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post #1 of 4 Old 10-08-2009, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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My wife and I started riding in June. I picked up a 93' bandit 400 in almost perfect working order (400 cc inline4) not knowiing how rare this bike was and how much drool I would have to wipe off the tank from people who know bikes My friend who is owes a wee, among several other bikes, helped me rebuild the front forks and carbs. It runs perfectly. My wife picked up an S40 cruiser in July.

I've ridden about three thousand miles this season. I've taken several 10+ hour long (and fast) rides on this bike. It has 60hp (with aftermarket exhaust) and an upright seating positions. I can keep up with the wees and the svs when they ride fast through the twisties and blow by cars, but I have to keep the engine above 8,000 rpm to have any torque. This is not a problem as the bike redlines at 13000, but after six hours or so, it's really a pain in the ass--I'm exhausted.

I'm also 6 feet and 200 pounds without gear. I have the preload one notch from being maxed out, It doesn't bottom out and it's safe, but on bad pavemet, I have to so slow down as there is just way too bumpy and jaring to carry the same speed as the bikes I've mentioned. In sum after long rides, I'm in a lot of pain, espeically in my neck area. I get a lot of wind and have to drop pace off the sv and wee riders as I get blown around too much above 75.

My "wee" friend thinks I can install a better rear shock and a screen to make it more tolerable and that i should get a wee and add that to the stable. I have two cars and my wife has a bike as well. Until we move from the condo to a house, getting a third bike is not possible. No, my wife does not want to take over the bandit. She's not comfortable with the power yet (has double compared to the s40 albiet less torque) dropping it when she was learning didn't help, it's also almost 400lbs wet believe it or not 50lbs more than the s40. I don't want to give the bandit up (it's every bit as pretty as ducati monster 696 and a blast to ride and a collectors item, but I want to be comfortable on longer rides.

We will likely move into a house with a garage within 1 to 1.5 years. Should I upgrade the suspension on the bandit and install a screen, and just continue to work the gearbox all day, or sell it and get a wee? If I need to get rid of it in order to fullfill my all day weekend tours, I am also considering the versys and the GSX-650F (as I've heard this is a very torquey inline 4 and comfortable.) Possibly a used 800ST, or used interceptor 800. The weight of these larger bikes does not concern me, I learned on a nighthawk 650.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-08-2009, 09:52 AM
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If you are considering the GSX650F (the new 650 Bandit) also consider the new Yamaha FZ6R which has good stock suspension and brakes.

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post #3 of 4 Old 10-09-2009, 10:59 PM
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These bikes are similar but yet very different. Back in'89 I had a '85 Interceptor 500 and absolutely loved it, rode it from PA to Orlando in 14 hrs! I highly recommend the VFR's and I even took a VFR800 for a spin last summer, but when my 10 year old and I hit 100 mph in 2nd gear all I could think about were my kids without a dad :-(
So I continued my search for my next bike. I rode both the new and old GSXF's the old 600 Katana and the new 650. I felt the new bike had a cheap feel to it so I went with the Katana. I loved the bike but what I didn't love was the stiff neck :-(
So after seval thousand miles and about 8 months of neck pains I bought my new Wee!!! Along with the fact that I no longer have a stiff neck I can now carry a passenger along with luggage! I've had 6 street bikes now And have ridden many others and I can say the Wee is by far the best I've ridden.
Good luck with what ever choice you make!
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We will likely move into a house with a garage within 1 to 1.5 years. Should I upgrade the suspension on the bandit and install a screen, and just continue to work the gearbox all day, or sell it and get a wee? If I need to get rid of it in order to fullfill my all day weekend tours, I am also considering the versys and the GSX-650F (as I've heard this is a very torquey inline 4 and comfortable.) Possibly a used 800ST, or used interceptor 800. The weight of these larger bikes does not concern me, I learned on a nighthawk 650.
Do nothing. It's near the end of the riding season. If you are going to be moving to a house saving your money for that makes way more sense then spending it on aftermarket parts that won't increase the value of an old bike.

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