Triumph Torque Logo
 
Saturday, 23 March 2019 Register | Login

Message Board

NextRSSPreviousSocial Forums > The Hinckley Arms > My new project.......98 Bandit 600
Info
.
Message
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon06 Feb 2019 22:59
I did mention this a few weeks back but thought it was worth putting up here.

Well, as per the title I was looking for a 90's Fireblade and got let down twice, so just went on to Gumtree, and instead of searching for specifics, I just picked Motorcycles and scooters and in the first half dozen bikes was this 98 600 Bandit that had been sat in this guys garage after failing its MOT back in 2011, and it just so happens it had only been posted an hour or so before and even better it was only 1/4 mile from home.

So, I messaged the guy and he never got back to me till the following morning and said he wouldn't be back until the afternoon, but there had been a fair amount of interest, but being as I was local and was amongst the first responders he thought I should come and see it first.

So, off I went and viewed the bike and lo and behold, it was in fairly good order aside from what it had failed the MOT on some 8 years ago! Namely seized brakes, a missing chain guard!!!, a rear shock which had lost its BOING (and was nowhere to be found in the garage....:) ) and a flat battery and it wouldn't run, probably due to the fuel left in the float bowls 8 years before, so I stuck a spare (incorrect format) battery on there but at least it turned over and wasn't seized.

Anyway, I made an offer which was duly accepted, so off I popped to get the payment and collected my trailer on the way back. Admittedly I'd like this to have been a 1200 and the Blade search may have been postponed, but this is what I purchased and I'm pretty much looking forward to this.

https://ibb.co/r6rKJ0N

https://ibb.co/x6HJVmC

https://ibb.co/YDBZzG1

This was all of one whole day before going back offshore and I still had to go to Magor Services near the Severn Bridge to meet a guy and collect my new bike lift!

I have since purchased a used low mile 1200 Bandit shock which should lift the arse end a little due to it being 6mm longer, which should have the added advantage of tipping the bike in quicker, along with a set of cheap Renthal style low rise Superbike bars (copies), a pair of cheap bar end mirrors, a set of free Oxford heated grips (free with a magazine subscription) and a new battery (cheap :smile: )...............(you can see where I'm going with this ride....it's gonna be cheap!).

So, I'm now back from offshore and only have a few days before I have to attend a 5 day Compex course as my ticket is just about expired, so I'm not sure how much I'll get done, but it starts tomorrow, so stay tuned.........

....oh yeah, it has also been pointed out to me that the number plate is a doozy, and mythbusters proved it so lets see if you really can polish a turd! :smile:
-
Advertisement
Remove adverts by upgrading to a premier account
-
Krautophile
Hunts & Crawley,
United Kingdom

Posts: 57,365
Street Triple


icon07 Feb 2019 06:51
:thumbup::thumbup:
-
ST
South,
United Kingdom

Posts: 109,019
Enthusiast


icon07 Feb 2019 09:13
49 - look forward to the progress Lyn - but dont email it - LOL
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon07 Feb 2019 09:44
:lol:
-
Bez
Buckinghamshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 422
Sprint 900


icon07 Feb 2019 09:56
Looks good. They are great bikes for the money. :thumbup:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon07 Feb 2019 14:43
Removed the grab handles and run them over the wire wheel before polishing them.

https://ibb.co/w7n7h8n

Removed the air box and sprayed acetone (it’s all I had handy) in there when turning it over. I did drain the float bowl first tho to at least purge it of old stale fuel.



Stuck the tank back on losely and it seems to be running just fine.

