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Old 05-29-2009, 12:57 PM   #181
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Racetech .90kg/mm springs (I'm on the husky side ), new 10w fork oil, and a Holeshot Steering damper.

If I can ever stumble on a good deal on a fork brace I'd like to give that a shot as well...
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Old 05-29-2009, 06:14 PM   #182
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Just got mine. I haven't even had the chance to make friends with it yet.
Of course, what happens when you get a new bike? It rains icewater for the next week!

That looks great, love that color. I was in my local dealer last week, they had one of these sitting on the floor. Only problem was they had a ZX14 sitting next to it, marked down to nearly the same price...

How are those bags, they look good on the bike. Fit a laptop in those?
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:38 AM   #183
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That looks great, love that color. I was in my local dealer last week, they had one of these sitting on the floor. Only problem was they had a ZX14 sitting next to it, marked down to nearly the same price...
Wow, that's quite a deal on a ZX14 isn't it? I've been thinking a 14 or Busa with a new triple that would let you use a tube handlebar would be just the thing...
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:59 AM   #184
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Wow, that's quite a deal on a ZX14 isn't it? I've been thinking a 14 or Busa with a new triple that would let you use a tube handlebar would be just the thing...
It was at Engelhart in Madison, Wi. I forget the exact price, I want to say 8800.

EDIT, it's on their website under their Hot Deals, $8999. http://www.engelhart.com/
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Old 05-30-2009, 10:40 AM   #185
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I wonder if anyone has tried a set of Busa forks or whole front end on a Bandit? Or any of the new type forks from one of the sportbikes that are fully adjustable.
Putting a Race tech gold valve and spring would be right at 300 bucks by the time you figure in shipping an all.
Just pondering on this. Figure there may be some mechanic on here that may have looked at the steering stems and bearing set up on different bikes and the possible cross over.
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Old 05-30-2009, 09:38 PM   #186
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I wonder if anyone has tried a set of Busa forks or whole front end on a Bandit? Or any of the new type forks from one of the sportbikes that are fully adjustable.
Putting a Race tech gold valve and spring would be right at 300 bucks by the time you figure in shipping an all.
Just pondering on this. Figure there may be some mechanic on here that may have looked at the steering stems and bearing set up on different bikes and the possible cross over.
Quite a few have swapped to Busa front ends on the Bandit. You have to go naked as the clip-ons wouldn't clear the fairing. The busa forks are a bit shorter in overall length. Also takes some new bearings and tweaking to get the steering stops to be right.

I would suspect the racetech gold valve and spring combo would perform better than a stock busa set of forks though...
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Old 05-31-2009, 04:14 PM   #187
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And it seems, a lot less hassle. ;-) Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2009, 08:12 PM   #188
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How are these bikes for tall guys? I am 6'6" tall and have been considering an older Bandit. Anyone else my size riding one?
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Old 05-31-2009, 10:07 PM   #189
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I've posted this elsewhere, but here's my B1250 set up to tour. Power Bronze screen, Suzi side cases, Sargent seat, SW Mo-tech bar risers, Oxford Hot Hands heated wraps, and V-Strom hand guards. Very comfortable, good solo ST rig. I 2 up occasionally, and while the drivetrain/chassis doesn't mind, it could use more room for rider and pillon. Short jaunts are good, but for longer rides there could be more room.

I was shopping FJR/VFR/V-Strom 1K to replace my Uly. After a disappointing test ride on a DL1K I rode this. It just seemed to fit well. Almost 6 months and I am pretty happy with her...even did a track day (see here: http://www.2wf.com/content/view/2104/44/
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Dude, that's a great looking rig. the panniers with the color accent, the aftermarket seat... Pure Class.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:06 AM   #190
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How are these bikes for tall guys? I am 6'6" tall and have been considering an older Bandit. Anyone else my size riding one?
I'm 6'3" and find it fairly comfortable. I have the Suzuki Gel seat on it that looses a good 1.5-2" of leg room and am still ok. Gonna have my stock seat re-worked to get the leg room back I think. I've done a SS1000 on it as is and was feeling ok at the end of it.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:47 AM   #191
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I've traded my Bandit 1200 to a 09 SFV650.

I have a few Bandit items for sale: HERE
That's an interesting swap, didn't want the new 1250?

I'm guessing the 650 isn't available where you're at so you
went for the SFV? I got a 650.. and am fantasizing about the
1250.. but seeing people go down in size sometimes makes
me wonder.

Agility/fun?
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:57 AM   #192
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I weigh 155 lb. (70 kg) with my riding gear on, the Bandit 1200 was a great all-around bike, great on highways and two-up riding; but not nimble enough for my liking. When leaned over, I feel there is too much mass on the Bandit, more likely to lose grip on tires.

So far, I've put approx. 360 mi. on the SFV650, tires are scrubed-in nicely, I'm having lots of fun with it. On the highway is not as fast as the Bandit 1200, but I'm likely to keep my license longer.

I've also gone the Supermoto route before, single cylinder has too much vibration at highway speed.. the lack of weigh is nice, but somewhat unstable at highway speed also.
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Old 06-01-2009, 11:17 AM   #193
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My '07 1250S is a great sport tourer. The comments about the seat are dead on. I have a Sargent seat on my Wee Strom that my wife rides and it's a real cheek saver. I may have to drop the $$$ on one for the Bandit, too. We are leaving this week on a 2500 mile ride down the East Cost and circle back West, home to OH. Last year's trip was of similar mileage and the Bandit's first big test. +++++++ all the way.

Is anyone using the Suzuki gel seat on their 1250 Bandit? If so, whaddaya think?
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:00 PM   #194
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I've traded my Bandit 1200 to a 09 SFV650.

I have a few Bandit items for sale: HERE
Why you gotta go and sell a corbin right when i'm broke????

How did you like that anyway? Compared to stock or Gel seat?
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Old 06-01-2009, 12:01 PM   #195
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I had no problem with the stock seat on the Bandit.. never used the Corbin.
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