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Old 7th November 2018, 05:34 PM
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Hi all after much looking around for my first bike I've settled on a bandit 600n 2002.

Any info I should know about the bike before getting it any common problems ?besides everyone saying the bike will rust away if left to the weather cheers.

Finished all my training on a cb500 and have all my gear sorted.
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Old 7th November 2018, 06:00 PM
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They`ll suck your pockets dry. I have a 96 bandit since 2002.
chain/sprockets/brake pads and the usual mileage services. Never
had any major problems. They don`t like cold weather. I put a bandit
1200 battery into it. Just cut some of the foam under the battery. Can
be heavy on juice. The cross bit under the exhausts and return oil pipes
can rust bad. I sprayed mine with high temp paint. Sticking calipers. Most
stuff you can tackle yourself.

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Old 7th November 2018, 06:43 PM
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S version over n version
Bomb proof bike
Easy on the choke
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Old 7th November 2018, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by nateh View Post
Hi all after much looking around for my first bike I've settled on a bandit 600n 2002.
The Bandit is a good safe choice. Very reliable, relatively cheap and
easy to service.

Any info I should know about the bike before getting it any common problems ?
Not much to worry about. The original exhaust headers/downpipes were
very prone to corrosion at the point where the silencer bolts on. This
has probably been sorted on a 02 bike. My K6 Bandit 650 has been
very reliable over the last six years. They are essentially the same as
the 600 apart from the extra few CC and optional ABS.

As Ned says, running a bike can be costly. In my case the main expenses
are fuel, insurance and tyres in that order. Service costs are fairly low
because I do the work myself.

besides everyone saying the bike will rust away if left to the weather cheers.
I don't think any bike will fare that well if it is left out in bad weather.
Garage or shed is the best option. If you must keep it outdoors, take
care to keep it properly covered. You should also be aware of the
risk of theft. See the stolen bikes thread on this forum.

Finished all my training on a cb500 and have all my gear sorted.
So you are on an A2 learner permit. The Bandit 600 ticks all the
right boxes for a first bike. It can be restricted to 35kW for A2.
Once restricted, it can be used for the A2 test. Unrestricted it can
be used for the category A test. IMO, the Bandit is a better and more reliable
bike than the other obvious candidate (SV650).

Get a couple of quotes for insurance before you buy the bike.

Good Luck.
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Old 7th November 2018, 08:40 PM
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The bandits have nt become one of Suzuki s best selling bikes for no reason.. Their bullet proof. Cheap. Reliable. Plenty power ..and their a proper looking bike.... Best of luck with it
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Old 7th November 2018, 08:43 PM
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02 doesnt have a fuel guage so watch out fir petrol level
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Old 7th November 2018, 09:03 PM
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Cheers for all the reply's did not know about the fuel gauge so will keep an eye on that.

Will definitely keep ringing around try and get the best deal I can and the bike will be garaged thankfully
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Old 7th November 2018, 09:12 PM
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buy some silkolene fst. will help with carb icing over winter, theyre good bikes, 02 should come with carb heaters that also help with carb icing. the headers rot at the collector as said, dont buy a black widow exhaust system thinking it solves the problem as they have issues with the jig they use to make them and they take alot of pulling to get them to fit and they crack at the welds due to this. calipers can be sticky after a long winter if neglected and forks can be soft for the heavier rider (10 weight oil and stiffer springs helps). bulletproof engine, have done over 100k km on my old one before it blew and that was due to a extended burnout. good bit of poke and sound good with an aftermarket can. cheap to maintain, valve clearances need to be checked every 6 or 8k miles cant remember which. buy a manual as the clearances are piss easy on this bike. can be modified to perform very well but for the love of feck dont do it as its a money pit..... ask me how i know............
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Old 7th November 2018, 11:06 PM
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I'll make sure not to spend to much on it the bike already has a load of extras such as a screen crash bars ect and I'll pick up some silkolene fst for the winter
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Old 11th November 2018, 09:24 PM
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Just an update went and saw the bike in great nic bought it will wait on all the paper work pick up a heavy duty lock and start getting used to the bike couldn't be happier
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Old 11th November 2018, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by nateh View Post
Just an update went and saw the bike in great nic bought it will wait on all the paper work pick up a heavy duty lock and start getting used to the bike couldn't be happier
Nice one mate,
Bandits are great bikes
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Old 11th November 2018, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by nateh View Post
Just an update went and saw the bike in great nic bought it will wait on all the paper work pick up a heavy duty lock and start getting used to the bike couldn't be happier
Well done, best of luck with it
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Old 11th November 2018, 10:16 PM
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Nice one. Good luck with it Watch out for [email protected] they're dopey cvnts the lot of them! You're essentially invisible on a bike so don't assume other drivers have seen you. Even if they've looked you right in the eyes they'll still pull out!
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Old 12th November 2018, 01:14 AM
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If it's not alarmed then.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NCS-V2-MO...edirect=mobile
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Old 12th November 2018, 10:51 AM
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Thanks will definitely pick this up.

Looking at locks most seem to recommend almax would that be the same here to recommend one of them ?
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