I recommend using the foot brake to hold you on the hill. Let the clutch out slow, throttle and release the foot brake. Away you go!Hi, I'm also new Bandit owner and forum member. I picked up a 2001 GSF 600S this past Sunday on Craig's list for $1800, which was all I could really afford on my grad student budget. I've mostly been practicing a little around my neighborhood until I take my endorsement test.
This is my first motorcycle, and I've (sigh) dropped it twice. The bike is bigger than the ones we rode at the MSF course I took (Buell Blasts), so it feels a little unwieldy for me in slow speed maneuvers and hill starts (I live at the bottom of a really steep hill, so I have no choice, I have to get good at hill starts). It does need a new chain and sprockets; it has a little tight-loose pattern in the chain that makes it kind of jerky when riding slow. I also had to make some adjustments to the throttle cable and clutch (I have small hands, so I gave the clutch cable some slack so it doesn't snap out of my hand; this is how I dropped it the first time). The seller gave me a Haynes manual with the bike, so I'll use that to replace the chain and sprockets myself and save some money (along with both turn signals that I damaged... grrr). Can't wait to get my endorsement and get out on the road, the bike feels pretty comfortable and I really like the modest design of the fairings and bodywork.
Thanks for the tip, I think I've finally gotten it down, that and coming to a stop on a hill. I dropped the bike the first time by grabbing the front brake with the wheel turned on a hill at a 4-way stop; just that panic reaction, then splat. Luckily it went down on the side that's already scratched up (previous owner also grabbed the front brake and did what I did), so no additional noticeable damage. A lady came over and asked if I was okay, "yes, thank you I'm fine, just trying to lift up this stupid heavy bike...." I guess dropping it and the ensuing embarrassment is sort of a rite of passage. Anyway, I also replaced the chain and sprockets and the bike is much easier to start up. The jerkiness from the worn out chain didn't help things when I got out on it for the first few rides around my neighborhood.I recommend using the foot brake to hold you on the hill. Let the clutch out slow, throttle and release the foot brake. Away you go!
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I've since adjusted the clutch with a little more cable slack then is specified in my Haynes manual (recommended is 10-15mm of "dead" travel, I have maybe 18mm at most). Too much and the clutch won't fully disengage of course, but it seems to disengage fine with this much slack. With some practice I was able to let the lever roll off my fingers smoothly when it starts to fully engage. I did consider replacing the lever with one of those adjustable reach levers, but they are kind of pricey (~$100 US) and I'm kinda poor.Howdy folks!! I don't own a Bandit, but I'm researching some Bandit technology, possibly for use on my old `79 GS750.
I too have problems with small hands and clutch. I haven't been out of the parkinglot with my bike yet, but after just a few short-run clutchings, I find it difficult to use a "finger grip" on the clutch to smoothly slip into 1st gear. often have to crank my hand around and get a bit of palm on it. Makes it REALLY hard to smoothly pull up my footpath sized walkway and onto the porch.
I think you have to wait 24 hrs. after posting to an existing thread to be able to start a thread. However, when I posted my second post to this thread, I still couldn't start a thread. I was about to contact the admin when I tried again and it worked. Maybe contact the admin if you still have problems. I think it's just an anti-spam/troll measure.You guys have an idea why I can't create a new thread? I've already activated (twice infact, and it told me "Your account has already been activated so please try logging in.").
Bikemaster makes a good selection of replacement steel bars. Many bends, very affordable (like $20) and standard 7/8 mounting diameter. Can pick them up from JCWhitney, Cycle Gear, etc. You should find several mirror choices from those retailers as well. I used the Superbike bend in black on my SV and was very happy with them!Hi guys, i am also new to the forum and waiting to post a new thread. I just bought a 96 bandit 600 and I love it but I would like to get a little more aggressive handlebars for it and maybe body mounted mirrors. Any suggestions or ideas? Thanks!