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gazzoowen

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gazzoowen says:

600 Bandit follows road lines

I've just come back to bikes after a long absence and I love my 2002 K2 600 Bandit but it gets very twitchy over road repairs and lines - especially in the wet.

Does anyone know why this happens, it it a tyre issue or a suspension issue? and what can I do about it?

Tyres are 120/65 and 160/60 Bridgestones.

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bryfor59

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bryfor59 says:

"Twitchy"

if by twitchy you mean slight feeling of loss of grip then this is normal if you run over white lines or the smooth tar that surrounds repairs in wet conditions, if you mean that you get a feeling that the steering is being slightly pulled then again this is quite normal if hitting slight ruts in the road at or around repairs, or highish road markings, best to try to avoid these, would not think there is anything wrong with your bike, although its always worth checking and keeping your tyres at correct pressures

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eatcs01

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eatcs01 says:

bandit

How worn are your tyres?? Is the rear "squared off"?

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jaffa90

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jaffa90 says:

grip

Welcome gazz,what tyre pressures are you running on?

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robsot

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robsot says:

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My bandit was the same mate.. and a few other people i know have said it as well..

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Amateurcynic

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Amateurcynic says:

Firstly

Check your tyres for both correct pressure & for wear and also that you've got a matching pair!

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gazzoowen

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gazzoowen says:

600 Bandit follows road lines

Thanks for everyone's comments.  As front tyre is a barely legal 120/65 BT014 and rear is a fairly new 160/60 BT021 I'll get a new 120/60 BT021 on the front and see what happens.

Tyre pressures are as per manual: 30psi front 33psi rear.

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Tyre pressures.

Also consider whether your tyre pressures should be based upon Suzuki's recommended level (in 2002 on then-current tyres) or at the tyre manufacturer's 2011 recommendation (below) which is specific to your bike and year on tyres of modern construction.

Bridgestone link here

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robsot

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robsot says:

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I ran 36psi front and rear oin my bandit.. Pirelli Diablo's..

it never liked white lines though.. Bandits dont!

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vale4ever

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vale4ever says:

tyres

New front tyre should sort it out. Ive got same problem on hornet when tyres are cold because uneven front tyre wear 

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gazzoowen

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gazzoowen says:

600 Bandit follows road lines

Sorted:biggrin:.  A new 120/60 Bridgestone B021 on the front has transformed the handling and although it still follows lines, it doen't feel nearly so skittish.  Fitter commented that the original 120/65 fitted on the front was a special fitment for a Kawasaki and couldn't understand why anyone would fit this tyre on a Bandit:unsure:.

Only Q now is whether to go with Suzuki's pressures of 33-36, or Bridgestone's 36-39. Any views?

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