Bandit 1250

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

  1. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Great write-up Bill! I appreciate function over form and all that, but MAN they look, uh... strange, to put it kindly! :cry
  2. Oldbutslow

    Oldbutslow Been here awhile

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    Very strange looking bars. The comfort quotient is per taste, but all the modding would shoot them down for me. For me, you need all the leverage you can get on a B1250. ,BK
  3. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Don't those bars give you MORE leverage? They're 1 1/2" wider on each side. :huh
  4. OldManSandman

    OldManSandman Adventurer

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    Achesley or anyone else in the know: I've got an '01 1200, and am assuming the brake lines, cables etc wouldn't be too far off that of the 1250. I'd like to go with the 3.5" Rox Risers and possibly a CR Hi Fatbar (local shop has a Wirtz one on sale for $39. - if anyone has any info on Wirtz I'd like to hear your yay or nay on their bars). You think that the electricals would handle the extra 1.5" Rox? Rox seems to jump from 2" to 3.5" without anything inbetween. I don't mind changing the brake or clutch lines, I'm not sure how much $ a new, longer throttle cable would be but changing the electrical bits put me off.

    There's a thread here about a Holeshot bar prototype that seems to be getting up as high as I might like. I think though, that the risers & fatbar will be more adjustable.

    Thanks for the input!
  5. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    The Bandit 1250 has been on my radar for a long while for potential use as a 2-up touring bike. Recently while discussing with a good friend who loves his Bandit 1250 and has used it extensively for touring, here were his comments on the very few shortcomings on this otherwise wonderful value-for-money bike:


    • The front fork, a simple conventional telescopic set-up, is soft and adds to the woes of a less than rigid frame.
    • The brakes are inadequate for the kind of engine power available and speeds possible. The rear brakes tend to fade rather quickly during repeated usage say during a long hill descent.
    • The stock headlight is weak and precludes high-speed cruising after dark. The stock bulb needs some changes.

    So specific to the Bandit 1250 owners, I would like to know what remedies or aftermarket stuff have you owners used for solving the above shortcomings and also any other recommendations of ‘tried & tested’ additions to make the bike more touring friendly.

    Thanks
  6. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    For what it's worth, my ex wife, about 5" 5" and 130 pounds, said my 2009 Bandit 1250 was the least comfortable of all my bikes she rode, tied for last with the first-gen Yamaha FZ1.

    Her favorite was the V-Strom 1000.

    Just sayin'... :deal

    That being said, I regret selling the Big Bandito, and now that she's out of the picture, I'm considering another! :freaky


  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    What are you.. stoopid?
    Oh! I get it! The bike!

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  8. andmoon

    andmoon Long timer

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    Crossover line correct? Looks long enough to be a direct 2 line from mc to individual caliper.
  9. Shady Rider

    Shady Rider n00b

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    Just back from a 35 day, 11,000 mile trip.

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  10. Rider

    Rider Moderator Emeritus Super Moderator

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    Great stuff!! :thumb
  11. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Mine has stiffer fork springs and whopping big fork brace= much better.

    Rear brake has braided lines for more power plus I stay off the rear brake and use my gears down hills= problem solved.

    I agree on point 3 and am looking for a solution= possible HID or some type of LED driving lights.

    Apart from that, the stock seat is crap.
  12. Haroon

    Haroon RIDE for PASSION

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    Thanks Lewy for the very pertinent inputs. The Fork Spring & Brace makes a lot of sense. So also the braided lines although I also use downshifting downhill. What brand of Fork Brace are you using?

    I have used the Russell Day Long saddle on my R1200GS and its an absolute wonder. Just that its design puts me a little less closer to the ground....

    I was considering the Ztechnik windshield due to its unique design. BTW, just saw your gorgeous bike on the OZ flea market. Its almost on the lines I want to customize my future Bandit...Howz the Eagle Screen? How tall are you?

    Also, does the Battery/Alternator have enough juice for extra HID lighting, aux lighting, power outlets etc?
  13. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    Not sure what the fork brace is but I will find out. The screen is very protective and I think it looks good. I am 187cms tall.

    The alternator should be fine running 2 HID's as they are only 35 watts each and the power outlets I have I only use to charge my phone.

    Hoping not to sell it now if I can get away with it.
  14. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Considering getting a used Bandit. What yrs were the big changes, fuel injection? Looking from 2004-2010

    Thanks
  15. Lewy

    Lewy Minus the LC8

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    1250 came out as an 07 model year not much has changed since then.
  16. Valleyrider

    Valleyrider I Survived The '60s

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    YOU are a true Adventure Rider! The Haul Road on a Bandit with std. street tires.
    Not like those BMW wusses that have to TKC80 up in Fairbanks!!
    Well Done!
  17. wfrpalm

    wfrpalm Been here awhile

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    Sold my Bandit today. Red, 2007. It was a great bike and I'll miss it. This economy sucks.
  18. Sniff

    Sniff Adventurer

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    I haven't read the whole thread, but for what it's worth, couple thoughts on Bandit touring...

    Check out the v-stream tall touring screen - it has been just awesome for my 5'11" frame.
    I haven't had issues (though I've also seen the complaints) with the stock suspenders up front, but I'm not super aggressive...
    I recommend the Sargent seat for the Bandit

    As for the brakes, I've found them adequate. Of course, I'm also not bombing around above, say, 120mph very often. Engine braking is quite powerful and useful on the Bandit.

    Good luck, I love mine...
  19. Joe?

    Joe? ...

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    My old man finally came around and got his first bike: 2002 Bandit 1200. We are both impressed by what a workhorse it is and how easy it is to ride even with all that torque, but it's biggest flaw is the lighting. The single headlight sucks, but I can't get over the front blinkers not being running lights. Anyway, it's my job to look into lighting options so I figured I'd ask here if there is a tried and true fix before I start digging around. I came across this guy who retrofit Infiniti HIDs but would prefer something more plug and play.

    I'll be sure to post some pictures next time I drag him out.

    Edit: is the Bandit 1250 forum the right spot for this?
  20. OConnor

    OConnor Bad juju

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    Picked up my blue '08 today. 21k miles on it but the kid was a fanatic about keeping it clean. He even has clear 3M material on most of the painted surfaces. I was just going to order the naked version components and yank the half-fairing but it really doesn't look too bad so I'll wait a while before I do anything drastic.