Bandit 1250

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by flaadvandmtbrider, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. Leafster

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  2. rhys

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    Whoa, beautiful COMPLETE exhaust!

    What kind of power gains is being claimed with that system??? I have all the Dale Walker mods done, but I bought a custom OEM header with the CAT' completely cut off and then necked down to fit my slip-on pipe. My power gains resulted in virtually no difference, save for a little less torque.....
    albeit with a different Dyno under different condtions.
  3. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    http://www.akrapovic.com/motorcycle-exhaust/products/suzuki/model/bandit-gsf-1250-2007/racing-85/

    Just a few clicks after google..
  4. rhys

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    (uuuh, how did I post a modified duplicate post???, sorry....)


    Whoa, beautiful COMPLETE exhaust system!
    What kind of power gains is being claimed with that system???

    I have all the Dale Walker mods done, but I bought a custom OEM header with the CAT' completely cut off and then necked down to fit my slip-on pipe. My power gains resulted in virtually no difference, save for a little less torque.....
    albeit with a different Dyno under different condtions.
  5. flaadvandmtbrider

    flaadvandmtbrider Been here awhile

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    Well, I started this thread over 3 years ago, and I've had my '09 ABS Bandit 1250 for 3 months now. I've also owned a '97 Bandit and a '99 VFR. The VFR was a fine motorcycle and technology-wise held up very well compared to the '09 Bandit.
    -VFR handles better, Bandit more comfortable.
    -Bandit has more usable power that you don't have to rev for.
    -Bandit needs the mirror wideners, can't believe they don't make them longer.
    -Bandit has really smoothed out after 1K miles, the difference is amazing, everything just works better.
    -the fit and finish on the Bandit is not quite up to par with the 10 year old VFR, but for a new bike at 7200 bucks it's hard to complain.
    -the '09 Bandit is leaps and bounds better than the '97 Bandit, here in FLA the water cooling makes a big difference.
    -Bandit sounds great with a pipe and the PAIR system plugged.
    -Bandit headlight from the factory was pointed straight at the ground.
    -do the seat mod, raising just the front, makes a big difference.
    -all in all a great bike with huge potential.
  6. scharfg

    scharfg Been here awhile

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    Hi there newb here, I did a search but could not find what I was looking for so I'm posting a thread.

    I just bought a new to me '08 CND Bandit (with the fairing) and with nick name like "Fall Guy" I want to do what I can (within reason) to protect my bike from a fall/crash.

    I've protected my KLR, DR350/650 and Vulcan but I've never owned a ST bike before so I'm looking for advice on how to do it to a ST type bike. Do I just mount up some Twisted throttle engine guards and call it good (like my dual sport/enduro bikes) or are frame sliders enough and if yes do I buy four of them (one set for the front and one for the rear) or?

    Are those $15/pair from fleaebay worthy or does one have to spend $50+ for a set?

    Also what other mods are a must for the 1250 Bandit (ie; is there a web page I can go to and find out the whats and the hows)? For example are mirror extenders a must, how about the seat mod, are risers needed (I put risers on all my other bikes to improve riding comfort), hwy bars?

    I will be using the bike for long distance touring (ie: 600-800 miles/day), not so much around town.

    So far the bike has the following modes:

    - Zuk gel seat
    - hand warmers
    - going to install DL650/1000 hand guards
    - Vstream 19" wind screen
    - Dale Walker Stage 1
    - ATRE

    Thanks!
  7. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    Check TWT (Two Wheeled Texans) It has a great Bandit page with lot's of what you're looking for.
    http://www.twtex.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=94
    Dale Walker has some very nice engine guards. Google Holeshot.
  8. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal Midlife Crisis Man

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    Hey Bandito's

    I'm looking for a pair of bandit 1250 mirrors.
    They are identical to the mirrors on my SV650, except about aninch longer stalks.
    I thought that this would be a good place to ask.
    Top dollar paid!

    sorry to interrupt the thread
  9. scharfg

    scharfg Been here awhile

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    Hi there Valley Rider thanks so much for the tips.

    I've posted some stuff as well on the TWT forum and I've got an email into Dale to see if his nerfs will fit my bike as I have the stock lower fairing on mine.

    Thanks again!
  10. mhpr262

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    Are there any "water buffalo" owners on here who have experienced problems with the EFI respectively mapping? I was not happy with my 1250 when I first bought it as the bike would keep very slightly surging and bucking as if I was moving the throttle while I certainly wasn't, it was unpredictable and very annoying. Throttle response was also relatively harsh.

    I was able to get rid of that by having the mapping changed by a member of the German forum I'm on. That guy really knew what he was doing, got rid of all the problems and also got rid of the "flat spot" in the power curve (ca 15 hp plus). The engine also had a much smoother throttle response. I wrote a glowing review and at least twenty or thirty other members followed suit and also had nothing but good to say about the change ... until some dickhead publicly started making noises about "tax fraud" and "unregistered trade" and whatnot. That put an immediate end to the business :puke1

    I was one of the only guys to meet the member personally and his first customer, so if any of you is interested in having his Bandit modded send me a PM and I'll try to convince him, it might be different with a foreign customer and he'll make an exception. I paid 125€, that would be around 160$ or so i imagine.

    That modded mapping works especially well with a high-flow airfilters and exhausts.
  11. The Rizz

    The Rizz Been here awhile

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    Anybody bought a 1250 lately? Curious what OTD prices are looking like these days. I'm interested in either a leftover Bandit or GSX1250f.
  12. Alton

    Alton Been here awhile

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    Rode to work in the rain today. The Big B is sitting outside in the rain taking a shower. :D
    Love my Bandit even more every time I'm out.

