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Hey guys, I just wanted to post and introduce myself to the forum. I recently purchased a 2002 Suzuki Bandit (5K Miles) from a friend for $900. My plans for it are to immediately modify it (naked/streetfighter)

The mods I already wish to do:
1.) welding a new tail (06+ R6 tail) I guess the easiest route is to buy a subframe and weld that?
2.) handle bars, however I have NO IDEA which route to go... renthal? straight bars?.... maybe a whole GSXR front end? I've only rode 1 bike my entire life, a 2002 r6 for about 6 months., a few years ago. I want to mention this b/c that stance felt great, the bandit stock stance with the bars feels really awkward. Dont wanna go overboard thought
3. removing OEM fairings, and mounting the gauges and etc to the bike... still reading on how this is done... any advice or links to neat products like headights, etc to consider are welcomed.

I am a total, newb.... i figured for 900$ I could learn about bikes and ride it when im done.

Currently, the ONLY problem with the bike is a so-so idle.... it usually has to run with the Choke on, which i will have myself and a friend dismantle the carbs and clean the jets or w/e....youtube and DIY's should help.





cant wait to start playing with it! :)
 

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That's a steal for 900
 

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Why cant I find deals like this??? There is a lot of information around here. You just have to look/ask

trust me, im from South florida and I thought finding at bike in my new location (erie, pa) would be easy. No decent bike sells for under 4500 here. I was very lucky, in fact... my co worker randomly told me he needed to get rid of it.
 

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Welcome to CF. If you like the R6 ergos then you might want straight bars if not clip ons. Go naked and see how you like it before changing bars.
Would you mind link ing me to some straight bars you'd recommend? whats clip ons? (i know i sound extreme;y ignorant...I'm trying to update myself)
 

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welcome in. that is definitely a hell of a deal you got. as far as the bars go my advice would be take the bars you have off the bike and sit on the bike while the side stand is down. put your feet on the pegs. close your eyes and hold your arms out to where they are comfortable, then open your eyes and see what kind of rise and pullback you would need
 
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Just buy a complete front end (gsxr or something like that ) and slap it on and be done. Better front, and stock clip on's. But if comfort is the goal that's not the cup of tea for you.
 

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Would you mind link ing me to some straight bars you'd recommend? whats clip ons? (i know i sound extreme;y ignorant...I'm trying to update myself)
Clip ons refer to the types of handles that bolt to the fork leg. The left is not connected to the right like a bar would be. They are generally low and sporty.



You should take Piester's advice and get a feel for what is comfortable on the bike. Ride it for a bit and see if you could stand going lower with your hands. Lower means more pressure on your wrists.

Here is a good selection of various bars: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...ies.aspx#&&Back=0-0-0,400-32-0-0-0-0-24-1-1-1
 

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Clip ons refer to the types of handles that bolt to the fork leg. The left is not connected to the right like a bar would be. They are generally low and sporty.



You should take Piester's advice and get a feel for what is comfortable on the bike. Ride it for a bit and see if you could stand going lower with your hands. Lower means more pressure on your wrists.

Here is a good selection of various bars: http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...ies.aspx#&&Back=0-0-0,400-32-0-0-0-0-24-1-1-1

I much rather go with clip ons, if I had more money to spend I'd replace the whole front end, I guess.

is there any significant difference between renthal clip ons from the OEM GSXR (new models?)... looking on ebay I see lots of used ones I have an eye on.

I'll have to go home tonight after work and check out how exactly my handle bar is mounted, and if I simply remove it and clamp on the clip ons to the forks... or would I need to buy a triple tree?


edit: i see nearly EVERY CUSTOM bandit has handle bars/drag bars.... If I were to purchase clip on's , they'd be below-the-triple clip-ons? right? I would probably run into clearance issues?....also, what do I need to look for in size when buying used clip ons, say off ebay?
 

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You need clip ons that have the correct diameter to fit your current forks. I have no idea what size that would be.
quick questions....

I see the ebay "streetfighter" headlights are all considered crap by everyone on this board.... but what if i modified one with the stock projectors on my bandit?
Like, i'll retrofit my stock oem projectors to this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/400474113566?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


From a quick research I see that the Bandit 600 (mine) use 41mm clip-ons.... I found some very inexpensive vortex clip ons, are these above or below the triple tree? Anybody run into any problems with either when installing? like hitting the tank, etc
 

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if you are going to go through all of that trouble retrofitting why not make something?

im learning and tinkering.. in theory I am familiar with how things are suppose to go... but i cant turn a wrench worth shit, thats why i figured this will be a great learning experience for me. If shits hits the fan I have a few friends who can help get me back on the right path...

I told myself I was going to solely work on this whenever I was free on weekends, but I just cant help myself. I removed the tail to take a look at the subframe, Ill start removing more as I get closer to marking the cut points to weld on lugs to bolt up a subframe to.

I was going to go with 06+ r6, but its too costly :( ... i could afford it, but I have SO many mods I plan on doing, i want to be careful with overspending.

My plans now are 00-02' r6 tail.. or 03-05" r6 tail.... they sell from 80-130 on ebay. HOWEVER, i decided to check out the subframes to the ZX6r's and they seem to go for even cheaper than the r6 ... any thoughts?



http://i.imgur.com/yZtOxQn.jpg

edit: I honestly feel a little bad modding this bandit, its pretty mint. But this is the only way im going to have a bike i feel good riding. Also, this thing is FREAKING HEAVY. wow... i dont remember having difficulty rocking my r6 bike to use center stand mechanism


I cant find any COMPLETE sets of tails on ebay, so i'll order part by part.

please, someone let me know if I am missing anything

subframe, cowl, seat cushion, undertail, pass pegs?

all the nuts and bolts I can use from my bandit? the electrical wires and etc that are currently hanging get rigged to fit however possible? or do they fit neatly in the new subframe?
 

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Just purchased my subframe... I unexpectadly went with a 09+ zx6r subframe... the ebay listing said it was complete/straight and even includes bolts, etc)... but mentioned "servo motor included" ... wtf is a servo motor?

here is what I bought.



from this pic all I need is tailight/fairings/seat? right? more or less? I dont know is these require an undertail or if its part of the tray

its kinda weird that the tail cowl comes in pieces (left/right, etc) ...
 

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righto mate, lets start building it now
so glad I have people like you answering all my PM's... I'm looking forward to this awesome learning process with CF.com guiding the way. you guys rock, Im such a noob I was scared I'd fuck up a perfectly good bandit, now i feel more confident :D
 
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