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post #1 of 12 Old 08-11-2006, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
 
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06 Bandit 1200???

I was just looking at cycletrader.com, and on the right hand side of the front page are links to manufacturer info. Under Suzuki, they show an 06 Bandit 1200. Is this bike not offered in the US?
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-11-2006, 07:26 AM
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The 06 1200 Bandit is available in New Zealand. We seem to get quite a few Suzukis here that are never released onto the US market, like my previous bike the GS1200SS. I won't question why, I'll just be happy.

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post #3 of 12 Old 08-11-2006, 07:31 AM
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I believe the '05 was the last year in the US for the 1200. Good bike crippled by Suzuki's refusal to acknowledge a manufacturing defect. My Bandit taught me two things about Suzuki (really, manufacturers in general):

1. Warranties are worthless
2. Do your own service work. Dealership mechanics are chimps with tools.
 
post #4 of 12 Old 08-11-2006, 12:16 PM
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Bandit is available in both 1200 and 650 with or without ABS in Canada.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-11-2006, 12:32 PM
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I would suspect the lack of a new state-side Bandito is due more to smog regulations than any defects. I had one and it rocked! Crude, but wow, what a motor! :twisted:

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2001 Bandit 1200S.

Until I bought my V-Stromasaurus, best bike I've had.

No reliability problems, fast as heck, comfortable. I had heard of some people having oil-burning issues, but mine never did burn any oil. 8)

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We have 4 different type Bandits available here:
650 and 1200 ccm with or without head fairing.

One of my colleague has one 1200S (the version with fairing) and he loves it. Recently farkled it with a Givi touring screen. Now loves it even more.
I also tested it one time. It seemed to be very stable and it pulled like an engine, but didn't like the low speed turns.

But mostly I like this:

The new GSR 600.
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We have 4 different type Bandits available here:
650 and 1200 ccm with or without head fairing.

One of my colleague has one 1200S (the version with fairing) and he loves it. Recently farkled it with a Givi touring screen. Now loves it even more.
I also tested it one time. It seemed to be very stable and it pulled like an engine, but didn't like the low speed turns.

But mostly I like this:

The new GSR 600.
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You guys in the EU really suck! :lol:

The only good bike we get here is the Strom

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-12-2006, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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What a sweet looking bike. I see they're going a GSR 1200 as well. Bring it to the US!
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-12-2006, 05:35 AM
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Yeah,

it is perhaps because of the US-market (and Canada?) supposed to be more cruiser-oriented by the (Japanese) manufacturers. I don't have exact numbers, but I can easily imagine that the sales figures confirm that. The whole "chopper-thing" came from America (Easy rider) to Europe. Until that time we suffered from the lack of cruisers and choppers. Everybody who wanted a custom bike had to cut his stock bike. Incredible creations born!
For example, this is a Pannonia (a hungarian bike).

Before:


After:


Simson 250 (German).

Before:


After:


and so on, endless story

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