-
Earl 2
Powys,
United Kingdom

Posts: 192
Tiger 800XC


icon07 Feb 2019 16:11
Nice one mate I’m in the lookout for a classic bike to turn into a cafe racer simple project for Sunday fun day rides
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon07 Feb 2019 17:30
:thumbup:

Now I know it’s a running I’m happy. Been back up the cave and fitted the rear shock. That’s the start of the improvements.

https://ibb.co/FHt5H4S
https://ibb.co/pnK8BQw
-
stevethegoolie
East Yorkshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 3,493
Trident 900


icon07 Feb 2019 19:39
That sounds sweet, all things considered! Methinks you have got the makings of a fun machine there.
You enjoy sorting it, Lyn, and we'll enjoy reading about it ... err ... please!:smile:

P.S. Am I the only poor sod who's never ridden, much less owned, a Bandit of any size or spec.?:frown: Am I missing something?:sad:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon07 Feb 2019 20:30
Cheers Steve. Yeah mate they are fun, even the 600 is a hoot to ride.:thumbup:
-
Krautophile
Hunts & Crawley,
United Kingdom

Posts: 57,365
Street Triple


icon08 Feb 2019 07:34
stevethegoolie:


P.S. Am I the only poor sod who's never ridden, much less owned, a Bandit of any size or spec.?:frown: Am I missing something?:sad:



No you're not the only one...
-
Mach 1
Durham,
United Kingdom

Posts: 1,473
Bonneville (01-08)


icon08 Feb 2019 08:57
You took a calculated risk buying a non-runner Lyn and it's paid off :thumbup:.
Ade always spoke highly of his Bandit 600 , shame he spat the dummy he could have given you ( and me ) a few tips on the Bandit range 28 .
IMO though the Bandit range is predominantly let down by suspension and there are links to all the shocks that can fit the Bandit and there are a few . You're obviously tackling the rear end already 49 . Oil and spring change on front is probably the cheapest upgrade , maybe emulators and preload adjusters aswell .
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Feb 2019 09:12
Got Fazer PL adjuster here to fit. Had to do the shock as it had lost its gas. They are fun tho.

In fairness the oil burners are reliable lumps
-
Bez
Buckinghamshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 422
Sprint 900


icon08 Feb 2019 09:17
The suspension on the Bandits was a weak point and really needed to be upgraded and the finish was a bit thin in places (especially if exposed to winter road salt).
But suzuki had to cut cost's on bits as when the Bandit was launched it was not only a grin inducing fantastic bike compared to more expensive rivals but also stonkingly good value for the amount of bike you got compared to what else was on the market at the time.

I can guarantee you will have great fun on this bike and may well temp out the inner hooligan in you :evil::thumbup:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Feb 2019 09:29
I already have the ultimate hooligans bike in the MT10 but yeah, I do agree, they are fun and the last B600N I owned was an absolute blast to ride. Jacked up, Renthal barred, twin dominator lamped mental fun. :evil:

I think I’m lucky that this one has had an easy life and has been a little pampered by its previous 8 owners in the last 21 years.
-
Bez
Buckinghamshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 422
Sprint 900


icon08 Feb 2019 10:15
It does look in good condition for a 21 year old bike. Goes to show what a difference keeping a bike clean and a bit pampering can make.
-
Dan The Man
An Englishman abroad,
Sweden

Posts: 3,586
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon08 Feb 2019 11:59
Whoohoo! We`re away :thumbup::grin:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Feb 2019 18:34
Haha, cheers Dan.

Well, that’s the basics done. I scrubbed the chain today with parafin and re lubed it with Wurth dry lube and it looks like new! Got all the bodywork back on after a quick polish, I stripped both front calipers and popped out the pistons, cleaned them up and gave them a coat of red rubber grease and managed to clean the rear caliper piston and worked it with a coating of red rubber grease but didn’t strip it as it wasn’t seized. I also modified an SV650 chainguard to fit.

Front calipers bled up nicely and there’s a firm lever. If I can get it insured I’ll see if I can get it MOT’d tomorrow otherwise it’ll be next weekend as I’m on a course all week next week.

https://ibb.co/yk96bW9
-
stevethegoolie
East Yorkshire,
United Kingdom

Posts: 3,493
Trident 900


icon08 Feb 2019 19:57
Scrubbed up nicely!:thumbup::smile:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon08 Feb 2019 20:18
:thumbup: Cheers Steve.:drink:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon09 Feb 2019 12:55
Tim (Earl2), £850 before it goes for its MOT and it’s yours and you can have the Renthal style bars, Oxford hot grips and smooth undertray for free.

