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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:33 AM (#1) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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Recently asked about the 600, now realise that the 1200 isn't much more expensive, especially if a couple of years older, like these Mk 1's, anybody got one?

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:03 PM (#2) User is offline   B-King Mike 

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Used to ride a mates when we swapped over on rideouts, good strong motor.
You couldn't half get a wobble on in the corners though if you were giving it some beans.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:13 PM (#3) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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You couldn't half get a wobble on in the corners though if you were giving it some beans
that's not good is it
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:18 PM (#4) User is offline   B-King Mike 

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Depends how much beans you want to give it.
To be fair, his was streetfightered and had its suspension fannied about with, so probably not the best example to give a review on.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 12:22 PM (#5) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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not kidding, the prices are so tempting, Mk1 actually looks better imo
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 01:34 PM (#6) User is offline   ChickenHawk368 

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For what you want it for, GREAT BIKE.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 01:43 PM (#7) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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crash368 said:

For what you want it for, GREAT BIKE.



you must be tempted to go for the 1200? Is it much heavier or difficult to haul about in relative tight confines?
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:02 PM (#8) Guest_GreasedUpDeafGuy_*

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As you know i have had one and thought it was FANTASTIC.
They have a small tank with crap reserve, didnt ever like going on reserve.
I think they look great with that curvy frame.
The engine pulls like a train from so low down, mine had a few minor tweeks which upped it to 113bhp at the wheel. A real blast for roll on overtaking without downchanging.
I thought mine handled great for the kind of bike it was, beyond what id give one credit for before owning one. Ground clearance was quite good andwhen leant over was a regular peg scraper, felt really planted when leant over aswell, i was running BT014's.
Could wind the throttle back to the stop coming round a local sweeper, felt good.
They are a brilliant bike.
Heres mine when i had it, had Avon ST's (crap) on it in this vid.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4AGp77qN-g]YouTube - Suzuki Bandit Supertrapp[/ame]
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:07 PM (#9) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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thanks mate, watch that when I get home as the works one doesn't allow video views - what do you say about the point above, to do with being manageable in tighter spaces, you know parking around the home, office where it gets cramped.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:14 PM (#10) Guest_GreasedUpDeafGuy_*

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monks said:

thanks mate, watch that when I get home as the works one doesn't allow video views - what do you say about the point above, to do with being manageable in tighter spaces, you know parking around the home, office where it gets cramped.


They are a bit heavy to push around but depends on what youre comparing it to. My Milles a breeze to wheel around after having a Bandit, feels much lighter. Cant see the 600 being much lighter.
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:25 PM (#11) User is offline   davebandit 

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monks said:

thanks mate, watch that when I get home as the works one doesn't allow video views - what do you say about the point above, to do with being manageable in tighter spaces, you know parking around the home, office where it gets cramped.


I used to have the 600, I now have the 1250 GSXFA, probably slightly more noticable pushing as has already been stated, but for slow control when riding I don't think you'll have any issues, my heavy-ish 1250 is easier to slow control and turn in the road than my R6 which is about 50-60Kgs lighter
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 02:30 PM (#12) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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cheers guys, find that the bigger bike absorbs the bumps better?
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 04:49 PM (#13) User is offline   saxon 

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Had a 1996 1200 Mk1 for years, in fact I only sold it a few months ago. For the money you can't go wrong, bullit proof and tons of bolt on bits available. The 600 is underpowered and not much lighter imo.
It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock 'n' roll
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Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:51 PM (#14) User is offline   bikerpiker 

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I've got a 1200s ,it's a MK2 though.

It aint no sports bike but it goes pretty well round the twisties, easily as good as the Firestorm i had before it ,having said that ,the 'storm did have more miles on the clock,so suspension was possibly a bit tired.

Riding 'normal' i can get 55/57 mpg ,which i think is great for a bike that size.

Regarding physical size of the 600 against the 1200 ,i think they are pretty much the same bike ,poss same frame ,infact seats and fairing lowers are interchangeable between both the six and the twelve.

The way i tell the difference if i see one, is the 12 has a black engine and the six has a silver engine .

Theres not too much difference price wise,between the mk1 and mk2's now ,i bought my 1200,mk2 (2002),7000 miles ,around a year and a half ago for 1900 .
Apparently there is very little difference on insurance premium between 600 and a 1200 ,best check yourself though.:P
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 05:11 AM (#15) User is offline   ChickenHawk368 

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monks said:

you must be tempted to go for the 1200? Is it much heavier or difficult to haul about in relative tight confines?


Most the parts are interchangeable between the two. In fact the 1200 is a direct bolt in to the 600. Pushing them around you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. 1200 bandits are just one of those all around good bikes and the MK1 is the best looking one of the bunch:cool:

I'll be getting a big tall rounder as soon as the insurance company gets me my check.:mad: Having ridden a few, I'd get a bandit 1200s in a heart beat if I wasn't getting a new bike.
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:22 AM (#16) User is offline   iano 

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interesting that the 1200 isn't physically much bigger than the 600 because its different with yams, the 900 diversion is all round (it seems to me) a bigger bike than the 600, the 900 has shaft drive of course.

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 11:59 AM (#17) User is offline   bikerpiker 

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Regarding the weight of Suzuki Bandit 600 and 1200 models ,there is a small difference according to ... Clicky-- Motorcycle Specifications, Pictures, Tests and Reviews Directory

1998 Mk1 600s 198 kg --- 2002 mk1 600s 208 kg
1998 Mk2 1200s 223 kg --- 2002 mk2 1200s 220 kg
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Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:32 PM (#18) User is offline   iano 

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that's interesting, my xj 600n is 187.0 kg (faired version = 208.0 kg) and the 900 yam is 265 kg so the (faied) yam differential is 57 kg and the bandit difference is only 12 kg.

quite surprised the xjr is 232 kg, thought it would be more
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Posted 13 September 2010 - 07:12 AM (#19) User is offline   ratcatcher 

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thanks all - food for thought
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Posted 01 October 2010 - 07:46 PM (#20) User is offline   arch 

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ah yes much better now iv got 1200 as opposed to a 660 04 fazer exactly so
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