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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Erase, Dec 4, 2008.
I really like the Avon Storms. They seem to be wearing very well and they handle great.
I've had awesome luck with Pirelli Diablo Strada's. Ran them from Oakland, Ca through Baja, Death Valley, Eastern San Diego County, etc. last year. I highly recommend them.
I've got almost 4000 miles on my Goodyear Challengers (50/50 street/track tires) and love them, handle awesome once warmed up, and they still look pretty darn good.
My 2000 B1200:
What's up with the "ape hangers"?? :huh
Stopped at the pharmacy on the way home from a ride to grab a gallon of milk. As I'm hopping on the Bandit, had a guy in a Cherokee ask me, "Hey man, what kinda bike is that, a Honda Concourse? A friend of mine has a Connie." I responded, "Suzuki Bandit," and withheld commenting that Kawasaki wouldn't appreciate his brand confusion, knowing what his reply would be, "Oh, I've got a bike too, a Sportster." *facepalm*
I am very curious about your headlight setup. Do you have any more pictures?
I just put that headlight on two weeks ago. It's an Acerbis Cyclops (cost about $105), has 55W low and high beams. On low, both lights are on (two bulbs are in the larger housing), and on high, only the high focus is on. They do illuminate well, but unfortunately don't seem to aim too far. I have HID bulbs I plan on switching out, but haven't tried to get them re-aimed very much yet. The shield is pretty decent, and better than naked. The way I have it set now, wind hits me in the nose when sitting upright, but if leaned over, I dodge it completely.
The turn signals are temporary ones mounted on the shield. They're just simple $20 7 LED stick-on units from Cycle Gear. During the day, don't light as well as stock, but are much better at night. Also, being LEDs, they only drain 0.5 W, so the relay has them blinking at least twice as fast, so it makes up for the lack of brightness.
Sorry about the large size for anyone that has an issue with it, but showing the pics as big as Flickr will let me.
How long is massive?
I've run Conti RA (~6,000mi until flatspotted), Shinko 009 Raven (~8,000mi, not as sticky as the RA, but not bad), and I'm now on my second set of Michelin Pilot Road 2's. The 1250 loves them.
I got 11,000+ mi out of my last set. Just got back from a 3,000mi trip to Smoky Mtns on the new set and they did exactly what they were supposed to.... let me rip around on the Dragon and the other twisty roads without getting flattened on the way from TX.
Great tire. The RoadSmart might be a good choice as well, but they don't seem to last as long as the PR2. Seems most people are getting around 9k miles out of a set, and some report problems with the front tire wearing in weird ways.
Have fun on the trip.
Post a shot of your Bandit.
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Do they sell the smaller bandit in the states?
What are some of the ergo upgrades that you guys do?
Are they even necessary?
Let's get this thread rockin' cause as soon as I can afford a place with a garage it's street bike time and I can't decide between the Bandit and the WeeStrom.
With help of local BMW club member, I picked up a (new to me) 2003 Bandit 1200, with 14xx mi. on odometer from local salvage yard last week.
Other than minor scaring on body panels, broken turn signals, clutch lever tip, missing barend plugs.. the majority of the impact was absorbed by the front wheel/tire on the brake side..
The bike seems to have been sitting for a while, getting it started at the salvage yard took a bit of effort, I put 1/2 can of SeaFoam along with some fresh gas once home, it started pretty easily and idled smoothly. Up to speed of 65 mph the bike tracks straight, some engine stuble through the rpm range.. but likely that's just due to carbs being dirty.
I put about 26 miles on it over the weekend, have SeaFoam sat in tank over night and ran it some more yesterday, good improvement with throttle response in mid rpm range. Some back firing when I close the throttle at 7000 rpm to slow to 2000 rpm..
A few more days with the SeaFoam, I hope to get it running completely smooth and fill up the tank completely. For now, I'm still at teh break-in mode with the bike since it has so little mileage.
If you don't mind my asking, how much did you pay for it? Just curious what a "totalled" Bandit would run you. It's ridiculous what insurance scrap a bike for.
There's only one bike salvage yard in my area, and they have a '99 1200 that the owner would want $1200 for, with all lights, both wheels, fairing, instrument cluster, swingarm, and footrests remove, $800 without the motor. I just wanted to pick it up for spare parts, but $800 for the remains seems way too much.
Here ya go, filmed this yesterday with a water proof, shock proof, freeze proof Olympus. Picked it up NEW, as a clearance item for a quick hundred bucks! A updated model is water proof to ten feet!, shock proof if dropped from almost 7 feet!, freeze proof, and in a camera body that can stand up to 220 pounds! And if that wasn't enough, the new model (jeez I wish I had it...) has a lens comparable to a 28mm wide angle lens!
Anyway, 11,000 miles on the Bandit so far. Stage 1 done to intake, mapping, and exhaust. Torque, torque, and torque!!! Things about the bike that need to be addressed, suspension, suspension, suspension; it's over-sprung and the front end is over damped... it's a rough ride. Gas mileage and tire wear if you ride like me..... 38 - 40 mpg, 4,000 - 4,600 miles to a rear Pilot Road.
Just got mine. I haven't even had the chance to make friends with it yet.
Of course, what happens when you get a new bike? It rains icewater for the next week!
oops , no idea why i fail to upload the pics
In motion on a SS1000 ride last weekend.