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Old 08-21-2009, 04:32 PM   #226
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I just did a trip on the 1250S - quite a nice sport-tourer. My route was roughly:

Kansas City -- Oshkosh WI -- Badlands SD -- Denver CO -- Gunnison CO -- Durango CO -- Canyonlands UT -- Lake Powell UT -- Great Basin NV -- Yosemeti CA -- San Jose -- LA -- SD.


As for the 600 vs 1200, I wouldn't want any less power than the 1250 in a street bike of this weight and the 1250 is extremely fuel efficient - I doubt the smaller motor does any better in that respect (and probably worse at higher speeds). The 1250 also has virtually no vibration and a 6-speed gearbox. IMHO its the bandit to have


Ergonomically, I think the wee bandit has a lower seat, but otherwise is the same.
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Old 08-21-2009, 04:58 PM   #227
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The 1250 is definitely a nice ride if the wallet supports it. The prices on used 07's has started to really drop, so one may be an option for me in the future...
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Old 08-21-2009, 05:52 PM   #228
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I put a few miles on my Bandit, Sold it with 280,000 miles to another messenger and its still running. That was 5 years ago.











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Old 08-21-2009, 06:35 PM   #229
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I put a few miles on my Bandit, Sold it with 280,000 miles to another messenger and its still running. That was 5 years ago.

Is that 280,000 correct? WOW, if it is.

I took a photo from this same spot. Except I was behind the usual motor home.
Some more photos from the trip:

http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s...ewport%20trip/

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Old 08-21-2009, 06:50 PM   #230
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That was my first bike I went over 250,000 miles on.

Since then there has been a SV650 that was tickling 200 when I sold it to a guy. He made a adv touring bike out of it.

A GSXR750 streetfighter that went 175,000 before wiping out the cam lobes,

A SV1000 that has over 200 and still running and now my nakedbusa is pushing 85,000.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:03 PM   #231
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WOW Thats impressive. Most riders I know sell or wreck their bikes well before hitting the 100k mark. Do you have any secrets to share regarding making a bike run into 200k+ figures?
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:11 PM   #232
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Went on a 1000 mile trip this weekend. Packed for a 3 day from this weekend (food bought at site). Forgot to take a picture of it unpacked. Tank top bag holds fun stuff (book, magazine, atlas, MP3 player, camera, etc.). Tank side bags hold 1/2 gallon of gas, chain lube, air compressor, and tire patch kit. Baseball gear bag holds all camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, mattress, chair, lantern). Tail bag has clothes, toiletries, shoes. Tool box holds tools (who would've guessed). Compare the first and last photo. Who can find the difference(s)?





From a little distance back, so you can see it's not as much a messy cluster as it appears from up close:


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Old 09-11-2009, 07:01 PM   #233
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Yikes. Left the "accessory" brake light on (....and will never turn my key that far again) and the battery bit the dust. Tried to bump AND jump.. no luck! When jumping, it turns over, but slowly. Tried for 10 minutes to get it going.

Could the battery be bad? I guess 10 years on a factory juicebox is good enough..

There goes another 90 bucks..

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Crash bars
Round headlight conversion (anybody have any hints? how-to's?)
New seat
Valve adjust-quoted $180 for labor; there's a definite ticking and i'm at 16,700
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:41 AM   #234
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Old 09-12-2009, 08:26 AM   #235
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From the New Mexico/Colorado area

To the Arkansas / Missouri areas last month.
7500 miles and a set of tires GONE
Made a quick pit stop at the house to change out luggage configuration , pat the wife, cut the grass, head out.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:54 PM   #236
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Test rode a bandit 1200 today. Are the brakes kinda vague or is that just my imagination? One thing that's not vague is that kick-ass torque. Wow, 60-90 mph felt like 3-4 seconds. There's one available nearby with heli-bars. Do they bring the bars back and up for a little more upright stance?

Surprisingly little wind blast behind the half fairing. Nice design.

All in all, very inspiring ride. I think it was turning maybe 4200 at 70 mph. Not what I've grown accustomed to on a dualsport. Me likey. The carburetted version has just the growl I like. Not as civilized as a newer FI bike.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:35 AM   #237
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Test rode a bandit 1200 today. Are the brakes kinda vague or is that just my imagination? One thing that's not vague is that kick-ass torque. Wow
...and the 1250 has the same torque at half the revs the 1200s got it at

Brakes, suspension etc parts are "on the budget", so, depends what
were riding before. Adequate but not brilliant.
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:05 AM   #238
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WOW Thats impressive. Most riders I know sell or wreck their bikes well before hitting the 100k mark. Do you have any secrets to share regarding making a bike run into 200k+ figures?
No doubt!
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Old 09-13-2009, 06:25 AM   #239
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Test rode a bandit 1200 today. Are the brakes kinda vague or is that just my imagination? One thing that's not vague is that kick-ass torque. Wow, 60-90 mph felt like 3-4 seconds. There's one available nearby with heli-bars. Do they bring the bars back and up for a little more upright stance?

Surprisingly little wind blast behind the half fairing. Nice design.

All in all, very inspiring ride. I think it was turning maybe 4200 at 70 mph. Not what I've grown accustomed to on a dualsport. Me likey. The carburetted version has just the growl I like. Not as civilized as a newer FI bike.
What year did you ride? The 2nd gen brakes are a big improvement with the six piston calipers up front but benefit from some better pads and stainless lines.

Torque all day will spoil you quickly
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:57 AM   #240
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Torque all day will spoil you quickly
AND the rear tire..
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