.
Tony
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: JamieK on November 12, 2006, 07:40:16 PM
Quote from: "06 Greyhound"
Hi All
My new 06 Bandit ABS is still sitting in the shop.
I did the deal and before I could pick the bike up it snowed and the weather has been rotten ever since.
This is my third bike, I started with a Ninja 500 and kept that for a year or so, until a gust of wind sent me on a trip from the centre line to the shoulder in a milasecond.
I live in Chinook country so I traided the Ninja for a VZ800, nice bike but I can't sit feet forward for the kind of miles I like to ride. So after a lot of thought I went for the Bandit.
Tony


Welcome Tony...some nice riding in your neck of the woods :grin: That is a nice blue on those ABS 06's...I picked up my red 06 in October, got a week in before the snow came to stay :wink:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 06 Greyhound on November 12, 2006, 07:53:46 PM
Quote from: "Dreadnought"
Quote from: "06 Greyhound"
Hi All
My new 06 Bandit ABS is still sitting in the shop.
I did the deal and before I could pick the bike up it snowed and the weather has been rotten ever since.
This is my third bike, I started with a Ninja 500 and kept that for a year or so, until a gust of wind sent me on a trip from the centre line to the shoulder in a milasecond.
I live in Chinook country so I traided the Ninja for a VZ800, nice bike but I can't sit feet forward for the kind of miles I like to ride. So after a lot of thought I went for the Bandit.
Tony


Welcome Tony...some nice riding in your neck of the woods :grin: That is a nice blue on those ABS 06's...I picked up my red 06 in October, got a week in before the snow came to stay :wink:


I am really looking forward to my first ride.  I have never had a chance use ABS so that will be a bit of challenge, but we will see.  
My son and I have done a lot of ridiing into BC on the DH highways, he rides a SV650
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Keith on November 22, 2006, 06:06:45 PM
Update to my introduction (8 posts up the list):

I got my B12 back from Lien Sale purgatory. I installed a new Barrnett clutch, fixed the wiring so that the guages work, have a new chain and sprockets going on the day after Thanksgiving and am looking forward to some good rides.

Hope to meet some of you guys on the road,

Keith
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: twigboy on November 23, 2006, 09:01:01 AM
I have an '01 B12, looking to get the parts a little mixed up, someone on another forum suggested I ask all my questions here.
Title: New member here.
Post by: Chris Bandit on November 27, 2006, 02:53:46 PM
Just bought an '04 Bandit 1200.  It's a salvage bike, but an easy fix.  Had a friend who owned a Bandit 1200 when I owned a ZRX.  Rode it and I liked it!

Just sold my V-strom 1000, looking forward to getting back to an in-line 4.  I expect to have it road worthy plus mods by spring.  

My ideas include progressive fork springs and fork brace, Holeshot stage 1 jet kit, Holeshot slip on (maybe whole exhaust system), new paint, rear fender surgery, Holeshot rearsets, stainless steel brake lines....

Maybe I'll even make the '07 rally.

 :beers:
Title: New to the Board, looking forward to making some new friends
Post by: jlh1967 on November 28, 2006, 07:35:07 PM

My names is James and I am in Kernersville, NC (Think Eastern central NC between Winston Salem and Greensboro)
I have a Dark Green 1999 GSF1200S with many mods and also just aquired a Black 1999 Honda CBR1100XX Blackbird too. Had the Bandit since it was new .3 miles on it, no fluids. My baby!

Anybody in my general area?
Title: Newbie here in Texas
Post by: Subsailor on December 03, 2006, 01:36:39 AM
Live in Red Rock, 40 miles southeast of Austin, recently purc hased a '98 1200, blue, with 15k miles for under $3000.  I have added a couple of 1000 miles already, and it is sweet.  I am 53, and the looks I get when I pull the helmet off and the younger crowd see the gray hair is PRICELESS.  The wife is happy the BANDIT is my only midlife crisis, or so she tells her friends.  Yeah, I wear a lot of safety gear, it saved my body when I was younger and stupid and "got off" at over 100 mph, on a HD.  I really like the power available, but try to save it for getting out of those blind spots, or away from stupid cagers.
Title: introduce yourself
Post by: bandito4play on January 12, 2007, 09:11:22 AM
Hey All,  Greetings from sunny Scottsdale, Az.
 
I'm a returning Bandit owner, I had a '98 1200s that was jetted and piped (Yoshi rs3 carbon) and like an idiot, I sold it for somethin else, which led to 3 more something else'es
which led back to an '04 1200s (graphite grey) with a Yoshi rs3 carbon on order.. I can't say enough about the Bandit 1200.. I'm 41 and have owned A Lot of motorcycles.  El Bandito just fits me, will go -go to jail fast- as you all know, and is easy to live with.  I ride year round to work on it as well.  My other ride is a XR650L dual sporter for dirty fun.

Any greater Phoenix area riders out there looking for a ride, give me a shout... Paul.
bandito4play@yahoo.com
Title: Got My Groove Back!
Post by: ratfink3000 on January 16, 2007, 05:02:23 AM
New 2 ur board, with the good news (not about jesus, although he probably would have been a biker) that I have found my old 400 bandit again!

Had to sell it for a car (dont ask) some years ago and although i had bigger bikes afterward (CB750, Triumph Saint) I missed the little scamp.

Browsing thru TradeMe (like a kiwi version of Ebay) when I saw  it, in horrible repair, muddy, dented, dropped, smashed clutch cover . . . and had to rescue it.

I'll probably have millions of inane questions 4 u guys over the next few years!

Great to see a board dedicated to Japan's finest export!!!
Title: Newbie
Post by: vyrolakos on January 18, 2007, 01:06:05 PM
Hello!

New to the board after having picked up an '05 GSF1200S in PRISTINE condition with only 3000 miles on the clock. This bike is so clean they must have done the 3000 miles inside the showroom!  :motorsmile:

Looking forward to chatting about Bandits!

Jon
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on January 18, 2007, 06:00:03 PM
:congrats: AND :welcome:
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Post by: Boo-Arnz on February 14, 2007, 10:37:20 PM
Hello Everyone!

Pround new owner of a '04 1200s.  My second bike, haven't ridden it for more than 20mins, and can't wait for the good weather to see what she can do...but so far.. :banana

Just happy to see there is a forum here for bandits :)

cheers,
Arne

ps- obv. want to thro some mods on this thing...Any BC boys here know of a good local shop with bandit stuff? (i'm still kinda newb in the bike scene)
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Post by: elbandito on February 14, 2007, 11:50:03 PM
Hey everyone.  I ride an '02 600S.  Have had it since it had 0 miles on the odometer in 2002.  I love the bike, but have learned it isn't the best for road trips...  :duh:

Anyhow, it gets me back and forth to work and when I get the chance I take it up to the hill country for some twisties (north of San Antonio).

I'm a recovering Jeep addict, so my Bandit hasn't gotten much attention over the last 5 years (only 9k miles!).  The Jeep is gone, so now it's time to have a bit more fun with the Bandit!

- Eric
Title: Re: withdrawal
Post by: gyrogearcrunch on February 15, 2007, 10:47:26 PM
Quote from: "PeteSC"
Tell me about it!
  Now instead of sitting here, mumbling at my computer....I can biotch at you guys! :grin:


Agreed. I was here B4 the KRASH, but got flushed down the circular depository.

Personal stuff? Live in the Tampa, FL Krime Zone. Seems all the whackoes come here in the winter to knock each other off, mostly drug-related. Even so, one must be careful not to get caught in the cross-fire. Good to ride "packin'".

Been riding since 1958 (1957 Parilla 175 was the 1st bike). Rode up and down old route 10 between Biloxi and Gulfport between "Barney's"  and "Barney's by the Sea". Only one of had a .38. The locals used to toss Cherry-bombs in front of us bikers for sport (they probably knew we came from the airbase).

Later years brought a 1962 Yamaha YDS2  250, a 1973 Honda 360, a 1972 Yamaha R5C 350, a 1980 Yamaha 850SX, a second 850, and finally a green 1999 Suzuki 1200S bandit. Cheez! It looks like I've been riding for 49 yarn's!

My local affiliation is the west-central Southern Cruisers, but they don't particularly care for my choice of bike (mine's faster than any of theirs - and it handles far better - hyuk! hyuk! hyuk!).

The area has been caught up in a real-estate "pump and dump" scheme of monumental proportions. You have to ask yourself: Who stands to benefit from this state of things? It certainly isn't the retirees! Don't move here if you can't stand the local insurance rates & taxes (exorbitant). The DemoPublicans are in cahoots with the Banking/Insurance/Real Estate Complex. We need good old Eisenhower now more than ever!

The local rides, while nice from the local interest standpoint, don't even come close to the rides in Northern NJ for scenic twisties. Besides, the roads in Tampa are chock-full of 115 lb. young blonde things in SUV's talking on their cell phones. They are so crazed, they will even try to beat a 1200 Bandit away from stoplight - and for top-end! I didn't know broads came with so much testosterone. Some idiot Corvette owners will try the same thing on Dale Mabry.

Anyway, "El Bandido" has lost its "S" fairing in  favor of a big Plexifairing windshield and a Givi Wingrack sporting a JC Witless topcase. The air inlet rubber (Shnorkel) has been removed from the airbox. The bars came off a GS1150 (taller, wider, more pullback), there's an X-chain on it, a set of Metzler ME-Z4's (Wotta tire!), a Yoshi RS-3 can, a stop-light blinker, and a set of 0.15" washers lifting the main jet rods. It made 111.4 RWHP last time I checked before most of these mods were done, but I've also added 30 lbs. of fat from eating southern food.  
Would love to move no'th again, say to Murray-land or Daily-Ware  (cheap taxes, insurance), but DarlingWife hates the cold (sigh!). Well, at least I get to ride 24/7/365 and ammo is cheap.  :duh:

Herb
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Post by: CWO4GUNNER on February 16, 2007, 02:23:48 PM
Let me have good manners by saying welcome aboard to new arrivals and that you have come to the right place and where the name Bandit Alley implies exactly the character of this site.
 :welcome:
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Post by: Red01 on February 17, 2007, 02:17:04 PM
Quote from: "elbandito"
Hey everyone.  I ride an '02 600S.  Have had it since it had 0 miles on the odometer in 2002.  I love the bike, but have learned it isn't the best for road trips...  :duh:

Anyhow, it gets me back and forth to work and when I get the chance I take it up to the hill country for some twisties (north of San Antonio).

I'm a recovering Jeep addict, so my Bandit hasn't gotten much attention over the last 5 years (only 9k miles!).  The Jeep is gone, so now it's time to have a bit more fun with the Bandit!

- Eric


Sure, the Bandit's not as well suited for road trips as a Gold Wing, but with a few selective touring oriented mods, it does pretty well.

Another Jeepoholic, huh...  :congrats: Well, you must not have it real bad.
I notice you use the word "Jeep" in its singular form.  :wink:
I haven't been able to do that in over a decade.  :lol:
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Post by: elbandito on February 17, 2007, 03:11:38 PM
Quote from: "Red01"

Sure, the Bandit's not as well suited for road trips as a Gold Wing, but with a few selective touring oriented mods, it does pretty well.

Another Jeepoholic, huh...  :congrats: Well, you must not have it real bad.
I notice you use the word "Jeep" in its singular form.  :wink:
I haven't been able to do that in over a decade.  :lol:


I had to choose my toys.  I hadn't wheeled in months, but I ride my bike (at least to work) regularly.  On the days I don't ride, I wanted something smoother and quieter than the bike, that's for sure!

I will own another Jeep.  It's just a matter of when I can afford to buy one as a toy instead of my DD.  As for touring mods for the Bandit... well, that's what I'm hoping to find here!
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Post by: CWO4GUNNER on February 17, 2007, 11:43:32 PM
The only thing I have to compare to my 05B12 for road trips is  my previous 82 KZ750 M1 Cruiser, everything you ever wanted in a Norton or Triumph twin. Never the less I could only take 50-60 mile at a time before I had to pull over and rest my aching and buzzed out back, legs, arms and butt. The GS650G was a bit better but not much and I was in my 30's then. Now I am in my vary late 40's and the B12 is like a heavenly bike to me limited only to gas refill stops which seem  more annoying then an excuse to rest. There is a big part of me that argues against buying up as I am very pleased and impressed with the bike, that coming from a very critical person. So much so that if I do decide to buy up I know its going to have to be a broad jump for me not to be disappointed. A very tall order since this bike works so well as a multipurpose machine with morphable retro looks to boot.
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Post by: spuddy on March 20, 2007, 09:34:33 AM
hi all!

just lurking here a bit. i really like the looks of the 1250 and am considering the purchase. i currently ride a DR650, (slightly modded  :bigok: ) and i love it. most smiles per mile than any bike i've ridden. but, i miss the pull of a liter bike.  my last 2 were a zrx1200 and zzr1200. i'd buy an fi zrx in a heartbeat but mamma kaw isn't building it and the zx 14 is out of my price range. i like the total package on the 1250 and i can still keep my DR for serious play...  :motorsmile:
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Post by: techb on March 29, 2007, 07:47:02 AM
I thought I would introduce myself. Really name is Brad. I live in Madison, wi. I own a dr350 which is for sale. The dr350 all stock but the handlebars and one tooth down on front sprocket. I also own a 2003 B12 with 11,000miles at this time.
It has a holeshot exhaust, holeshot stage 1 jet kit, hayabusa rear shock, progressive fork springs, holeshot handlebar risers ,corbin seat, and a Buell flyscreen. thanks for reading (http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s36/nojep2/IMG_0386.jpg)
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Post by: smooth operator on April 01, 2007, 08:57:15 AM
:welcome:  to all the new comers and  :congrats:
  You'll find that this site is not only very informative, but has a good crew aboard as well.
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Post by: Daytona on April 01, 2007, 10:17:12 AM
SM OP has become a darn good spokes person!   :bigok:  :welcome:  :welcome:
Title: My introduction
Post by: okbandit on April 02, 2007, 11:24:48 PM
My name is Robert and I am in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area.  I bought a 2001 b-12 this winter as a hold over bike while I looked for a Blackbird.  I have had so much fun messing with it that I have since bought 2 more and forgot all about the Blackbird.  I now have an S model, a converted S model (euro look) and a Naked model all 2001.  The original idea was fix up and sell, but I must admit parting with any of them will be tough.  Until I stumbled across this site I was on my own and thank God I had three examples to use as a reference to fix each other.  Thanks for letting me be a part of this and for all the tech that I have managed to put to use.  I have learned a few things along the way and hope to contribute back to the board very soon
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on April 03, 2007, 11:20:09 AM
:welcome: Brad & Robert!

Hey, Brad,
I've only been to 34 of the 50 states, and WI is one of the 16 I haven't been to,
but that pic you posted doesn't look like what I figured WI would look like... where is that?
Title: HI paul
Post by: techb on April 03, 2007, 10:24:46 PM
Hi paul,
      Yes its nothern Wisconsin  :grin: not really It's actually Independence pass in colorado. I went to school in colorado a couple of years ago and returned to visit last year. That was a great trip great weather. Travelled all over the colorado rocky mountains that trip. This year I am going to travel the northern part of the rocky mountains. Thanks for asking.
                                                                Brad
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Post by: Red01 on April 04, 2007, 09:39:15 AM
I thought that might have been CO. I had typed that in my quiery, then deleted it. I lived in Colorado Springs for several years as a kid and have visited a few times since.
Title: Another Newb
Post by: Pod99966 on April 04, 2007, 09:48:33 PM
Hi all, my name is Pod.

I have owned many many bikes (mostly Kawi) until 99 when I purchased a 92 GSX-R750.

Then in 02 I bought an 01 GSX-R1000 and then sold the 750.

Then in 04 I sold the 1000 and bought an 01 GSX-R600 to tone things down a bit.

In January of this year I sold the 600 and bought an 00 Marauder 800. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!

I'm not as old as I thought....so 2 weeks ago I sold the Marauder and have ben looking for a B12 ever since.

I won one on ebay last night and I am going to pick it up Friday morning.

Hopefully you folks will be seeing a lot more of me in the coming months.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: pmackie on April 04, 2007, 11:24:10 PM
Welcome aboard Pod.

I hope the Bandit meets your needs, sporty enough, but easy on the bod...works for me.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on April 05, 2007, 03:23:32 AM
Congrats Pod!   And Welcome to the forum!! Lots of things going on around here lately,.. take a peek around, and let everyone know you're here!  

I learned so much from the site, I took it over!  :stickpoke:
Title: From Windsor Ontario Canada
Post by: Nedmold on April 08, 2007, 08:46:03 AM
... new here from Canada, not far from Detroit, been riding for 6 years now.  Real name is Todd.

Partial to Triumphs, but I love my 06 BANDIT.

I bought it new last fall.  Need the cold weather to F--- O--though.  Bring on the Spring!  I enjoy this BBS.
I have been lurking and have made several posts to date.
Title: Re: From Windsor Ontario Canada
Post by: stormi on April 10, 2007, 07:08:05 PM
Quote from: "Nedmold"
Need the cold weather to F--- O--though.  Bring on the Spring!  


I hear that!  We got about another 2 inches up here in Morinville today.  And F--- O-- was pretty much what I screamed at the top of my lungs this morning.  
It started out like this: :rant2:  
then graduated to: :soapbox:
Mellowed to this,by about noon:  :annoy:  
Now I'm just like everyone else on the block:  :nuts:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: JamieK on April 10, 2007, 07:20:52 PM
Hey Todd...welcome...I bought a 06 B12 in October and haven't had a lot of opportunity to ride it much
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dgc on April 16, 2007, 10:02:29 PM
hey,

  it took me some time to figure out how to get on this board form the old site, which i attentively read for information on my new bike- 97 b12s.  although i already had some bad suprises with it, its still amazing how cheap these things go, seems to me like one of the best deals in the motorcycle market...well, at least most engine for the buck!  
also, i ride 99 gsxr750 (but not for much longer), untill two years ago, for few years had a somewhat mod'ed 2nd gpz1100.  other bikes i had were klr650 (some good, good times on board of that bike, rode its wheels off), 750katana from 96 (funds were low, low) and a cbr900 (that bike took 5 years off my life, with some hair raising moments and inexpirienced ridiculous wheelies)...and a (first bike) 535 virago.  
so much.  i live in baltimore, and yet to see another bandit.
 since moving here 5 years ago, and leaving my friend, a motorcycle mechanic behind, i have made up my mind to start enjoying the full reachness of motorcycling by doing my own mechanical work accorss the board.  so far, ...okay.
  that being said dont be alarmed by banality and ognorance of some of my questions.
28 and single and looking forward to some warmer weather. :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: SteelD on April 22, 2007, 11:22:59 AM
I'm from Cambridge UK and currently ride an FJR. I use a bike mostly for commuting and the occasional trip so the FJR is a little big and unwieldy in normal commuter traffic. Great engine though.

However, it's time to change my bike and I want something more manoeuvrable than the FJR but with the same sort of engine flexibility and pulling power. I've tried a few bikes (I'm not into race reps as I don't want weight on my wrists) and the bikes either felt small (Honda CBF1000 or Honda Hornet 900), engines too peaky (Yamaha Fazer FZ1), impractical but fun (Yamaha MT-01) or without enough 'engine' (BMW 1200GS and Moto Guzzi Breva 1100). That's until I tried the new Bandit 1250 - great engine, good size and very usable. It will be my first Suzuki after owning 2 Hondas (CB250K4, CB400F) and 5 Yamahas (YCS5E, DT125, YB100, Fazer 600 and FJR1300).

So, it looks like I'll be placing an order with my dealer.  :wink:

David
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on April 22, 2007, 11:41:59 AM
:welcome: dgc & SteelD  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: banditbikergirl on April 26, 2007, 09:54:54 AM
Hi all!
My name is Karen and I'm from Raleigh NC.  I just recently bought an '07 Bandit 1250.  So far, so very good.  I just love this bike.   :motorsmile:  Looking forward to chatting with you and learnin' new stuff.
(http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s105/banditbikergirl/2007_0423Image0013-1.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: SteelD on April 26, 2007, 11:28:49 AM
That's sure a nice lookin' Bandit you've got there Karen. I've just placed an order for a 1250 but we only get black or blue over here.  :sad:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on April 26, 2007, 11:42:02 AM
Here in the States, we get black & red for the non-ABS 1250 and blue for the ABS version... and we only get "S" models, no nakeds and no 650 versions.
As I understand it, in the UK, you get both the naked & S model 1250s in blue or black, but all S models have ABS and the naked ones don't and you also still have new 1200's available as well as 4 versions of the 650 Bandit (air & water-cooled versions of both S & nakeds).
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: SteelD on April 26, 2007, 01:38:26 PM
The air-cooled bikes are being phased out. The new water-cooled engine was developed to meet European emission regulations.
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Post by: Red01 on April 26, 2007, 02:35:01 PM
Understood.  :bandit:

Are the air/oil cooled models listed as '07's or are these left-overs? The Suzuki UK site isn't completely clear. It doesn't call out what the model year is of the 1200's.

I noticed they're still listing the GSX1400, too. I thought 2006 was supposed to be the last year for that one - just like the 650/1200 Bandits with cooling fins.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Frisk Fisk on April 26, 2007, 08:07:33 PM
Pierre Richards, owner of a new 1250S.  Currently own a 650 V Strom and a new Bandit 1250S without the ABS.  I have liked all my previous bikes ( but was not on particularly good terms with the 1928 Indian) but I really love this one.  Won't give it a name like some obsessive types do (mostly Concours owners, of which I was one - "Old Blue"? "Rattler"? gag me.).  I have owned an Indian Chief, lots of OLD BMWs, includng a couple of side car rigs, Triumphs, Nortons, a Honda St 1100, a bunch of others, but at 72, this is probably my last purchase.  I'll need to something about the handlebars for a bad back, the mirrors show me my elbows, the seat gets hard after 75 miles, but this bike is otherwise perfect for my running around and short 100 mile round trips.  Cost me $8400 for everything, including taxes and plates.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on April 26, 2007, 09:43:40 PM
A belated welcome to all new members... Pod, Nedmold, DGC, SteelD, BBGirl, Frisk...  :welcome:

It does my heart good to see all the new B1250 owners joining up! I was the lone '07 guy for a little while, then Katamaniac got his, now we are becoming a force to be reckoned with...  :bandit:

Ride on!  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: smooth operator on April 27, 2007, 06:38:29 AM
Alright! new Banditos !   :welcome: Good to see the new Bandit selling. And the older Bandits are ,in my opinion,the best bang for the buck. Easy to work on, and a fun bike to ride.
  Way to go Mr. Fisk, There is a racer that I met from noth central Pa.tht still races @ Nelson Ledges in OH,and I'm not sure where else.(Bill Bloom) I believe he's 73 now and still fast. :motorsmile:     Dan
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on April 27, 2007, 12:50:03 PM
:welcome: Everyone!!

Isn't this interesting, this sudden influx of riders!  Must be the time of year.  :grin:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Frisk Fisk on April 27, 2007, 02:24:48 PM
TechB's photo (page 32) can't be of Independence Pass in Colorado.  No smashed cars in sight below.  I lived there and vividly remember all the rusted wrecked autos in the ravines that belonged to flat-landers who didn't make it.  My then wife had to get loaded before she would attempt that pass with me.  But what a GREAT state for motorcycling (the western half, anyway).
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dgc on April 27, 2007, 09:39:23 PM
haha, i like your quote ZenMAn

   " On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.'
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: tonek1 on April 29, 2007, 04:57:15 PM
hi everyone,
my name is tony and i live in tewkesbury, gloucestershire in the uk and i have had a 2005 650s for 2 years and on friday the 4th of may i pick up a brand new black 1200sa k6 ............................ nice to join you all  :grin:
Title: Howdy
Post by: Nitro on May 03, 2007, 10:34:27 PM
Hello everyone,
I just got a 97 1200S Bandit on Tuesday and have a lot of questions, hehe. It has a Corbin seat w/backrest, a tall windshield, don't know the brand, and has a set of bar risers that raise the bars about 1 1/2" and move them back 1 1/2". It's been many years since I had a bike, and this one is unreal. Actually, I bought a Seca 650 last fall, but it has mechanical problems that would cost more to repair than it is worth, so I saw this Bandit at a nearby dealer and took the plunge. Even in stock trim, it is outrageous compared to the bikes of 20 years ago. I look forward to reading through the forum. I've already made a pretty good dent in some of the threads.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: wizud on May 03, 2007, 10:43:58 PM
Welcome Tony & Nitro. Oh and Tony congrats on the new ride,just be gentle with the right hand :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on May 04, 2007, 02:46:30 AM
:welcome:   Tony and Nitro!  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on May 04, 2007, 08:24:20 PM
Welcome Everybody!!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: tonek1 on May 06, 2007, 03:50:40 AM
thanxs for the welcome guys ................ oh and by the way - im well chuffed with my new bike - its awesome
Title: Another newbie
Post by: SP-Dee on May 09, 2007, 08:54:30 PM
Hello there! Hi...good to meet you all!