This morning I decided to refit the exhaust so it’s straight!!! Then I removed the fork caps with the bike jacked up to take the pressure off the forks, to expose these.....(whilst it was off I stuck in about 25ml of oil to each fork).

https://ibb.co/G21pPzn

Then I dug out an old pair of preload caps which were given to me some time ago by Grouch of this very parish (cheers Chris, they finally got used!) I think from a Fazer 600???

https://ibb.co/j4bTbZT

I spoke to my tame machinist (Darren :smile: ) after doing some measuring and asked him to make me 2 x spacers 36mmOD x 12mm thick with a 10mm x 2.5mm dimple to take the adjuster and keep things central.
Which look like this.

https://ibb.co/hYXMhk5

And after a bit of swearing trying to squeeze it all together they look like this

https://imgbb.com/

And the bike is now back in its wheels and feels a little firmer with 3 notches of preload in the rear and the rebound adjusted for a bit more return in the rear which also means that with the adjusters I can now dial in a further 17mm on the front if required.

https://ibb.co/tQmJnHh

https://ibb.co/1rXVR9B

The RH rear indicator wasn’t working which was just a poor contact on the lamp and I need a new switch for the front brake lever then it can go for its mot.
-
Earl 2
Powys,
United Kingdom

Posts: 192
Tiger 800XC


icon09 Feb 2019 15:20
I was something older mate old classic bike

Besides my misses has a 1200 I couldn’t buy a600 lol
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon09 Feb 2019 15:37
:lol:
-
Grouch
Freedonia,
United Kingdom

Posts: 7,110
Speed Triple 955i (02-04)


icon10 Feb 2019 19:32
Nice work Lyn:thumbup:
I dropped the yokes 10mm on mine to quicken the steering.
Get the ignition advancer and the washer mod done to the carbs:evil:
"Now that's what I'M TALKIN'BOUT Willis"/media/file/118601.aspx
Shame it's the wrong colour:tongueout::lol:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon10 Feb 2019 21:07
:lol:
Haha, cheers Chris.
-
BINKIE -AKA Woodie
Upper Bucklebury,
United Kingdom

Posts: 2,351
Tiger (07->)


icon11 Feb 2019 15:40
Nice one Lyn. Just spray the engine black and pretend it is a 1200.


no-one will know :lol:


:pirate::pirate:
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon11 Feb 2019 16:41
:lol:
-
Dan The Man
An Englishman abroad,
Sweden

Posts: 3,586
Daytona 955i (99-01)


icon12 Feb 2019 18:41
:thumbup::thumbup::grin: Nice work, as always.
-
Exup
Maesteg, South Wales,
United Kingdom

Posts: 425
Daytona 675


icon12 Feb 2019 18:49
:drink::thumbup:

I've sent the adjusters back to Darren for him to set the spacers onto the threaded adjusters and pin them after machining back the lower face too so it sits central inside the preload tube.
Although the preload was increased, it felt a bit weird from the front end and seemed as though there was too much and I was concerned about the springs becoming coil bound, so, as there is so much adjustment available I think its worth modifying it further. `I will still drop the forks through the yokes to compensate from the higher front end so the geometry will be re-set.

The informed people I have spoken to or read threads from suggest 15-20mm should be sufficient on the Bandit.
-
NextRSSPreviousSocial Forums > The Hinckley Arms > My new project.......98 Bandit 600
-
Forum Jump:
-
Moderators: ~Bluelabel~ Boycie Homertrix
Who's Online?
Guests:74
Members:1
Premiers:0

top
Triumph Torque
- About Us
- Community Guidelines
- Contact Us
- Statistics
Site Information
- Site Help
- Site Status
- Site Updates
Member Information
- Login / Register
- Merchandise
- Obituaries