The lack of a clock is always a pain in the bum however. The seat is quite supportive for short to medium distances. The Bandit is cool to look at and is easy to drive and I would recommend it anyone as a first bike. Its a project bike in waiting. Clutches are a major glitch on an otherwise clear horizon and replacement is getting to be a chore, I am on my third and that has started to slip again. I never wanted for power and it's light enough to get around in traffic or easily hold its own and more on the interstate.
The shiny bits seem to be reasonably good quality considering the low purchase price. Our partners use this information to recognize you across different channels and platforms over time for advertising, analytics, attribution, and reporting purposes; any information collected is stored in hashed or non-human-readable form. The Bandit 1200 has a fairly weak clutch for such a brute of an engine. Plenty of grunt and seems to be capable of well over 210 if you have the nerve and unrestricted space. There is no feedback from the engine so having enough revs so as not to stall is tricky, the motor is silky smooth and has no character, it is just like an electric motor. Point it straight ahead and it is simply 'Raw Power Unleashed'.
If you have previously accepted Bonnier Corp. Then when I did the clutch, I pushed the rods either way, by hand, and there was no resistance, there are a few of us that ride and maintain our own bikes at work, so the topic of the month are my bandit probs. I very rarely rev it over about 5000 rpm as it has so much torque that there's no need to. For certain promotions, only those who provide us with the requested personally-identifying information will be able to order products, programs, and services, or otherwise participate in the promotion's activities and offerings. These companies may use information you have shared e. Valve inspections are recommended for every 7500 miles- this is a waste of time as I rarely have found a valve truly out of spec.
Those clutches are hell for strong and easily should handle the meager gains given the modifications you mentioned. I have done 2,000 mile weeks with the bike up to Canada and back, and have learned to like the fairing. You must be logged in to rate posts Kickstart This post is not being displayed. Since then I've become very used to the bike and have tuned it for myself. Might as well get a set of factory springs while you are in there.
Bike handles all this very well. I've immediately noticed a great difference in handling. I shopped via the internet, exchanged a couple of emails with a salesman, sent the check and 3 days later the bike was delivered Friday before Memorial Day 2001. These companies typically use a cookie or third-party web beacon to collect this information. When I start the bike up, i try to ride if off after a couple of minutes and it stalls the bike. To inquire about personally identifiable information that Bonnier has collected about you, or about other ways to correct factual errors in that information, please send us an e-mail at. This information, by itself, does not permit individual identification, meaning that you will remain anonymous.
With regular maintenance, good quality oil and filters I only use Castrol fully synthetic oil and sensible riding, these engines rarely give any trouble. The S model does not have a temperature gauge for some reason, just a temp light. Most manuals are in English but some are not. The front forks do flex a bit when hittng bumps mid corner so I will be installing a fork brace soon with the correct race tech springs for my weight and lighter fork oil. If your riding is not to sporty, the stock seat is probably fine. The other thing I did was to address the vibration issue. It was acting like glue.
My Bandit had 11k on it in March, i've done almost 2500miles in 6 months and its been a love hate affair. My only 'incident' was a 'rear flat tire'. It really is a great package for the street. After owning the Blade for 4 years, it mostly sat unused in the shed collecting dust because I found it uncomfortable to ride for any length of time. Parts are easy to come by and custom parts make it an ideal bike to make to individual tastes.
Finish for winter is poor. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can configure your browser to warn you when cookies are sent, or to refuse all cookies. General disclaimer: All third party trademarks, images and copyrights on this page are used for the purpose of comparative advertising, criticism or review. Kickstart The Oracle Joined: 04 Feb 2002 Karma : Posted: 19:07 - 03 Oct 2008 Post subject: Hey, I had the same problem with my bandit 12 when I started using wax to lube my chain, it was gunking up the clutch pushrod causing it to jam and stall when clicked into gear, although once warmed up the wax would melt and it would work fine. A Few Pictures E-Mail For comments, suggestions, or whatever.
Conclusion: I rode a few bikes at a recent Bike Week rally: Kawasaki Concourse 1400, Suzuki Vstrom 1000, Vulcan Vaquero 1700. I guess the Dealer I go to must have had to 'Move Units'. My helmet is in the dirty air and when I stand on the pegs it is actually quieter in the full wind. Strengths: Strong, powerful, flexible Torquey engine. Plenty of low down grunt for hauling pillion and gear. A Castrol product I believe, a car oil at that I took apart his clutch at his request, and there was some sort of sludge on all the plates both the drive and driven plates. The Bandit's riding position provides comfort and perfect control of the machine as well.