I'm Dee, from Edmonton, AB. New rider for about 1.5 years. Can't believe I waited this long to get a license for riding. I used to come here and read before the board disappeared. I didn't own a Bandit then but after spending time deciding what bike I wanted, I had my heart set on a Bandit. So I have one now :) (insert happy dance). Actually it wasn't that easy, I pored over every used ad possible and dealership  in the region and just couldn't find one I wanted.

Actually, after info from Red on another board, and some pics I found on here, I believe I bought Bazza's Bandit! And what a beautiful bike it is, I enjoy every moment on it. I hated riding the little Suzuki S40 I had last year and the difference between riding something you don't want and something you enjoy is amazing. I'm out as often as possible now.

I look forward to reading some more on this site, it's a great place for info I have already found!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Nitro on May 09, 2007, 10:03:46 PM
Welcome aboard Dee.
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Post by: wizud on May 09, 2007, 10:53:42 PM
Welcome aboard Dee- both the site and the Bandit :welcome:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on May 09, 2007, 11:07:17 PM
:clap:
Title: hello
Post by: 03banditrdr on May 10, 2007, 01:42:32 PM
Hello everyone, Im Phil from wichita Kansas. I am married and the father of 4 children, 1 girl and 3 boys. I work in the aviation industry for Rockwell Collins in the Test Equipment Repair and Calibration end.  I recently purchase my 03 Bandit from my good friend Daniel, he bought the bike new on my recommendation as his first bike, he recently bought a Hyabusa so I purchased the Bandit from him. Ive been riding off and on for over 20yrs now and untill 3 yrs ago last march was one of the lucky ones, however a young lady felt the need to get through the intersection I was occupying even though her light was red. so here I am 3 yrs later back on a bike.  Heres me on my last bike, my Vmax.
[(http://photos.imageevent.com/turbo/mine/websize/picture2%20006.jpg)

My wife and kids at Niagra Falls a couple yrs ago.

(http://photos.imageevent.com/turbo/esther/websize/10%202004%20063.jpg)

My Daughter, she lives in Queens NY:

(http://photos.imageevent.com/turbo/anythinggoes/websize/IMG_0161_1_1.jpg)

Me and Tito Ortiz at the Crown Plaze in Secaucus NJ the day after he won his frst UFC title:

(http://photos.imageevent.com/turbo/anythinggoes/websize/Tito.jpg)

My Rat Terrier  Zeus:

(http://photos.imageevent.com/turbo/anythinggoes/websize/IMG_0264.JPG)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on May 10, 2007, 02:17:35 PM
:welcome: Dee and Phil!  :bigok:
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Post by: CWO4GUNNER on May 11, 2007, 12:56:59 PM
03banditrdr welcome. Its good to hear your back on your feet and on two wheels again enjoying a B12. That roulette wheel of unforeseeable danger is out there for us and I have had a couple crashes and a few near misses myself. There are many that are so shaken by a crash mentally they never ride again, but here you are. It will be interested to know your your opinion on the difference in performance between the V-max and the B12. Before the B12 I almost bought one as it used to be the Icon bike.
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Post by: Blue Racer on May 11, 2007, 11:32:00 PM
I overlooked this site.  I introduced myself in the general subjects under New Guy, My First Post.Anyway, new to this site, but did not start riding until 1948.

George Lewis, Boerne, TX
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Post by: smooth operator on May 12, 2007, 06:27:39 AM
:welcome: Getting a steady increase in members this year.
  Maybe bringing the Bandit back helped?
   Great site,great crew,welcome aboard.   Dan
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Post by: 98BanditS on May 13, 2007, 01:40:51 PM
Hello fellas. I'm new to the board. I ride a 98 Bandit 1200s. It's naked and i hale from southwest Missouri.  :grin:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on May 13, 2007, 02:16:45 PM
:welcome: '98!

Sparta... isn't that near Springfield? We're about 100 miles east, maybe we could get together for a ride sometime in a month or so when I'm healed up.  :bigok:
Title: First post
Post by: vwkaferman on May 14, 2007, 11:12:47 PM
What's up damn it. Been out of the loop for quite a few years. Rode in Germany for 3 years, moved back to the states and did a lot of Mt. Riding in New Mexico. It's been WAY too long, time has come for me to get back in the saddle. To be honest I'm a bit scared, since now I realize what it takes to handle these beasts, but screw it.

My first bike was an '89 ZX-10, not the fastest by todays standards, but I guarantee for a (near) 20 year old bike, it can still hold its' own. Anyways, saving up right now for a Bandit 1200. Have had my eye  on them for quite a few years, time is up. By the end of this Summer, I'll have mine. YO.

James
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: rmtcook on May 15, 2007, 09:05:17 AM
Welcome James! I'm on my second Bandit 1200 and they are just great bikes. The board is friendly and helpful at all levels, even with the dumbest of questions (which I often ask). Good luck on acquiring your Bandit.

 :welcome:
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Post by: CWO4GUNNER on May 15, 2007, 11:35:45 AM
Welcome James. Be sure to post a picture of your 1200 when you get it and in the mean time make yourself at home and post your thoughts.
 :welcome:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 98BanditS on May 15, 2007, 03:40:33 PM
Quote from: "ZenMan"
:welcome: '98!

Sparta... isn't that near Springfield? We're about 100 miles east, maybe we could get together for a ride sometime in a month or so when I'm healed up.  :bigok:


It sure is. Just south and east of springfield on highway 14. Also about 20 miles west of Ava. You should check out swmosportbikes.com ZenMan. We go on alot of rides and have alot of events.
Title: New Guy
Post by: SwampFox on May 16, 2007, 03:41:25 PM
Hi all,

I'm Dave from Baltimore, MD and I just bought a 600 Bandit out of a fellow board member's shed.  He still has his and insisted that I join the board here as part of the purchasing agreement, and of course once the bike is streetable again that I make a few trips with him.  I can't wait.  It's my first bike as well. :motorsmile:
Title: Introduction?
Post by: chrisbandit on May 17, 2007, 05:10:47 AM
Hi all, I am Chris, i live in a suburb of Melbourne Australia called Lilydale. I have just purchased a 2005 B12 which is my first road bike, my other bike is a DRZ400E which is another great bike. I am a social (fairweather) rider, and love hitting the tracks on the DRz when it gets wet.
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Post by: wizud on May 17, 2007, 09:28:29 AM
Welcome guys! Chris I'm only up the road from you. Must catch up some time :motorsmile:
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Post by: ZenMan on May 17, 2007, 10:45:07 AM
:welcome: to Dave & Chris!

98, thanks for the link, I will check it out.  :thanks:
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Post by: dgc on May 18, 2007, 08:16:28 PM
hey dave,
  good to see there is another bandit in baltimore...
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Post by: SwampFox on May 20, 2007, 06:31:23 PM
Yep,  there are at least 3 of us.  You me and the guy that was storing the my bike in his shed has a B12.
Title: Another New Guy
Post by: mwheat308 on May 21, 2007, 07:49:34 PM
I'm Mike, just wanted to say thanks. I've owned a 1200S
 for almost two days and the board has saved me about 100.00 US already. My wife thanks you also.

 I'm 56 and have been around the block a couple of times,
 including the war games in RVN.
 Live in Denton, Texas.

 :taz:
 [Gun control is hitting the target the FIRST TIME][/quote]
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on May 21, 2007, 09:25:51 PM
:welcome: home, Mike!

Glad you are finding the information on this board helpful... there are a lot of knowing Bandit experts here to learn from.  :bigok:
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Post by: banditone1250s on May 26, 2007, 04:52:02 PM
Hi, my name is Eddie and I live very near Nashville, Tennessee. I ride a 2007 bandit 1250s and the bike is awsome. I spend a lot of time at Deal's gap and love to ride the tail of the dragon. My posse and I spend a lot of time in East Tennessee and North Western North Carolina. Love to ride the twisties. The Cherahola Skyway is awsome too.
Title: NG here
Post by: Camurano2 on May 27, 2007, 12:30:20 PM
Hi group, Cameron from the great NW.. Federal Way Wa. Just picked up a vineberry 2007 1250S Bandit. WOW :motorsmile:

Also have a 2005 c50T boulevard, and now have the best of both worlds..

Looking forward to this summer of good weather, and buying a few sets of tires.
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Post by: ZenMan on May 27, 2007, 12:55:24 PM
:welcome: Eddie and Cameron!

Glad to see all the new B1250 owners joining up... it must be selling like Guiness at an Irish pub!  :bigok:
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Post by: banditone1250s on May 27, 2007, 12:56:49 PM
I just got a 2007 "black" Bandit 1250s and I was thinking he same thing that you were.  WOW!!!!! This machine rocks!!! I have been riding for around 40 years and I have never riden anything better or should I say owned anything better. It is a very well designed bike. Smooth in all the right places, fast, quick, handles great and has torque to spare. What more could a rider want. New pipes, a little tweek tune, the gixxer cams and a power commander and we'll own the road. At least the portion that we are on any way!!!!!!
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Post by: ZenMan on May 27, 2007, 02:05:42 PM
Mine's black too... the fastest color of course.  :bandit:

I wouldn't even worry about the cams... the torque is the key. Has to be ridden to be believed!

Don't know if you've seen this:

http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=8717
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Post by: InSaNe on May 28, 2007, 11:26:47 AM
Hey everyone, im from the UK and im currently building a Izax engineering big ali framed 1200 bandit turbo  :grin:

Ross
Title: Sup Sup
Post by: Pauly on May 28, 2007, 03:52:58 PM
Whats up BanditAlley I am finally getting around to posting this (mostly because a certain admin wouldnt stop spamming my inbox about it :stickpoke: )

For starters my name is Paul Weitlauf Jr not to be confused with Sr who owns a slower 01 Bandit.  After 13 yrs of having a license I have finally purchased my first street bike.  A 1997 1200s Bandit, she is blue w/41k miles and a few minor scratches and dings but for a first bike I am very excited.  I plan on changing a few things about the way she looks ie:mirrors, lights, tank bra etc etc, but other then that I plan on riding the gas out of her over and over and over again  :taz:

I am 28 have a beautiful wife and daughter and live in Kirkland WA.  Although this is my first legal street bike I have been on two wheels since I was a kid and most recently did all my initial training on that slower 01 I mentioned earlier :lol:

I plan on being a pretty active member on these boards so I am sure I will talk to everyone soon.  Oh and I will post some more pics but here is one to get things going

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Personal/97bandit.jpg)

L8
Title: Re: Sup Sup
Post by: Red01 on May 28, 2007, 03:58:03 PM
Quote from: "Pauly™"
and most recently did all my initial street[/b] training on that slower 01 I mentioned earlier :lol:


There, fixed that for ya.   :stickpoke:

And maybe that red bike is slower than yours (jury's still out, IMHO) we'll have to wait and see if you can keep up with your old man.  :wink:
I hear he gets off work in an hour - and the sun is shining...
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Post by: Red01 on May 28, 2007, 03:59:29 PM
:btw:  :welcome: to my son and the others that have joined since I posted last.  :bigok:
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Post by: ZenMan on May 28, 2007, 05:14:02 PM
:welcome:  Pauly... and thanks for that HUGE pic of your new bike.  :roll:  She's a real sweetheart!  :wink:

Hmmm... Paul Senior and Paul Junior.... don't you guys have a TV show called "American Whopper" or something like that?
 
 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
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Post by: Red01 on May 28, 2007, 05:16:03 PM
No, but maybe we'll have to start one... American Bandits.
I don't have a son named Mikey though... but three daughters that know how to ride that aren't too mechanically inclined.

Might be more interesting to watch a show where the bikes get riden more than they ride in trucks/trailers.
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Post by: CWO4GUNNER on May 28, 2007, 05:34:00 PM
Welcome Pauly. You'll have to share what your "faster plans" on the 97 over the 01. There is allot of Gen 1 owners on the board but besides that we'd be interested in any future head to head match up LOL.
 :welcome:
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Post by: Red01 on May 29, 2007, 09:42:43 AM
Quote from: "ZenMan"
:welcome:  Pauly... and thanks for that HUGE pic of your new bike.  :roll:  She's a real sweetheart!  :wink:

Hmmm... Paul Senior and Paul Junior.... don't you guys have a TV show called "American Whopper" or something like that?
 
 :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


I fixed his pic so it won't be so big.

Speaking of American Whopper... we went for a ride yesterday and grabbed a Whopper at mealtime. Here's a pic of the father & son B12's in front of BK:

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Personal/DSCN2857.jpg)

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Personal/DSCN2856.jpg)

The PO had set the rear shock preload to full soft in an attempt to compensate for his short inseam. That wasn't gonna do for Pauly, so here's a shot of him learning how much fun it is to adjust the preload.  :wink:

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Personal/DSCN2854.jpg)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Barbarian on June 07, 2007, 05:45:44 PM
Hi there!

Call me Barbarian, since I've been using that handle as long as the internet's been around. Heck, before the internet was around ;)

So if you're looking at other boards and wondering if that's the same guy... it probably is.

I ride a 2006 650 Bandit w/ABS (any colour you want, as long as it's red), which I totally love.

In meatspace I produce TV news, live in Montreal (although I've been in several cities across the continent), married, kid, etc... [/code][/i]
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: rmtcook on June 07, 2007, 11:08:06 PM
:welcome: to the neighborhood you Barbarian!!  :taz:
Title: Another Newbie!!!!
Post by: banditone1250s on June 08, 2007, 07:38:31 PM
I joined the site around a week or two ago and was so exited to find a Bandit Forum that I absolutely forgot to introduce myself.

   So I guess, that it is time for me to do just that.

    My name is Eddie and I have recently aquired a new 2007 Bandit 1250s. I have riden every thng in the last 30 years from a Honda 250 Elsinore (motocross is where I started), a Honda 350 Super Hauk, a Honda CB750, a Honda 750 Night Hauk, a Yamaha V-Max To where I am today on the Bandit.

    I live about 2 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee; Ridin' distance to the Dragon, in a little town called LaVergne, Tennessee. LaVergne, Tn is very near (about 1 mile) from where Jason lives. He is also a participant in this forum. I have to say that I have already gotten immense enjoyment out of riding the Bandit. It's just a great bike all around.

    I do have riding buddies, but I am always ready and willing to meet "new" riders and new places to ride to. I love East Tenessee and Western North Carolina. That has to be some of the most beautiful places in the country. I have riden the Dragon on several occassions but a always willing to do it again. Looking foward to getting to kow all of you. Thanks for the great forum....Banditone1250s...
Title: posting twice!!! Hummmm!!!
Post by: banditone1250s on June 08, 2007, 07:40:26 PM
My bad. Maybe I did introduce myself and couldn't remember. Any way, I did feel a little more comfortable doing it after I had been on here a couple of weeks....so there you go!!!! Banditone1250s...
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on June 08, 2007, 07:43:44 PM
:welcome: to Barbarian... and a belated  :welcome: to Banditone's belated intro.  :bandit:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Nitro on June 08, 2007, 09:39:43 PM
Welcome guys.
Title: Welcome
Post by: banditone1250s on June 08, 2007, 11:31:30 PM
Thanks for the welcome guys & girls...I look foward to getting to know you all and maybe even ride with some of you too!!!!...Banditone1250s... :taz:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: SHEPPO on June 18, 2007, 08:28:58 PM
G'day all,

My name's Dave, I'm 22 and have just recently purchased my first road bike, a 1990mdl (2004 imported) Bandit 250, 45hp version. It's all black, 30,000km and is my new love.

I use to live on the Mornington Peninsula, in the state of Victoria, Australia. Lovely place and within 1min to the beach and windy costal roads. I've since moved away from the water (now 10min away) but have my own house with my lovely girlfriend Yolanda.

I'm a mechanical engineer by trade, and design medical tables for chiro's, physio's and hospitals (i do all the frame and articulation design, not the electronics).

I own 1 of 110 genuine Subaru RS-Turbo Liberty station wagons ever sold here in australia, and have been no stranger to very quick cars, having built a 12second street car for myself when i was 19, and been involved in the building of many others since then.

I've always been into bikes, riding dirtbikes for ages, but thought i'd get a nice road bike to ride to and from work, and the nice sunday ride with mates. I plan to sell the B250 when off my restrictions and buy a B1200 as i've always wanted one!

Thanks for reading, and this is a top forum!

Cheers

Dave
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ZenMan on June 18, 2007, 08:52:52 PM
:welcome: Sheppo!

We have the world's only 250 Bandit forum here (so they say!) and I'm guessing you alreay found it, mate!  :bandit:
Title: NooB
Post by: Willie on June 19, 2007, 01:08:42 AM
New to the site, but not motorcycles. Taking delivery of my 1250S (Black of course!) on Wednesday. Me, well I started riding in the alley behind our house on a Zundapp 250 Super Saber in 1962. Worked my way up from there. Hired as a testrider for U.S. Suzuki from 1969-74 and Yamaha International from 1976-77. Raced, my AMA Novice year 1974 and 75. Lot of racers killed those 2 years. Quit riding Pro. Not a lot of "old" testriders in the industry either. Hired by The Palm Springs Fire Department in 1978, retired in 1997 and moved to Idaho. I had given up riding in 1985 when my first daughter was born (wanted to be around to see her grow up). Started riding again in 1998. Have had too many motorcycles to list here. Looking forward to wearing out the Bandit!  :stfu: OK, Done now!!!
Willie
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Post by: ZenMan on June 19, 2007, 01:34:00 AM
:welcome:  Willie!

That's a great history you have... I'm sure all your experience will be appreciated here.  :bigok:

BTW, don't forget to check in here:

http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=9248
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Carl_T on June 21, 2007, 07:09:34 PM
Hi Guys,
I'm new to the site, but not to riding. Located in the Hudson Valley NY.

Used to race semi pro MotoX in my younger years. Learned to slide in the dirt on a Triumph Tiger Cub in my teens. Started dirt racing on a Honda CB160 riding scrambles, got a few first places, liked it and got a real machine for the task and went to MotoX. raced lots of stuff, Pentons, Kawasaki, Greeves, BSA, OSSA, Honda, Bultaco, CZ, etc. almost got an English James together and running  way back when but not quite.

I recently sold a Honda ST1300 I purchased new, for a new SV1000S. Then sold that and picked up an SV650N which I love and still ride. My wife has her own Kawasaki Ninja 250, but occasionally has arm bursitis issues that make it tough for her to ride it. She asked for another two up bike for those times, and so I came to my used 2005 Bandit 1200S (I think from a former forum member perhaps named Mathew). Best bike for the money we had to spend on one.

We just got a Russell Day Long Saddle for her, and so far after 200 mi. of hard back road pounding, neither of us even know we've been sitting down it's so comfortable. It's an old man's seat (I'm an old man 61yrs. old, been riding since I was 16) since the side wings don't allow for hanging your butt off inside. It's still easy to get head and shoulders inside, and the pace is plenty brisk with that position anyway. Besides my wife can see around me better if my butt is planted dead center. My buddies tease me that I've made a Gold Wing out of the Bandit, but a few of them still have STs so they can't talk too loud about it.  :roll:

I didn't expect to like the bike more than it being just OK, and purchased it more for what you seemed to get at a price point. However the bike is a bit of a sleeper and a good deal more fun than I expected.

It could use a bit more beans two up, but it is decent enough. Mine has aftermarket fork springs, Holeshot can, ignition advancer,  GSXR camshaft, and jet kit, and it goes along well enough to do the job. with passenger and luggage and upright riding position (bar risers came with) you kind of weight back wheel a bit more than some bikes, but it handles quite well two up to the suspension's limits (which is limited). Perhaps a good shock next year.

It has one tooth less up front and I'm changing back to stock. I'm always looking for 6th gear on it, and it definitely vibrates pretty good. I need to do a carb sync I think.

With the 6th gear and vibration counter-balancers on the new one, I'm a bit jealous of the guys with the new 1250, but not of the payment book.

We do have a great time riding it, and overall I wouldn't trade my former ST1300 for the Bandit. That bike was certainly better in a number of ways, and about as fast, but just far too heavy for my liking. I never was ga ga over the STs weather protection though anyway, and the electric windscreen was more novelty than necessity to me.

If I had a 6th gear in this Bandit, and the counter-balancers, I'd probably keep it until it rotted out from under me. As it is, I still may. With me you never know, I could be trading it up for a new Bandit or Triumph Tiger next year, then again it could be a permanent ride for years to come. Time on it will tell. I've put about 3,300 miles of pleasure riding on it in the last couple of months so far, along with a bunch on the SV (since I don't have a commute).

The only thing that Irks me is wearing a BT-020 rear tire out in some bit over 3,000mi. That's expensive, and I've got Diablo STradas on order to try now. I hated the stock BT-020s on the ST and while they handled a bit better on the Bandit, this set the Bandit came with didn't make me a fan either. I liked the Metz. Z-6 on the ST and at least that bike went 5,000mi. before a new tire was needed.

I never quite figure out how some guys get 10,000mi. plus out of sport tour tires. I change my  own as I couldn't afford (or wouldn't want to pay for) buying from a shop and having them do it several times a year.

Anyway, I'm going to read through all the info. you guys have here and see what you've collectively found with the bike.

Nice site, thanks for having me aboard.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Nitro on June 21, 2007, 11:13:50 PM
Welcome dude.
Title: WELCOME
Post by: banditone1250s on June 23, 2007, 08:08:58 AM
Welcome to the site Carl and oh yeah, by the way, I have never heard of getting 10,000 miles out of any "sport" tire...Banditone1250s... :welcome:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Carl_T on June 23, 2007, 04:33:06 PM
:thanks:    Thanks guys,

I didn't mean Sport, but Sport-Tour tires. A number of ST folks even go so far as to claim things like 15,000 miles out of a set, boggles the credibility synapses. I thought 5,000 was bad on the ST, but 3,400 for BT-020s on the Bandit, ouch.

How fast would a set of Pilot Powers get burned up on it. Too fast for my pocket book I think. I run them on the SV and get decent mileage for a sport tire ( a bit over 3,000)

I'm hoping the STradas stick better and last longer.

Guess I should of started a tire thread to uselessly bitch in  :roll:  :blah:
Title: New Member
Post by: FREDMAG on June 23, 2007, 05:38:22 PM
Hi there, I should introduce myself I guess.  I have been registered for a few weeks now, but have been mostly on the big bandit banter.  Anyway I am 30, live in Moncton, NB, Canada.  Back in March I bought a 2004 1200S.  So far I love it.  I have been biking for 14 years now, (legally).  I also have a 1985 Honda V65 Magna and my wife owns a 1998 Kawasaki Ninja 500.  Thanks for everyones help so far.

Fred
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: smooth operator on June 25, 2007, 07:04:10 AM
:welcome:  To all the new members aboard! And adding to the many yrs of experice to the list. Seems like the Bandit attracks alot of mature experieced riders. (along with some new riders as well)   :motorsmile:   Dan
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on June 25, 2007, 02:53:07 PM
Quote from: "Carl_T"
I didn't mean Sport, but Sport-Tour tires. A number of ST folks even go so far as to claim things like 15,000 miles out of a set, boggles the credibility synapses. I thought 5,000 was bad on the ST, but 3,400 for BT-020s on the Bandit, ouch.


