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Old 12-27-2008, 06:23 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by Dranrab Luap
Well, sorta' It's a fantastic touring bike. I imagine its big brother is more of a good thing.

The 650 is a great tourer

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Old 12-28-2008, 09:06 AM   #32
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I traveled all over on my 02 B12. Great traveler with just the addition of hard bags. I changed the springs, too, and I wished I had added a fenda extenda.

One non-techy trip here:

Unfortunately, I haven't paid my web-mistress this year and she hasn't added many photos.

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Old 12-28-2008, 10:19 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by achesley
I've probably got about 3 to 400 gravel miles on my '07 Bandit out of the 6000 I have on it in it's 6 months with me. Handles better than my DL1000 did due to the lower center of gravity but, not quite as good as my 2 R11**GS BMW's and of course not near as good as my KLR650 did. ;-) But , as is, I'm not hesitant about hauling down a gravel road on it.
Correct, I should have said loose gravel. After that pic it was newly laid stones and was sketchy
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:00 AM   #34
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:34 AM   #35
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Talking Gringo's Bandito

I love my 2001 naked Bandit 1200 - best touring rig I've ever had. I did a 3000 mile tour last month - Oakland, Ca to Baja / Anza Borrego Desert / Vegas / Death Valley / etc... including a good bit of dirt. I held my own with a KLR-riding friend through Titus Canyon, Death Valley. If you've never been, this is an old, 30-some mile, dual-track mining road - complete with slot canyons, loose gravel, washboard, etc. El Bandito, and all her gear, held up perfectly.

My favorite touring gear for this bike, in no particular order:

- SW-Motech side racks w/ Caribou [Pelican] cases
- Renntec rear rack w/ JC Whitney case [cheap and effective]
- Magnetic tank bag w/ map pocket
- Highway pegs on Motech engine guards
- Hot Grips heated grips & a Widder vest
- Monster wireless/waterproof iPod remote mounted to handlebar
- Hayabusa rear shock & racetech fork springs
- Aerostich Roadcrafter 2-piece suit
- MSR Hubba Hubba tent, Marmot down sleeping bag, MSR Whisperlite Internationale stove, and a good first aid kit.
- Lots of extra fuel - Primus 1.5 liter bottles [the Bandit doesn't exactly have the best range - especially if you've richened up the mix ].

Titus Canyon - Death Valley, California [Thanks for the pic, Rob]
Yes, that's a Miller High Life bottle opener attached to my license plate - one important piece of touring gear I forgot to mention [Highway Patrol loves it].

Between Tijuana and Ensenada - Baja California, Mexico

Eastern San Diego County, Ca -, I was not riding in shorts - just giving the boys a breather.
2012 Kawasaki Versys - many others have come and gone.

Arctic Relay 2012 - aka "Pass the Gringo"

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:53 AM   #36
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A workmate has a 2003 1200 Bandit, and it has around 60,000ks on it.
He crashed it, bought the wreck back, and rebuilt it into a street fighter, and has been around Australia several times, and other numerous trips, and is having trouble finding anything as good to replace it with.
Down in the land of the confused(mainly me)
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:30 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by Erase
Anyone here done a Bandit trip?

Yes, both solo and 2-up. She's a glorious touring ride once equipped with the necessary touring bits -- side cases, top case, gel seat, touring screen.

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.
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Old 01-02-2009, 05:12 PM   #38
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Took the bandit dancing in Arkansas. Wanted more day but fog and rain the next day drove me back South to Louisiana. ;-)
A14 KLR 43k miles ,07 1250S Bandit 75K miles , 03 Chevy Truck 80K miles '43 model me. Simper Fi
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Old 01-03-2009, 03:50 AM   #39
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I remember that you used to have a V-Strom? So, how do you like your Bandit so far compared to the V-Strom?

Originally Posted by achesley
Took the bandit dancing in Arkansas. Wanted more day but fog and rain the next day drove me back South to Louisiana. ;-)
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Old 01-12-2009, 10:13 PM   #40
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I have about 5000 miles on my 07 1250s. Got it this past june as a cheap leftover. Done a few long days. Bike showing awesome potential for sport touring when time permits. MY QUESTION to you Banditos. Who makes the best replacement for that handle bar? One that retains the ergos and doesn't over tax the cables? It's the only thing holding me back from loving the bike. I got a red one and it turns heads. It handles great for such a big bike. Torque, awesome. But, that bar man. No way.
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:45 AM   #41
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Toured europe on an early unfaired 1200 (in 97!), so if you're looking at the 1250 I have no idea, but the old oil cooled one...

We did lots of sustained high speeds which wasn't what I normally used the bike for. I think my neck grew by about 2 inches in a week. The tank range was pretty poor compared to the other bikes I was riding with. Wheelied too easily for the wife's liking and the centre stand touched down very easily. The stock rear shock is way to soft for the torque it produces which makes it buck and wallow driving out of corners 2-up. But it was pretty OK, and a lot of fun. A faired one would make more sense for sure.

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Old 01-13-2009, 03:57 AM   #42
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Old 01-13-2009, 01:43 PM   #43
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Haven't taken an overnight trip on my Bandit yet. My first summer I got it running (damn carbs...) I put 4000 on it. I'm looking forward to making some longer trips this coming summer.

I guess I'm going to need saddle bags, or fabricate my own cases....
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:14 PM   #44
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Is that a Holeshot full exhaust? 14" or 17" muffler?

Do you have Stage 1 jet kit with the exhaust?
Mankind is doomed & Physics do not lie
Chances favor the prepared mind.
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Old 01-17-2009, 09:08 PM   #45
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Here's my 06 1200S somewhere between Edmonton and Vancouver...

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