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Old 09-18-2012, 01:01 AM   #1426
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All you need now is a system that will automatically clean the chain too!
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #1427
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I never needed a chain oiler , all my motorcycles for the past forty years have been chain drive..the improvements in chain and sprockets has been remarkable . i find that oilers for the most part look like crap and lube everthing else aswell as the chain ... If you use a good dry lube and adjust your chain properly, your drive train will last a long time and even out perform a shaft drive ...just ask many BMW owners the cost of replacing a chain and sprockets even three times is way less than dealing with a shaft drive that has gone bad . it happens more than may think. Shaft drives are also heavy and in some cases affect the handling of the bike
Chain driven bikes also have the major advantage of being able to change ratios.
Your Bandit has a well designed drive train and would be less of a motorcycle with an extra 15 lbs of metal spinning around from the engine to the rear wheel

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Old 09-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #1428
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Anybody know where i can get a handlebar riser kit, about a 2 inch rise for a 2002 Bandit 1200s
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:26 PM   #1429
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You can make your own for cheap, I used shaft collars, some people use washers, you'll need some longer bolts and might need to remove the cable holder/keeper part by the tripple clamp and/or re-route the cables.

Or try Twisted Throtle and buy some

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Old 09-27-2012, 08:44 PM   #1430
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Originally Posted by FUTURE View Post

I realize they may extend the life of the chain but I would rather replace the chain and sprockets twice as often than have something that looks like that hanging off the side of my bike. It would look at home on a GS, too bad they don't need it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:09 PM   #1431
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Bought some 3M cable routers and fixed up the chain oiler line. It now puts oil a whole lot closer to the front of the sprocket.

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Old 09-28-2012, 05:11 AM   #1432
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #1433
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About to buy one!

Glad I found this thread! I'm seriously thinking of buying an '03 Bandit with less than 9000 miles on it. White and driven by an older guy (like me) I'm assuming this is a carb'ed bike. It also has no panniers, nor tank bag. I currently ride a K75 and actually love it! Not even sure why I'm thinking of changing, come to think of it. I'd like any advice all of you might be willing to share: What to look for, where to find reasonably priced bags, (what else to look for when checking it out LOL!) Inherent problems? Ease of maintenance? Handling characteristics? Anything you'd be willing to offer. Thanks
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #1434
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They're pretty easy to work on, parts are readily available. The usual mods are new springs & valves for the front forks, new jets & timing advance, valve clearance. Kits are available for the forks, carbs and timing carbs and there are well regarded people who can do them for you. Adjusting valve clearance at some point is important, probably could defer that till 12-15k.

Twisted Throttle sells new pannier mount systems, but older Givi systems are available used- I found a full givi system w/ panniers and top case & wing rack on craigslist.

I think the Bandit is a great bike, lots of grunt; very comfy on long trips, I generally see 50 mpg. The engine offers a lot of low end torque- not vtwin levels but its still pretty easy handling at low rpm, buy you have to treat it like an I4 though, keep the rpms up a bit for slow stuff.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:03 PM   #1435
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Oil cooler mishap. 2003 Bandit 1200S

I am on an extended pub crawl from Northern VA to Newport, OR. Somewhere after Portland, my oil cooler started leaking. I made it to Evanston,WY and called it a night because the oil was starting to get on the rear wheel. I tried all sorts of things to plug the leak, all to no avail. There was no radiator repair shop in Evanston so a friend found a guy, but he is in Vernal, UT. I wasn't about to ride a leaky bike that far through so many twisties, so I went about looking for ways to bypass the oil cooler. What I ended up doing is using two 16mm oil drain plugs (fine thread) and some washers and removed the bolts that hold the cooler hose to the engine. I removed the cooler to give better airflow to the engine. I rode this way for about 150 miles with no issues.No leaks. Using my hand to feel the engine, it did not feel hotter than usual. Please take into account the elevation where I was (over 8000ft at one point) and time of year. Not sure how long you could ride like this in the summer, but in an emergency, this trick should get you out of trouble.

Here is what it looks like:

Hopefully early tomorrow the shop will have the oil cooler repair and I can continue towards home.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:37 PM   #1436
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Just tried out the Suzuki Gel Seat on my 2nd Gen Bandit and decided while its very nice I think I need a Corbin. So this one is for sale.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:49 AM   #1437
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Bandit rocks!

I just got back from a ride from Georgia to Key West and I'm here to say, the Bandito performed flawlessly! It was a pure joy to ride this bike over 1450 miles! If mine ever got wrecked or stolen, I would look for another to buy.

Why, oh why, did Suzi quit selling this bike over here!
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Old 10-11-2012, 08:14 AM   #1438
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Originally Posted by jub jub View Post
Why, oh why, did Suzi quit selling this bike over here!
They didn't.

They put a bigger fairing on it, offered ABS, and called it the GSX1250FA.
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:52 AM   #1439
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Originally Posted by Grainbelt View Post
They didn't.

They put a bigger fairing on it, offered ABS, and called it the GSX1250FA.
And why can't they offer that sweet bike in more colors than black!?
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Old 10-11-2012, 11:55 AM   #1440
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I can only guess that they signed a contract with doggrell3000.
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