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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by flaadvandmtbrider, Dec 1, 2012.
I don't see a picture.
No picture = no bike purchase.
True...so, here she be!
My 04 Bandito. Wife says it has to go.
The two having some "quiet" time together.
Okay, let me get the negatives out of the way first. There are two things I do not like about this bike. First of all, the windscreen! It is too small! Consequently, you get blasted in the head, serious head turbulence! Ducking down behind the windscreen doesn't seem to help, in fact it's gets worse. Don't ask me why, I could never find a happy place except if I sat straight up and erect. This position seemed to help, but not much. BTW, I'm 6' 1" and I have a 30" inseam. My torso is somewhat longer than normal and I assume this exacerbates the problem even more.
Secondly, the mirrors, they have to be a carry over from the Gixers which means they are too short for the 1250FA. All I can see is the inside of my elbows and if I want to see who's behind me, I have to take my hand off the grip and pull my arm in the opposite direction. If a cop were ever to decide to pull me over he would have to pull along side of me or give me a whelp from the siren. Longer stalked mirrors would be an improvement. My 04 does not have this problem.
Now the good. The engine! That 1250 cc power plant is sooooooo smooth you hardly know it's running. Thank god it has a tach otherwise you would never know when to shift. The power band is very linear. It makes power from idle all the way to redline which is 9500 RPM. Actually, I think the torque starts to fall off around 7500 RPM. I never felt the need to take it much above 5000 to get the job done. The engine just pulls and pulls. Having the sixth gear is nice as well and lowers the RPM at cruise, but not by much. My 04 at 70 MPH is turning 4000 RPM, the GSX at 70 MPH is turning slightly less at around 3750. Not much of a reduction but the engine does seem more relaxed.
The bike handles extremely well for a standard. It has a neutral feeling when entering turns and inspires confidence, more so than my 04 Bandit. There were a couple of places on my way back home that I was able to lean the bike at a pretty steep angle with confidence.
The suspension seems decent. The best I have ever experienced on a bike, better than the 04. That experience is pretty limited though because all my street bikes have been the plain Jane types. I have never owned a true sport bike with upside down forks.
Fuel mileage wasn't very good. I averaged about 35-40 MPG. Of course the bike is still being broke in so the MPG might improve with mileage.
Seating position is good and the seat is better than the Corbin I have on the 04. The 7 hour long ride did not induce that much fatigue thankfully.
I love the fuel injection! No more having to choke the bike on cold start-up. The GSX seems to have the fuel mapping pretty well sorted as I never experienced any surging or lean stumble, from start-up to full operating temperature!
To say I'm pleased would be an understatement! The only thing left to do is to get a taller wind screen and maybe some longer, or different mirrors and she'll be perfect.
All the same gripes I had. New screen and mirror extensions solved the big two. The mpg was terrible and I know I had fueling issues. It was under warranty (bought it used, but near new) and my local dealer told me 3 months out for a look. After fighting that for too long I surrendered and traded it for a new leftover Sprint 1050ABS.
I miss both bikes a lot.
I'm going to hang on to the bandit for a while just in case I can't get these issues resolved. The bandit is good in all aspects except for the suspension. It will beat the crap out of you on a bumpy road.
Nice, sounds like all your issues can be fixed simply-maybe a remap and then just extenders for the screen 7 mirrors. Are there plug/play maps that can be installed?
My only gripe was the price the dealer was asking for it. $15,999 w/hard luggage. If I'm not mistaken that's in C14 and FJR territory no? I hope you got a better deal than that..
They are listed new under 9k loaded in some cases w/cases....!
Lol yep. A bandit. A GSX1250FA. $15,999. He did call me a couple of weeks later and said he'd take 12,800 for it :-/ . Must be some really expensive luggage ;-)
Oh man, that's beauti... YOU SUCK!
Thanks for sharing!
If everything goes as planned, I'll jump on a naked 1250 by the end of
the year. I've been lusting over them since 2007.
They're $16k here!
I think the issue is that you really can ride out with a new FJR for that much money here. I wouldn't even think of a 2011 GSX1250FA for more than 10k, 10.5 out the door.
Yes, our prices are unfairly low
I wish we got those here, with ABS it is a damn fine machine for the price.
For $10k, you can hardly get a Ninja 650R here!
I got mine off eBay. I got it for less than 8k and the bike only had 256 miles on it. I've been shopping around for several months looking for the right deal to come around. You just have to have patience.
BTW, these bikes retail for 11,599. MSRP and I've seen them in Cycle Trader for 9000, new.
Damn! Time to move!
Yeah, I'll save up from my $500/month for the next 20 years and I'm
Under 10K in Minnesota
Maybe a Vintage Louis Vuitton Travel Trunk-saw one go for 15k at auction last month...
I bought a 1250FA with bags in Nov 2011. Great bike, 16K miles on it now.
Bought a 20" Madstad adjustable windshield, Sargeant seat and now it's a great sports tourer.
I also wanted mirror extenders and had an inspiration; use muffler hangers as spacers! Googled specs of various hangers and ordered a pair of Walker #464 35637 rubber hangers (fits the '95 Ford Mustang 3.8L V6-$11 bucks shipped from Rockauto.com). Each hanger's footprint and two holes (drill thru the small rubber wall in each hole) align almost perfectly on the 1250FA. Buy four M6 extended Allen head screws, mount the spacer between the mirrors and fairing and you have 1.5 inch extensions!
Lmao $15,999 vs. 16K
Anyway I'm glad I'm here and not there. Nice bike. Fine motor.