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Old 06-03-2008, 07:07 PM   #1
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Thinking of selling my cruiser

Hello every one I'm new to this forum found it while researching the Suzuki Bandit as a replacment for my current ride a 2007 Kawi vulcan 900 custom. That I've had for a year now .I really like the Vulcan but I feel the cruiser is just not my style.
I want something more like the old FJ 1100'something easy on the back but with lots of power also, and the bandit seems the only reasonable choice out there for new bikes that I can afford

I almost got a Bandit 1250 first but my wife talked me into getting a cruiser instead wish I had got the Bandit .

I went to three different bike shops in my area "Central Fl" . But no one had a Bandit not even a 600 they told me that they can order me one no prob.
Seem's Like a lot of good info over here so I'll be dropping by Often and hopfully will be riding home a 1250 Bandit soon.

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Old 06-03-2008, 08:12 PM   #2
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What is it about the cruiser that you didn't like ?
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:18 PM   #3
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Hi Scott and welcome aboard! I also rode a Vulcan, years ago, a 1500. The ride posture didn't agree with my lower back and the lack of lean angle really limited the fun for me. I've been on a Bandit since last Summer and couldn't be happier. Best bang for the buck out there.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:08 PM   #4
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I have no problem with crusers, but I personally just like the feel of taller bikes, plus I just like the dual sport type of bikes, I ride with two guys that have Bandits and I like their bikes, probably a good choise on your part. But I'm with you, the FJR's, ST's, and Concours just have that look and feel.

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Old 06-03-2008, 09:37 PM   #5
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I traded in a 06 BLVD C90 T for a new 07 Bandit, No regrets, cruisers are nice big heavy bikes, I just got tired of poor handling, plowing in the corners, 57 bhp on a 1500cc motor, whats up with that? I rode with a guy the other day, He had an older Kaw Concours, Those things are nice and quick even though the looks are a little dated, They are fine machines as well, Cant go wrong with the Bandit, smooth as silk, great handling and 100HP.
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:02 PM   #6
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What is it about the cruiser that you didn't like ?
There's nothing about the Vulcan I dislike its a great cruiser for the money I'm just not a cruiser guy
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Old 06-04-2008, 05:59 PM   #7
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I go through this crap every five years or so, of going between cruiser and sport or standard. I've had the Bandit for 7 months now and think I've found my bike. I've owned 9 bikes over the past 30 years.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:29 PM   #8
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There's nothing about the Vulcan I dislike its a great cruiser for the money I'm just not a cruiser guy
Unleash your inner sport, Slap the skins on the barrel head and order that new Bandit.
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Old 06-04-2008, 06:44 PM   #9
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Old 06-04-2008, 07:02 PM   #10
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That's right Kurt, I'm a rookie compared to the collection you have. Where did I see that pix? In the thread from **** I believe. I'll need to look that up again.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:14 PM   #11
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I'll save you the search.

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Good grief! I though I was bad. My question to you oh great motorcycle guru is which one's were your favorite and why?
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:12 PM   #13
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Good grief! I though I was bad. My question to you oh great motorcycle guru is which one's were your favorite and why?
Hands down, the Bandit. Best do it all bike ever and one of the least expensive. The Road King takes second for the cool factor and ride. Third would have to go to the GS, but the reliability issues and dealer network killed the joy.
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That ZRX1200 in your pictures looks very nice...Very good looking bike...If you rate the bandit 1250 higher that's got to be saying something !
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That ZRX1200 in your pictures looks very nice...Very good looking bike...If you rate the bandit 1250 higher that's got to be saying something !
My Bandit was the 2002 1200. With the GSX-R cams, stage 2 kit, full exhaust and ignition advancer, it would stomp the ZRX. It dyno'd at 134 hp.
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My Bandit was the 2002 1200. With the GSX-R cams, stage 2 kit, full exhaust and ignition advancer, it would stomp the ZRX. It dyno'd at 134 hp.
That's impressive...How was the ride quality in comparison to your ZRX ?
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The ZRX had a better stock suspension with damping controls, but I added heavier fork springs and a Progressive rear shock.
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The ZRX had a better stock suspension with damping controls, but I added heavier fork springs and a Progressive rear shock.
Sorry for the thread hijack but one more question. What bike do you ride now?
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Old 06-05-2008, 11:57 AM   #19
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I have three currently. Rhonda's Goldwing, an FJR and a Sportster. The Goldwing for touring and two up (first bike I could get Rhonda on for any distance), the FJR for pure fun in a reasonably light, comfortable and sporty package capable of hypersonic performance and the Sportster, well, I'm not sure why, but it sure is a fun little bike to just ride around.
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Re: Thinking of selling my cruiser

I found my current ride in Ohio, flew up and drove it back. Along that same idea is look beyond central Florida, ride the cruiser up and the Bandit back. Make a day or two of it Pack your saddle bags!

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