Well, I got almost 10,000 miles out of the rear BT-020 I had on my B12 - and the same out of the BT-010 that was up front... but I've since been thru a few Michelin Pilot Roads (I'm on my 2nd front and 3rd rear) and like how they wear even better. They've only lasted a little longer in the back, but they tend to stay the same, handling wise, up to the end. The BT-010 front didn't fare so well it's last 1,000 miles or so. The Road fronts last me ~15K.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on June 25, 2007, 03:04:12 PM
Welcome everyone!!

I too have had my tires on for some time.  I've got a mishmash of tires here, and most have 10K kms (about 6k miles) on them and are still plenty meaty.  They will likely be replaced next year, which will mean that we're pushing about 15,000 kms (damn close to 10K miles) on the Bandit's tires(Supermaxx and BT020), and the 919 (BT-020 all around, and I hate them on this bike.) will likely have close to that, but no fewer than 12,000 kms.   The only reason I'm likely to change them that soon, or sooner, is that our roads are so straight around here, they get squared off and become pretty awful to ride on.
Title: tires, tires, tires
Post by: banditone1250s on June 25, 2007, 04:03:05 PM
I used to ride a VT1100 Honda Sabre and the first set of tires that I put on there (from the stock tires from the dealer) were put on there at 14,600 miles. I ride with several other guys that all said they had never heard of that kind of mileage on one tire and even the dealer that changed it could not believe that it was the "original" tire...Banditone1250s.... :taz:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Carl_T on June 27, 2007, 12:32:44 AM
WOW men, that's some amazing mileage!!! My wallet wishes and dreams it were so. :sad:

I'm thinking beyond riding styles, that perhaps they use some particularly edgy sharp stone in the oil and chip around here or something??? They do enough of that and it's pretty grainy.

Also riding briskly with throttle up turn exits, two up with luggage for two, seems to run the rear on the bandit particularly hard with it's shorty swingarm. Good bike and I'm making it do something a tad different than was intended when built, with a solid passenger and 3-4 days worth of luggage for two back there.

However leading a gaggle of ST1300s and a few Triumph SprinTs around the countryside for a few days, La Bandito gained more than just a little respect from them, towing a group of 10 of them along at a very sweet, smooth, brisk turn pace two up through the mountain twisties (twice the number of bikes I prefer in a group).

The bike was able to acquit itself well with adequate safety margin intact.  The Bandit did it's fair share of waiting for them in places and held no one up. Surprisingly more machine than I thought to have when I purchased it.

The end of July we'll lead another larger group of mostly ST1300s, mostly two up themselves this time, on a day ride through the hills at a more relaxed touring sort of pace.

The guys seem to love the sound of that Holeshot can up ahead, and I must say it has a nice song to it (though it occasionally worries me that it will attract the wrong sort of attention from a distance one day rolling on the throttle out of turns).

I'm trying the STradas for now, but am really hoping the Michelin Pilot Road2s are everything I hope them to be (which is pilot power edges and old pilot road centers).

Next set will tell the tale, as the STradas should at least last until October when the Michelins should be available, I hope, since I'm off on cage vacation for most of July. Maybe the STradas will last longer if I can get the missus to ride her Ninja 250 so I can exercise the SV650 a bit more.

It looks like you guys accumulated a bunch of bike specific info. on site, cool  :motorsmile:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 98bandit1200 on July 02, 2007, 06:49:21 PM
just saying hi to everyone.  im new to the forums here, i ride a 1998 B12. the best part was buying the bike with 822 miles on it, and i paid only $400 for it! :toofunny:  i bought it back in Feb. and it has almost 2000 miles on it now.  the more i ride it the more i like the B12. its completely stock...for now.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on July 03, 2007, 02:59:42 PM
$400? :shock: WOW! That's gotta be one of the best deals yet!  :bigok:
(Besides having one given to you.)

 :welcome: and  :congrats:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Nitro on July 03, 2007, 07:05:32 PM
Welcome aboard. Are there any more left where you got that one? Even a 600? Or maybe an old GS or something?
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 98bandit1200 on July 03, 2007, 07:54:52 PM
thanks no this was the only one. the guy i bought it off of bought it new in 98 with only 50 miles on it, rode it for maybe 1 year then dumped it on the left side (minimal damage) and stored it for the last 7-8 years. when i got it i did the very first oil change on it. it just needed the carbs done, new tires due to dry rot and the front fork seals needed replacing cause of dry rot. $1000 later had a perfect bike.
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ilrcflyboy on July 09, 2007, 06:11:48 PM
Greetings from often sunny and mostly windy central Illinois. Left my '06 FZ6 at the dealer over the weekend and rode home on a gorgeous Bandit 1250S! Loving it, long time!  :banana2:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: heath3n on July 15, 2007, 06:51:48 PM
Hi everyone! I've already posted a few times on the board, so I figure I better get around to saying hi. :) I'm in the market for a new Bandit 1250 and currently have my dealer searching for one. (The 2 he had on his floor sold rather quickly.)


I've been riding for about 13 years and just about all my bikes have been sport-tourers. My bike progression looks like this:

1990 - GSX400F Katana (In Japan USMC -ooh rah!)
2000 - GSX750F Katana
2003 - FZ1 (totaled by inattentive driver.)
2004 VFR
2002 CBR1100XX
2006 Yamaha Warrior (going buh bye)

As you can see, I've been through a few bikes the last couple years. My wife's patience is dwindling and she has layed down the law..lol. No bike trades for at least four years when I replace the warrior. The Warrior's a great bike, but I'm not ready for a cruiser yet....so it's back to sport for me!

I almost pulled the trigger on a Buell Uly, but the dealer was a jerk (thankfully) so I continued my research. I've determined that the Bandit appears to be a beefier twin of my Beloved FZ1 that I used to have, and I have heard nothing but good things about it. So the bandit it is! Great site you guys have here btw.

Misc info:
1 Wife  :P
3 kids (all boys, 3, 9, and 12)
2 dogs. Golden retriever and a mutt.

Sorry it's long winded, but now you all know. :)
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Post by: Red01 on July 16, 2007, 09:33:49 AM
:welcome: Leatherneck!  :bigok:
(Spent a few years in the Corps myslef.)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: heath3n on July 16, 2007, 09:15:28 PM
Quote from: "Red01"
:welcome: Leatherneck!  :bigok:
(Spent a few years in the Corps myslef.)


Jarhead! . Hey..I was actually in WA for a couple years while I was in the Marines. I was stationed at Bremerton. Absolutely beautiful state, but it rains entirely too much there!. ..lol.
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Post by: Red01 on July 17, 2007, 01:08:24 PM
What brought me to WA in the first place was my dad (also a Devil Dog) was stationed at Sand Point (a now closed Navy base on Lake Washington, in Seattle) after his last tour in Nam. We had stayed at his previous duty station, NAS Olathe, Kansas, while he was in Nam... between that and visiting relatives around St. Louis, that's probably the closest I ever came to Iowa.  I was also stationed in WA - at NAS Whidbey Island for ~6 months. Most of my time was in CA, VA & NC though.

The weatherfolk keep telling us of all the places that get more rainfall than we do, so maybe it's just the threat of rain that makes it feel like it's so bad here. According to this, the Seattle area gets about the same rainfall as Iowa...
(http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/pcpn/us_precip.gif)
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: heath3n on July 17, 2007, 09:21:43 PM
Quote from: "Red01"
According to this, the Seattle area gets about the same rainfall as Iowa...


Yea...but we get our rainfall all at once. In Wa. it just goes on and on and on..... :grin:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: wristwister on July 29, 2007, 02:41:09 PM
Hey folks, new Bandit 1250 owner here. I'm up in the Seattle area, and a week or so ago my CBR had some chain/sprocket trouble on our way to the races at Laguna Seca. Stopped into a dealer in San Francisco and picked up a new chain and sprockets ... and engine, fairing, handlebars etc. Yup, I just needed one more good excuse to buy the 1250 I've been lusting for, and that stretched chain put me over the edge.

So I've had the bike a little over a week, and I've already got about 2700 miles on her! Yes, I did the 600 mile oil and filter change (my appologies to the Motel 6 in Salinas for the oil slick in their lot).

Looking forward to chatting with you folks!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on July 31, 2007, 04:28:06 AM
Wow! That's damn close to what I ride in a year!!

Welcome to the board wristwister!   :welcome:
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Post by: heath3n on July 31, 2007, 05:16:31 AM
Quote from: "stormi"
Wow! That's damn close to what I ride in a year!!


You SO need to get out and ride more.  :stickpoke:
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on July 31, 2007, 05:27:10 AM
Quote from: "heath3n"
Quote from: "stormi"
Wow! That's damn close to what I ride in a year!!


You SO need to get out and ride more.  :stickpoke:


Yes,.. yes I do.  :wink:
Title: whoops!
Post by: KenB on August 17, 2007, 09:07:11 AM
I missed this thread! Another new 1250SA owner here. Traded in a Honda 919 for a brand spanking new bandit this week and couldn't be happier. Posted my first impressions here (http://forums.banditalley.net/viewtopic.php?t=9674).  I'm in western New York -- just east of Rochester. Thanks for having me!
Title: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: 02blue on September 06, 2007, 09:39:00 PM
I was a gawker at this site long before now, but it's time to make my first post.  I have used it as a source of advice since I like to do my own tinkering on my naked B12.  I bought my bandit last summer and have enjoyed the heck out of this bike.  I'm in central MN and everybody around here rides cruisers or plastic bikes.  I hope to ride until the snow flies; I put her away much too early last year.  

I look forward to more great info from my fellow bandit riders.

First bike-81 Suzuki GS750L -16 valve
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Post by: Red01 on September 07, 2007, 03:08:57 PM
Glad to see you come out of the lurk mode. :thumb:
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Post by: speedwaymaniac on September 21, 2007, 09:33:14 AM
Heya, i've been floating around the board for a while now, used to hang in the 400 section the most seeing as thats what i had. (until another cager decided to ram me off the road  :annoy: )
Replaced with a newer and nicer B6 (Y Model - 2G) naked. Lovely bike, something about the Bandits that make them great for all types of riding.

Live in the South West (Bristol) of the UK, some nice roads around this way, just need the time to hit them all. Well thats me in a nutshell.
Happy riding all..  :motorsmile:
Title: new to the board
Post by: chillman1971 on October 12, 2007, 10:56:01 PM
I just bought the 1250 Bandit 2 weeks ago to replace my SV1000s. We took it to Ga. for a 4 day ride through the skyway, the gap, foothills and B.R parkway. I put close to a 1000 miles on it (2 days of rain). This bike is smooth. I like everything about it but the front tire in the rain and that is an easy fix. I think I will be keeping this one for a while. :motorsmile:
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Post by: stormi on October 15, 2007, 11:09:09 AM
Hi SWM and Chillman!  

Welcome to the board!  (Ok,.. SWM, I think I knew about you previously, but welcome to the rest of the board. :wink:)
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Post by: Vassago on October 30, 2007, 07:46:34 AM
Hey Guys!

I'm the latest addition to the board!

I come from Quebec Canaduh.  own a slighly modded 2005 Bandit 1200S that i'm tinkering with to make dragstrip friendly but to keep it roadworthy at the same time.  I got the chronic dragracing bug last summer when i finished third over 97 bikes at Napierville dragway.

Here's a link of that memorable day... dont mind the mph typo at the end it's 121 mph not 141!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=693BhoxITe4

Anyway i'm a certified mechanic and love to work on bikes.

See you guys around!
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Post by: txbanditrydr on October 30, 2007, 08:09:02 AM
 :welcome: Marc-Andre....  there's a couple other drag racers on the board.  Keep us posted on your progress.

BTW - Sweet time... best I came up with was a 11.97 @ 115 but that was bone stock.
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Post by: Red01 on October 30, 2007, 12:38:12 PM
I got the chronic dragracing bug last summer when i finished third over 97 bikes at Napierville dragway.

 :welcome:
:btw: You might wanna check out the Drag Racing Junkies thread. (http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=2991.0)
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Post by: gyrogearcrunch on October 31, 2007, 02:01:40 PM
Great to see the BanditAlley site back up again. :grin: Thought y'all were gone for good. :bomb:

So, do I have to re-re-introduce myself? Wh'oppen to yer user database? :duh: This is the third (I think) time you disappeared, only to arise fresh from the ashes like a Phoenix.  :shock:

Herb,  groupie since 2003 (?) :thanks:

1999 Bandit 1200S  :motorsmile:
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Post by: stormi on October 31, 2007, 02:10:45 PM
Hi Herb!!

I think I'm confused.  Not hard to do these days,...

But what makes you think we disappeared?  We've been here the whole time, albeit under different website addresses.  When Pete couldn't spend anytime on the site, I took the backup to members.stormi.ca/BABBS, I did send out a notification when we did that, I guess you didn't get one?  I may have hit a lot of spam folders.

Then we moved to our permanent domain, banditalley.net, what, a month ago now?, once I had time to do that....

But the user database,... were you not able to log in?  If you had to create a new user, you sure have been busy in the last day, what with 100+ posts.   :grin:

Anyway, post your Intro again, if you want.   :stickpoke:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gyrogearcrunch on October 31, 2007, 04:55:52 PM
Well, Stormi, imagine my surprise at getting notified that there was a shift to "members.stormi.ca/BABBS" (yes, I got the notification, thank you!) but I didn't see much going on there at all. Went overseas a bit later, and after getting back, couldn't find Bandits anywhere (was there a second move?) .  :boohoo:

From time to time after that, I looked around the net for BanditAlley but didn't get the old group or your new site.  :duh:  :annoy:  So don't feel like the Lone Ranger about the confusion thing. So, that's why it seemed you'd disappeared.

Anyway, today I ran across BanditAlley in my "favorites" file and morosely pecked at the entry. Wahoo! My dejection vanished because you were BA-AAAACK! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  :clap:

What made things worse while you were "gone" is that my, er, "riding club" had become another victim of the "lets do another escorted mass-ride for charity" syndrome. Geez, going on these things was draining my bank account faster than a gas-guzzling SUV, and I had put on 10 lbs. going on weekly "restaurant runs". At least my wallet was getting lighter. And needless to say, "runs" like this are far from fun when the long line of bikes starts to "rubber-band" and some fool runs up yer tailpipe. Once I saw three bikes go down behind me as they snapped out of a doze and overdid the brakes.

So, it's good to see that all is well once again in the land of round door-knobs. This group is much better than psychotherapy.  :taz:

New site looks good - nice work.

Regards,

Herb


Hi Herb!!


I think I'm confused.  Not hard to do these days,...

But what makes you think we disappeared?  We've been here the whole time, albeit under different website addresses.  When Pete couldn't spend anytime on the site, I took the backup to members.stormi.ca/BABBS, I did send out a notification when we did that, I guess you didn't get one?  I may have hit a lot of spam folders.

Then we moved to our permanent domain, banditalley.net, what, a month ago now?, once I had time to do that....

But the user database,... were you not able to log in?  If you had to create a new user, you sure have been busy in the last day, what with 100+ posts.   :grin:



Anyway, post your Intro again, if you want.   :stickpoke:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gyrogearcrunch on October 31, 2007, 08:18:26 PM
Hi, Pete;

Not a lot to tell here. I own a '99 Bandit 1200S, bought used in 2001, that replaced a Vetter-faired bagger '80 Yamaha XS850SG.  So, I'm not into sportbikes, but really truly appreciate a bike that has great acceleration, stops and turns even better and is good for touring.  As I get on in years, I've found myself wanting more power and speed instead of it being the other way 'round, so the Bandit 1200 seemed like the best answer. I hope to keep riding until I croak or my IRA runs out of money (your mileage may vary!)  :wink:

I love this group, and the website contains a lot of useful data. In fact (not quite sure of accuracy), I believe I've been with this group for 4 years - maybe longer? - through a few board crashes. Something seems to get lost each time, but there's always that welcome comeback (whew!).  :gloom: :storm:

I starting with a 175cc Parilla in 1958.  A used '62 Yamaha YDS-2 was next. Great fun - nearly killed me. :bomb:  After marriage and kids, I bought my brother's '73 Honda 360, reliable as an axe. Years later, I found an '80 Yamaha XS850SG through a guy at work and bought it, selling the Honda to another worker at the same place. Later, I picked up an '80 850G with a bad second gear and then was practically given a '72 350 Yamaha R5C. This I rebuilt from the frame up, turning it into a real hand-grenade. Just before retirement, I sold everything but the XS850SG bagger. This bike lasted me into retirement in Lutz, Florida. It was during a shopping run to the Local Yamaha dealer for carb parts that I saw the '99 Bandit sitting there. I HAD to have this bike, and I still have it today. No regrets, just great riding. :bandit:

Gyrogearcrunch (Herb)

  Please use this thread to 'introduce' yourself to the board!

     A full biography isn't needed,  but a few details, and a location, helps other members get an idea of who, and where you are.

  We have members scattered out all over the world, and you may be the only one in your little corner, or you may have more company than you think.

  If you're looking for somebody to ride with, go ahead and say so.

  We don't always give a formal welcome to new members....don't feel left out if we miss you...or wait for some acknowledgement to jump in and post a message.



(Note: this thread was re-started after a board crash.  The first batch of response are pretty much 'where've you been' stuff....)


  My stuff?


  I'm Pete, the founder of this board, and responsible for all things I can't blame on the moderators.
  I have a '99 Bandit 1200, I bought new in '99.
  I'm in the Augusta, GA area, but don't ride a lot, locally.
  I mostly save my bikes for trips to the mountains........life's too short for boring roads!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 06, 2007, 06:09:41 AM
Well, Stormi, imagine my surprise at getting notified that there was a shift to "members.stormi.ca/BABBS" (yes, I got the notification, thank you!) but I didn't see much going on there at all. Went overseas a bit later, and after getting back, couldn't find Bandits anywhere (was there a second move?) .  :boohoo:

Really?  Strange, it was at members.stormi.ca/BABBS that we had the currently recorded "best day".  102 users on my poor server at once.  I didn't think it had ever been slow, but I was pretty busy with the behind the scenes stuff.  There wasn't a second move at any point, until the move to banditalley.net.  Perhaps you caught us on a bad day? 

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From time to time after that, I looked around the net for BanditAlley but didn't get the old group or your new site.  :duh:  :annoy:  So don't feel like the Lone Ranger about the confusion thing. So, that's why it seemed you'd disappeared.

Well, I'm glad that you kept looking.  As you can see, there have been a number of changes, all with the intention of growing bigger and better.  We've registered Banditalley.net for 10yrs, so you should find us at this address for the next 10 anyway. 

We're doing backups on average once a week, so there shouldn't ever be any big losses again.  Worst should be a couple of days down to rebuild in the event of catastrophic failure.   One of the benefits of having a computer geek in charge of the site.

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Anyway, today I ran across BanditAlley in my "favorites" file and morosely pecked at the entry. Wahoo! My dejection vanished because you were BA-AAAACK! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  :clap:

Glad to be of service. :grin:

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What made things worse while you were "gone" is that my, er, "riding club" had become another victim of the "lets do another escorted mass-ride for charity" syndrome. Geez, going on these things was draining my bank account faster than a gas-guzzling SUV, and I had put on 10 lbs. going on weekly "restaurant runs". At least my wallet was getting lighter. And needless to say, "runs" like this are far from fun when the long line of bikes starts to "rubber-band" and some fool runs up yer tailpipe. Once I saw three bikes go down behind me as they snapped out of a doze and overdid the brakes.


Oh yuck!  Yes, hook up with some of the people in your area and go for a real ride!! We go on the annual Santa's anonymous toy runs, but that's about it for group rides.  I prefer to ride at my own speed, on my favorite roads. 

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So, it's good to see that all is well once again in the land of round door-knobs. This group is much better than psychotherapy.  :taz:

New site looks good - nice work.

It's been a lot of work, but it's rewarding work, because I know that people out there want to be here.  That's what makes it worthwhile.  (Probably more so if r_outsider would stop finding bugs in the new software.... :roll: :wink:)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 07, 2007, 11:10:51 PM
It's been a lot of work, but it's rewarding work, because I know that people out there want to be here.  That's what makes it worthwhile.  (Probably more so if r_outsider would stop finding bugs in the new software.... :roll: :wink:)
Yup your right, the new look is like a remodeled home, the place looks simply marvelous, and I'm proof that people want to be here (exile sucks) LOL. :clap:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 08, 2007, 03:37:15 AM
Welcome back gunner, and congrats on the new B12.5 :wink:

Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gyrogearcrunch on November 10, 2007, 12:17:12 AM

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  _snip_  my, er, "riding club" had become another victim of the "lets do another escorted mass-ride for charity" syndrome.  And needless to say, "runs" like this are far from fun when the long line of bikes starts to "rubber-band" and some fool runs up yer tailpipe. Once I saw three bikes go down behind me as they snapped out of a doze and overdid the brakes.

Oh yuck!  Yes, hook up with some of the people in your area and go for a real ride!! We go on the annual Santa's anonymous toy runs, but that's about it for group rides.  I prefer to ride at my own speed, on my favorite roads.

Yes, for sure. I prefer to have the freedom to change routes or go places at the spur of the moment when it comes to local rides.

Herb

Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ciso on November 12, 2007, 09:57:18 PM
Don't know how long ago I was last on this board, thought it had gone away but found ya'll again.
Now riding B12.5, 07 SV 650 and soon, an 01 B12 that Mr.Walker has been playing with for the past several years.
Nice to see this forum again.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 12, 2007, 10:09:16 PM
Your user name does sound familiar, seems like yesterday to me. Anyway welcome back. :wink:
Don't know how long ago I was last on this board, thought it had gone away but found ya'll again.
Now riding B12.5, 07 SV 650 and soon, an 01 B12 that Mr.Walker has been playing with for the past several years.
Nice to see this forum again.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ciso on November 13, 2007, 01:23:55 AM
Maybe familiar from the other board ? I have seen your name over there it seems ?
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gyrogearcrunch on November 13, 2007, 03:28:41 AM
OK, Stormi, - I rest my case!

Herb

Don't know how long ago I was last on this board, thought it had gone away but found ya'll again.
Now riding B12.5, 07 SV 650 and soon, an 01 B12 that Mr.Walker has been playing with for the past several years.
Nice to see this forum again.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 13, 2007, 03:44:49 AM
OK, Stormi, - I rest my case!

Herb

Yes,.. I read that,.. HaveBlue also contacted me saying that he couldn't find us. 

I'd like to see if we can find out when we disappeared.  If I can figure that out, hopefully I can figure out why we disappeared, and how to fix it.

I can send out another email telling the population where we are....

And Welcome (back?) Ciso!!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: jimmym1296 on November 14, 2007, 12:14:59 PM
I appreciated the update email on the site. I was one of those who couldn't find it, new computer and somehow lost the right bookmark.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 14, 2007, 12:24:25 PM
I think part of this was promoted when the question was brought up at MAXZUK and suddenly a few of the lost follow the yellow brick road back.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: ciso on November 14, 2007, 08:21:43 PM
I think part of this was promoted when the question was brought up at MAXZUK and suddenly a few of the lost follow the yellow brick road back.
That's how I got back on....
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 15, 2007, 03:57:47 AM
Ok,. I did a little looking, and with a little help from a few of our lost and newly found members, figured out where I dropped a few of you.

When I put the page up that said that the forums were over this way, I didn't take into account that some people would have bookmarked pages other than the front page of the forums.  (For instance, some of our 400 crew that never step out of their forum :wink:)  Also, with phpBB, we used to have a session ID, and that number sometimes showed up in the link that they bookmarked.  ( which also could have accounted for some of the expired session errors some people used to get.)

