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dwoodul
01-01-2008, 07:16 PM
I apologize if this isnít the best way to introduce myself (starting a new thread and all). I live in Dallas, am 57 and have been riding all my life. I just purchased a new /07 Bandit 1250 (after selling a Honda Spirit) and am real glad to find this site. Got a real good deal this last Friday, 12/29 in Oklahoma City then flew up Sat (12/29) and drove it back down to Dallas. Dang coldÖ!! While driving back down I tried to vary the speed a lot and follow (somewhat) Motomanís break-in advice (I used his method on the Spirit with great results). Went ahead and changed the oil/filter at 200 miles (Ok Ė Iím real anal about my maintenance). Iíll do some more break-in and city driving this weekend when itís supposed to warm up. No surprise that I found the windshield to be almost useless and I need to adjust the bars and seat. The engine is incredibly smooth with plenty of power. My butt lasted to Gainesville so a seat mod may be in the works. Did I mention it was dang cold (25 degrees as I pulled out of OKC)... really dang cold...!! :-)

There are some mods Iíd like for the bike in this order.

1) New windshield
2) New muffler Ė I swear Iíve never seen a muffler as big as the stock
3) Seat mod Ė stock too stiff
4) Adj footrests etc.
5) Eventually maybe lower the bike as Iím short at 5í 8Ē and canít quite flat-foot it at lights
6) Odds-an-ends, rear hugger, front fender extender etc. etc. Set up more for touring than sport.

Anyway, so far I really like the bike and am really glad I found this forum.

So Happy New Year and Iíll contribute as I get more miles on the bike.

Ol Dave Ė Dallas TX

PhilS
01-01-2008, 07:27 PM
Welcome:

Just some thoughts:

1) New windshield - See www.holeshot.com for the Bandit1250 Double Bubble or look for the Givi D262S.
2) New muffler Ė I swear Iíve never seen a muffler as big as the stock - See www.holeshot.com for the Bandit 1250 Touring Slip On since you're looking at touring bags someday.
3) Seat mod Ė stock too stiff - Wait a bit - it'll break in. Otherwise, see www.greatdaytoride.com for Spencer's seat mod.
4) Adj footrests etc. - you may want to consider simply turning them over.
5) Eventually maybe lower the bike as Iím short at 5í 8Ē and canít quite flat-foot it at lights - no clue here.
6) Odds-an-ends, rear hugger, front fender extender etc. etc. Set up more for touring than sport. I use a full Givi set up for the bags although there are many options. Dale Walker is also developing these other mods you mention.

Phil

Brass
01-02-2008, 03:48 PM
5) Eventually maybe lower the bike as I’m short at 5’ 8” and can’t quite flat-foot it at lights - no clue here.
Phil


Dale at Holeshot has lowering links available. It's a pretty simple install. As I understand it, they are the same ones used on the older 1200 Bandit.

etcthorne
01-02-2008, 05:02 PM
Welcome Dwoodul!

I picked up my 2007 1250S Bandit about two weeks ago (red-the fastest color). Some really great folks on this site. I'm 45 years old and I'm loving this bike. Been riding for about 30 years on 13 different bikes. I'm with you on the seat brother.... I hope it wears in. I'll give it some time since I don't particularly want to give Corbin about $450.00 for one of theirs. I am going to order the double-bubble screen here shortly. The can? I kind of like it (compensation issues, some might say). Welcome again!

GregH
01-02-2008, 05:42 PM
Welcome to the site. You've just got to love that low-end torque, don't you?! :rider:

Graubart
01-02-2008, 06:19 PM
:welcome:

Welcome to the world of the Bandit! :sun:

MetrickMetal
01-02-2008, 07:52 PM
Welcome Dwoodul!

I picked up my 2007 1250S Bandit about two weeks ago (red-the fastest color). Some really great folks on this site. I'm 45 years old and I'm loving this bike. Been riding for about 30 years on 13 different bikes. I'm with you on the seat brother.... I hope it wears in. I'll give it some time since I don't particularly want to give Corbin about $450.00 for one of theirs. I am going to order the double-bubble screen here shortly. The can? I kind of like it (compensation issues, some might say). Welcome again!

Hang in there with the stock seat, as I thought at first that there was no way I was going to be able to cope with it, but now after a little over 5,000 miles it not really bothering me at all anymore, and it actually is feeling pretty good, and yes is the red Bandits are the fastest ones. ;-)

suzukijo
01-02-2008, 10:44 PM
i'll second the "seat breaks in with time" story.

i could not believe how hard it was when bike was new, and man my cheeks hurt, after an hour riding.
but as others say, at about 5k mi, it actually started to soften up, and now it seems unlikely, that its the same seat, but its cushy.

give it time, i'll break in.

bones
01-03-2008, 08:09 AM
Can't wait to get mine. It was picked up on the 28th, should be here by mid January. :rider: brrrrr!

Still waiting on my GIVI mount form twisted throttle. No tracking, no customer service, been 2 weeks, not too happy with them, but it looks way better than the GIVI mounts.

Got a Loobman and a digital electrical gauge coming also. No plans for anything else other than rack on some miles. Well maybe heated grips, forgot about those.

GregH
01-03-2008, 08:01 PM
...But black is the faster color! :rider:
http://pic18.picturetrail.com/VOL865/4143694/16192738/282628674.jpg

Trailduster
02-10-2008, 09:48 PM
Im fairly new here too, Im 50 and have had my new sonoma red Bandit for 4 mo. 1600mi on her at this time, Traded in a big C90 and i dont miss it at all, So far i have added the givi/suzuki top case and mount, I like it but my son says i will have to swing wide in my turns, real funny, just wait till he wants me to carry his stuff, Ive been riding since 70 so what is that 38 yrs of riding, good grief, well welcome to TWT and yes 25 degrees hurts but you made it, Bandits rock and the RED are the fastest!:clap: