I am thinking about buying a new 2002 Bandit 1200 N for my first bike. Any recommendations or suggestions before I purchase? Would this be a good first bike? So far the bike reviews seem good (except for one that mentioned a weak clutch). thanks
lol, I picked up the bike today...the facial expression on the mechanics face when I told him this was my first road bike said it all! I have a month of parking lot racing ahead of me before I hit the road...so far this bike seems very nice and powerful I just need to get adjusted to the weight. Are there not many Bandit owners? Maybe another messageboard with more Bandit traffic?
Good luck to you! Not the wisest decision-they make a 600 Bandit in case you did not hear. But, you own it so be careful-I'd put engine guards on it ASAP. You will drop that bike in all probability and they will save alot of damage.
It was a cost issue. MSRP was $7900...I walked away with $2500 off a brand new (3 miles) bike w/ full warranty. I was going to get the FZ6 but once I sat on the bandit I knew I had to switch. It's a pretty mellow engine but I have not been over 4500 yet.
Thanks for the info about the frame sliders.
So how is the Bandit? It would appear any bike would do just fine as a first bike if you recognize YOUR limits relative to the bikes performance. The Bandit is a great ride, and man, what a deal! I hear guys are getting new, 0 mile, 2004's for <6500. I've got nearly 50k on my 01 Bandit 1200s and it's running great! Hope yours works out as well. I'd like to hear your impression on the Bandit from a new riders POV.
Oh, yeah, hope you got that MSF course. Also, check into taking the Experienced Rider Course (maybe next spring?).
Now's the time to start being reeeealllly careful. You're past the break-in stage, and probably starting to explore the upper rev range, where the 1200 is decidely UN-mellow. You're probably also starting to feel more confident on the bike. It's a false confidence. Remind yourself to slow down and take it easy. You've got a helluva lotta bike for your first time on two wheels--it'll kill you as soon as look at you if you muck things up.
So far everything is going great! I took the bike out with my father in law and explored the mid to upper rpm range but did not get carried away (no pun intended)! I am still careful in the turns. After 1500 miles I have not noticed any smoke from the pipe and the oil level hass not moved since it was changed at 600 so maybe it is not going to be a problem.
I did shim the main needles to richen the bike a tad...they do come pretty lean!