In most of those cases, people would not have received the friendly "Follow me" message I'd put up, to reduce the load on the server, they would have received the canned "404 error" or page not found.  I've put the old forum back online, so that it can catch all of the bookmarked links.  I will leave it online til Dec 31st (ish) Then take it down.  I would think that if people haven't been here in that long, AND didn't get the email, they weren't that interested in sticking with us in the first place.  Especially in light of the fact that in about Sept.  I put a notice at the top of the board to change your bookmarked links to forums.banditalley.net, and we've been talking about the new domain since July. 
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 15, 2007, 03:58:28 AM
I think part of this was promoted when the question was brought up at MAXZUK and suddenly a few of the lost follow the yellow brick road back.

boy,.. that must be making griff happy,... anyone have a link?  I'll say something official.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: willo on November 19, 2007, 08:14:48 PM
Thanks for the Email Stormi, haven't been able to access site for months.Never said a lot but really appreciate all the help and info + just a bloody good read. Graham :taz: :taz:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 20, 2007, 02:09:15 AM
Welcome Back Graham! 
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: AtlBanditMan on November 20, 2007, 10:22:53 PM
Well Dam I'm glad to fine the group again. Its been sometime since I have seen everyone. Glad to be back. For those who may remeber or may not I had the 04 bandit 1200S
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/Fastgtos/100_0348.jpg)

So that was the bike as it was before I went on a weekend trip to Deal's Gap. In fact it was the same weekend the group had the trip to Two Wheels. Anyway On May 20 last trip up the Tail. I got in to a accident. I ran head on with a GoldWing. I was Dam lucky to be alive after that. Long story short about the accident is a crossed lanes and hit him. This is what was left of the Bandit.

(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/Fastgtos/IMG_4075.jpg)
So I am better and back up on my feet. With a rod in my leg. But being 6 month later and I am back at work and walking with no help. So a side from the accident. I got a new bike this pass weekend. Its a 03 Bandit 1200N. So Im going a new way with the Bandit this time. STREETFIGHTER.

So this is my new bike.
(http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g116/Fastgtos/Bandit03.jpg)

So glad to see the group back and look forward to talking with you all.

edit: mod edited to make the images work.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: pmackie on November 20, 2007, 11:28:38 PM
Holy Smokes AtlBanditMan!! :shock:

That does NOT sound like a lot of fun. Glad your back and hope your recovering well.

Glad to see you still have the Bandit bug...

 :welcome: welcome back. :welcome:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 20, 2007, 11:35:26 PM
Well I wish I could say I recall both of you but I was gone for a while myself and welcomed back, so here's a little ditty so sum things up.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PeU_l7EM0w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PeU_l7EM0w)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: wilinfla on November 21, 2007, 02:14:18 AM
I found this site from the Sport Touring Forum, I just picked up a 2007 Bandit 1250S last week and I am loving it. I have been riding street bikes since 1973, the rest of the stable consists of 99 Harley Heritage, 76 Honda CB550K, 76 Suzuki GT500, 05 Harley Sportster (wifes), 06 Suzuki SV650 (wifes) and 74 RD350 (wifes). I live just North of Clearwater Florida but I plan on moving to North Georgia in 3 to 5 years and ride full time  :grin:. I am looking forward to getting some good advice on here for my new Bandit.

                                                       
                                                                            WIll
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 21, 2007, 11:47:02 AM
Cool, sounds like you have quite the herd and a new B1250 to boot, and always nice to here there are wives out there that like to ride. Anyway welcome and congratulations on the new 07. You'll have to take a picture of them all together and post a pic for us.

I found this site from the Sport Touring Forum, I just picked up a 2007 Bandit 1250S last week and I am loving it. I have been riding street bikes since 1973, the rest of the stable consists of 99 Harley Heritage, 76 Honda CB550K, 76 Suzuki GT500, 05 Harley Sportster (wifes), 06 Suzuki SV650 (wifes) and 74 RD350 (wifes). I live just North of Clearwater Florida but I plan on moving to North Georgia in 3 to 5 years and ride full time  :grin:. I am looking forward to getting some good advice on here for my new Bandit.

                                                       
                                                                            WIll
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: wilinfla on November 21, 2007, 04:21:01 PM
Thanks for the welcome. I am enjoying the new Bandit a lot. I had today off and the weather was sunny and in the low 80's  :grin: I managed to get in a 149 mile ride today with some nice twisty roads thrown in for fun. I am really impressed with the 1250S, my friend was on a Dyna Glide, he couldn't even think about keeping up on the twisty roads. I almost felt bad when I reminded him that I am still breaking it in and I can't go over 4500 RPM  :wink: I'll try to get a group photo and post it. Thanks again.

                                                                Will
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Heyu on November 25, 2007, 12:54:47 PM
Hi I am new to this forum been watching from the sidelines for a bit. I bought an 07 1250 this year and have had a blast ever since, I am in Prince George B.C Canada and like to ride every chance I get. I used to ride alot in the 80's but took about 15 years off to raise a family now it's me time and I am having a blast buying parts and modifying my toy. I used to ride, build, dragrace, roadrace and sporttour but now am only interested in riding, modifying, dragracing and since I am old and slow (according to my son) only doing a few trackdays in between going to all the supercool places I've seen on these websites. There is so much information on these websites and great people that I wonder how we did it in "the old days". So I am happy to be here and look forward to each discussion.
 I am  interested in meeting up with other riders in Alberta and B.C just to see new places and great roads I have a friend in Athabasca who I meet for coffee/lunch in Jasper(400/km away) each year.
 MY bike:07-1250 Blue                                 
            Two-Bros carbon slip-on            GPI                   
            TFI box                                   Holeshot handlebar rises
            Airbox mod                              Galfer front lines
            Holeshot fork brace               
            Speedohealer                           This winter:  Taller windsreen
            Mirror ext.                                                  Corbin or sargent seat
            17 tooth cs sprocket                                    Nelson rigg bags
                                                                            Penske superbike front fork conversion
                                                                            Penske rear shock
                                                                            Continental Sport attack tires
 
  After all is done it should be perfect! btw I am not good with computers!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: pmackie on November 25, 2007, 01:37:53 PM
Hey Heyu

Welcome to the site. Nice to hear from someone else in BC. We are always looking for more Bandit riders to join up on our rides. We managed to get a few rides going in 2007, and hope for the same in 2008. Mostly a fair bit south from you. (for only being 1/2 way up BC, Prince George is sure a long way north!)

Most of the guys who got together in 2007 are in their 40's and 50's, so you will fit right in. Hope we can get together in 2008. Stay in touch...

 :welcome:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 25, 2007, 02:00:05 PM
 :welcome: :congrats:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: bonanaza on November 27, 2007, 03:55:30 PM
Hi everyone. I am a new member here after lurking for a while.
I just bought a '97 1200 after a 25 year hiatus from motorcycles. I looked long and hard and eventually found my bike on craigslist at a good price. I live in the Chicago suburbs and mostly ride locally, however the bike went down to Tennessee in my brother-in-law's trailer a few weeks ago and I was down there for Thanksgiving. We went to Deals Gap last Tuesday and the entire trip from his house to the Gap and back confirmed my decision to get back into bikes and that I also chose the right bike to get back into the sport with. I haven't had this much fun in years!

The bike is dead stock with 31,000 miles on it. The previous owner did a great job maintaining it. I will be switching to steel brake lines before the spring and will probably change out the fork springs as well. Soft saddlebags are on the Christmas list  because we are planning a Lake Michigan circumnavigation next summer ( motorcycling, camping, and fly fishing.... Can it get any better? I don't think so.  :grin:)

I would like to go with a different exhaust system too ( something with a little more growl to it ) but that is going to have to wait.


Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on November 27, 2007, 04:41:11 PM
 :welcome: banana....za  :motorsmile:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Grizz on November 29, 2007, 05:33:12 AM
  Just found this site not long ago. Hope to be getting a lot of Bandit info. I have a 05 B12S that I bought used with 3000 miles on it. Bought it because current funds did not allow me to buy what I wanted and this was going to be a filler bike until I could free up some cash, but after 6 months, 12 states and one iron butt ride I am starting to bond with the old Bandit.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on November 29, 2007, 12:15:37 PM
 :welcome: Grizz. Hope you find this site helpful.  Enjoy your stay with the often overlooked, but still great, Bandit.  :bandit:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on November 29, 2007, 01:45:48 PM
Welcome Bonanaza, it's great to get back in the saddle after such a long time, just be careful out there.

Welcome Grizz, I had the 05 blue and white commemorative B1200 it was a beautiful bike. Heck with 3000 miles who needs showroom new, you got that plus a barely broke in bike LOL.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: swagzz on December 22, 2007, 06:06:59 AM
Hi to everyone
    Like others that I have read about on this site I've got back on the bikes after a few years, few too many without one.
  First bike I seriously look at and test ride is a  01 1200 Bandit, it now lurks in the garage out the back and gets to take me places I want to go to at speeds  I shouldn't but what the hell, I'm past the die young leave a good looking corpse age.
  That of course is related to the first time we were out after dark, sun going down, lights come on,NOT. Slow trip home to investigate that little problem.
  Another half geriatric that rides an R1 put me on to the BA site, so the solution is at hand, did some baking while wife was at work, cleaned the headlight out, modified LB blocker, Narva arctic blue globes and will sort out the voltage drop in the next few days.
  Only that the people on this site freely share their knowledge and cures that I haven't spent any time chasing in circles sorting this out,
   Anyway I have to go test out the lights and adjust them,should take a couple of hours  :)
                                      Later  Swagzz
ps the bandit is black and I live in North Qld Australia
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: smooth operator on December 22, 2007, 08:42:22 AM
 Welcome back to motorcycles and BA. :beers:  Dan
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: CWO4GUNNER on December 22, 2007, 01:16:52 PM
 SWAGZZ! :congrats: :welcome:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on December 23, 2007, 12:39:55 AM
 :welcome: swagzz and glad to see you've put the site to good use already!  :bigok:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!! Treacherous old fart on board.....
Post by: flickmeister on December 26, 2007, 11:25:40 PM
New Bandit owner here. Just bought an '07 red one. Terrific bike at a ridiculously low price. I also own an '06 GSXR1000 and an '07 Yamaha Road Star. It was my first (and last) cruiser, just not a cruiser person. It's up for sale.

My background is a 60 year old treacherous old fart, been riding for 44+ years, mostly hardcore sportbikes. Also roadraced for several years and spent one dragracing. Have been to several schools: Keith Code's, Reg Pridmore's, and John Ulrich's. I taught the MSF course for eight years and also taught the new rider's school for the club I raced with.

I'm really loving the Bandit. It does everything so well with such comfort compared to what I'm used to. Kinda not used to a bike that will go quickly in first gear but keep the front wheel on the ground either. I hear about the good mileage some are getting but not me. I've been playing hard in the twisties for the most part. When I do, I get from 29-32 MPG. My best mileage has been 37.8 and I'm averaging around 34. If it weren't so much fun to flick around, I suppose my mileage would improve. Same for the rear tire. With 800miles on it, the wear bars are real close to breaking through. I'll be lucky to get 1200 out of it. That's crap mileage for a sport touring tire but it sticks like a full blown sportbike tire. I'm a huge fan of the Pirelli Corsa IIIs. They have better feedback and I'll get around 2500 miles on the rear. Bottom line is you pay to play and el Banditio is way too playful to behave.

If this thing keeps being this much fun, I may sell the Gixxer thou' and put the money into modifying the Bandit to bring it up to speed and customize it to fit me even better.

Since I'm new to the Bandit, I better get reading what has been posted on this forum.  I want to learn as much as I can about my new toy, so I better get crackin' ('specially if there's a newbie initiation quiz later). Enjoy the ride. Cheers, Jack


I've posted this same intro on a couple other forums 'cause I'm too crappy a typist to do it more than once. Just letting you know because I did it once before and some folks got seriously bent out of shape. Don't want that to happen here.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: smooth operator on December 27, 2007, 07:17:57 AM
 :welcome:  Jack, Glad to hear your enjoying the new bike. I have a 98 b12 and a 03SV1K,the 98 is tailored for me toward the track,and I havn't done any saftey wireing on the SV 'case I don't want to bugger it up yet. But neither one is good for 2up now.(rather ride solo anyhow) I'd hate to get rid of my SV, I love that bike,but if the wife wants to ride often its the one I can get the most $ out of. Everyone likes the new Bandit so far,been closely watching all the post on the new bike. The SV is good for a extra 10mpg over the Bandit,light and handles sooo good,awsome sound. But if the wife wants to ride often I might switch to the 1250 (havn't said anything outloud to the wife yet,still not sure I want to make that move)
   You'll enjoy the site,good folks,good info. What track do you ride,teach at? I attend Nelson Ledges with Fasttrax when I can.
             :beers: Dan
   
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Post by: flickmeister on December 27, 2007, 09:52:13 AM
smooth operator,

I haven't been teaching since I retired from racing in 1989. I live in Tampa, Florida, USA. Cheers, Jack
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Post by: cruizer on January 10, 2008, 04:22:25 PM
Just want to say hi...looks like a great forum...looking forward to the great info shared here. I live in Central Oregon...just waiting for the snow to go away.

I've just purchased a '07 Bandit 1250. Got all the goodies coming for it including hard bags, lowers, windscreen, rear hugger. Also ordered a bunch of stuff from Holeshot...basically the stage one kit plus gear indicator and speedo healer. Gonna take Dale's advice and go with one tooth smaller counter sprocket as well.

Oh, by the way...I traded a '07 M109R...loved the bike but couldn't handle the lack of cornering clearance. :motorsmile:
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Post by: pmackie on January 10, 2008, 05:21:46 PM
Hey, welcome Cruzer... :welcome:

Yup, a good group here. We look forward to any comments you have. The M109R has a pretty good rep for a cruiser, but I think you'll like the Bandit.
Title: New member from Kentucky
Post by: CrazyCat on January 16, 2008, 08:56:19 AM
Hi All! 

I just joined a few days ago, looking for good info on the new Bandits.  Here are some pics:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v187/crazycat5150/january%202008/Bike6.jpg)

Thanks!
Cat
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Post by: slipstream on February 02, 2008, 04:01:24 PM
Hi everybody..I am a newbe in an older body.I hail from Canada .Purchased my first bandit yesterday and will pick her up in the spring. looks like you all got lots or info to share so cheers... :motorsmile:
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Post by: Henners on February 21, 2008, 11:17:13 AM
Good evening from West Sussex England :grin: my name Henry.

Just traded my 03 GSXR 1000 in for a black GSF1250S (which arrives weather permitting on 3rd March) like CrazyCat's above except mine's right hand drive ... Great site, you really helped me make my mind up as my local dealer didn't have a demonstrator to try so I hope you guys have been straight with me and the Bandit is a brillaint as you all say.

I'm 53 and have come back to Suzukis after being tempted by Italian stallions for a few years. Getting too old to want a sports bike and not willing to pay Ducati servicing costs so here I am. First trip will be to the Nurburgring. From what I've seen this looks a good place to be  :beers:
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Post by: wanabeguru on March 09, 2008, 12:02:09 AM
Hi all!!  I have an 07 RED BANDIT1250 and LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!  Best part is my son gave it to me new!! :clap:  I've already posted in a few spots, hope it helped.  I am 64, been on 2 wheels[13 yrs old] since my first scooter(Lambretta 150LDN), live in Rio Dell, CA real close to HWY36 and south of Eureka[30 miles].  I am a bench electronics technician service manager.  We have some really nice twistys up here, so if anyone gets this way, give a holler so we can set up a ride.  Thanks for the sight and its useful tips,
Wally
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Post by: Buford on March 14, 2008, 10:16:17 PM
I registered a long time ago, but never got around to introducing myself. 

I live in Marion, IL (which is way down in the southern tip of the state).

I'm shopping for a new bike, and the Bandit is on the short list. Other bikes I’m considering include the naked SV650, the Ninja 650R and the new GSX650F. The only issue I have with the SV is that I’ve already owned a few. The Ninja and the GSX650F are a little too repli-racer for my tastes these days. Still, all three are still being considered. The Bandit is a bit pricey (well… compared to the SV it is), plus I’ve always been a fan of v-twins. So, I’m still in the stage where I change my mind every other day.

I attended MMI and took all the Harley-Davidson and Suzuki electives. I then worked mostly at Harley dealerships, and the majority of that time was spent as a service manager. That was really my second career, as I had previously spent a dozen years in the Army. These days I’m a stay-at-home Dad for my three kids.

The only other thing I brag about on my motorcycle resume is that I’m a member of the Iron Butt Association. In 2005, I completed a 1,767 mile ride in 32 hours (on a Yamaha FZ6). I’m not really into endurance riding anymore. In fact, other than the Triumph I owned briefly, I have really not had a motorcycle in almost two years. I sort of figured that the demands of being a parent wouldn’t leave any time for motorcycling. But, what I’ve discovered is that even if I can only manage an hour or two a week, it’s good therapy.

Here is the embarrassing list of all the motorcycles I’ve owned. I admit that I have been horribly fickle in the past, when it comes to buying and selling bikes. In my defense, I did own quite a few of these simultaneously. Plus, some were bikes that I purchased and fixed up just so I could sell them.

1984 Kawasaki LTD 550.
1985 Honda Rebel 250
1991 Harley-Davidson XLH-883 Sportster
1976 Yamaha XS360
1996 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide
1999 Ducati 750 Supersport
2000 Kawasaki Concours
1999 Ducati ST2
1999 Ducati M750 Monster
2000 Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster
2002 Suzuki SV650
1981 Suzuki GS750L
2004 Buell XB12S Lightning
2003 Ducati 999 Monoposto
2004 Suzuki SV650
2003 Honda Metropolitan
1981 Suzuki GS450E
2005 Yamaha FZ6
2006 Suzuki SV650
2007 Triumph Bonneville T-100
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Post by: Red01 on March 21, 2008, 04:32:11 PM
 :welcome: Buford.  That list of bikes pretty much puts out a shotgun pattern - the only thing missing is a dirt bike and/or dual sport.

As far as the new GSX650F... it's just a 650 Bandit with a full-fairing.  Ergonomically, the two are the same near as I can tell. I know they're mechanically the same.
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Post by: ippo on March 22, 2008, 02:53:21 AM
Suzuki gsx 650F have not adjustable saddle.
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Post by: Red01 on March 24, 2008, 01:08:34 PM
True, the GSX650F has a one-piece seat... Since the earlier Bandits have similar seats, I overlooked the GSX not having the two-piece seat of the 650 Bandits.

I'd be surprised if the current 650/1250 (and '06 1200) Bandit's seat wouldn't fit the GSX though.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Lurch on April 03, 2008, 05:07:59 PM
Noob to this forum checkin in from Las Vegas, NV :motorsmile: Been riding dirt since I was 8 and Street since I was 16. Just traded in my '01 Kawi ZR-7s for the '07 Bandit 1250 and lovin it :motorsmile: found the forum and liked the wealth of info and looks like some cool peeps so I figured I would join in the shenanigans :grin:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on April 03, 2008, 05:13:42 PM
 :welcome: to the site and the machine, lurch.

I notice your avatar is displaying the dredded X

I checked the properties and they're:
http://http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction-

You might wanna drop the first "http://" and add whatever's missing after the hyphen.  :bandit:

Edit... nevermind, I see in the time it's taken me to post this the first time, you've fixed it.  :bigok:
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Post by: jimyed on April 07, 2008, 04:41:16 PM
Hi all new member from Toronto Here. I just put a deposit on a 2001 1200 and hope to finalize /get the bike this week sometime. I currently have a SECA 2 I'm selling to make room for the Bandit.

I live in Toronto Ontario.
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Post by: thommo on April 11, 2008, 06:22:33 AM
Another new bloke from aussie, i live in Central Qld and i have 2 bikes, a 96 600 bandit approaching the 170,000km mark and an 05 fjr1300 with 82,000km.
The bandito in oh...musta been very early 01

(http://i26.tinypic.com/ws6vyc.jpg)

(http://i32.tinypic.com/5n7m91.jpg)

And as it is currently

(http://i32.tinypic.com/30xhi4w.jpg)

(http://i32.tinypic.com/11mcdjb.jpg)

I'm better known as the owner of this bike:

(http://i29.tinypic.com/330a2jk.jpg)

(http://i27.tinypic.com/2vcxo9u.jpg)

the place looks nice an cosy with lots of info, looking foward to hanging around here.
Cheers
Thommo
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Post by: B6mick on April 11, 2008, 06:55:46 AM
Welcome thommo, yeha a fello B6 owner in Oz :motorsmile:
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Post by: thommo on April 11, 2008, 07:03:56 AM
Thanks mate, whereabouts are you in oz?  i travel a lot and might happen to pass by your neck of the woods during the year.
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Post by: willo on April 11, 2008, 08:32:35 PM
Hi Thommo  :welcome:where abouts in central Qld, I in Logan just south of Brissy. I ride a Gen 2 1200, never know we might cross paths one day allways up for a coffee or a beer  and a chat  Graham
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Post by: B6mick on April 11, 2008, 09:06:14 PM
Thanks mate, whereabouts are you in oz?  i travel a lot and might happen to pass by your neck of the woods during the year.

Mate if ya ever down Melb way for the GP or superbikes drop me a line, we are only 2 hrs from the track.
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Post by: thommo on April 11, 2008, 09:14:27 PM
Heyer Willo, i live about 25km west of rockhampton, at the foot of the Mt Morgan range, i'll be down at noosa in about a mths time, Cooroy actaully.

Mick, will definatly do that, i was at supers this year, won't make GP tho, trying to get dosh together to do a lap around oz at around that time.  I have some mates who live on the Island, makes accom. so much cheaper! :) Whereabouts are you in VIC(the police state)?   I'd post up the writeup on the trip or links to it, but alas, the trip was done on the FJR.
I was in Sofala last weekend.
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Post by: B6mick on April 12, 2008, 01:02:36 AM
Whereabouts are you in VIC(the police state)?   

Outer east burbs of Melb, right at the back door to the spurs run, and the Dandy ranges.
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Post by: Red01 on April 12, 2008, 12:31:13 PM
I'd post up the writeup on the trip or links to it, but alas, the trip was done on the FJR.

If you want to post a write-up or link to  a trip you've done, that's perfectly OK.  It doesn't have to be on a Bandit.

Oh, and  :welcome: M8 :beers:
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Post by: thommo on April 22, 2008, 04:59:55 AM
I'd post up the writeup on the trip or links to it, but alas, the trip was done on the FJR.

If you want to post a write-up or link to  a trip you've done, that's perfectly OK.  It doesn't have to be on a Bandit.

Oh, and  :welcome: M8 :beers:


No worries thanks.
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Post by: Buckshot on May 09, 2008, 01:35:49 AM
 :beers:  Ron, live in SK Canada.  Bought my first bike 3 weeks ago, 08 1250 SEA.  Absolutley love it.  Married, no kids, work as a Paramedic, love the outdoors.  Hunting, camping, fishing and now riding!!

http://i278.photobucket.com/albums/kk81/buckshot_cnd/08Bandit1250SEA.jpg?t=1210307915

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Post by: txbanditrydr on May 09, 2008, 12:47:48 PM
 :welcome: Buckshot - Sweet looking ride... I really like that color and the lowers.   :thumb:
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Post by: plbandit on May 14, 2008, 06:02:01 PM
Hello everyone!

I've made a couple posts but never really introduced myself. I'm from CT and I just bout the bandit you see in my avatar! Little bit of oil burn, but hopefully I'll make that fix a winter project.

 :beers:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on May 14, 2008, 06:20:07 PM
Glad you found us Darek....  Lots to see -  :welcome:
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Post by: sillyme on May 30, 2008, 08:00:55 PM
New Bandit 1250 owner here in Fresno california.  I bought a new left over 07 model in the red color 6 weeks ago.  This is a lot of bike for the money!  :thumb:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Buford on May 31, 2008, 12:25:29 AM
I guess if you don't remember if you have introduced yourself that you may as well go ahead and do it again.  :grin:

I actually don't ride a Bandit, but I'm considering buying one. The truth is that I have waffled quite a bit about what to buy. In recent days, I have thought about the Suzuki GSX650F, various dual-sport bikes, (another) SV650, a Ducati Monster 695, the BMW F800ST, and even the Moto Guzzi Breva 750. My fickle nature has a lot to do with the fact I’ve owned so many motorcycles (I’ll get to that).

My current bike is a new Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT. It's a great ride, but I'm interested in also having a sporty bike. I generally try to avoid owning two bikes at once, but I figure the cruiser is different enough from a sporty bike (or a sport tourer) that I can justify it.

