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Old 04-05-2011, 02:22 PM   #1
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Big Mama & I Go Day Trippin' to Buy a Bike!

Hi Everyone,

Just picked up a 2007 Bandit 1250 ABS over the weekend. :

I was selling my 09 VStrom 650 because I wanted to get something with more power (a lot!). The Strom was a fun little bike, but I missed having a hooligan bike.



Someone in Asheville, NC contacted me about my listing for the bike, we haggled back and forth for a couple of weeks and then worked out the deal, which meant ROAD TRIP!

Big Mama had been bugging me to take a road trip ever since she bought her Versys over the winter,



so when I asked her if she wanted to come with me on a long boring 1,500 mile ride over the weekend she was all for it!

We left Tampa on Thursday afternoon and stopped in Macon for the night. Friday morning we had a good breakfast and headed the rest of the way to Asheville, where we met up with the seller and did our whole bike swapping thing. Here is my beast!




My bike had a good bit of farkling, he had added some stuff to his bike as well, I had 4,200 miles, he had 7,000 and I got his bike and a more than fair amount of $$ for my bike so everyone ended up happy! :mrgreen:

When we left the seller's house, we headed up to Kingsport, TN to spend the night at a buddy's house. Once we got up there, he and his wife took us out drinking for the night. The rest of the night is kind of a blur...

The next morning, I told Big Mama (who thought we were slabbing it all the way back home) that I had a surprise for her and then I led her down 3 hours of back roads to Deal's Gap (she had never really ridden anywhere outside of Florida prior to this trip). When we did our first pass on the Dragon, I had a few minutes to kill at the other end so I was able to get some more bike porn.




Here comes Big Mama!




Then we went back over the Dragon again, stopped for the obligatory picture next to the tree of shame



and headed over the Cherohala Skyway to Tellico Plains where we stopped at Tellico Fish Camp for an awesome catfish dinner. I highly recommend the place! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tellic...74796385870754

After dinner, we headed over to Atlanta, which involved a couple of hours of nighttime riding on twisty mountain roads. Big Mama did not like that at all (and I learned that the Bandit's headlight is nowhere near as good as the one on the VStrom was).

Sunday morning, we had a wonderful, upscale breakfast in a very affluent section of Atlanta



and then slabbed it back to Tampa. What a great weekend!
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Old 04-06-2011, 05:59 AM   #2
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you're gonna love your bandit. i know i do. if you decide to replace the seat, i have the dale walker corbin which i do not like as much as the regular corbin i had on my 1200 bandit. dale walker sells some good stuff that will jump your horses to 134 and your torque to 98 or so. what happened to you bike you pulled the trailer out west with?
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Old 04-06-2011, 10:05 AM   #3
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Hi KiteSurfer!

I already ordered the Stage 2 TFI kit, o2 bypass, K&N and Comp 2 slip-on from Dale. Should be in next week. The bike came with a Sargent seat, but I wouldn't mind trying out a Corbin at some point. I've always found the Corbins to be more comfortable.

I sold the ST1300 about a month after I got back from my trip. I liked the bike but it put out WAYYY to much heat for me to want to keep it. Even at highway speeds it was miserably hot; I can't even imagine it going through town in Florida summertime.

The Bandit has most of the comfort, way more performance, is a lot lighter and doesn't look like something from the Jetsons cartoon.
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:12 PM   #4
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there's a bandit forum maximum-suzuki.com that is the 'bandit home'. but the owner CONTROLS it and bands people real easy. don't try to buy or sell any thing over there until you posted like 100 times!
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:37 PM   #5
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That's a good looking bike Rick.

How do you like the windshield?
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:41 PM   #6
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Hey Rick,

The jury is still out on the windshield. The PO put a homemade laminar lip thing on it, and while I didn't 'hate' it, I want to see what else is available.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:07 PM   #7
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Ok, pics from riding the Dragon.

Here is Big Mama:













And here I am (yeah, I know she's a lot hotter than me )












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Old 04-08-2011, 04:55 AM   #8
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like the pics! off topic here...still waiting on your thread about pulling that trailer....
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:19 AM   #9
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I finished the thread up - finally. It just wasn't a very exciting finish.

Once I got home, I kept putting it off, until someone reminded me.

Here is the finish:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=585712&page=2
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Old 04-08-2011, 05:39 AM   #10
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Nice Pics, I'll bet coming from all Florida riding, your wife was in 2wheel heaven....thanks for sharing pics.
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Old 04-09-2011, 06:34 PM   #11
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Nice pics on the Dragon, see you guys in May!
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:49 AM   #12
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Ride safe with your new motor....!Thanks for sharing...


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Old 04-11-2011, 08:51 AM   #13
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Hey Rick,

The Parkway is open now if you want to come up.

Congrats on the new bike.

I've eaten at the Waffle House! I didn't know they had one in Atlanta, too! Now I have a reason to go there. Our waitress had a tooth, luckily for her I found it. At first I just thought it was a piece of an eggshell.

By the way, when you mentioned "over the winter" you surely weren't talking about Tampa, were you?
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"Over the winter" is a time of the year, not necessarily a weather forecast...
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