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    My new bandit

    Hi all, I just bought a new(to me) 2007 Bandit 1250S with 6500 miles on it, upgraded seat and lowered, new rear tire, needs a front tire, for $4500 (good price?), it runs great and is a huge step up from my previous ride (05 V-star 650). I was wondering if there is anything specific I should inspect other than the obvious. The obvious to me are chain, sprocket, tires, bearings, oil, filters, plugs. Any weak points I need to keep an eye on? Any quirks I should be aware of?

    The previous owner lowered it in back with lowering links and said he lowered the front too, but didn't specify how(I forgot to ask). Is there anything I should look at to ensure I have proper suspension travel, aside from the preload and rebound adjusters?

    So far I have only been able to ride it about 40 miles, but WOW, soooo much better than my old v-star. It is easier to handle at low speed, has much smoother clutch engagement, and is much more comfortable on the freeway, and off the freeway for that matter. Not to mention the power So far I am very impressed.

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    change the oil and go!

    If the wind's a blowing, I'll be at the beach!

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    He probably slid the tree down on the front forks. If you see any more than 1" of tree above the top fork then I'd start to be concerned with front fender clearance under full compression. If its less than that you'll be fine.

    These bikes are relatively low maintenance. With that low of miles you shouldn't have anything to worry about. Any used vehicle I've ever bought I change every fluid in it no matter what the previous owner said about the maintenance. Usually I find someone was unable to measure oil or else never changed it and said it was brand new. I'd also bleed the brakes/clutch since its a few years old.

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    $4500 sound like a stellar deal!
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    That's a good deal. You'll enjoy the Bandit, especially if the seat is comfortable. Stock Bandits have a rotten seat that I haven't gotten used to after 32,000+ miles.

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    What a killer deal! Saving so much money should allow you to put some pretty good suspenders (think Ohlins) on her! And if you want to sell that seat, let me know... ,BK
    Last edited by Oldbutslow; 10-12-09 at 08:26 PM.

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    No, the seat is not for sale, I like it, nice and comfortable. The front was lowered by turning the preload adjusters all the way out. So no potential problem there. I just put a set of genmar risers on it this weekend (love 'em) and have mirror extensions on the way. The only thing I need now is some luggage, but that will have to wait, it gets a little pricy by the time you add the mounts and all.

    So far the only problem I have with the bike is keeping my speed within legal limits. It's just way too easy to fly on this thing.

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    Also new bandit 1250sa owner

    Hi all,
    I'm new to this forum,had my 1250 for a week now and think it's great !
    I have put on some oxford racing heated grips ( it's chilly in northern england)and a fender extender. I have aslo filled and sanded down the casting line on the rear brake pedal which took an hour.
    http://s746.photobucket.com/albums/xx103/anthep/

    I'm thinking of buying a skidmarx double bubble screen, what are you thoughts on this screen.. ? and maybe cutting away some of the seat foam as i'm only 5ft 6" http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/ho...ats/index.html

    Has anyone done this themselves, it would lower the centre of gravity and the screen would give more protection, as well as making the ground closer for a shorty !!

    anthony.

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    Thumbs up

    I have had the skidmarz dbl bubble on my bandit for about a year - excellent screen - puts me in smooth air up to 110mph. I'm 5'10 so it should shield you very well also.

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    i've done the cut down seat foam with good results. order some gray mini cell foam from a whitewater kayaking supply--noc.com for instance. cut most of your foam off and then glue on sheets of the mini cell until you get the right height/comfort. the stuff can be trimmed with a serated kitchen knife and sanded with a product called dragon skin. ride, sand, glue on sheets, ride, glue, sand....until you get what you want and can ride it forever without but burn. then take it to and upholster and have it covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker21 View Post
    The previous owner lowered it in back with lowering links and said he lowered the front too, but didn't specify how(I forgot to ask). Is there anything I should look at to ensure I have proper suspension travel, aside from the preload and rebound adjusters?
    I have no idea why anyone would want to do this, unless they were incredibly short ... I have had my K9 cornering at 210 klicks (scrapping boots on the tarmac) ... no worries .. it's such a great handling bike why mess with it?

    Take it to a shop and get them to reset it to standard ...

    I would suggest setting the pre-load on the front and rear shocks harder than the factory settings .. that's all ..
    Owner of a 2005 GSF650 Bandit, and a 2009 GSF1250S Bandit

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    Quote Originally Posted by joker21 View Post
    The front was lowered by turning the preload adjusters all the way out. So no potential problem there.

    So far the only problem I have with the bike is keeping my speed within legal limits. It's just way too easy to fly on this thing.
    OK ... If it's what I think you describe, then it has not lowered the front end, it has raised it. And the pre-load is probably way way too soft ... but up to you. I run mine with one line showing above the top triple tree ... tighten it up and see if you like the handling better ... it's more about the loads on the suspension than it is about lowering or raising ...

    Yes, I have a real trouble keeping mine at a legal speed limit ... the problem is they corner best by running into a corner at speed, holding it up on the engine revs and powering out from the Apex ... if you don't button off before the next corner, you're just getting faster and faster ... and the sweet spot in top gear on mine is around 180 klicks on the speedo ...
    Owner of a 2005 GSF650 Bandit, and a 2009 GSF1250S Bandit

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    Congratulations on your new Bandit. I am brand new to this forum and, unfortunately, as soon as I am able to post new threads I will be listing my 08Bandit for sale in the appropriate section. It's a heartbreaker. I wish I could have enjoyed it with some of you other Bandit lovers. I just listed it in Craigslist in Stockton, CA. Paid 8900 out the door and selling for 5400 with only 1700 miles. I waited as long as I could hoping to keep it. Maybe someone else on this forum will get a good deal too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitesurfer View Post

    Such a very amazing link!
    Thank you for the post.

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