About me. I live in southern Illinois (the Marion, Carbondale area). I grew up in central Virginia, and spent about a dozen years in the Army. When I got out of the Army, I decided I wanted to do something fun for a while, so I attended MMI. I went to their Phoenix campus, and initially took the Harley-Davidson electives. Later, I went back and took the Suzuki elective as well (the F.A.S.T. program). I think it's a pretty good school. I only worked briefly as a mechanic (at a Harley dealership, and later at an aftermarket shop) before being promoted to service manager. I served as a service manager at a Harley dealership for most of my career. We recently moved to southern Illinois, and I took a break from the industry. I guess I'm sort of semi-retired.... or you can classify me as a bum, whichever works for you. The truth is that I’m a stay-at-home Dad for my three kids; and that’s the most challenging job I’ve ever had.

The other thing I always try to brag about is my Iron Butt Association membership. In 2005 I rode from Texas to Laguna Seca to watch the MotoGP race. My buddy and I decided to ride the entire way back to Texas non-stop. We did 1,767 miles in 32 hours. I was on a Yamaha FZ6 at the time. I hope I never try that again... but I do like to brag about it. There are a couple links in my signature block. One is for a write-up I did about the Iron Butt ride, and the other is for a write-up I did about my motorcycle trip through Europe. They're both pretty long, but I did include pictures!

Here is a list of the bikes I’ve owned (pretty much in the order that I owned them) :

1984 Kawasaki LTD 550
1985 Honda Rebel 250
1991 Harley-Davidson XLH-883 Sportster
1976 Yamaha XS360
1996 Harley-Davidson FXDWG Dyna Wide Glide
1999 Ducati 750 Supersport
2000 Kawasaki Concours
1999 Ducati ST2
1999 Ducati M750 Monster
2000 Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster
2002 Suzuki SV650
1981 Suzuki GS750L
2004 Buell XB12S Lightning
2003 Ducati 999 Monoposto
2004 Suzuki SV650
2003 Honda Metropolitan
1981 Suzuki GS450E
2005 Yamaha FZ6
2006 Suzuki SV650
2007 Triumph Bonneville T-100
2008 Kawasaki Ninja 650R
2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT

My history with the Bandit. I started out early as a Bandit fan. Back in the mid-90s I was living in the Washington DC area. Somehow I knew this guy named Ron. He would take his '92 Bandit (I believe it was a 400, but I'm not sure) over to Summit Point Raceway and race every now and then. I would tag along and be a part of his volunteer pit crew. The second Bandit owner that had an influence on me was a guy named Ken. He was part of my riding group in central Texas around 2004. I'm not sure what model his was, but it was one with a fairing. Anyway, being around these guys and their bikes has always made me wonder if it might be the right motorcycle for me.

The next motorcycle I purchase is probably going to be a Honda CRF70F (or something fairly similar) for my nine-year-old son. It will be his first bike. That's sort of what got me on this trek to consider getting another bike for myself. I started out thinking that I should consider getting a dirt-bike or a dual sport for myself (so I could follow him around the local OHV park). The more I paged through buyer's guides, the more I started looking at all the street bikes... and missing having something sporty. So here I am again.

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Post by: jamala00 on May 31, 2008, 05:57:32 PM
Hay Buford, I am an new Bandit owner, I purchased one last month. New 07 from last year. I kind of have the same story as you. I have never owned 2 bikes at once, but I have had a 98 Shadow Spirit for a few years now. I enjoy the cruiser but like you have been debating on getting a sportier bike for a couple years. I have looked at a few, but with it being a 2nd bike I did not want to drop a bunch of cash. The Suzuki Bandit was similar to the BMW K1200R that I was debating on picking up. The BMW was an 06 and was almost 12K with 8K miles on it. The Bandit was just as fun to ride and was a new 07 with 30 miles and the factory warrenty. Not to mention 1/2 the price. So like you, that I could justify.

I have been very happy with the purchase, and am now actually looking to get some aftermarket things for mine. Slip-On, wind screen, mirror extensions... When I want to go for a ride it is hard to pick which one to take.. Rough having such decisions... :grin:




Anybody on this forum around the GreenBay WI area?

Later
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Post by: bronzeback on July 07, 2008, 09:36:19 PM
New to the Bandit but have been an (older) GS fan for a few years.  In the Suzi class I've had a gs450, and a  gs1100G, and an Intruder vs1400 (80's bikes).  Recently the proud owner of a  '97 Bandit 1200S.  Bought her local w/ 6700 on the clock and NEW tires in terrific shape for $3K even.  Fair enough deal for me! I've been through a series of bikes in the past few years and I gotta say, this thing ROCKS!  Comfort, handling, price, ease of maintenence and POWER.... best bike yet. glad to be here!
BB
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Post by: B6mick on July 07, 2008, 10:03:33 PM
 :welcome: :thumb: :bigok:
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Post by: Ray Mooney on July 08, 2008, 10:26:46 PM
Hey Banditos --

I'm on the '07 Bandit 1250S these days, although I've owned both previous versions of the 1200. I'm in San Diego, so I get to ride year 'round, which is the best part of living here.

I dream of aftermarket exhausts and remapping my fuel injection, but the truth is, I love the bike as is and really can't afford a lot of expensive mods. One of the reasons I've always loved the Big Bandit is it's bargain price for so much ride. If I could make one mod and nothing else, I'd make the stock exhaust loud enough to be heard by the cagers around me. Otherwise, I'm happy.

Cheers.
Ray
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Post by: dhcolesj on July 09, 2008, 01:25:24 PM
 :welcome: Welcome to all of you!

I would definitely recommend the mirror extensions, as you'll find quite often mentioned on the forums. 
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Post by: stocksj on August 07, 2008, 08:59:20 AM
Hello,
 after looking around on this site and doing a lot thinking I finaly broke down an tarded in my VN900 and bought a black B1250ABS last night. I pick it up later today since the battery needed charging. I've been riding the Vulcan but never been completely happy since I'm more used to standar type bike than cruisers.  Lookig forware to a lot of riding.

 Jim
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Post by: PitterB4 on August 07, 2008, 09:22:44 AM
Welcome, Jim!  What part of the world are you in?
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Post by: stocksj on August 07, 2008, 11:39:07 AM
Woodbridge Va.
I plan on using the Bandit for commuting to DC and some weekend riding. I see quite a few bandits around this area.I like how they are popular as a basis for the streetfighter style of bike. I saw my first one last year while visiting germany.
 
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Post by: dhcolesj on August 07, 2008, 02:58:43 PM
Welcome Stocksj!   :welcome:

What model bike with ABS did you by?  '08 or '07?
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Post by: Darkcloud on August 07, 2008, 08:59:41 PM
Hello,
My name is Larry and I just bought a 2007 red Bandit. I'm from South Jersey.
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Post by: stocksj on August 08, 2008, 07:44:50 AM
I bought a black 08 with ABS. I haven't ridden a "sporty" type bike like this since my 82 KZ750 25 years ago. This much different from riding a cruiser. THis bike kicks a$$.
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Post by: dhcolesj on August 08, 2008, 10:30:16 AM
Welcome Darkcloud, aren't you on the Suzuki Owner's Club forum too?  Good to see you here.  More bandit discussion goin' on here.

I'll have to agree with stocksj, even though mine doesn't have the ABS its the blue '08.  Be warned, though, those stock tires will probably only get you about 4000 - 4200 miles.  I just mounted up a set of Michelin's to replace them.  So, be savin' up as they say down here.
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Post by: Darkcloud on August 08, 2008, 09:46:17 PM
Just got back from a ride. Bandit is so different from my Harley. Yes I'm on the other forum also.
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Post by: dhcolesj on August 09, 2008, 01:26:40 AM
Well, do you miss the Harley?  I've always wondered.  A Buddy of mine who lives some distance away offered to let me ride his Fat boy. I declined because it's so expensive.  I didn't want wrecking his bike on my conscience. 
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Post by: Darkcloud on August 09, 2008, 09:17:44 AM
I'm not sure if I miss the Harley yet. I'll let you know in a couple of months.



Well, do you miss the Harley?  I've always wondered.  A Buddy of mine who lives some distance away offered to let me ride his Fat boy. I declined because it's so expensive.  I didn't want wrecking his bike on my conscience. 
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Post by: pmackie on August 09, 2008, 01:16:06 PM
 :welcome: Welcome Guys  :welcome:

I hope you find the site a usefull and friendly as I do. A great bunch of guys and girls here.
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Post by: skibum on August 16, 2008, 08:15:46 PM
Hi everybody,

I'm David and I live in the Lakes Region of central New Hampshire.  I've owned my '93 B4 since it was new.  I've considered selling at few times through the years but can never quite bring myself to pull that trigger.  Recently, I have come to the conclusion that I will never sell another motorcycle again since every time I have, it's turned out to be a mistake.  So going forward, I'm only going to add to the collection.  Highlights of the stable include the B4, a early Honda CB400F, a fairly heavily modified '77 Yamaha RD400, A Yamaha TD1 vintage racer project, and my wife's restored '83 Kawasaki 305GPz.

Mods to the Bandit include a Sargent seat, Yoshimura pipe, Factory jet kit, K&N air filter, SBS pads front and rear, braided stainless brake lines front and rear, Race Tech Gold Valve (working on install), EBC Contour rotors, chrome bar end mirrors, Avon rubber, and a Wilber shock with remote reservoir (just purchased and anxiously awaiting.......thanks Ari).

So, in short, I'm very happy to have found this place.  It's good to know there are others afflicted with the same sickness that I have.  Anybody from around this area (or anyone who manages to visit), look me up and we'll go for a ride.  I know some great twisties through the White Mountains.  :motorsmile:
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Post by: eaglemike on August 17, 2008, 01:51:09 AM
Hi all! I picked up a black 1250 ABS this afternoon from LA Cyclesports. I live in San Diego. I've owned several of the big Suzuli's in the past, but never a Bandit. Past rides include an 1100 Kat, 1982 1100E. I still have a (parked) '83 1100ES, and a couple of very early GS1000's, which I'm planning to restore. I'm recovering from a separated shoulder and broken ribs (crash on another bike) so it'll be a few days before I can put miles on the new bike. It was the last 1250ABS I could locate in SoCal, so I wanted to beat the '09 wait and potential price increase. Thanks to all that contribute, and to the forum owner and staff!

all the best,

Mike
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Post by: dhcolesj on August 17, 2008, 10:16:12 AM
Welcome, Mike and skibum!   :welcome:

Well, You'll find lots-o-suggestions here.  The usual, and the not so usual.  Have fun on the bike, and make sure you recover first.   :bandit:
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Post by: 303LURCH on August 17, 2008, 01:34:22 PM
Hello fellow riders,

I've been a lurker here for a while and all your posts have really helped me with the bike.  I picked up a 97 Bandit 1200 sv in April and have been lovin life with it.  I've ridden on and off throughout my life (mainly dirt/trail) and I've got to say the Bandit ended up being a great all round choice for me on the street. 
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Post by: StuFish on August 25, 2008, 05:14:33 PM
Hello all,

I'm new here to the board. I'm based out of Lansing, MI 

I currently have a 2002 B12S with Holeshot goodies.

I've been riding street bikes since 1996, and I've not refilled my prescription for Prozac since. :grin:

There is a lot of good information on this site, so I decided to join.

If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to holler at me.

Thanks
-StuFish-
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Post by: Red01 on August 25, 2008, 05:22:21 PM
 :welcome:
How long have you had your B12?
Got any pics?
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Post by: StuFish on August 25, 2008, 05:46:14 PM
I bought it used in the summer of 2005. (traded my '96 Magna and some cash for it)

I've got pics' of it after I low sided the left hander before KillBoy corner, but none since I've repaired it. (and that was back in '06)

I'll snap a few and get them up.

While I'm thinking of it, is there anything special I need to do to get them up on this site?
(ie. host them on Photobucket or something?)

-StuFish-

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Post by: txbanditrydr on August 25, 2008, 08:14:38 PM
While I'm thinking of it, is there anything special I need to do to get them up on this site?
(ie. host them on Photobucket or something?)

Welcome and it is recommended that you use Photobucket, ImageShack or similar hosting sites.
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Post by: skibum on August 25, 2008, 09:53:32 PM
Hello all,

I'm new here to the board. I'm based out of Lansing, MI 

I currently have a 2002 B12S with Holeshot goodies.

I've been riding street bikes since 1996, and I've not refilled my prescription for Prozac since. :grin:

There is a lot of good information on this site, so I decided to join.

If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to holler at me.

Thanks
-StuFish-

I suppose that would make you a Spartans fan?  I guess your good taste in motorcycles overrides your taste in football teams so, welcome.  Oh yeah, and "M Go Blue".  :rofl:
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Post by: StuFish on August 26, 2008, 10:03:40 AM
"Oh yeah, and "M Go Blue".  -skibum-

Everybody loves a weener!  :thumb:
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Post by: CWO4GUNNER on August 26, 2008, 12:40:12 PM
Welcome :welcome:
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Post by: StuFish on August 26, 2008, 01:17:15 PM
Thanks for the welcome Chief.
-StuFish-
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Post by: skibum on August 26, 2008, 01:50:57 PM
"Oh yeah, and "M Go Blue".  -skibum-

Everybody loves a weener!  :thumb:

Sorry..........I couldn't resist.  While I've lived in NH for years, I'm still a Michigan boy at heart.  That, and most of my family went to Ann Arbor.  :grin:
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Post by: StuFish on August 26, 2008, 02:27:07 PM
Sorry..........I couldn't resist. -skibum-

No worries, the rivalry is all in good fun.
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Post by: StuFish on August 28, 2008, 09:47:11 PM
Here are a few pics of my B12S.

(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd30/Stufish73/DSC01467.jpg)

(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd30/Stufish73/DSC01465.jpg)

(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd30/Stufish73/DSC01468.jpg)

(http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd30/Stufish73/DSC01472.jpg)
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Post by: Red01 on August 29, 2008, 01:13:16 PM
Nice!  :thumb: I see you went with a COMPLETE decalectomy.
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Post by: StuFish on August 29, 2008, 01:48:02 PM
Yeah, there are a few "Dale" parts on it for sure.

In the words of the great William Hung, "She Bangs!"

-StuFish-
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Post by: southjam on August 29, 2008, 06:18:00 PM
Hey Guy and Gals (if there are any here :) )
    I just bought a 1997 bandit 600 and was looking for a good place to congregate at about the bike. And i found it :) . I am from around Memphis, TN (actually i live in MS, but work in memphis) I sold my bike years ago to buy my wife her wedding dress, Still haven't figured out if i got a good deal for it !!!. But she can't be too bad of a wife, she bought me this bike.

SO howdy,
Southjam
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Post by: txbanditrydr on August 29, 2008, 10:49:06 PM
 :welcome: southjam.....  I'd say you got a good deal there.  Poke around, ask some questions and if you get a chance, let's see your mosheen.
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Post by: PitterB4 on September 01, 2008, 09:17:29 PM
Yeah, there are a few "Dale" parts on it for sure.

-StuFish-

I think Paul/Red was referring to your complete lack of decals.  Took me a minute to decipher "decalectomy" too.   :grin:
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Post by: Red01 on September 02, 2008, 11:27:53 AM
Yeah, there are a few "Dale" parts on it for sure.

-StuFish-

I think Paul/Red was referring to your complete lack of decals.  Took me a minute to decipher "decalectomy" too.   :grin:

Yup, that's what I meant.  :bandit:
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Post by: StuFish on September 02, 2008, 12:36:38 PM
I guess I should pay a bit more attention to the posts' I get. (Sorry about that)
I had a low side get off back in 2005, and after I did the body work, and had it painted, I opted not to replace the decals. -StuFish-
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Post by: Red01 on September 02, 2008, 01:14:11 PM
Nothing wrong with that!  How often do folks ask what it is?  Even with big silver "SUZUKI" on the sides of my tank and the "Bandit 1200S" decals on the fairing, some dill weeds still ask what it is.
 :lol: :duh: :banghead: :rofl:
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Post by: StuFish on September 02, 2008, 02:36:06 PM
"How often do folks ask what it is?" -Red01-

Actually, I'm not asked very often what it is, (I'm not sure why that is) I get the typical "nice bike", or "that looks fast" but not too many folks care to know what it is. Maybe I don't look approachable to people.  :gloom:
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Post by: rworm on December 10, 2008, 01:40:13 PM
Joined this morning and already have found a bunch of good reading.
Great site :thumb:
rworm
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Post by: bngboyd on December 10, 2008, 02:28:13 PM
Heya rworm,

Good to see you found it over here.  :welcome:

Good group here.  :beers:
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Post by: rworm on December 10, 2008, 02:35:50 PM
 :thanks: bng
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Post by: Bamaboy on December 23, 2008, 08:02:16 PM

Bandit 1200 owner wannabe.  I currently ride an XT600 and have done trips to Argentina, Urguay and of course many short trips here in S. Brazil where I live.   I have been riding bikes since I was 13 and have owned about 17 bikes none larger than a 750 and most of them trail and dirt bikes. 

Born and raised in Alabama.  A former Marine and currently a Baptist missionary.  I am planning a six month tour by motorcycle when I get back to the states to visit our supporting churches.  I am seriously considering the Bandit 1200S loaded with Givis as my tour bike.  I will stay with friends, relatives, church folk and in state parks.  It should be fun.  I will be buying a bike in May of 2009.  I hope to gather some useful information and make some new friends on this board.

God Bless and Merry Christmas everyone!   :grin:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on December 23, 2008, 09:24:37 PM
 :welcome:   to the site Bama.....  The 1200 will serve you well on many fronts.  Lots of good folk here to help you with any questions.   :motorsmile:
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Post by: mi1lertm on January 14, 2009, 11:34:55 PM
Hi All,

New to this site, looks like you have some good info over here.  I am having some issues with trying to post my user pix.  I will try and shrink it to 150 X 133 before uploading it to the other site.  Where you having issues with direct uploads of pix?  Anyway, this looks like a good site to visit.

Cheers,

Mark :motorsmile: :bandit:

(http://img291.imageshack.us/img291/4664/picture003aey1.jpg)
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Post by: rworm on January 15, 2009, 05:23:51 PM
Good to see ya MT
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Post by: ernz83 on January 20, 2009, 04:44:10 PM
sup  bandit alley....my name is Ernie and I own a 96 bandit 600.  Thank god I found a Bandit only forum.  Great site
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Post by: chillin92386 on January 21, 2009, 01:59:45 AM
hey guys, my name is christian, proud owner of a bandit 400. Now if i can just get it running. sigh...
Title: New guy Intro
Post by: Ken Hill on February 09, 2009, 12:09:46 PM
Hi, I've been checking out this forum for a while, figurerd it was time to stop lurking and register. I'm friends with and race against Gary- " Garyola" on here. I have / race a 91 400. I'm in northern NY, 10 mins. from the Canadian border so I race in canada because the tracks are closer than anything in the states. I'm a Suzuki dealer so I may be able to help somebody out once in a while. Just started racing 2 yrs. ago, wife says it's my midlife crisis. Doing pretty well, no wins yet but some 2nds and 3rds, finished 2nd in points in the RACE series in Shannonville this yr. Also had a bad crash and busted my left shoulder all up.

Ken
www.rt68salesandservice.com
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Post by: pmackie on February 09, 2009, 12:18:08 PM
Hey Ken

That's pretty cool. Welcome to the site.  :welcome:
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Post by: gixxer on February 11, 2009, 05:06:00 AM
Hi everyone!
I'm from Norway, and just bought a 90 GSF250 which is imported from Japan.  The information on this board, and in the WIKI-section have really been useful to me to get to know my baby-bandit a little better. Yesterday I finally found courage to register here.
As my B2.5 probably is the only one in Norway, I face a bit of problem in meeting the requirement for registration.  The Suzuki importer here refuses to help me locate the correct documentation, as the GSF250 never has been imported to Norway. So it's a bit of a challenge right now.  But I'll get there in the end.

Besides the baby-bandit, my garage contains a gsxr600 trackbike and a zx6rr trackbike.  My streetbike is a K6 gsxr750.

Looking forward to seeing you on this board
Sven
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Post by: gixxer on February 11, 2009, 05:08:00 AM
BTW here is my baby-bandit.
(http://www.bike.no./img/project/large/6845.jpg)


Cheers!
Title: website
Post by: Ken Hill on February 11, 2009, 10:19:05 AM
Forgot to post our website in my intro, here it is  www.rt68salesandservice.com
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Post by: Beth on February 17, 2009, 05:50:49 AM
Hey All,

I've been lurking for a while so better introduce myself- just bought my '96 Bandit 600. It's the second Suzuki I've owned but the 1st that needs some TLC. I got her home on Saturday and started taking her apart on Sunday! Few minor mechanical things to sort out and then just cosmetic touches to finish, seems to be loads of useful info on here so should stand me in good stead.

B :grin:
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Post by: pmackie on February 17, 2009, 01:30:37 PM
Welcome Beth

A good site with some great people and tons of info. I hope you like it here.

 :welcome:
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Post by: ernz83 on March 19, 2009, 09:02:00 PM
hello bandit alley

The name's Ernie.  Been on the site for a lil while now just searchin and reading.  I have a 96 bandit 600 ( my first bike ).  I love this bike. 

when I first bought her
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u212/ernieim/049-1.jpg)

as she sit right now
(http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u212/ernieim/0052.jpg)

still some work to finish on her as you can see.  Looking foward to postin up.   :thanks:
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Post by: Red01 on March 20, 2009, 11:34:41 AM
 :welcome: Ernie!  Looks like it's cleaning up nicely!
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Post by: Skreemer on April 22, 2009, 02:40:58 PM
Hello all... I've been riding for a bout 4 years now on a progressively beastly '83 GS550e. I've finally decided to step up and get a "big" bike.
RabidWolf has let me ride his '07 B1250 and I decided that's what I wanted for a next bike as I commute and plan on touring on it...

Here's my saga about the buying experience.

After going round and round with the salesman and the financing guy at Chicago Cycle Center I bought a left over '08 GSF1250S AKA The Suzuki Bandit. (that's the sort version skip to pics)


Long version:

A few weeks ago I call a Suzuki dealer in Iowa... I get the bikes are real popular and they are "flying out of the store". I ask about what kind of deal they can make me and I get started at MSRP of 8299 and they start laying on the fees. Thanks but no thanks. RabidWolf bought his from a dealer in Chicago and didn't do too bal I figured I'd give them a call. The sales guy quoted me over the phone a price of 7500$. I figure that's a good number to work from so I take the 180 mile trip from Dubuque to Chicago.

I convince my folks to go with me and we talk to the sales guy. We agreed to the 7500$ I let em know I had 5500$ to put down and we turned it over to the finance guys... The Finance guys were having a hard time convincing the new bank Suzuki is going through to finance me. In the mean time I had gotten approval to finance a Ducati Multistrada 1100ST, a Yamaha FZ1, and a new Kawasaki Concourse 1400... Similar bikes but not what I wanted... I've been down this road before and settled for something I didn't want and ended up with 5 years of payments on a Saturn Vue... If I'm spending this much I'm not settiling for anything but what I want again. So I leave the dealership disappointed.

The following Monday I get a call that one of the local credit unions will finance me no problem. Awesome, I get the VIN and set up insurance on the bike. Here's where things go funny. I can't get the sales guy to give me any hard numbers over the phone... Nothing on monthly payments, or interest ratres, or even the amount to be financed. I hadn't signed anything yet or put down any money so I figured if I went to look at worst I'd walk away with nothing and spend the weekend with my folks (we had found a damn good jewish bakery).

End of the week and back at the shop I sit down and the sales guy slips me the write up sheet. The bike is priced at 9900$, whoa, hold on there what the heck happened this needs to be fixed. He took back to the numbers guy and brought it back to me, 8500$. Again whoa hold on... that's MSRP, if I wanted to pay MSRP I would have just bought it in Iowa and saved myself the trip all the way out here to buy the bike... Third time the guy comes back and magically the price of the bike is 7299$, all the fees aside from document fees and TTL are gone. I add a three year extended warranty (which includes roadside assistance, and one free tire per year) and bring the monthly payments to 140$ a month...

