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Post  Truck bandit on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 10:20 am

I was reading another post about the Bandit Forum and how most of us?? are pretty reasonable and understanding as the typical Bandit owner is a bit older than other bike owners.

I was just wondering if that is the case?

I am only mid thirties and have had a Bandit for 10 years. Was I too young as 25 to buy a Bandit. I felt then that I wanted a bit of power but to be comfortable aswell.

Should I have got a back breaking, wrist wrenching litre sports bike?

I know of post-60 year olds that love their Gixxers and Busa's still!

Typically BMW owners are older riders although this is starting to change in recent years with a new lineup of bikes.

The one thing I will say is that I am past the mid-capacity (600-800cc range etc) bikes at the moment. Maybe when my body or mind is getting on a bit I might step back to this level, but at the moment I can't see myself being with a bike under 1000cc.

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Post  Jimcoleman on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 12:56 pm

when it comes to old and BMW's Baz can answer that question for you  What a Face   lol!  lol!  lol!
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Post  Chook on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 1:03 pm

I bought my Bandit @ 47 which probably fits the mound quite nicely, however the Bandit is more sporty and has a lot more grunt than my ride for the previous 21 years (VX800) so maybe by 60 I'll be on a sports bike!
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Post  gus on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 1:19 pm

It was only a few years ago the 1200 was the hooligan bike to own .Unfortunately Suzuki went touring with it instead of giving us a "R" version .
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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 2:42 pm

@gus wrote:It was only a few years ago the 1200 was the hooligan bike to own .Unfortunately Suzuki went touring with it instead of giving us a "R" version .

You could probably substitute the B-King for an R Rated version Gus.
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Post  gus on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 2:54 pm

If I wanted something the front the size of a car . No I want smaller and lighter
In fact I could ask " is the 4 cyl bike on its last legs" . Sports bike sales are getting smaller ,has Yamaha seen this with the introduction of 3 cyl range .

I think I'm on my last 4cyl bike ,and you sold yours as did Hammy.. Your young (ish),I'm old
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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 3:20 pm

I reckon they have seen that thats the way to go mate. The MT09 looks to be a terrific bike at a much better price than the Speed Triple. If only they can work out people in Australia sometimes have further between fuel stops than Japan. I don't think its the end of the 4cyl bikes, your always going to have Gixxers and R1"s and Bandits I imagine. Its a personal choice and as long as the market commands them, they'll keep making them.

Thanks for the Young(ish) compliment mate  Razz
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Post  reddog on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 3:38 pm

I bought mine at 28 so it's not all old blokes That own Bandits
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Post  gazzar on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 3:41 pm

But, in dog years U would B old.... Suspect Sorry reddog...............lol
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Post  Baz on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 5:06 pm

@Jimcoleman wrote:when it comes to old and BMW's Baz can answer that question for you  What a Face   lol!  lol!  lol!
they (RT's) are owned by a lot retired or serving police officers (ex m/c cops).
When my RT gets too big for an old man I'll trade it in on a F800GT, but for now I'll be squeezing every last km out of the RT. 
I bought a ram cup holder for it .. that attracts attention.

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Post  madmax on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 5:10 pm

@Baz wrote:I bought a ram cup holder for it .. that attracts attention.

LOL, now I've got to see that!

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Post  madmax on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 5:16 pm

Now I bought mine at 48, I just can't see myself on a "30min" sports bike. Nice to ride for a bit of fun but I wouldn't be riding much.

I planning on getting as much fun as I can out of the Bandit (sorry Suzuki) GSX  Wink  then some time much later on down the track I might buy a..... tractor

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Post  gazzar on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 5:34 pm

Tractor's cool....... Very Happy 
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Post  Baz on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 6:45 pm

@madmax wrote:
@Baz wrote:I bought a ram cup holder for it .. that attracts attention.

LOL, now I've got to see that!

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Post  Jimmy the Boy on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 7:03 pm

Classic! Don't spill any latte on to your stereo speakers Baz. Very Happy
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Post  paul on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 7:07 pm


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Post  kewwig on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 7:39 pm

I'm 51 but immature (says my wife), so that makes me a mere 30
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Post  madmax on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 7:57 pm

@Baz wrote:
@madmax wrote:
@Baz wrote:I bought a ram cup holder for it .. that attracts attention.

LOL, now I've got to see that!

Ripper, now all you need is a long straw

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Post  Baz on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 8:18 pm

nah i wear an arai ctx open face and just buy those pump water bottles.

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