    BTW, if you want handlebar risers, I made my own for $15. If anyone is interested I can post how.
  13. de Vaca

    de Vaca Been here awhile

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    Local dealer is selling 2011 GSX 1250 FA models for $9995. I just paid $8500 for a used one with 500 miles on it. What a great bike. I like sport bikes with an upright riding position that have good mid range torque made for a tall rider. I had a Versys that met those criteria well, but I wanted something better suited for touring, The Versys had decent power, but this engine feels like a jet turbine when you open it up.:lol3
  14. jwdub

    jwdub Been here awhile

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    My 07 Bandit is a good long distance touring bike -- solo. Just did over 1500 miles in 730, 580 and 220 mile segments. I'm using GIVI bags and a Cortec Tri-Bag for luggage with a prototype Madstad windshield mount. I also have flipped the riders pegs to gain more leg room, added the factory fairing that was an option when they first came out and use SWMOTEC mirror extenders to see past my elbows.

    I haven't had any EFI issues with mine. A Speedo Healer corrected the spedo error but it understates the odometer by 5%. A Dale Walker muffler lets me hear the motor at speed without creating fatigue. For tires, I've found that the Shinko 005 Advance front paired with a Shinko 009 Raven gives good longevity and traction for a reasonable price.

    Overall, the Bandit is hard to beat.

    YMMV
  15. mminob

    mminob Been here awhile

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    Hey guys and gals...I just got a 2008 gsx650f and dont need the givi v35 saddlebags and v46 top box all mounts and hardware ...matte black, monokey...and i here that your 1250 is a match for the mounts ...so $500 shipped is one half off of new and you can travel in style...mminob@cox.net for pics..cheers malcolm in so cal...:D...SOLD ...SOLD...SOLD...Thanks guys...
  16. Ohio_Danimal

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  17. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    If you really want to feel a rush, install a Dale Walker Holeshot slip-on, high-flow air filter and a TPI box from Holeshot performance.

    WOW!

    Simple, and that's only like a "stage 1" change. I heard there's more fun to be found.
  18. Tango59

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    The frame on my Cox radiator guard broke (only bug hits) after about 10k mile on the frame of the guard. Soldering didn't work but the superglue seems to be working.
  19. treybrad

    treybrad Been here awhile

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    Just as a counterpoint, I've got somewhere around 45k miles on my guard it it's help up admirably. Quite a few dents and dings, but better on the guard than on my radiator. I wouldn't be surprised if you contacted Cox and they fix it or replace it for you...

    trey
  20. eakins

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    as most of you know the stock Bandit bars (600/1200/1250) are less than ideal in many ways.
    the are too narrow for most and have way too much pullback, which causes your wrist to bend at an angle and cause pain after a short bit.

    i contacted Dale http://www.holeshot.com/ about his strom touring bars and asked about some specs. specifically pullback as far as wrist comfort. we decided he would send me an un-coated bar to try and measure.
    i'm here to report they are amazing.
    they create a position similar to modern sport touring bikes. up right, comfortable with a slight forward lean.

    the old bars measure (per someone measuring)
    Width = 27 (to end of bar, not bar end)
    Rise = 3"
    Pull back = 6"

    holeshot bars
    width 30"
    rise 6+"
    pullback 3.5" (ideal IMO)

    you get less pullback (which is ideal for wrist comfort) and a wider bar (subjective per rider but much better than narrow stock), thus the position (using numbers only) puts the bar farther away from you...BUT you make that up, plus some some, with the additional rise. these bars put you in that comfortable sitting up sport tour position. if you need more you can still add riser or even up and back riser as usual. compared to stock it's night and day better. dale also uses the highest grade thickwall steel for these bars not cheap chinese steel. these are taller, more comfortable and ALOT stronger than the bikemaster daytona bars.

    i'm testing this set only and will exchange for powdercoated ones. as Dale does everything top shelf i suspect the powder coat will be dialed in too. to get these working i used a spare oem 1200 long brake line and swapped out (16.5 ftlbs onn the banjo bolts) my too short top run line, that runs from the brake to the lower tripple clamp T block (600S setup). dale said a 1200 needed 3" more line but this worked for me in a pinch and 1 wrapped the line around the fork (between the 2 tripple clamps) to take up the excess line i had to work with.

    i unclipped the electrical connectors (found underneath the right side fairing) from both the left and right controls and reconnected/mounted (using the frame hold wires) them after the bars where on. i loosened each upper fork leg (upper and lower pinch bolts - 16.5 ftlbs) 1 at a time, pulled then down from below (easier to do then trying to push down from the top. get a helper if need be) on the leg and passed the clutch cable & choke over top the fork leg so it rests outside of the forks.

    i then did the same for the throttle cables on the right side. after reassy the control cables move just fine with zero issues sitting outside the upper fork legs vrs wrapping around the front and back through like from the factory. dale said he used 3" extended throttle cables on the bike he did, but i have found no issues with the way i have it.

    i then re-glued the left grip back on and used 150 grip sand paper to make the oem ends fit back on. since Dale's bars use thicker steel tube the ID of the end tube is smaller thus you need to remove some rubber from the circumference of the inner rubber hold. stock will not fit in. i keep sanding it down till it fit a medium snug into the bar and put it together and snugged it tight. make sure the bolt closet to the end is bottomed against the bar end, bring the rubber piece down on it then put the outer gripper bolt down snug (but not expanding) on it. put it in, hold tight against the bar and snug it down.
    don't forget when you take this bar end out, it only lossens up some then pulls out as a whole. don't unscrew the whole bolt and be left with the rubber piece stuck in the oem bar.

    i went out for a ride and played with how far back i rotated the bars. i found my sweet spot after bringing them back and down a small bit. you can have them higher and farther or lower and closer depending on your likes. my wrists and lower back approve with 3 thumbs up. :-)

    here are some pics.
    thnx bill

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