I got to ride it to my folks place... and on Sunday I loaded in my truck and brought it back to Dubuque....



(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/skreemer1/newbike.jpg)

(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/skreemer1/truckhome.jpg)
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Post by: txbanditrydr on April 22, 2009, 03:35:23 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Nicely done and Congrats!!!

BTW -  :welcome: to the site!!!!!   :beers:
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Post by: Red01 on April 22, 2009, 03:55:25 PM
 :congrats: and  :welcome: Skreemer!

Hope that's the last time your bike takes a ride!  :bandit:

A couple of my favorite m/c stickers:
(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Bandit%20Alley/nopickups.jpg)
(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Bandit%20Alley/stolen.jpg)
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Post by: Skreemer on April 22, 2009, 06:03:48 PM
:congrats: and  :welcome: Skreemer!

Hope that's the last time your bike takes a ride!  :bandit:

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Bandit%20Alley/stolen.jpg)

I simply MUST have that sticker...
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Post by: Red01 on April 22, 2009, 06:21:16 PM
:congrats: and  :welcome: Skreemer!

Hope that's the last time your bike takes a ride!  :bandit:

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Bandit%20Alley/stolen.jpg)

I simply MUST have that sticker...

You can get 'em at Aerostitch:
http://www.aerostich.com/catalog/US/Stickers-and-Magnets-p-1-c-298.html
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Post by: Heaven Bound on April 23, 2009, 12:32:07 PM
(http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a294/skreemer1/truckhome.jpg)

Good color for a great bike.  Hope you enjoy the ride and welcome to the forum.
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Post by: Dink_1170 on April 23, 2009, 06:52:00 PM
Skreemer you may recognise a few people around here; Congrats.

Dink
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Post by: dhcolesj on April 23, 2009, 08:44:21 PM
After going round and round with the salesman and the financing guy at Chicago Cycle Center I bought a left over '08 GSF1250S AKA The Suzuki Bandit. (that's the sort version skip to pics)

 :welcome: &  :congrats:

That's one fine bike there.  I'm particularly fond of the blue. hehe.

I got the OEM Racks, side and top cases with mine.  I've been very happy with the top case, except it sits a little too far forward.  The side cases are ok, but not as waterproof as the top case.  If you touring you'll be thinking about that I'm sure.  Have fun and stay safe!

Oh, another two things you may want to buy are a touring shield, (several threads about those) and Mirror extenders (unless you like looking at your elbows).  I bought them both from Holeshot, mainly because I was impressed with their service and the fact that Dale, the owner is so personally involved on many Bandit forums. 
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Post by: Unique on May 25, 2009, 11:34:32 AM
Derek  from the city of Southampton, Hampshire, UK, about 80 miles from south west of The UK Capital, city of London.

I own a Bandit 400, (See my first post on 'Introduce your bandit' 400 forum, on 25.05.09 about 3:40am) (Uk Time.)
I been riding since, May 1997  I only ride for FUN, As I Don't need it for work.

Great site  :thumb:

:thanks:  for the Welcome  Stormi and Mick 77

I've yet to post some pictures, I believe a Hosting site like Photobucket or Imageshack will able me to do this.

Spent TOO long on the Web, Got to get in the garden and do some work :annoy:
Not on the :bandit:, But need to as the MOT has run out, Therefore can't ride, :motorsmile: Till i do
 
Derek  Unique  Back soon.
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Post by: Unique on May 29, 2009, 04:49:21 PM
Derek from Southampton again, I know this forum is for introduce yourself. Although I thought a picture of my 1989 Bandit 400 Jap import would be a good idea.  :shrug:


(http://i590.photobucket.com/albums/ss348/u-turn_bucket/Bike1PT2-1.jpg)
See more on: Model Specific-Bandit 250 & 400 / Introduce your Bandit,
Pictures on: Reply no 96 and  Mods on: reply no 91 
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Post by: Red01 on June 02, 2009, 12:37:33 PM
Sweet!  :thumb:  :beers:
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Post by: Grantsstuff on June 04, 2009, 12:43:26 PM
Just found the introduction page.  been on here a while.  I am 42 years old been an on and off biker for 20 plus years.  I am a fire dispatcher in edmonton and a parttime EMT/fire fighter in Fort Saskatchewan. I now have a 2007 1250s black.  I bought it last month and have about 5000 kms on it.  I did the hand guard mod and the touring windshield is coming this week.  here are some pics


(http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt278/grantsstuff911/th_P1050751.jpg) (http://s619.photobucket.com/albums/tt278/grantsstuff911/?action=view&current=P1050751.jpg)


(http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt278/grantsstuff911/th_IMG_0677.jpg) (http://s619.photobucket.com/albums/tt278/grantsstuff911/?action=view&current=IMG_0677.jpg)


(http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt278/grantsstuff911/th_IMG_0850.jpg) (http://s619.photobucket.com/albums/tt278/grantsstuff911/?action=view&current=IMG_0850.jpg)




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Post by: Scubadvr on June 09, 2009, 02:25:22 PM
Long time rider, New member here.  Looks like a decent enough place!  Will be making the transformation to my first Bandit (2007 1250S, 3300 miles) this weekend in a trade for my current ride, an '07 DL650 VStrom.  Looking forward to the TORQUE!
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Post by: txbanditrydr on June 10, 2009, 05:02:50 PM
 :welcome: all new guys!!!!
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Post by: Scubadvr on June 14, 2009, 12:17:42 AM
Long time rider, New member here.  Looks like a decent enough place!  Will be making the transformation to my first Bandit (2007 1250S, 3300 miles) this weekend in a trade for my current ride, an '07 DL650 VStrom.  Looking forward to the TORQUE!

And, here it is!

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/scubadvr/V-Strom/BANDIT.jpg)

I'm loving it!
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Post by: dhcolesj on June 15, 2009, 01:11:55 AM
Welcome Scubadvr!  Nice Ride! 
Where are you located?  I see you've ridden through my state.  I've seen a few bandits around Franklin and Bellevue (Nashville version), TN.  Some older, some newer. 

Keep 'er safe, and Have Fun!
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Post by: Scubadvr on June 22, 2009, 02:19:50 PM
Welcome Scubadvr!  Nice Ride!  
Where are you located?  I see you've ridden through my state.  I've seen a few bandits around Franklin and Bellevue (Nashville version), TN.  Some older, some newer.  

Keep 'er safe, and Have Fun!

I'm in Missouri.  Rode to Nashville (actulaly Mt Joliet) and back last week to pick up the Bandit.  I love the roads in Tennessee, especially around the Smokies.

Couple of more pics:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/scubadvr/Bandit/Bandit1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v17/scubadvr/Bandit/bandit2.jpg)
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Post by: dhcolesj on June 22, 2009, 11:46:12 PM
Well, That's funny, 'cause I bought my bike in Mt. Juliet.  Road from Missouri, to Mt. Juliet to buy the bike.  wow.  That's quite a trip.  I've driven a lot of those roads. 

I like the shield, looks like stock with an add on.  How well is the ride with that?

Well, I'll quit pestering you now.   
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Post by: Scubadvr on June 23, 2009, 10:15:48 AM
I like the shield, looks like stock with an add on.  How well is the ride with that?

It's a good ride; I think it's a Laminar add-on; it came with the bike that way.  It puts the wind stream at the bottom of the helmet, but it's clean air.  I've been thinking about taking it off and just using the stocker, because it's so hot here this week (98 today with a HI of 110).
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Post by: pawnee on June 28, 2009, 04:30:36 PM
1st post for me. I am active on other boards and going through my favorites I saw the forum and realized I had never been active. I ride a '02 1200 :bandit: naked, of course. Ain't that the way to go? Bought mine new in '04 from an dealers add in a local paper, never seen it until I paid for it and I ride it every chance I get. I, myself have been riding for 40+ years. I'll be around, back later.
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Post by: Sven on June 28, 2009, 05:38:50 PM
1st post for me. I am active on other boards and going through my favorites I saw the forum and realized I had never been active. I ride a '02 1200 :bandit: naked, of course. Ain't that the way to go? Bought mine new in '04 from an dealers add in a local paper, never seen it until I paid for it and I ride it every chance I get. I, myself have been riding for 40+ years. I'll be around, back later.

Hey, Pawnee, where ya located?  Mebbe OK?
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Sven on June 28, 2009, 05:39:50 PM
Long time rider, New member here.  Looks like a decent enough place!  Will be making the transformation to my first Bandit (2007 1250S, 3300 miles) this weekend in a trade for my current ride, an '07 DL650 VStrom.  Looking forward to the TORQUE!

Hey, Diver!  I'm in the Metro Memphis area, so if you come by the way, PM me and we can meet up for Bike Nite, beer and BBQ or a ride. 
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: pawnee on June 28, 2009, 05:45:29 PM
1st post for me. I am active on other boards and going through my favorites I saw the forum and realized I had never been active. I ride a '02 1200 :bandit: naked, of course. Ain't that the way to go? Bought mine new in '04 from an dealers add in a local paper, never seen it until I paid for it and I ride it every chance I get. I, myself have been riding for 40+ years. I'll be around, back later.

Hey, Pawnee, where ya located?  Mebbe OK?


Far East Pawnee County, Okla. (Mannford) Should have mentioned that to begin with :thanks:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: scott on June 28, 2009, 11:42:14 PM
My name is Scott and I too ride a bandit. Picked up a used one about a month ago,2001 S model with 9600 miles for $2500.I commute on it everyday 60miles round trip.I live in Goodyear, Arizona(just west of Phoenix)I've just got rid of my 2008 Concours14,loved the bike,hated the payments since laid off in January,but you know what they say
"A paid for bike rides different"...yeah it rides like it's 8 years old....LOL All joking aside I love the roll on when am running around four grand and this thing is still stock(except for ZG windscreen) First thing first I've got to hook up the audio vox cruise control,since I had it on the concours,I've already saw someone had a small write up here so off I go to read some more.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Sven on June 29, 2009, 12:15:31 AM
My name is Scott and I too ride a bandit.

Hiiiii, Scott.  Welcome to the Bandit Alley 12-Step Program.  You will soon lose the temptation to go back to that massive Connie and first thing you know, you'll be getting your 1-year token.  (OK, so I've been watching RESCUE ME....)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: txbanditrydr on June 29, 2009, 10:27:39 AM
... first thing you know, you'll be getting your 1-year token.  (OK, so I've been watching RESCUE ME....)

Awesome show - glad to know there's another devotee out there.

Also,  :welcome: Scott... sorry for the delay in getting your account activated.   :duh:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: scott on June 29, 2009, 02:28:41 PM
thanks guys.Already lost the temptation to go back to the Connie. now my temptations are exhaust,jet kit,fork set up, I think I have problems...LOL
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gpzTurbo on July 05, 2009, 11:31:44 AM
Hi everyone!
Trent here, from New Joisey. I just found an '01 1200s sitting in a guy's garage with 4400mi on it. It was dusty, cracked from a tip over, and had gummed up carbs. I got it for a song and had just sold a 919, cb750, and v65 Magna ( my Honda phase ) so the timing was perfect. It's all cleaned up & running great now, all stock except for a D&D. I've had a Kaw factory turbo since new and keep a revolving door of 2nd & 3rd bikes but this Bandit looks to be a keeper.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Sven on July 05, 2009, 12:02:06 PM
Trent here, from New Joisey. I just found an '01 1200s sitting in a guy's garage with 4400mi on it.
Welcome, Trent!  Post a pic once you get 'er cleaned up!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: pawnee on July 05, 2009, 02:30:55 PM
Hi everyone!
Trent here, from New Joisey. I just found an '01 1200s sitting in a guy's garage with 4400mi on it. It was dusty, cracked from a tip over, and had gummed up carbs. I got it for a song and had just sold a 919, cb750, and v65 Magna ( my Honda phase ) so the timing was perfect. It's all cleaned up & running great now, all stock except for a D&D. I've had a Kaw factory turbo since new and keep a revolving door of 2nd & 3rd bikes but this Bandit looks to be a keeper.

What song did you have to sing? Hope it was on key.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: bronzeback on July 26, 2009, 10:29:52 AM
Well, I'm back on a Bandit.  had a '97 last Summer and posted on this forum, traded her, sold the trade, been through a couple other toys since then, sold said toys and yesterday rode home on a bone stock (except for a Corbin) '01 B12 bought locally from the original owner.  Excellent shape, dealer serviced 13K miles :grin:  Man o man what I blast to ride..Gla dto be back!! :bandit:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: scott on July 26, 2009, 03:33:46 PM
If you really want to make it bone stock again I'm willing to trade you my stock seat for your corbin just so you don't have to say "bone stock except for a corbin". Think of it as a present from me to you for returning to the Bandit  :grin:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: bronzeback on July 26, 2009, 04:30:06 PM
PM'ed you Scott..   I'll be looking to sell that seat (Thanks for your generous offer but I've got the stock seat :thanks:) to help with some other expenses.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: footballboy3 on July 27, 2009, 03:03:52 AM
new guy from Greenville, SC.  I acquired a Black 2008 1250S about 6ish weeks ago and I'm really enjoying it so far.  I finished off the remaining chicken strip on the back tire today in the NC mountains.  My first bike is a Kawasaki Versys that I still have.  Great little bike but I wanted something bigger.  I looked and looked for a Bandit forum and didn't find anything that excited me until this one.  I'm not real sure how I missed it for so long. 
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dhcolesj on July 27, 2009, 10:57:37 PM
Me either (on the how you missed it for so long) but,  :welcome: just the same!!   :bandit:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: BladeRunner on August 08, 2009, 04:30:48 PM
John from GA. Went from '01 Volusia to '03 FJR1300 to '09 V-Strom 650 to '07 Bandit 1250. Missed that inline 4 power and found my Bandit with 1450 miles on the clock. Rode home 160 miles and it was great. Planning on the Spencer's Seat mod, 2 Bros. exhaust, and Double Bubble windshield. 
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dhcolesj on August 09, 2009, 09:43:03 AM
Well,  :welcome: to you too BladeRunner!   And, if you're bike doesn't already have 'em, I'd look into Mirror extenders.  They make seeing behind you easier.  :bandit:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: BladeRunner on August 09, 2009, 09:52:39 AM
Thanks dhcolesj. Just ordered mirror extenders from ebay (Suzuki Bandit 600 650 1200 1250 Mirror Extenders Spacer). $40.48 with shipping, best price I could find.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: asskickinpeanuts on August 11, 2009, 07:53:11 PM
Relatively new to Bandit Alley, long time Bandit owner.  Had a 1998 1200 Bandit bought new.  Did stage 1, Holeshot S/O, added oil temp gauge, voltmeter, Air/Fuel meter, Scottoiler, etc.  Rebuilt and worked a spare engine, dynoed 130HP peak, IIRC 80 ft-lbs torque.  Flipped me and the bike over a car, kid pulled out in front of me from a side street(broke his back axle, that'll teach 'em!). 

Bought a 2001 with a D&D and stage 1 already installed.  Added voltmeter, oil temp gauge, 3 muffin fans on oil cooler, and Scottoiler with high capacity resevoir.

Used to be part of Farokh's bandit newsgroup.  (Anybody here remember that, with Anders the big swede one of the big contributors?)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on August 12, 2009, 12:30:26 PM
 :welcome:  :beers:
Used to be part of Farokh's bandit newsgroup.  (Anybody here remember that, with Anders the big swede one of the big contributors?)

I remember that!  Was a member there for a while when I first got my '01 B12... then I discovered this (and other) Bandit forums and dropped out from the e-mail list.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: blchandl2 on September 05, 2009, 12:03:53 AM
New to the forum and sort of new to bandits.

I had a 600S several years ago and I just traded my FZ6 for a '09 1250S. Mods so far: ZG ST windscreen and SW Motech risers. Planned mods: Givi PLX cases and something with the seat. I would appreciate input on the Suzuki gel seat and the Sargent seat.
Title: Commuter in Mississauga
Post by: AL0404 on September 05, 2009, 06:22:30 PM
Hi All! Picked up my 02 B6 last week and love it :motorsmile:!
So far I've changed the horn (louder since it seems people in the GTA are very hard of hearing). Found a great spot so you can't see the ugly sucker. I also like the that now there is nothing blocking the view of the engine, which really makes these bikes look great (IMHO :grin:).
I found the grips a bit on the narrow side, and had planned to add grip puppies, but getting them to Canada is $$$$. Found a thread suggesting that foam bicycle grips from CT ($5) work great, so added those today.
Plan on picking up some heated grips before the weather turns cold.
Oh yeah, I also took a picture of my 80 year old mom on my bike!
al
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Courior on September 06, 2009, 11:38:25 AM
Hi all!

Had my bandit 1200 ZK5 since new in 05. mods include, pyramid hugger, DH Crash bobbin, Eagle 7 End can, DynoJet stage 1 jets, and a K+N filter. goes like the clappers!

I Rode it down from UK to Malta which is where i live now, its the only B1200 on the island with these colours :). but its a bit poorly. Will be posting in the tech section soon i think!!

Courior
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dhcolesj on September 08, 2009, 03:46:24 PM
 :welcome: One and all!  Good to have you.  Speaking of the Seats that's my next planned mod, I need something softer, or a harder backside one.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Courior on September 09, 2009, 02:56:22 PM
This is my seat. Got it from Ebay :) done 9000 miles with it and no wear at all! Well happy with it! and most of them 9K miles are with a pillion and saddle bags across them
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on September 17, 2009, 12:17:17 PM
Nice looking seat Courior!   :thumb:  I saw ones like that (only in black with silver lettering) for sale in the vendor area when I went to the Bol d'Or race in '06. Shape looks a lot like my Corbin, but as I recall, this Euro seat was a lot cheaper (IIRC it was under 200 euros).  If I would have had room to bring one home, I probably would have.  My Corbin (with the CF look cover) has >50,000 miles on it and still looks great.  OTOH, my son has a Corbin (with optional all leather construction) on his 1G B12 with unknown mileage (his bike has just over 50K on it) and it's not holding up as well as mine.  (His has some splitting at the very front and the rear of the rider's scoop has some thin spots that will probably be splitting soon.)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gbw on October 05, 2009, 12:05:55 PM
Hello!  This is my 1st post.  Just wanted to say hi.  Been lurking for a while and reading about Bandits.  I live in Bartlett IL (a Chicago suburb) hundreds of miles from any interesting motorcycle roads, so I put lots of miles on bikes finding the great roads in WI, IN, NC, Ozarks, etc.

I have a 77 Suzuki GS750B and a 08 V-Strom (DL1000).  I'm currently trying to sell or trade the V-Strom for a Bandit as I think the Bandit will better fit my style.  From the pics I've seen I really like the red 07 Bandits but I haven't seen one in person yet.

Hope I get a Bandit soon and would love to meet up and ride with any of you Midwest Bandit owners.

Have a great day!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 15, 2009, 01:17:03 PM
 :welcome: gbw!

Since a '77 GS750B was my first ever new vehicle purchase, I had to check out the link to yours as I was curious if you had a red one or a blue one.  Was surprised to see black, I always thought those were '78 models.  When I bought mine in the spring of '77, the only colors offered were red and blue.  I really wanted a red one, but they were so popular, I was lucky to find one at all, so I settled for the blue.

Here's mine from back in the day:

(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d35/paulweit/Personal/Suzuki_GS750_77.jpg)

Sadly, she was stolen from me when she was only 9 months old (and had >17,000 miles on the clock).
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gbw on October 15, 2009, 03:45:28 PM
Paul,

 :thanks: for the welcome!  Looks like a great site. 

Great pic! Sad to hear that your new 77 GS750B was stolen, but I guess since it was 30+ years ago you've probably just about gotten over it by now.

I've seen several 77s in original black.  I'm the 2nd owner of mine and it has not been repainted.  I really love the red ones as well.  I actually bought a tank and complete set of bodywork to paint red so I could switch back and forth between red and black if I wanted.  But, the tank ended up being crap and since I got the new bike I haven't spend much time on the GS.  I'll probably sell the new one and the 77 so I can get a 1250 Bandit and fit it with all the farkles I want!

Thanks again for the reply...hope you have a great day!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Red01 on October 15, 2009, 04:36:52 PM
Great pic! Sad to hear that your new 77 GS750B was stolen, but I guess since it was 30+ years ago you've probably just about gotten over it by now.

Just about. What made it especially hard was it was stolen by a guy who WAS my friend.  He was storing it for me while I went on a 6 month deployment - and took it with him when he went AWOL.  For the longest time, I was afraid if I met up with the SOB, I'd kill him.  I had even devised devious ways to torture him to make sure it would be slow and painful.  Came to the conclusion I couldn't do them all because he could only die once. 
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: physics-teacher on October 17, 2009, 09:01:49 PM
Hello everyone!  I picked up my new Bandit 1250S (Blue) on Oct. 15 and have about 700 miles so far.  I am no stranger to Zukes and have logged over 100000 miles on various models, including my GS650G (81) that I dote on.  This bandit is something else!  I have added a Holeshot rack and backrest but the rest is stock.  Never have I seen such power and smoothness!  I'd say this is the best bike Suzuki has on the market right now, but of course I'm prejudiced.  I live near Fort Smith, AR.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: txbanditrydr on October 17, 2009, 09:34:27 PM
  I live near Fort Smith, AR.

Firstly...   :welcome: to the site - glad you got the account stuff worked out.

Secondly... you have some GREAT roads up your way - wish I was closer but still manage about 5 trips a year up there.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: gbw on October 18, 2009, 05:48:11 PM
Hello Physics Teacher and welcome to the forum!  I'm new here myself but am a regular over at GSR.  We met at the Brown County Rally earlier this year, so I can attest to how much you dote on that bike.  Prettiest GS650G I've ever seen.  Hope you post some pics of that new Bandit so I can lust over it.  One of these days (after I sell my V-Strom) I'll join the ranks of the Bandit owners here.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: physics-teacher on October 18, 2009, 08:49:35 PM
It's a small Suzuki world, isn't it?  My GS is now up to 65000 miles and holding strong.  It's fun to compare the wild wail of the GS at 9000 rpm to the unearthly silence of the GSF.  My wife and I are pretty new to digital photography (I'm 64 and rooted deep in Kodachrome) and I haven't reached the posting photo stage yet.  My 09 Bandit looks pretty much like everyone else's 09 bandit, or the one on the Suzuki site except for the Holeshot backrest and rack.  They're handsome bikes, for sure.  Hard to believe it's the same company that unleashed the water buffulo and the rotary (there, now I've offended someone!)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Col. on October 27, 2009, 12:17:18 PM
Hi, Just got my first Bandit after a 10 year break from bikes (dunno where that time went!!) new to forums as well so may be a bit slow with pics and stuff.

Well, i jumped straight in with a brand new 1250 N which i have had now for 2 months . I think i may need a bigger helmet soon to fit the smile it puts on my face every day. awsome fun, really missed it.

I'm in the UK Ipswich on the east coast so just trying to find some good roads at the mo.

cheers

colin.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dhcolesj on October 27, 2009, 01:20:00 PM
 :welcome:  Colin!  They are fun.  Darn rainy season around here is making riding spotty.   
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Col. on October 27, 2009, 05:09:21 PM
Don't i know it ! so many lessons to re-learn. everytime i got out it teaches me a new one. and everytime i say " come on you knew that" just like the mud from the fields today !!!

just gotta take it easy i guess.

right, off to look for some pointless bling. There must be something i just NEED for the bike around this site. :grin:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: boomerakl on November 10, 2009, 11:53:28 PM
greetings.

should be taking delivery of my 2010 GSF1250SA this weekend, & still have (for the time being) a DL650 K7.
found this site whilst searching for information on the Bandit.  I've been having mechanical issues with the v-strom, so it's time to move it along.  The v-strom was my first bike, & over the past 2 years & 20,000km of riding it's been very forgiving.

cheers,
Scott
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 13, 2009, 09:50:19 PM
greetings.

should be taking delivery of my 2010 GSF1250SA this weekend, & still have (for the time being) a DL650 K7.
found this site whilst searching for information on the Bandit.  I've been having mechanical issues with the v-strom, so it's time to move it along.  The v-strom was my first bike, & over the past 2 years & 20,000km of riding it's been very forgiving.

cheers,
Scott

Hey Scott,

Welcome, and congrats on the new bike! :)  There's tons of information here about the 1250s.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: boomerakl on November 14, 2009, 02:52:59 AM
Thanks Stormi,

Picked it up this morning...

(http://word.scottbsgallery.com/wpimages/09/bandit1.jpg)

(http://word.scottbsgallery.com/wpimages/09/bandit2.jpg)

Absolutely love it!  Now I just have to sell my V-Strom to pay for it!!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on November 14, 2009, 12:33:41 PM
Wow! Is that ever sharp looking,.. what color is that?  In the last pic, it looks grey on the fender, but almost chrome on the tank...
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: boomerakl on November 15, 2009, 07:46:05 AM
not sure of the exact name, but it's a gunmetal gray.  the tank is just too shiney so the reflection is making it look like chrome.

have put half of the luggage racks on (the top rack), the side racks should be on by next weekend.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: aussiebandit on November 18, 2009, 06:11:08 AM
 :welcome: Scott.  Good to have another Aussie here.

I do like that colour.  I wonder how my 02B12 would look in a gunmetal grey.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: FloridaBiker on November 28, 2009, 04:12:04 PM
Hi to everyone!

I just sold my gen 1 B1200 and have started 'personalizing' my newly acquired '08 B1250.
I just finished the Holeshot stage 2 conversion, and am very happy with the results.

Suspension upgrades next. probably a Penske rear, Gold valves in front and a fork brace.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: solerida on January 07, 2010, 10:28:30 PM
Hi everyone Another Aussie here......Country Victoria.
Just got a '09 Bandit 1250 a few weeks ago.............and it's Naked :motorsmile:
Lots of good info here and already most of my questions have been answered  :beers:

Still looking thru the forums for more info etc......  heeps to look thu :roll:

Thanks,

Solerida.
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: JoeTessitore on January 30, 2010, 09:36:44 AM
Hello to all,

I'm Joe from Los Angeles and I've owned many bikes but finally got my first Bandit.  It's a $300 '91 400 non-running basket case that I plan on building, chopping, and customizing from the ground up.  Believe me she needs it!  It's great that I found this board as I'm sure this project will bring up tons of questions.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Unique on January 30, 2010, 03:43:50 PM
 :welcome: Joe  Nice to see another b400 being Customized here, youre find lotssssssss of good guys here.

and not forgetting good :welcome: to all newbie's.

Dek
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: stormi on January 30, 2010, 04:36:44 PM
:welcome: Joe  Nice to see another b400 being Customized here, youre find lotssssssss of good guys here.

and not forgetting good :welcome: to all newbie's.

Dek

+1,.. what he said!!

 :welcome: to everyone!

The Alley's been a little slow lately, probably my fault, but hopefully with all the new blood things will get busier! :)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: badgerKDD on January 31, 2010, 09:47:34 AM
Hello, took me a while to find this bit hence already put a couple of posts on already. For those that haven't read them I'm Badger from the UK (Cornwall), ride a 93 reg 400 Bandit. Been riding on and off for 20+ years with breaks here and there and mostly Suzuki's, like the bullet proof nature of the engines even if the finish can be a bit suspect!

Found the site while looking for some wiring diagrams, so thats mostly where you'll find me in the mechanical sections finding info on how to keep the old girl going on a tiny budget!

Good site, nice to meet you all :thanks:!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Roguebandit on February 02, 2010, 03:25:57 AM
Too many words not enough pics in this thread.
Pic 1, when I bought her.
Pic 2, three mos. ago, Drag bars, shortened RS-3, 2" lift, Stage 3 Jet Kit, 5 degree advancer
Pic 3, now, Aztec8 windscreen, HS Bellypan, HS Hi-rise Exhaust

Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: kewwig on February 02, 2010, 04:30:32 AM
Hey all

Carey here from NZ.  Got myself a GSF1250SAK8, red, with a load of extras already fitted:

-Stebel Nautilus horn
-Heated  grips
-European sourced factory touring screen with the spoiler
-Factory Lower fairing
-Fenda Extenda
-Scottoiler
-Yoshimura TRS slip-on
-BMC Air filter
-GiPro ATRS gear indicator/timing retard eliminator
-Hugger
-Givi V46 top box with brake light kit
-clear "bikeskinz" protector film on high wear areas

My third bandit (Gen 1, Gen 2 and now the 1250), and bike no. 21.  Best bike yet and I like the added security of ABS in the wet.  Just need to get some Givi V35 side cases and it's done!
Title: Do'h! Tink already screwed up
Post by: tink on February 08, 2010, 06:28:16 PM
Do'h!  :duh:

Perhaps I should have posted this here > http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=12361.0

TINK
 :banghead:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: charredremains on April 19, 2010, 06:01:48 AM
  Hey everyone, just got my first Bandit  :thumb:. A 1997 bandit 1200s. Completely stock, with 70k kilometers on the clock. It's been meticulously maintained and perfect running order. Traded a guitar for it so I think I made out pretty good. The high mileage didn't scare me as I also have a 1986 GSXR1100 with 80k on the clock, runs like a champ and still scares the b'jesus outa me. I've been on this site non stop since I got the bike reading up on everything. A lot of great info and helpful people and I look forward to hanging around for awhile.

Mike

(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/7081/30015533.jpg)

(http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/1285/56477398.jpg)
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: dhcolesj on April 19, 2010, 10:11:32 PM
Welcome and  :congrats:

Enjoy the Ride!
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: mud390 on April 21, 2010, 11:44:27 AM
Hey everyone!  Another new guy here.  I just found this site after doing a quick little search for some on info on a new to me 1991 Bandit 250 I picked up.  Clean little bike with 11,xxx kilometers on the clock.  I don't have much seat time on the bike yet, but so far it's fun.  I'm located in Japan, so the sizing is perfect for around here.  I'll have to get a couple pictures of it when the weather clears up.  I'm sure I'll be asking tons of questions in the very near future.  Until then, hello!

Kris
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: skeithp on May 03, 2010, 09:38:29 AM
Introduce myself......ok,....here goes.... :bandit:

My Name is Scott Pearce, 39 years old, work as a maintenance mechanic at PGW (Automotive glass manufacturer) in Tipton, PA.  I've lived in Tipton (PA) (DUHH!), Media (PA), Overland Park (KS), Millington (TN), and Mountaintop (PA), working for various outfits in a maintenance/control technician role.

Married, to Terri Pearce, with three little riders: Scott Jr (13), Dionna (10), and Abby (7).  Everyone here likes to go on Daddy's bike when I head out somewhere!

Started riding with an '82 Suzuki GS450L, then went to an '82 Suzuki GS850GL (Oh, how I wish I had kept that bike!).  I then bought my '92 Suzuki bandit 400 new in '93, with 1/4 fairing and tank protector.  Some lowlife stole her when I went on vacation for a week to get married in June of '94.  I got her back, but she was never the same.  Sold the bandit when we started a family in '96, but got the itch in '99 when we moved back to PA.  Bought a '99 Suzuki 1400 Intruder then  (Do you detect a pattern of brand I prefer yet?)  Moved on to an '89 Yamaha Venture (Only because I could not find a decent Cavalcade!) for the wife's comfort on rides.  Sold the Venture in '03 to concentrate on the family's boating life (we do alot of jetskiing and waterskiing), but this year the itch returned, and besides, now the kids are old enough to want to go with dear ol' dad!  So I originally started looking for an early 80's GS850GL or GS1100GL, but came across a good deal on an '81 Honda CB900 Custom.  Two weeks later, I picked up my current 1992 Bandit 400.  So to clarify all this, I currently have a 1981 Honda CB900 Custom and a 1992 Suzuki Bandit 400.

I live in Tipton, Pennsylvania, as I have for the last 11 years.  We have some four wheelers also that the family likes to take out on local poker runs from time to time.

Oh well, that's me in a nut shell.....I'm done now, you can go back to your regularly scheduled lives.... :clap:

 :motorsmile: :motorsmile: :motorsmile:
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Post by: pmackie on May 03, 2010, 02:33:38 PM
 :bigok: welcome Scott & Kris  :welcome:

I'm sure you'll enjoy hanging out at this site. Lots of good info stored around the site. Hope you enjoy it.
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Post by: dhcolesj on May 05, 2010, 12:03:09 AM
Welcome both of you!     :welcome:

Hate to hear Scott had to leave TN, should have been here in Middle Tennessee last weekend, especially if you love boating.   :yikes:
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Post by: stick on June 06, 2010, 10:27:26 PM
Hi. New to biking and to the forum. I picked up a red '91 Bandit 400 about 2 months ago with 38k kilometers. Finaly got it from where I had it parked to my place in SLave Lake, AB. Well worth the wait! Been out just a few times so far and had a blast! Looking forward to runing across Alberta and eventually across Canada.

Mike
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Post by: Dean on June 17, 2010, 05:17:39 PM
I figured my 1st post should belong here:

Just picked up my 1st Suzuki yesterday, a '97 Bandit 1200s with 31,158kms at time of purchase. This is also my 1st sport tourer. My experience up to now has been cruisers, the last being a '98 ACE Tourer. Only one inline 4 owned in the past (early '80's Silverwing), after that its all been twins. It needs a little TLC but nothing I'm not willing to provide in this case.

I'm not an all year around rider and prefer fair weather ... or at least not raining. Being from North Burnaby (Vancouver-ish), BC, CA this can be difficult at times (this year is a good example) as I'm still waiting for this cold spring to end and summer to start ... I think next Tuesday is pushing it for this region as an official kickoff to summer.

I'm back after a 5yr hiatus (the ACE was stolen and I wasn't doing much riding at that time as it was so I waiting on replacing it. I had a young son at the time and most of my free time was spent with him. Now he's near 7 and I have a bit more free time).

I'm planning on being a bit more 'hands-on' with this bike and make a few modifications. I'm looking forward to sifting through all the info already here and I already have a hand full of queries that need to land in the right spot (this not being it).

Obligatory picture (with less than 5 of my own KM's on the bike):
(http://www.dasphoto.ca/uploads/bandit/b1200s.jpg)
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Post by: pmackie on June 17, 2010, 07:59:42 PM
 :welcome: Welcome to the site Dean  :welcome:

Always good to see another BC Canuck here, thought we are a long way apart. Cargo7 here is from N. Burnaby, near Metrotown, and he and I try to get together a couple of times a year. I'll keep you in mind.
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Post by: Red01 on June 18, 2010, 12:00:33 PM
 :welcome: Dean!!

I thought the Silverwing was a the touring version of the Honda CX500/650 twin though (as shown below), not an inline 4.   :stickpoke:

(http://media.motortopia.com/files/17844/vehicle/49c115c9194ca/tn_423x423_1983-Honda-GL650-Silverwing-Interstate-Silver-3590-0.jpg)
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Post by: Dean on June 18, 2010, 01:20:00 PM
I stand corrected then :) I thought it was on the CB not the CX chasis. Its been 20ish years along with my hair my memory also fades away. Other than the trunk, this is what I had, it just came with the saddle bags when I got it (used).
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Post by: Dean on June 18, 2010, 01:21:23 PM
:welcome: Welcome to the site Dean  :welcome:

Always good to see another BC Canuck here, thought we are a long way apart. Cargo7 here is from N. Burnaby, near Metrotown, and he and I try to get together a couple of times a year. I'll keep you in mind.

Thanks, I'm always happy to join others on trips when I can slip it into the family life schedule.
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Post by: rhithyn on August 02, 2010, 04:29:22 PM
Hey Folks!

I just recently bought the 2010 GSX1250FA... when people ask what kind of bike, I say "it's the Bandit with the GSXR fairing"...

I'm living back in Vancouver after a year in Montreal... I've been riding for only two and a half years now, started out on a 650 V-Strom, had a '91 GSX1100G in Montreal and now my new blue baby.

I'm not afraid to twist a wrench once in a while (the '91 G got me over my fears) and would love to find farkles for the new bike, but being it's a european/canadian model, not a lot can be found  :annoy:

I bought the new bike just over three weeks ago and already have put 1500 kms on it in my spare time... Just loving it!

Here's a picture of the new baby (without the bags):

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4799409778_c439ba4916.jpg)

Looking forward to any tech talk or meetups!
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Post by: Dean on August 02, 2010, 08:25:01 PM
Nice to see another local! I'm always looking for an excuse to head out someplace, feel free to look me up. Work in Kits, live in Bby.
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Post by: Red01 on August 03, 2010, 10:46:55 AM
Hey Folks!

I just recently bought the 2010 GSX1250FA... when people ask what kind of bike, I say "it's the Bandit with the GSXR fairing"...

I'm living back in Vancouver after a year in Montreal... Here's a picture of the new baby (without the bags):

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4799409778_c439ba4916.jpg)

Looking forward to any tech talk or meetups!


Beautiful!  :congrats:
Still can't figure out why Suzuki didn't bring this baby into the US this year.  :banghead:
Some forum members are getting together for a ride down to NE Oregon - Snake River Canyon area - in a couple weeks.  I think the turnout is gonna be relatively small, 3 or 4 riders from WA and 1-2 from BC so far.  The thread for the ride is here:
http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=12397.0
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Post by: rhithyn on August 05, 2010, 01:50:31 AM
Beautiful!  :congrats:
Still can't figure out why Suzuki didn't bring this baby into the US this year.  :banghead:
Some forum members are getting together for a ride down to NE Oregon - Snake River Canyon area - in a couple weeks.  I think the turnout is gonna be relatively small, 3 or 4 riders from WA and 1-2 from BC so far.  The thread for the ride is here:
http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=12397.0

 :thanks: Thanks, Red01.  I'm loving it more and more every day, and I started loving it a lot already.  I really wish it was available in the States, then it would make it a lot easier to get setup with some accessories I'd like to find...

As for the ride, I won't be able to go to far for a little while just yet, at least until I can get time off work ;)

Smaller rides for the meantime.
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Post by: Red01 on August 05, 2010, 03:53:17 PM
With the exception of the fairing and instrument cluster, it's a GSF1250S Bandit.  For the fairing, I believe it is the same (except for colors and decals) as the GSX650F which did come to the US in 2008 & 2009.  The instrument cluster will be different since the 650 and 1250 have different redlines.
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Post by: rickyc4 on October 19, 2010, 08:20:57 PM
howdy,
new to Bandit here. I bought an '09 1250, did the Holeshot stage one and pipe. My '05 Ducati Multistrada is collecting dust.
Love the fun factor of the Duc. Sick and tired with the maintenance schedule and minor quirks.

 Added 2 clicks to fork and rear shock along w/ the holeshot stuff ;this bike rocks.
btw I 've put 8000m on her since may. Looking forward to a fun ride that can handle heavy use
It is nice to talk w/ people who understand my addiction-
dickm

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Post by: pmackie on October 20, 2010, 12:28:19 AM
Welcome RickyC4  :welcome:

I hope you'll like hanging out here. It's great to have some new blood on the board.

What all Holeshot stuff did you add. I assume a K&N Filter/airbox mod, the fuel injector box and a slip-on, or did you add the full exhaust system?
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Post by: rickyc4 on October 22, 2010, 02:22:22 PM
p-
yes everything but the full header. Not lacking for power. I'm in Seattle. Hope to tour BC this spring
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Post by: pmackie on October 22, 2010, 05:43:36 PM
My good friend Cargo7 lives in Vancouver with his '03 B12 and Red01 is just south of you on the Olympic Peninsula. Keep us in mind as you make your plans. The Pacific North West forum usually has discussioin on some of us in BC and Washington trying to work out group rides.
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Post by: ThirdBorn on October 23, 2010, 02:33:07 AM
Hello Everyone:
Bought my 2008 Bandit 1250 last week and I love it!  This is after having a 2003 Kawasaki Z1000 for a few years.  Love the look of the Kawi and the specs, but its just too damn uncomfortable to ride and needs a major tune up...so I'm selling it!  I already feel more confident riding the Bandit..the Kawi always felt a little skiddish around the corners.

The only mods I have planned for my bike are some softer grips and some kind of bag on the back.  Hard plastic, not fabric or leather.  I think the bike is fine the way it is otherwise.

Going to do an oil change this week.  Bought a Fram (I know..I don't care for that brand) Motorcycle PH6018 filter for it.  I found that # listed for my bike online and the parts store had one in stock.  Anyone else use that filter..or a better one?
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Post by: Red01 on October 23, 2010, 11:27:01 AM
and Red01 is just south of you on the Olympic Peninsula.

Not on the Oly Penn... IN Puget Sound - on Camano Island, and the bridge that connects me to the mainland is on the east side of the Sound between Mt. Vernon and Everett.  :trustme:

Always willing to get together with fellow PNW riders for trips thru the twisties!  :beers:
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Post by: Red01 on October 23, 2010, 11:38:03 AM
Bought a Fram (I know..I don't care for that brand) Motorcycle PH6018 filter for it.  I found that # listed for my bike online and the parts store had one in stock.  Anyone else use that filter..or a better one?

The list below is from the FAQ section for the 600-1200 Bandits, (http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=218.0) but your 1250 uses the same filter:

Suzuki 16510-06B01
STP SMO-18
HiFlo HF138
Amsoil SMF109
K&N KN-138
Wix 51359
NAPA Gold 1359 (same as WIX 51359)
Carquest 85359
Perf-Form J-509
Purolator ML6818/ML16818
Fram PH6018 (not a good filter)

In most areas, the Purolator, STP and/or NAPA/Wix filters are usually easy to find in chain auto parts stores for about the same price as the Fram. Just about every car/bike enthusiast forum out there will have lots of folks telling you to steer clear of Fram.
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Post by: ThirdBorn on November 03, 2010, 02:23:03 AM
Thank you Red!  I searched the forums before I bought the filter and couldn't find anything definitive about the oil filters for this bike.  Seemed like there were a lot of "I think it'll works."  I'm going to bookmark this for sure!
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Post by: gsf1811 on December 05, 2010, 12:58:02 PM
The Gsf1811 Here. Bandit 1200 2001.... :thumb:
Local:  Southern Germany
Job: Laborer
Passion: Ride Work S$x
No hobbies: everything I do is for keeps
Best Comment: If It Makes a Great Photo; Shoot It
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Post by: gsf1811 on December 05, 2010, 01:06:50 PM
Just Point the way to the European part or section and I'm on my way....
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Post by: pmackie on December 05, 2010, 03:37:41 PM
Beautifull picture GSF1811. That section of road looks a lot like the road just south of me, going into Metaline Falls.

Where is it? Sure looks nice with the leaves all changing colours.

Welcome to the site, I hope you like hanging out here.  :welcome:
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Post by: Red01 on December 06, 2010, 12:00:35 PM
GSF1811, your picture reminds me a lot of my visit to Schwarzwald a few years ago.  :thumb:
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Post by: bluenote on December 10, 2010, 05:38:33 AM
Hi all, I am Victor. Owner of 1993 black GSF400P. Just sold my 2008 Ninja250R and bought the Bandit. The condition is good, just need to replace the throttle valve of carburetor no.3 (that's what my mechanic said...)
I am from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Here in my country, we don't have so many bike above 250cc. So the Bandit surely stood up among the crowd on the street.
This forum is awesome, got many valuable information.

Regards,

Victor
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Post by: junoc on January 25, 2011, 01:27:51 PM
Hi! I'm junar from Philippines, I have 91' GSF400vm, I've done some few mod's on her,Shes running fine and screams a lot.
Here she is.
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Post by: gamewood on February 05, 2011, 04:09:45 AM
Im 72 hours/200 miles into my 2003 bandit 1200s.  I bought it for commuting the 27 miles one-way to work-caifornia.

I already know she's a girl because she hurt me on the 80 miles trip. Yes you can sit up straight on the bike, but in cross winds I had lean foward to reduce the lever. 

anyway high
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Post by: Pacodog on March 11, 2011, 06:05:16 PM
I am new to the bandit life. I picked up a 2007 1250 bandit a few weeks ago, 4k miles. this is my first trip back to cycling in many years. I'm looking foward to some riding on this great bike. It appears the previous owner took good care of the bike and installed some nice aftermarket parts. This looks like a great forum to get some good advice from.
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Post by: pmackie on March 11, 2011, 11:55:55 PM
Welcome Pacodog ( and a belated welcome to gamewood)  :welcome:

Hope you both like hanging out here. Now with weather starting to change, we should start to see some more activity here on the board. A pretty good group overall, I hope you like hanging out and contributing here.
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Post by: Wrider on March 22, 2011, 02:27:00 AM
Hey guys/gals.  I'm a day into my new to me 93 Bandit 400.  I bought it for 250 bucks, not running, been sitting for two years.  Guy before me thought it was the Ignitor, which seems to be a common thing, but after checking it out for "magical smoke leaks" I don't think that's the problem.  As soon as I get a spare battery I'll start electrical testing on it.
Anyway I'm a motorcycle mechanic by trade and training.  I'm here in Colorado Springs, CO, born and raised.  I am certified by MMI, Suzuki, and Yamaha but have worked on everything from Korean and Chinese scooters to Aprilias, Beemers, and everything in between!  I got into bikes in 2006, got bit by the bug BADLY and bought my first bike, an 01 Suzuki Volusia.  Barely knew how to do an oil change on my own at that point.  Now an engine rebuild is fun for me haha.
Let's see... what else am I good for...???  Oh yeah I'm good for security.  I have worked as a bouncer, rent-a-cop, bodyguard, etc while I was in school at MMI and after before I found a wrenching job.

If you have any questions regarding Suzuki factory stuff I can find any owner's manual, service manual, etc back to 2000 on Zuke's website.  Yamaha doesn't have that service but I'm pretty decent with them anyway.

Oh and I don't tend to like Kawis.  Nothing against them, just never really liked the looks, and a Vulcan 750 put me into a guardrail on Monarch Pass in 09, basically ruined my knee (apparently they aren't supposed to go sideways, who'da thunk??? haha).

Oh and for the ladies, I'm single, available, have a really cute dog named Busa (after Hayabusa of course), drive a 4x4 V8 truck, and enjoy tender moments in front of a warm fire...  :trustme:
 :bandit:

Anyway that's me in a nutshell.  Hope I can learn from you guys and contribute to the forum in any way I can!

Ok well after reading a few of the articles I went and pulled apart my CDI.  Yep two resistors in there managed to short out and fry each other.
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Post by: Red01 on March 23, 2011, 11:36:09 AM
 :welcome: Wrider!  Yup, Vulcan's aren't known for their flat-track abilities.

I spent a few years in the Springs as a little kid in the late 50's and early 60's.  Dad was the Marine Recruiter there back then.  Dad used to take me "Corvette Hunting" on the mountain roads in his Jag XK140 and Austin Healey 3000.  We left there just before I started 2nd grade.  I went to school in the old red sandstone schoolhouse down near Southgate.  I've passed through there a few times since as an adult.  Beautiful part of the country, for sure!  Dad always said the only thing that kept Colorado from being the perfect state was a coastline.  I guess that's why he put in for orders to Washington state and then retired there after that tour of duty.

As for your comments for the ladies... good luck with that.   :beers: 
I think the only regular ladies here are in Canada - and are already spoken for.  :evil3:
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Post by: Wrider on March 27, 2011, 03:43:11 AM
Thanks for the welcome!  That's awesome to find another person who knows even a bit about the place I grew up!

