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Old 01-20-2013, 07:36 PM   #1486
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Just got around to putting new chain/sprockets on my 07 Bandit 1250.

To my surprise the PO had 17 tooth front and 40 tooth rear. Stock is 18/43, which is what I bought. I put 20k+ miles on that bike with some LOW gearing. Never had a clue.

Anxious to experience 18/43 gearing now, especially on the highway.

Just need to get my hands on a chain riveting tool...
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:59 PM   #1487
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If anyone is selling a givi rack for gen 1 bandit let me know, part # PLB 511. Have been looking for weeks now and so far nothing.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:50 PM   #1488
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If anyone is selling a givi rack for gen 1 bandit let me know, part # PLB 511. Have been looking for weeks now and so far nothing.

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Been there, done that, and failed. They were "never" sold in the USA and their Canadian counterpart is permanently out of stock and said I would also have to pay a $100 customs/import fee. Supposedly, Givi in Bulgaria still carries them, but I have no way of contacting them. Looks like the only solution is fabricating something.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:16 PM   #1489
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To my surprise the PO had 17 tooth front and 40 tooth rear. Stock is 18/43, which is what I bought. I put 20k+ miles on that bike with some LOW gearing. Never had a clue.

Anxious to experience 18/43 gearing now, especially on the highway.
On second thought, dropping one tooth in front and three in the rear would keep the ratio nearly the same, wouldn't it? Can someone chime in here?
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:06 AM   #1490
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On second thought, dropping one tooth in front and three in the rear would keep the ratio nearly the same, wouldn't it? Can someone chime in here?
Almost.

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Old 02-09-2013, 12:51 AM   #1491
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After a bit of a fight with a very heavy gate that closed on my bike and knocked it to the ground I had to buy some new levers. Yes the bike lost the fight with the gate.

I bought these off eBay after reading many forums postings about Chinese levers. Mine came out of Hong Kong. They are very well made. Feel good against my fingers when using them. They feel nice and sturdy. I think they look good. They operate as they should. This is the good.

Now the bad. This was the seller, aumotomarts. He sent a set that has the clutch side as cable operated. Wrong wrong wrong for a 2002 1200 Bandit. My clutch is hydraulic. In fact he has photos with a clutch lever that is cable operated.



I should have twigged this when I bought them but did not. I contact them as soon I get the levers. Tell them the problem. They reply and want photos of my OEM lever compared to the one they sent. I do this. Then they email me to say they never got the photos. So I upload them to the net and send the links for the photos. They say they will investigate. Then they say they will send me a replacement lever. Time goes by. I email them for a copy of the tracking number. I am told it will be sent the next day. A week later I send a very rude and threatening email. Still no reply. A few days go by. I send another abusive email.

Meanwhile I have logged a claim with PayPal for a refund. After a month I get a reply from Paypal that the seller has denied refund. The seller has sent another. So again I send an email asking for the tracking number. I get a reply. With what is not a standard postal tracking number. Then I get another email saying they sent u the wrong tracking number. Hey dumbo neither are tracking numbers. I used to do this for a living, tracking overseas mail. So I know what they are.

Then 2 days ago, at long last, a parcel from the seller has arrived. Its not a replacement lever. It is a part that will allow me to fit the lever to a hydraulic system. So I had to pull the lever to bits to fit this part. Ok no big deal for me. I am handy with tools. Had I not been, I would have been beyond pissed. I have not left feedback for the seller. If I do it will only be negative. Which would mean he would leave negative for me.

Lessons learnt from this. Look at the photos better Ross before you buy.

So what do they look like fitted?





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Old 02-09-2013, 05:50 AM   #1492
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I have a similar pair of PSR levers, really like the feel compared to the stockers. I did the gsxr clutch upgrade w/ the stronger Barnett springs, in heavy commuting traffic the shorter lever does end up giving my clutch hand a workout though.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:17 PM   #1493
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After 13 years it's time for some service work and some changes to my beloved Bandit. The steering head bearings are notchy and the forks need freshening. I will also be removing the fairing and storing it away as it's going naked with a classic look single round headlight.

This is how it looked a week ago...




Here it is today...



After only 18,000 miles and the stem bearings are toast! Probably the result of some hard landings after wheelies and I think the preload was too loose as the spanner nut was only finger tight when I removed it. I bought this bike new and this the the first time the front end has been apart.



The forks are going to the dealer for an overhaul and new Progressive springs. I've ordered a Delkevic headlight and some E-bay brackets also.The handlebar is getting replaced with a Bikemaster Daytona piece and If funds allow I shall also be installing braided stainless brake hoses.
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:15 PM   #1494
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2003 B12 with a slip on and enough popping on decel to wake the dead... Not to mention a stutter down low in the power-band.

Holeshot Stage One candidate?

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Old 02-17-2013, 05:44 PM   #1495
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If anyone is looking for some add-on/aftermarket fairing lowers...

http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=218...169077&cat=464
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:50 PM   #1496
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2003 B12 with a slip on and enough popping on decel to wake the dead... Not to mention a stutter down low in the power-band.

Holeshot Stage One candidate?

-Jake

Yes. One of the first mods I did to mine right after breaking it in. They are lean enough with the stock muffler and a slip on just makes matters worse. The Holeshot kit is the best out there IMHO.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:17 PM   #1497
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Sounds good to me! Any pointers on install or initial tuning? Or do the instructions cover just about everything?

I'm really hoping that it will wake up the beast

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:11 AM   #1498
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The Holeshot kit comes with good instructions and Dale is just a phone call away and always willing to help.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:34 AM   #1499
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Lots of Bandi tech stuff over on maximum-suzuki too,its a nice board.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #1500
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Hello Bandit folks -- I'm getting interested in a Suzuki Bandit 1200S for touring (long distance 500+ mile days).

How much would you pay for a 2002 Suzuki Bandit 1200S with 14k miles, full luggage and in (really) mint condition?

How different would it be from a naked SV650 on the freeway?

How is the torque curve compared to an SV650? Is it very peaky, or more linear?

Thanks!

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