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Old 09-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #1
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Bandit 1200 Motard/Adventure Touring Bike

I really enjoy my old bandit (03 1200s) and want to try to keep it. Having some hip issues so I put in an order for some 1 inch lower pegs. Need more leg room. Started also thinking about possibly changing the handlebars (more dirt bike style) and possibly changing the handlebar risers. Wondering how hard it would be to create similar ergonomics to one of the big super motards (Like a Ducati Hypermotard, or KTM SM, or even a Ducati Multistrada). Most of my 40+ years of riding experience are on dirtbikes and I really like those kinds of bikes in the twisties.

I know, I know, there are already several purpose built bikes out there and the Bandit is not designed for these changes. But, I'm cheap and I love the motor. Has anyone made changes like this to a Bandit or other street bikes? Can you tell us about your experiences? - Pics?
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:05 AM   #2
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Lot of street fighters have mx bars fitted.
you will need to get longer cable ie clutch throttle and choke to fit mx bars and longer bar clamps.
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Old 09-04-2013, 02:28 PM   #3
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It's fairly easy to raise the handlebars up to 1.5" on the Bandit. You have to replace the upper bake line (from master to splitter) with a lower one (splitter to caliper) that is slightly longer, or go with custom lines. With the lowered pegs you will need to raise the suspension a bit so you don't scrape hard parts in the twisties. GSXR rear shock and Rick mod on the front end will help and be cheap...

Personally, I would raise the seat and leave the pegs were they are. It will also allow you to move around more easily and give you the riding position you are looking for.

You can also visit Maximum Suzuki for more detailed info.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. Debarle - good advice to consider on raising the seat vs. lowering the pegs. Give me some suggestions for raising the seat if you don't mind. Thanks
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:45 AM   #5
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Just have it re-foamed at your local upholstery shop. About 1.5" inch higher at the front of the seat, 3/4" where the "butt rest" is. Also ask for a slightly firmer foam. It gets rid of the "nuts in the tank" syndrome and allows you to move around a lot easier if you like hanging off the seat, which I found necessary on the heavy Bandit.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:43 PM   #6
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Just have it re-foamed at your local upholstery shop.
You can good idea of what you want if you buy some foam and use some duct tape to secure it in place to get the dimensions. Use a bread knife to cut away.

Reupholstering is quite easy with some more fabric and a staple gun too, if you're not looking for perfection.

Love me some Bandit 12. Good luck on the project, keep us posted!
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:52 AM   #7
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You can good idea of what you want if you buy some foam and use some duct tape to secure it in place to get the dimensions. Use a bread knife to cut away.

Reupholstering is quite easy with some more fabric and a staple gun too, if you're not looking for perfection.

Love me some Bandit 12. Good luck on the project, keep us posted!
Good idea. Thx.
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Old 09-06-2013, 10:13 AM   #8
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Let it rip

Always thought these were great and an undiscovered jewel. More power avail ,if you need
it!? . Seeminly unburstable stock.

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