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    Bandit 400's are rare, and they look like little Ducati Monsters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jjfromdlh View Post
    Proof that there are beginner bikers that like the naked bikes.

    Don't forget the Suzuki GS500 of a few years back.
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    i'm all about naked bikes now. its cool to show off the engine. there was a local bandit 400 here for like $850. no title though.

    there are a few naked bikes out there for beginners. bandit 400, GS500, i made my Seca II naked, the SV650 is arguably good for a beginner....
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    Yea, I saw a 1989 CBR600F1(NOT A BEGINNER BIKE) for $750 on the Minneapolis CL... Almost wanted to snatch it up and strip it down. It didn't have the lowers anyway. Then I came back to my senses.
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    I've got one, but limited seat time on it. I'm sort of ham-handed after only riding thumpers for the last year so when I get on it, the front end gets light easily.

    I've only just gotten it running and I was somewhat surprised at the snappy torque curve. I have a similar amount of seat time on a little '86 500 Interceptor and the I-4 of the Bandit seems more "responsive". The day we got the Bandit running each of the three of us that worked on it that day took it for a ride and each of us did an unintentional wheelie on it.

    I would say it is a good beginner bike for someone that is already familar with how to ride a bike and it looks like it has a lot of room to grow into. But, at least for me, if it was my first bike instead of my XT225, I'd have been in trouble at least once.

    Of the four bikes I've got and despite limited seat time on the Bandit and Interceptor, the DR650 is in my mind the clear winner as a beginner bike if you are comfortable with the weight over the XT225.

    I just might be overally cautious, but there's my two cents on it. Nice bike, looking forward to more time on it this summer.

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    The white rims look really sharp if you paint the bodywork white...I've been a big fan of the 400 Bandit for some time but simply never come across one for sale.

    Also look into the Honda CB-1, similar package but another tough bike to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow Shack View Post

    Also look into the Honda CB-1, similar package but another tough bike to find.
    i didnt even know that bike existed up until a month or two ago. super freaking cool.
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    Another vote for appropriate beginner bike. I looks a lot like the Ninja 500 I started on.
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    Got to spend some seat time on the 500 Interceptor this weekend and in comparison despite being a supposedly more powerful bike, it is far more user friendly than the Bandit. Going forward, I would be more inclined to list the Bandit as a good beginner bike for someone with a dirt bike background, not as a "I've never ridden before and I got a Bandit". The power curve of the I-4, even in a little 400 is somewhat snappy and sudden whereas the V4 power curve was smooth and continuous with only a mildy noticable peak a little past the mid-rpm range.

    I guess I'm going against the majority here and I'd tend to push an I-4 driven bike into a grey-area bike for beginners. I've not ridden an inline twin so I can't comment on the comparison between bikes like the 500R and the little Bandit.
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