View Full Version : Cropped Tail Pictures - Bandit 1250

01-27-2008, 06:27 AM
Hi Guys:

My Dremel Tool called me yesterday and said it was bored and needed something to cut and/or screw up!! So we thought it was due time we cut the tail down a bit on the Bandit across the garage seeing as how it's too long, it's too cold up here to ride anyway, and we can't stop tinkering with the bike.

So with that said and the fact that more than a few have done this, I figured a seperate thread with photos of chopped tails was in order to see what worked and what has not.

Can you guys (y'all for those where it applies) post some shots of what you've done so far and briefly chat about what was good and bad about the cut?

Thanks - Phil (and the Dremel Tool)

01-27-2008, 09:42 AM

Originally I cut my rear fender down, and replaced the very long looking license plate light with a small chrome one I bought at Pep Boys, along with a custom billet aluminum backing plate for the license plate that I already had machined up for another bike.

Then after seeing what Suzukijo did with the stock license plate light, I took the chrome light off, and did what he did, and that was to remove the plastic spacer between the light and the fender, which moved it in considerably, and I think the shortened black license plate light ended up looking better than the chrome one.

I also just recently made aluminum adapter plates, and installed new, smaller turn signals also.



01-27-2008, 11:28 AM
All you did was remove a spacer? (I'm not actually looking at the bike now.) Any cutting or re-wiring required?

That looks good.

01-27-2008, 12:06 PM
All you did was remove a spacer? (I'm not actually looking at the bike now.) Any cutting or re-wiring required?

That looks good.

Nope, just follow these procedures.

Step #1. Take the seat off and unplug the connector to the license plate light wiring and pull it out of the fender, then unbolt the license plate light assembly and remove it from the fender.

Step #2. Pull the assembly apart and remove the large rubber extension cushion, the two steel tubing spacers and the extension spacer.

Step #3. Install the light and the small rubber outer gasket back on the fender, and while holding it in place, Place the flatwashers, the two steel tubing spacers on the mounting studs that are now on the backside of the fender, then install the two 6mm nuts, and tighten them.

Step #4. route the license plate light wires back up thru the hole in the rear fender and connect them back up.


01-27-2008, 01:52 PM
i took my liscence light apart and wanted to shorten it.
taking out the plastic spacer, utilizing the rubber base, and cutting the spacers about an inch, juggled the stack up, but allowed me to use the stock light.



so it end up with a short spacer from the light thru the rubber grommet on the fender and light base, then the flat washer, then the rest of the long spacer protruding into the undertail. keeping rubber base protects socket.
there is plenty of room under there for bolts, i thought i would not modify the stock set up at first in case i wanted to go back, but i never did. all i did was to cut the spacers, to allow the washer to fit farther up. i did find an old mid eighties plate bracket to remove reflectors. and remounted it higher.


you can see the old mounting holes for plate bracket, filled now with rubber plugs, and about how much i moved the plate mount higher. i could not see cutting the rear fender. it might be for you. if i did cut it, i would trim the outer edges along with keeping the angular edge on the bottom, hacking it square off would be too easy. originally posted 9/14/07 here http://www.riderforums.com/showthread.php?t=27947&page=10

real rainy outside today. might be a good day to go back and see what i can do to clean up the modified mounting.

01-27-2008, 04:07 PM

01-27-2008, 04:11 PM

Can you post a bigger picture please? The one that posted was thumbnail sized.

01-27-2008, 04:15 PM
El Bandito....

Do you have a recent shot from the rear of the bike showing the cropped butt?

01-27-2008, 04:18 PM

01-27-2008, 04:35 PM

01-30-2008, 10:00 PM
i still like the open look of the area behind the Fi!

01-31-2008, 05:47 AM
i still like the open look of the area behind the Fi!

kinda makes it look old school-thanks Joe


03-15-2008, 10:04 PM
Windman needs to post a pic. His tail section is cleaned up quite nicely.


03-16-2008, 01:14 AM




03-16-2008, 03:49 AM

That black looks nice!

03-17-2008, 09:15 AM
I ride in too much rain to do this. On my KLR I was filthy along with my luggage after I took mine out accidentally.

03-17-2008, 09:33 AM
I ride in too much rain to do this. On my KLR I was filthy along with my luggage after I took mine out accidentally.

I agree with this I don't cut fenders off bikes I ride on trips. It can get messy and wet with out a fender. The Bandit fender actually looks nice, I owned two V-stroms and they had an aweful fender it scraped the ground almost.

04-25-2009, 03:33 PM
Hi ,
nice bike you got there
What kind of air filters do you have on your bike, I would love them for mine, is there much to fitting, what does it entail?

04-25-2009, 09:16 PM
Subtle, I did it with a file.

I'm a little old school,
I like amber lenses, functional fenders, and The Grateful Dead via vinyl.


06-16-2009, 12:25 AM
Windman i'm curious as to how you attached the plate bracket to the cropped fender... I am also assuming you used a dremel with a little bit of painters tape along the cutting seam to cut down on the burring? new to the site and I am currently disgusted with my tail section I really like what you did with yours.

06-16-2009, 01:01 AM
Hi buddy,
nice bike you got there
What make and size air filters do you have on your bike, I would love them for my 1250, I can see how you fit them, do you have a power commander setup, what changes to the bike setup do you have to make to fit these filters?
I have changed my end can and blocked of the PAIR system on mine will this make a difference after fitting the filters