I'm please with it, and aboveall I got an excellent price for the new bike. It handles well, it gets to 100mph quick enough to satisfy all but the idiots, fuel consumption is adequate, it is easy to maintain and finally has given me more smiles than any other bike I have owned. I now have to decide what to do with the bike. But this paints a negative view on a bike which has many highlights. Use the information provided with the intake and exhaust kits, to determine what size jets to replace the stock ones with.
It pulls like a train,is more than fast enough for todays camera infested roads and is comfortable one or two up my wife reckons it is more comfortable on the back than my previous bike which was a vfr800 and i must say i prefer it myself. Exhausts rotted quicker than Shane McGowan's teeth and engine paint would dissolve on contact with the smallest drop of H20. But, in case you do expect something better, the versions produced 2000 onwards came with 6 pot calipers that improved things significantly. Do you think I'm pleased with it? In fact I would go so far as to say that they happen with ease, and if I can do them then anyone can! However, in 2006, the model had been completely revamped. I am 80 yrs old and have been riding for the past 52 yrs.
Only one thing to say now - Suzuki please do something about those mirrors, they are too wide and too far away, it's the only thing that spoils the bike! All that at a very affordable price! I had fitted led light to my side light feed and direct earth to frame but then disconnected so it was one thing not to interfere as its off a toyota yaris and had been working fine. So why buy my Bandit over the many others for sale? The Bandit has made a leap forward in the comfort since the original version was launched. Ideal as an entry into large muscle biking. Friends have called me mad amoung other things but I wanted to ride a bike again before it was to late. A high degree of rider and pillion comfort, plenty of power, a large fuel tank 20lt and a good range 155miles to reserve - then you have 3 lts all make for an ideal tourer.
In fact, it was all a bit of a steal. Republication or redistribution of content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Motorbikestoday. Strengths: Big engine that looks the biz, goes like hell from tickover to the red line. After installing the new jets, turn the carburetors back over, and remove the upper caps. A difficult package to beat.
Check the jet sizes currently installed. Fuses all good, maybe I need to test the solenoid and ignition switch with a multimeter? I crossed Australia from Brisbane to Perth and back again 10000 klms in 14 days without any breakdowns or issues on a 205 model starting with 80000 klms on the clock. It sported a redesigned tank, a height adjustable seat, new side panels, and an extended swinging arm that was hexagonally sectioned. Next would be a broken ring. I like the comfort, torque and 140 on the clock with loads of revs to go, is plenty fast enough for me.
Install the carburetors on the bike, and tighten the clamps that hold them in place. Lowish mileage, 1 owner and no tacky add ons which seems to be rife on these bikes. Hi, Anonymous I would love to help you with your engine or chassis noise but I just loaned my brand new pair of listening ears to your local dealer's chief technician so he could take your bike for a test ride and give you his professional opinion and estimate about your noise and repair cost. Only 2 gripes are diving front end under braking progressive springs imminent and blurred mirrors cured above 110 which it'll do all day at unbelievably low revs. Mine has the compulsory race can, extra 5bhp, white power rear shock, progressive wp front shocks and a dyno jet free flow filter and jet kit. I love the bike already its a similar ride to the old 750 in many ways.
Lacks suspension of the super bikes. Faulty fuel pump or internal fuel line has pinholes. Have to make room Up for grabs is my 2000 Bandit 600 S. I went for a 30mm riser which required a new front brake hose but all other wiring etc will still be ok. Verdict With the Bandit 1200S you get everything rolled into one for a genuinely low budget. Weaknesses: Quality of finish, will deteriorate quickly if not looked after.
I did have to replace 3rd gear broken tooth so it gets knocked down some for that. Strengths: Pulling power, handling, looks, bulletproof engine, comfort, economy I used to commute Newcastle to Edinburgh on my 600 and it would cost me £11-12 each way, it cost a little over £10 on the 1200. Emission regulations in your area affect what carburetor adjustments you may legally make to your motorcycle. Check forks for pitting and leaky seals. Future versions became a little softer, but they still managed to keep up the pace.
. The rear is soft too, causing the back to feel 'squidgy' if accelerating round a bend, imagine wobbling the 'bars in a small circular motion like when pedaling a bike while leaned over and that is what it will do as it protests as the suspension cannot cope. The half-fairing can be fiddly to remove and refit with care needed not to crack the windshield at its mounting points. Dealer assures me it's a petrol issue and as it only happens in these condition, I'm inclined to believe them. My Bandit had 11k on it in March, i've done almost 2500miles in 6 months and its been a love hate affair. Allow the bike to idle, and rev the engine, checking for smooth operation.