As for the ladies, well it's always worth a try right?  :bandit:
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Post by: optimaldave on July 19, 2011, 03:57:49 PM
Hello All,
My name is Dave, I hail from Vancouver, BC
I recently bought a 97 Bandit 1200.  Let me start with my god is this thing strong. The motor feels like it'll keep pulling until it blows up! Love this bike so far....
(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i322/OPTIMALDAVE/IMG_1603.jpg)
Mods:
SV Headlight
Barnett Clutch
GSXR indicators
Hindle mid and silencer
todo:
Stebel horn
tune pilot circuit (little too rich, need to tweak mix but waiting for the adjuster tool)
new bars? mabye... I will give it some time as I have come from a custom bobber so I need to get used to holding myself up with my abs vs arms...
RIDE!
Cheers
Dave
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Post by: stormi on July 20, 2011, 01:51:01 AM
Hey Dave, Welcome to the Alley.  Glad to see that you finally got logged in.
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Post by: bklaske on September 01, 2011, 06:25:16 PM
Hello, my name is Brent and just back into biking after several years. Bought an '07 1250S with 4k at the beginning of May. Just added 2500 miles and had my first service done. I mostly commute the 8 miles to work in Charlotte, NC. I spent months researching bikes, and decided on a Honda 919 (short city commute). When I went to the dealer he showed me the used Bandit, with Givi cases and it looked brand new. So I got a better all around bike for a few thousand less. Couldn't be happier.
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Post by: Red01 on September 02, 2011, 02:45:18 PM
 :clap: Another satisfied customer.
 :welcome: to The Alley.  :beers:
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Post by: spiderman on November 06, 2011, 08:39:18 PM
Hi, I'm Jeff from Decatur Il.  I bought an 07 1250S a couple of weeks ago and I have a lot of work to do on it.  Setting it up for longer distance touring next year.  Very nice bike and I think it will work out just fine. Nice forum you have here.
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Post by: stormi on November 14, 2011, 04:53:33 PM
Welcome Jeff!!
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Post by: Ross on November 16, 2011, 06:33:05 AM
Hello.

I bought it yesterday...

It is amazing.

Test rode it up the F3 and then back down to Hornsby. Ok you don't change gears like you do on an airhead. Don't have to book an appointment to change gears with this bike. Open throttle and it goes. Boy does it.

Old Pac as far as Mt White then onto F3. Love the torque this engine has. Old Pac was a breeze with this engine. F3. Well the halfwit in the Urban 4x4 shitbox found you do not play games when I can pull the trigger on this bike and be gone in a flash. I LOVE THIS BIKE.

From henceforth it shall be known as "El Lobo"

(http://i44.tinypic.com/242cxlw.jpg)

(http://i43.tinypic.com/20l1rbs.jpg)

(http://i41.tinypic.com/1532lnm.jpg)
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Post by: jub jub on December 01, 2011, 10:53:48 AM
Howdy. Name here is John. I live in Warner Robins Georgia. Just recently bought a second hand 2004, 1200 Bandit. It's my second. I bought a new one back in 99 and sold it 3 years later. I really liked the bike so I wanted to get another one and I'm glad I did.

So, that's about it. Ya'll carry on!  :beers:
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Post by: txbanditrydr on December 01, 2011, 03:01:12 PM
Just recently bought a second hand 2004, 1200 Bandit.

 :welcome: to the site....

We need pics....   :thumb:
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Post by: jub jub on December 01, 2011, 05:43:22 PM
Just recently bought a second hand 2004, 1200 Bandit.

 :welcome: to the site....

We need pics....   :thumb:

Here ya go!  :bandit:

(http://www.z06vette.com/gallery/images/4844/1_380260_304191779599056_100000247095159_1252948_510836176_n__1_.jpg)

(http://www.z06vette.com/gallery/images/4844/1_384467_304192256265675_100000247095159_1252950_760500134_n.jpg)
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Post by: roadracejoe on December 07, 2011, 01:37:47 PM
Hi im Joe, im from Northern Ireland and ride a 1250 streetfighter version of the bandit, an XJR1300SP Yamaha and XT660X Supermoto Yam  :motorsmile: 
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Post by: jub jub on December 09, 2011, 09:28:27 AM
Hey Joe. Welcome to the forum. :welcome: Lot's of good info on the Bandit to be had here.

Post some pics when you get a chance.
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Post by: roadracejoe on December 09, 2011, 11:36:18 PM
tried to post a pic but it says file is too big ! :annoy:
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Post by: stormi on December 14, 2011, 06:08:31 PM
Hey roadracejoe,

The forums are set up to allow an attachment size of 192kb (this is for pictures and everything) or you can link to a picture. 

The idea was to not grow the database size to something astronomical, so that it would stay managable, because we don't typically purge posts (I feel they're important for anyone else searching for the same problem or solution) and so that the forums don't slow down too much.   

It also stops us having to wait forever for a thread to load then scroll and scroll and scroll and.... when someone post a pic straight from their high end camera.  :grin:

Otherwise, welcome, and hope so see some (resized) pics from you soon.
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Post by: SS Adrenaline on April 02, 2012, 10:46:29 PM
Hello to all, this is one of my first posts on this forum.  I so far have two bikes.  A 2006 Suzuki GS500F and a 1988 Honda CB450S.  I do want to get a GSF400 to be part of my collection.  I will not get rid of any of my bikes.  I love them all.  I now have a hard task of finding one where I live.  Im in Canada, Manitoba and I think this bike will be rediculous to find but Im still going to give it a shot.  Any suggestions on what to looks for if and when I ever find one?
Cheers
Title: Hello
Post by: munkymoto on April 08, 2012, 03:55:12 PM
I recently purchased my 2003 1200s, and am looking forward to putting some miles on since it is more comfortable than my 2001 SV650.
(http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/482400_3074413813030_1044223512_32838816_484742805_n.jpg)
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Post by: stormi on April 09, 2012, 01:39:27 PM
Hello to all, this is one of my first posts on this forum.  I so far have two bikes.  A 2006 Suzuki GS500F and a 1988 Honda CB450S.  I do want to get a GSF400 to be part of my collection.  I will not get rid of any of my bikes.  I love them all.  I now have a hard task of finding one where I live.  Im in Canada, Manitoba and I think this bike will be rediculous to find but Im still going to give it a shot.  Any suggestions on what to looks for if and when I ever find one?
Cheers

Hey, since these bikes were a rare bike when they were new, it's really a matter of prowling around everywhere, and always.  We sold one 2 years ago, it took us about 2 weeks, as I recall, and it was the first person who'd looked at her.

Prowl all of the "papers" - kijiji, buysell.com etc.   And if you really really want one, be prepared to travel some for it.

As for what to look for, best thing to do is live in the 400/250 forum and see what's coming up as issues.
the Ignitor was a problem, people scrapped a lot of these little bikes over it, but a lot of the ones you find now will have had the original problem sorted.

The frustrations I had were with the charging system and the first year was with the carbs, because I didn't store her right.  Nowadays all of our bikes get a half can of Seafoam before they take their winter nap and I have no issues whatsoever getting them started.

Any carb issue you can think of for the GS will be magnified, because the GSF has 2x the cylinders and 40% ish the size of the cylinders means that the jets and needles have no forgiveness for dirt or anything else clogging them.

Edit: Oh yeah!!  :duh:  and I almost forgot:   :welcome: to the Alley!

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Post by: SS Adrenaline on April 09, 2012, 02:10:28 PM
Hello to all, this is one of my first posts on this forum.  I so far have two bikes.  A 2006 Suzuki GS500F and a 1988 Honda CB450S.  I do want to get a GSF400 to be part of my collection.  I will not get rid of any of my bikes.  I love them all.  I now have a hard task of finding one where I live.  Im in Canada, Manitoba and I think this bike will be rediculous to find but Im still going to give it a shot.  Any suggestions on what to looks for if and when I ever find one?
Cheers

Hey, since these bikes were a rare bike when they were new, it's really a matter of prowling around everywhere, and always.  We sold one 2 years ago, it took us about 2 weeks, as I recall, and it was the first person who'd looked at her.

Prowl all of the "papers" - kijiji, buysell.com etc.   And if you really really want one, be prepared to travel some for it.

As for what to look for, best thing to do is live in the 400/250 forum and see what's coming up as issues.
the Ignitor was a problem, people scrapped a lot of these little bikes over it, but a lot of the ones you find now will have had the original problem sorted.

The frustrations I had were with the charging system and the first year was with the carbs, because I didn't store her right.  Nowadays all of our bikes get a half can of Seafoam before they take their winter nap and I have no issues whatsoever getting them started.

Any carb issue you can think of for the GS will be magnified, because the GSF has 2x the cylinders and 40% ish the size of the cylinders means that the jets and needles have no forgiveness for dirt or anything else clogging them.

Edit: Oh yeah!!  :duh:  and I almost forgot:   :welcome: to the Alley!



Does this mean that you can get a new ignitor nowadays for these bikes if it becomes an issue?  All of my equipment is carb so Im not worried about how to store them or clean them.  Thanks for the great info.  I will be looking very hard to find one.  Even though its a rare bike It still isnt as hard to find parts for as my cb450s.  I might actually be selling it because of this.  Everything is great on it but there always that thought that if somethings goes wrong Im boned.  I put it up for $2500 and I have 30 peopleinterested that will give me full asking price. Weird, I wouldnt have thought it would go for that much but it seems well liked.  I would love to put a wanted add up in the bandit section but It wont let me, I guess I dont have enought posts yet.
Also thanks for the welcome, great forum.
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Post by: stormi on April 16, 2012, 05:26:33 PM
Does this mean that you can get a new ignitor nowadays for these bikes if it becomes an issue?  All of my equipment is carb so Im not worried about how to store them or clean them.  Thanks for the great info.  I will be looking very hard to find one.  Even though its a rare bike It still isnt as hard to find parts for as my cb450s.  I might actually be selling it because of this.  Everything is great on it but there always that thought that if somethings goes wrong Im boned.  I put it up for $2500 and I have 30 peopleinterested that will give me full asking price. Weird, I wouldnt have thought it would go for that much but it seems well liked.  I would love to put a wanted add up in the bandit section but It wont let me, I guess I dont have enought posts yet.
Also thanks for the welcome, great forum.

I don't think you can get a new one, some of the regularly required parts share with other common suzukis, so you're in luck there. There are take off ignitors floating around though.  Sometimes you'll see them posted in our for sale section, or when someone's parting a bike.  Also, a number of people have figured out how to fix the common problems they have.  There are write-ups, again in the 400/250 section. (This is part of the reason I never delete the past posts.  I'd rather have a huge database than have information lost to people joining us fresh.)

Off topic a little:  I would strongly recommend getting your parts from a non-Canadian "dealership" source.  Suzuki Canada just doesn't stock parts.  Dita ended up with a Honda RR on her, so that I could keep her o the road one summer.  The common refrain I heard from the Suzuki dealers here was: "6 weeks from the factory after they make it"   :yikes:  And this was for things that shared with current or very recent model gs500s and Gixxers.

What was the message that you got when trying to put the ad up?  I didn't think that we'd limited that forum, but I might just have forgotten.  I do that a lot these days.  :banghead:
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Post by: SS Adrenaline on April 16, 2012, 07:00:34 PM
 :beers:
Does this mean that you can get a new ignitor nowadays for these bikes if it becomes an issue?  All of my equipment is carb so Im not worried about how to store them or clean them.  Thanks for the great info.  I will be looking very hard to find one.  Even though its a rare bike It still isnt as hard to find parts for as my cb450s.  I might actually be selling it because of this.  Everything is great on it but there always that thought that if somethings goes wrong Im boned.  I put it up for $2500 and I have 30 peopleinterested that will give me full asking price. Weird, I wouldnt have thought it would go for that much but it seems well liked.  I would love to put a wanted add up in the bandit section but It wont let me, I guess I dont have enought posts yet.
Also thanks for the welcome, great forum.

I don't think you can get a new one, some of the regularly required parts share with other common suzukis, so you're in luck there. There are take off ignitors floating around though.  Sometimes you'll see them posted in our for sale section, or when someone's parting a bike.  Also, a number of people have figured out how to fix the common problems they have.  There are write-ups, again in the 400/250 section. (This is part of the reason I never delete the past posts.  I'd rather have a huge database than have information lost to people joining us fresh.)

Off topic a little:  I would strongly recommend getting your parts from a non-Canadian "dealership" source.  Suzuki Canada just doesn't stock parts.  Dita ended up with a Honda RR on her, so that I could keep her o the road one summer.  The common refrain I heard from the Suzuki dealers here was: "6 weeks from the factory after they make it"   :yikes:  And this was for things that shared with current or very recent model gs500s and Gixxers.

What was the message that you got when trying to put the ad up?  I didn't think that we'd limited that forum, but I might just have forgotten.  I do that a lot these days.  :banghead:

There was no message.  I couldnt even find a new post button to try.  There is up on kijij in Calgary a 94 gsf400 with low millage for $2000.  I would so buy it but Im 2 provinces over and dont have time to drive 14 hours to get it.  I wounder if they would hold on to if for a bit for me untill I go out there.  I dout it though.  Well back to searching.  Thanks for the posts.
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Post by: stormi on April 16, 2012, 09:17:10 PM
K,.. I think it should be fixed.  Go ahead and try to post your wanted ad again.
Is there anyone you can contact near there to check it out?
It never hurts to ask if they'll hold it.
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Post by: SS Adrenaline on April 16, 2012, 10:29:42 PM
K,.. I think it should be fixed.  Go ahead and try to post your wanted ad again.
Is there anyone you can contact near there to check it out?
It never hurts to ask if they'll hold it.

Ohh wow thanks its working now.  I placed my wanted add.  I dont have anyone that knows anything out that way about bikes.  I will ask but Im not going to hold my breath.  Thanks for your help stormi.  Cheers bro.
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Post by: banditjohn on April 17, 2012, 05:39:10 AM
OK I've been lurking for a bit but I thought I'd better say hi to one and all, I run a 1200 Bandit which was a k6 but found the right colour code fairing and changed it to the sk6. I know there's a lot of folks that prefer the naked but if you've got some miles to get under your belt having it stops your head from being ripped off. Not a lot more to add other than I'm from Wickford Essex in the UK and I love the bike to bits, be lucky and ride safe :motorsmile:
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: sandy klock on April 18, 2012, 09:43:12 AM
welcome to the alley;  I like my faired b12, never thought bout stripping her down naked.  sandy  guess its more function over form tipe of thing.   :welcome:
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Post by: Schneeky on May 19, 2012, 09:57:40 AM
..Hey guys.. I'm Trader Jake from Southport, NC. Been riding big V twins most of my life, but got an interest in something a little "peppier" when I got the GF a lil Yammi Maxim X 700 to start on. Not the best choice for her as it turns out (ended up with a Savage 650), but I had a blast fiddlin' with it. Always felt like it needed a skosh more "ooomph". Got to searchin and it came down to a Yammi FZ1 or a Bandit. Went with a 2002 Bandit 1200S over a more evenly spread power/torque band and all I can say is "HOT DAMN!!!"  :thumb:

..It's got quite a few upgrades on it already, but lookin forward to further mods. Mostly wanna turn it into an "old man" version of itself with higher windscreen and more laid back seating arrangements. Lawdy knows it's plenty fast for this old coot as is.  :grin:

..Anyways, I'm self employed and have time to ride pretty regularly. Mostly short runs and daytrips. If anyone's in the area or headed this way c'mon by. I run the Southport Bed & Boathouse. It's very bike friendly and there's cover, tools, and room. Be seeing you cats around..  :bandit:  d:^)  Schneeky..
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Post by: txbanditrydr on May 19, 2012, 06:04:44 PM
Hot Damn is right... seven years later and I still think the same thing.

 :welcome: to the site - glad you found us.

I got a chuckle out of your avatar.... :rofl: ("Quit makin' with da' negative waves, man.")
Title: Re: Welcome... INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE!!!
Post by: Schneeky on May 19, 2012, 06:52:12 PM
Hot Damn is right... seven years later and I still think the same thing.
 :welcome: to the site - glad you found us.
I got a chuckle out of your avatar.... :rofl: ("Quit makin' with da' negative waves, man.")
Good to know. I don't see that "hot damn" feelin gettin old anytime soon. But I will hafta make his rig a little less of a "ballcrusher" prior to any lengthy trips. So far any heavy braking at all has me singing soprano. Lookin forward to mods that will enhance "comfortablity" of this rig. Any links to such threads will be mucho appreciated.

Thanks for the warm welcome.. Oddball has been a hero of mine since way-back-when.  :trustme: d:^)   Schneeks..
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Post by: China Greg on June 20, 2012, 10:31:44 PM
Hi Banditos... I'm China Greg..(used to live in China, now back in NY State)... checking in again after a long absence.

I've had two B12's, both 1st Generations. The more recent one now has about 85K miles.. does everything from Coast-to-Coast to trackdays most admirably. J&E 1216cc pistons, port job, Ivan carburetion (I have his prototype needles.. one of a kind!)..Yosh can, Wave rotors, braided lines, Racetech Goldvalve, Hyperpro springs and a Hyperpro shock, polished wheels, a cut-down Corbin seat and a dandy little sport luggage rack when I need it. LOVE IT!

I have a question for you B12 owners.. maybe someone could direct me? I'm getting a  steady, "grindy" vibration that I think is coming from the alternator. Actually, I've tried TWO alternators, the second off Ebay.. both had the vibration but it was significantly different. The clutch basket gears look fine... and I don't suspect trans bearing damage.

Anyone have problems with ND alternators vibrating?
Could someone direct me where to discuss this in the Forum?
THANKS!!! Nice to be back!

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Post by: CBR51 on June 25, 2012, 11:35:47 PM
Hello all! my names Chris and im 20 years old. I just purchased a 2000 Bandit 600s as my first bike.
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Post by: stormi on June 26, 2012, 12:39:00 AM
Hey Greg, Welcome back!

And Hi Chris, Welcome!  Great choice for a first bike. 
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Post by: falcon57 on June 26, 2012, 12:42:00 AM
Hi, all.  Back when air was new I owned a GS1100.  Reading up on Bandits because the motor is the same.  Got a line on a garage queen 1200 with less than 7k miles.  Its a 2000.  Any advice on what to look for BEFORE buying?  If I buy it, I plan on riding this bike till either it gives out or I do.  


Thanks, jerry

ps GREAT SITE!
 
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Post by: stormi on June 27, 2012, 12:49:29 AM
hey falcon57,  my only recommendation is to be very mindful that the power of a bike today is a lot different than the power of a bike from Yesteryear.  Even if it's the same engine, I'd hazard a guess and say it's pushing its weight around a little differently.  Definitely take some time to get to know it before you treat the throttle like it's an on off switch.

Otherwise,  :welcome:.  I hope you enjoy participating here.
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Post by: falcon57 on June 27, 2012, 01:25:46 PM
Be wise with speed; a fool at forty is a fool indeed.
Edward Young


Stormi, I'm wayyyyyyyy past 40.  Thanks for the reply
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Post by: GSX-R1100 on August 16, 2013, 10:05:14 AM
This is my first Bandit and its a 400... I have several old GSXR's, 86 750 and 1100, 91 750 I also have an FZ1 and a ZRX   

but I got lucky today... I had a line on a bandit 400 was planning on paying $500 it was in nice shape but the owner had no title, hasn't ran in a few years and I looked in the tank and was like no way forget it... It was almost dark and I told her nahhhh I just don't know maybe a hundred and then I recanted and said no Im going to pass... Then she said I have no way to haul it and if its that bad will you just haul it away for me.... so I never look a gift horse in the mouth... and said sure So I got it home and did a little cleaning but I need advice on the tank???

I hooked up a jump box and all of the electrical works, and drained the oil and its nice and thick. the carbs are frozen, I'm just hoping no water has gotten it to the motor.

Thanks Craig

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Post by: txbanditrydr on August 16, 2013, 11:13:25 AM
 :welcome: to the site....  You'll find tons of 250/400 info here.   :thumb:
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Post by: stormi on August 17, 2013, 01:14:41 AM
:welcome: to the site....  You'll find tons of 250/400 info here.   :thumb:

Agreed!!  The only thing is, some of our 250/400 people are a little shy, and often don't poke their heads out of the 250/400 forum.  You might get more answers in there... :)
http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?board=20.0
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Post by: goingballistic on August 29, 2013, 11:15:12 AM
Howdy, new to the board, short intro is in order.

I've ridden for 30+ years.........Yea I'm old! I bought a 2009 Columbia Metallic Blue Goldwing, my dream bike, brand new, level three in 09. I recently purchased ( 4 weeks ago) a 2011 1250FA, new off the show room floor...........for something a little more nimble and easier to throw around...........don't get me wrong, I love my wing.

I just spent 3 weeks on the road and 6100 miles, from NY to OR, Sturgis in between. Went to Devil's Tower, Yellowstone, Craters of the Moon, Hell's Canyon, Rattle Snake Gulch, Spokane and Glacier National Park, then home. Great ride, now it's time to get some miles on the Bandit before the white stuff flies.

I am a certified MSF instructor and I am retired. I am an AF Vet, my Father was a career AF man and my son is active duty AF.

I'm old enough to know better but young enough to do it again!

I look forward, seriously, to meeting some of you and riding........and learning a lot about the Bandit......some of you don't call the FA a Bandit..........but it's a Bandit!

Cheers.
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Post by: txbanditrydr on August 29, 2013, 01:05:33 PM
 :welcome: to the site.....

Glad you found us.  Lots of good info and people here.   :thumb:
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Post by: stormi on August 29, 2013, 01:26:16 PM
Welcome goingballistic! 

I'm glad to see you managed to get the photos working.
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Post by: Dakotademon7 on August 29, 2013, 06:54:41 PM
New here myself. I'm from Delaware and have a 99 Bandit S1200 that was given to me along with a 99 Katana 750. The Bandit has a rod threw the block and the Katana has been wrecked. I've been working on removing and installing the 750 into the Bandit. This will be my first legal street bike and my first bike in 20 years.

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Post by: bigMaybe on October 03, 2014, 03:18:46 PM
Hello everyone!

Name's Nate, I'm a senior at UC Santa Cruz and I've been riding on and off for almost 10 years now. I just picked up a fun little project '97 gsf600s a couple days ago and registered here because I figured I would need your help troubleshooting the sputtery nightmare that was my bike. However, thanks to YouTube I became an overnight expert on carburetors, cleaned em out and tuned em myself (first attempt at carbs in my ten years). I'm proud to say she now runs beautifully!

Anyways, I plan on doin some cosmetic work and maybe an engine swap at some point so I'll be around. 'Look forward to chattin with you guys and if there's anyone in the area wants to go cruise the Santa Cruz mountains give me a holler!  :motorsmile:

Title: Intro: Aloha!
Post by: Ericchino3 on March 17, 2015, 12:43:07 PM
Just bought a Bandit 1200 2002 & loving it except for ugly discolored headers.  Need help finding what actual temp is on the headers to find out about wraps, Powder coating & painting them.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Chino
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Post by: Ericchino3 on October 22, 2015, 10:16:43 PM
Aloha!
My names Chino.  Just bought my 1st 2002 bandit 1200gs, loving it but find myself replacing many original parts as expected on a 13 yr old bike.  I'm in sunny S.W.FL. & lucky to have ez beach access & many back roads to ride.  Fun but flat, lol!  I'm also an Optician too, so if anyone out there needs an eye exam or matching shades to match there bike holler. 

Just traded in my 2000 1200 BMW twin boxer bike for the Bandit which handles better.  Just not as durable.   Thanks for the feedback on my previous post.

Ride safe, have fun & stop to smell the roses!
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Post by: 92gsf400 on February 10, 2016, 04:36:18 AM
94 gsf 400 here just wanted to say ' hi' have a 1992 gsf 400 us model bought last year. for 1200 usd currently have another 3000 usd in it.. yosh cyclone exhast w/ lsr cannister (ss tip), rejetted, k&n drop in , 'longboy' f/a screws, goodridge ss brake lines , sbs ss front pad, ebs semi sinstered rear, race teck 0.85 kg springs , race teck cartrage emulators, new front wheel bearings , new stearing head bearings, new superbike bars , new bar ends, new yss rear shock
 .. 12k miles on the clock few cosmetic issues, dyno tuned ~52hp .. 10k-13k rpms , soon to have new rear wheel bearings, tires, sprockets, chain & hoses , might be interested in selling leave message
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Post by: greg737 on February 10, 2016, 10:06:21 AM
Interesting... pictures? location? history (how does a 24 year old gsf400 end up with only 12K miles)?

Title: Well, I can't really say I'm new... but
Post by: stormi on February 19, 2016, 01:58:10 PM
How's everyone been?

I'm sorry I disappeared.  I didn't mean to.  Life got in the way and then some.
I'll start another thread to explain that.