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Old 09-22-2013, 04:20 PM   #1726
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The poster didn't say, but it does look somewhat like the '05-06 gsxr1000 pipes.


That looks like the later GSXR 600/750 muffler. It could work, actually.

I'm not certain, but I think the GSX650F and the 1250 Bandit used the same muffler. So this might be comparable.

The stock muffler on the 1250 has a small outlet, but a large capacity canister, so there's a lot of volume, but a somewhat restricted output. I'm certainly not an exhaust engineer, and only a dyno can verify how these things compare.

Whatever the case, that muffler should not be a deal breaker. You can swap it for something else provided that the other parts haven't been modified.
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:20 PM   #1727
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There was a guy on Two Wheeled Texans who did that - he cut off the servo valve and welded a section of straight Ti pipe to fit his 1250. It looked great, was reported to sound great, it weighs considerably less, and - perhaps most importantly for some areas - is OEM Suzuki for hassle free state inspections.

Could you, by chance, link me to this? I've been searching through that site and I can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:37 AM   #1728
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Could you, by chance, link me to this? I've been searching through that site and I can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.
Sure, start on this page at post #1048

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthre...=17255&page=53

Contributor "suzikijo" gives all the details. He also links to this site with the installation photos starting at post #131

http://www.riderforums.com/general-b...t-1250s-9.html

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Old 09-23-2013, 02:28 PM   #1729
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So, ladies and gentlemen astride Bandits, can any of you sell me on a bandit 1250?

I've been drooling over a triumph sprint 1050 for awhile now as I'm looking to upgrade my bike, but I hear that a bandit 1250 might be a decent bike as well.

There's a 2007 within a couple of hours from where I live that has:
12k miles
ABS
Aftermarket windscreen
GSXR exhaust (looks really weird on a bandit)
Current owner apparently just got back from a trip to the dragon.

So, tell me:

What do you like about your 1250?
What don't you like about it? (if anything)

Is there any way to open up the top end of the power band a bit? Some dyno charts I've seen show torque falling off a LOT in the higher RPM's, and 98hp seems awfully low for a 1250cc inline-four...

The Bandit looks like a great bike, but there's nothing that really... excites me, from what I've heard at least. It just seems like a good, cheap, practical bike, like a much more powerful NC700, or something.


Tell me, why should I want a bandit 1250?





this bike has been on Craigs list, off and on for 2 months or more
Price keeps getting lower-I would look real close and hard.
He can't be just back from the dragon every other week.
The gsxr exhaust would concern me-why?
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:35 PM   #1730
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Yeah, I noticed that it's been up for awhile too. I figured that he was just copy/pasting the same ad up, rather than r rewriting it every few weeks.
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Old 09-24-2013, 09:50 AM   #1731
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Could you, by chance, link me to this? I've been searching through that site and I can't seem to find it mentioned anywhere.
The guy with the red 1250 with the Gixxer exhaust goes by the name Suzuki Joe but now rides a Honda CB1000R.When he put the Gixxer pipe on his 1250 he explained all the mods he had to do to make it fit.. He is often on the cycle world forums and would Im sure answer any questions you have regarding this.. still goes by Suzuki Joe btw
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #1732
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They're probably weak for a bike that can do 200mph, which Bandit can't.

..and they just announced the 2014 Busa with new brakes.
Sorry, using the word weak was a little wrong, the complainants are usually lack of feeling and you have to use some force and i am not talking about when in speed of 100mph++. Their not bad but could be a lot better.
What about just getting stainless steel breaklines and EBC HH break pads on the original Bandit breaks? That will give you better breaks.

PS My first point was that if your first gona put money in to upgrading the breaks, go for the best not the second best
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Old 09-24-2013, 02:31 PM   #1733
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+1 for the stainless brake lines. I was dubious but after I installed the Holeshot bar risers (which include a longer stainless hose), brake feel improved considerably. I put a set of Vesrah pads in a while back, still feel great OTOH the weak brakes I had before were likely due to the old pads being glazed.

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Old 10-04-2013, 02:03 AM   #1734
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Advice for a New Bandit

Hello, all. I've had my '01 little Bandit for five years now, and am having more and more trouble resisting the "need" to go bigger. A few viable bikes around my area have me seriously considering making the move. I could use some input on which way I should go. The bikes, in no particular order:

Option 1: a 2012 GSX1250FA, brand new from the dealer, for $9800 OTD.

Option 2: a 2011 GSX1250FA, brand new from the dealer, for $8350 OTD.

Option 3: a 2009 Bandit, from a used bike dealer, 14k miles, $4500 (plus tax)

Option 4: a 2003 1200, 3,200 miles, pristine condition, "asking" $2500.

I have some inklings and leanings, but wanted some feedback from people who know these bikes. (The first three dealers would offer $1000 to $1200 for my 600 in trade, also.) Any thoughts and input from anyone would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-04-2013, 06:50 AM   #1735
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Brawnyhombre, what are you wanting another Bandit for: do you plan to commute, tour, pleasure ride, etc.? Also, will you be doing your own maintenance or paying a mechanic for it?

I have two first-generation Bandit 1200's. They are super-reliable, decently easy to work on (not as much as the DR, but oh well), parts are cheap, etc. I have done dozens of weekend trips with a Givi top box and soft bags, commute, rode to Canada and back (see my Ride Report), and have ~40,000 miles on the one I ride now with no signs of trouble any time soon.

While I'm here, I'll ask the group: do any of you have Givi PLB511 side racks you're looking to get rid of? I've been searching for a long while unsuccessfully as I want to add side cases.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:09 PM   #1736
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For me hands down I'd go for the 1200! Simple, reliable and fast. Add some easy mods and they're even FASTER!

I'm old school so I am biased toward things like carbs, air/oil cooling and lower tech sort of bikes.

Which ever you pick enjoy it!
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:55 PM   #1737
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For me hands down I'd go for the 1200! Simple, reliable and fast. Add some easy mods and they're even FASTER!

I'm old school so I am biased toward things like carbs, air/oil cooling and lower tech sort of bikes.

Which ever you pick enjoy it!
Ditto.
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Old 10-05-2013, 02:04 PM   #1738
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Can a stock Bandit do a power wheelie? Which gear?
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #1739
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Yes, very easy to loft the front wheel in first gear.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:18 PM   #1740
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Can a stock Bandit do a power wheelie? Which gear?
Yes, and with a few mods it will stand up anytime (over4,000 rpm) you hit anything thicker than a sheet of paper
1st gear can be dangerous!
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