Sport Touring on a Suzuki Bandit 600S (year of manufacture: 2002) Sport…

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Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring

Sport Touring on a Suzuki 600S (year of manufacture:

2002 Suzuki Bandit

Before I share my thoughts on the I invite you to take a look at others said about it. One of the web is on Motorcycle News and you can find it — when reviewing the specs, remember that the UK gallon is a bit capacity than the US gallon, liters vs 3.78 liters (all the more reason to go to the system of measures). Obviously are countless other websites information on the 600 Bandit.

The one that I above seemed to have most helpful to me when I was on the bike some time

So here are my thoughts on the usefulness of the 600S for sport touring, that some websites do not emphasize enough (this is the stuff that mattered to

It is a very reliable bike

It is quick for its size and age

There are a of aftermarket parts available for it

potential issues to be aware of

Let me the above points briefly.

the reliability perspective I have had a problem with it. The motor is proof and so is the transmission. The engine is NOT it uses a plain, old, and carburetor.

In the speed department, the bike can get you to 62 mph (or 100 in about 4 seconds. I know, not even close to today’s 600 cc demons, but it’s still quick. And yes, you can shift with minimal clutch very fast.

In terms of parts availability, from the of sport touring, you can easily bags and mounts for the bags in the Ram mounts fit this bike ease since it’s bar is a simple round tube into a proper shape.

All of the make the bike a very and nimble sport touring Almost an ideal solution for distance motorcycling, but is it?

This us to potential issues :

High RPM at highway speeds (oil use and vibration)

Chain lubrication and

Stability concerns

Issue #1: engine RPMs at highway

Consider this: in the sixth the approximate engine RPM looks this:

50 mph — (about) RPM

60 mph — (about) 6000 RPM

70 mph (about) 7000 RPM

80 mph — 8000 RPM

The motorcycle has a six-speed The engine is oil cooled, not water The oil that cools the engine is the oil that lubricates it and that the transmission.

That’s a lot of work that oil has to do.

After riding 3200 (5000 km) in one week on an initially new high quality oil, I had to add oil to the engine (about 3/4 of the quart). initially got me concerned and upon home I changed oil and rode the for the next 3000 miles it closely — there was no need to add any oil the normal city operation highway and some in-city

I do not know what happened to the oil the long trip, but I can only that some of that, due to and prolonged RPM was burned off by the engine — as far as I every engine burns a bit of oil seeps through its gaskets. On token, if you consider the high RPM and elevated engine temperatures due to not as efficient cooling, the oil could changed its chemical properties and to the combustion chambers around the rings.

One side note for outside of the USA: the distances we cover in one day on our motorcycles when to see interesting places are in the excess of 600 or almost 1000 km. Much of riding for folks like who live in Chicago is just boring highway mileage a distance between stops exceeds 100 miles (162 The highway is super mesmerizing: level surface allowing for the speeds.

Once on it, you want to get off of it at your of destination as soon as it’s possible. Hence this is the why the engines have to work at high RMPs. Some of the may not have been designed to do

Aside from oil consumption, the has had some engine vibration transferred onto its handle

In my case I’ve noticed the vibration suppressors at the end of the handle made a huge difference. If you on riding this motorcycle distance, do yourself a favor and the vibration suppressors stock. And make sure that the bushings used to mount inside the steering bar are not rotten.

the noise dampening effect can be or the suppressors will fall

To summarize this point:

the oil consumption when you do prolonged riding

Make sure the noise dampeners are stock and inside the handle bar with quality bushings

Issue #2: lubrication and stretching

This be obvious, but is not for new riders that I was.

Sometimes we tend to forget the main chain needs to be as well. Get yourself a can of good it’s simple to use just manufacturer’s instructions.

Another that I was faced with riding the Bandit was chain During long distance the chain will stretch in That’s absolutely normal.

remember to adjust it per manufacturer’s BTW: make sure you keep the chain clean.

#3: Stability concerns

Don’t get me on this one: the motorcycle, if loaded is a very stable

Here’s what happened:

I on the camping trip with 150 lbs (68 kg) of gear. While riding on a at 60+ mph (100 km/h) I wanted to the visor of my helmet. I hold the bar very lightly (there is no to squeeze anything while at a normal, relaxed pace). I my left hand up to open the and the instance I did that I felt the bar vibrate.

I must admit this got me a bit concerned. I placed my hand on the bar and the vibration went

Needless to say at the first possible I checked the tire pressure and the as well as the front shock I found no problems. After my bike at the camp site, I it unloaded.

The issue was still there but less pronounced.

Now, on a roadway, the bike without any felt very stable at 125 mph km/h). I attribute this to motorcycle loading.

To address the I did nothing special. I left the stock and decided to live it.

I figured out that adding a dampener (the one seen on performance gixxers) may make worse at low speed. After all the reacts to abrupt movement. I that may impact the emergency where the movement of the steering bar may be quick.

So not knowing enough the dampeners I decided not to install one and ride within reasonable

Another part of the stability was a back-end motorcycle wobble GIVI bags installed.

do not get me wrong on this one, but I that this was more to the very much altered of the bike once the bags got At 85 mph (138 km/h) the back of the started to become unstable. It like the bike was wagging its not much, but enough to make me Keep in mind my previous that the bike felt at 125 mph with no luggage installed.

issue happened right lunch time. After eaten lunch and making that the tires were I measured the front and rear pressure. The measurements were

Then it occurred to me that the set came with the statement the set was tested up to 130 km/h or (80 mph) and the manufacturer’s recommendation was not to exceed speed. Duh…

To summarize point:

Get to know what the new of the motorcycle are when ANY modifications done to its aerodynamic properties

within the new limits

So here you it, the main concerns that encountered when riding the Suzuki Bandit 600S Please feel free to add to the as you see fit. Happy riding.

Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring
Suzuki Bandit Sport Touring


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