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Old 04-30-2009, 09:47 PM   #166
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There's already a Bandit thread going at

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=412653


but since I'm already here:

I searched for bandit, but I guess I did not look far enough.
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:27 AM   #167
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My Bandit just passed State Inspection, now it's 100% legal.

Feels like my old BMW K1200RS with less weight.

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:09 AM   #168
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My Bandit just passed State Inspection, now it's 100% legal.

Feels like my old BMW K1200RS with less weight.
Not that often that you hear someone call the Bandit a lighter something..
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:44 AM   #169
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My 98 BMW K1200RS was about 650 lb..

03 Bandit 1200, perhalps under 500 lb.?
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:48 AM   #170
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Around 485 dry so in the low 500s wet.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:59 AM   #171
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Around 485 dry so in the low 500s wet.
Even tough I put on LED flush turn signals, removed barend weights and the tail end dead weight? Those barend weights are about 3/4 lb. each.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:37 AM   #172
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Even tough I put on LED flush turn signals, removed barend weights and the tail end dead weight? Those barend weights are about 3/4 lb. each.
Depending on what all that weighs you may around 510 wet. I am going off of a 485 dry weight and then adding the weigh of 5.3 gallons of gas and the oil; a total just shy of 40lbs.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:10 AM   #173
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Am I the only one that has problems with the little tie-down spools on my '02 Bandit? The straps on my tail bag are about 1/4" wider than the spools. I spent hours searching the internet and even the local hardware stores for an alternative, but ended up making my own at work. Problem solved, but I can't believe there isn't something out there that would work?

BTW, the threads are 8mm x 1.25.

The long threads go in the back. The stockers are plated steel, I think. I made the new longer ones out of stainless.
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Old 05-15-2009, 10:59 AM   #174
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I use a Fieldsheer Expander tail bag which has hooks that fit the stock pegs just fine.
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Old 05-28-2009, 09:19 PM   #175
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Ok, so I finally sprung for some Nelson-Rigg saddlebags and I like them a lot. And only 81 bucks at Dennis Kirk for the standards. Took a pic today of the thing loaded up. Believe it or not I have a tent, air mattress, sleeping bag, feather pillow ( ) and a small air pump for the mattress in the tail pack. If I have to camp, I'm going to be comfy.

Only problem is the bike handles a little wonky now with all that weight back there. Feels a little like a weeble at slow speeds. Once I get up to 30-40mph it just feels a little top heavy.
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Old 05-29-2009, 05:28 AM   #176
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I've traded my Bandit 1200 to a 09 SFV650.

I have a few Bandit items for sale: HERE
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Old 05-29-2009, 07:31 AM   #177
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I would feel the same kind of off the wall handling on my 01 when loaded, even wih the pre-load ramped all the way up. Swapping the rear shock out to a Busa unit made a world of difference in handling, particularly when loaded down.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:06 AM   #178
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I would feel the same kind of off the wall handling on my 01 when loaded, even wih the pre-load ramped all the way up. Swapping the rear shock out to a Busa unit made a world of difference in handling, particularly when loaded down.
I've seen something about the Busa shock swap somewhere else. Is it a straightforward fit or is there some fiddling?
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:18 AM   #179
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The 2007 and back shocks (or is that 2008???) have identical mounting points. The Busa shock raises the rear of the bike about 1.25" so a lowering link is reccomended to get back to the stock steering geometry. Additionally, the lower left (as sitting on the bike) air box cover mount tab and the slot it sits in needs to be cut off to accomodate the shock resevoir. No worries thought the airbox cover still holds on just fine. Otherwise a pretty direct fit

Quick easy job though. I went a little bonkers with the suspsension when I decided to do the Busa shock. Added racetech springs and a Holeshot steering stabilizer. All total ran about $450-$500 but was money well spent. It really changed the bike a lot. Handling got insanely better.
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:30 AM   #180
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Nate,
Did U do anything to the front end of the Bandit?
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