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Old 12-16-2013, 04:27 PM   #1786
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Lol, mine has a stage 1 w/ airbox mod & timing advance but no other hi performance stuff, stock sprockets too. OTOH with all the torque I dont pin it very often...
Same here. Holeshot Stage 1 cleared most every oddity out of the power band. The timing advance seems like it makes the bike wind up faster too. I was going to buy a new bike but may just modify this B12 more.

It has been a very reliable and inexpensive bike to run, not to mention fun.

Now fuel economy is another story completely...

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Old 12-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #1787
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Are the OEM panniers big enough to fit a full faced helmet?
On the GSX/FA? Nope. I'd need to invest in a trunk as well to fit my XXL HJC lid. I like trunks better for commuting duty.

Loving this thread (even though I don't own a Bandit)
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:32 PM   #1788
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Well, I'm wearing a medium Shoei. Might fit better than an XXL.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:53 PM   #1789
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Well, I'm wearing a medium Shoei. Might fit better than an XXL.
haha me too.

One bandit. made faster with the Holeshot stage two kit, teeny exhaust etc....

one Medium Shoei pinhead makes me even more aerodynamic.....

I haven't had hard panniers as yet.... do they make a lot of difference to how the bike handles?
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:06 PM   #1790
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a question for you Bandit afficianados....


Was the 2001 - 2006 1200s just as buzzy as the previous version? What about the 2007+ models with the 1250 motor? Buzzy or smooth? I'm not generally bothered by some vibration (rode a Concours for 8 years), but the 1200s I rode vibrated enough that I bought the Concours instead.

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The first gen 1200 does have more vibration. From 2007 on the 1250 Bandits have counter balancers, liquid cooling, 6 gears, fuel injection etc. Completely different motor built specifically for the Bandit series.
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Old 12-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #1791
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Well, I'm wearing a medium Shoei. Might fit better than an XXL.
I think my large Shoei fits on a 1250.
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:25 PM   #1792
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I'm in need of a new rear tire for my '01 1200S. Where have ya'll found the best deals? I'm looking for a good all around tire, capable of logging some miles but also not so hard that I'll be sliding all over the place. Also, where would I begin my search to find a place to get it mounted, balanced, etc.? Thanks!
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:14 PM   #1793
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I ran a set of Conti Road attacks on my 97 G-12 they held up well and offered good traction even in the rain I've heard good things about the Pirelli sport touring tires, my brother (more sport than tour) loves them on his TLR 1000 says they stick really well and last.
As far as where to buy, and where to get mounted, try a local independent MC shop. My local shop will mount and balance free if I buy the tires from them, it works out about even with buying online and paying for installation

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Old 02-18-2014, 03:02 PM   #1794
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I just checked what was on there now, a set of Continental "Contimotion". The wore well, I think, and never gave me any real traction issues. May go with them again.


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Old 02-18-2014, 04:21 PM   #1795
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I use Pirelli Angel GT's on my Bandit 1200. I'm at about 10k on my rear and its doing fine, just replaced the front at nearly 20k. I guess I'm fairly easy on tires being mostly a commuter and low speed adv rider, I don't get above 85 very often though I do get the rear chicken strips down to 1/4" or so.

But mind the rear wheel alignment. Get it good, I wasted my 1st one in about 7k- wore it flat and down to the cords because of my bad alignment job.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:31 PM   #1796
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Pilot Road 3's here. Very happy with them.
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Old 02-18-2014, 11:57 PM   #1797
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I'm in need of a new rear tire for my '01 1200S. Where have ya'll found the best deals? I'm looking for a good all around tire, capable of logging some miles but also not so hard that I'll be sliding all over the place. Also, where would I begin my search to find a place to get it mounted, balanced, etc.? Thanks!
Pirelli Angel GT and Pilot Road 2 and 3 have been winning tire comparisons in
last 2-3 years for lasting long and having great grip in all conditions, but if
you're looking for a "deal" - these might be a bit on the expensive side.

Actually, locally, those 2 (GT and PR3) are the 2 most expensive sport touring
tires you can buy. I found the alternative in the Metzeler Z6 which are still made
even if they've been replaced by Z8 years ago, and work great and you're
more likely to throw them out because of old age then wearing them out.

They're miles better then Bridgestone BT020 or 021 for example, have
virtually the same grip as the sportier Dunlop Qualifier (which doesn't last
long at all) and are about as good as the Dunlop Roadsmarts or better.

They're just a bit harder to tip into corners.

All of the above I've had on my bikes.

p.s. Pilot Road 4 just came out, maybe there'll be deals on 2 and 3's now.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:02 AM   #1798
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I'm heading out to look at, and possibly buy a 2007 1250s with ABS this weekend.

When I'm inspecting it, are there any 'bandit specific' issues that I should keep an eye out for?
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:49 PM   #1799
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i'm heading out to look at, and possibly buy a 2007 1250s with abs this weekend.

When i'm inspecting it, are there any 'bandit specific' issues that i should keep an eye out for?
None.
Maybe a bit of rust.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #1800
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I'm heading out to look at, and possibly buy a 2007 1250s with ABS this weekend.

When I'm inspecting it, are there any 'bandit specific' issues that I should keep an eye out for?
Nothing that I know of, that's why we ride them. I need to have one bike that just works.
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