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Post  Eukol on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 6:31 pm

I'm thinking of getting a 1250S Bandit, but on a test ride found the leg length a bit cramped (I'm on a XT660 motard now). I really love my motard, but it needs another 1-3 cylinders and another cog in the gearbox - I really want something that is going to cruise easy on the freeway (my hand was numb for a week after a 1000km round trip). I know I could get a touring motard (KTM990SMT, even the Benelli TreK), but the bandit is some bike for the money (nearly half the money). The riding position is the only thing that I'm unsure about - the thing I love most about my bike.

I know that the seat height can be adjusted up/down by 20mm, and I asked the shop what position the saddle was in. They said 'up', but they weren't anywhere near sure (or really cared?!). Looking at it, there didn't seem to be much space between the seat and the chassis rail, leading me to think it was actually in the 'down' position.

The first picture is the same position as the test bike's seat (I couldn't squeeze my thumb between the seat and rail). In the second picture, the seat seems to be higher (there's definitely more gap there):



Am I right?

I can go back feeling more confident when I say "no it's not - I want to try it in the 'up' position, thanks".

Otherwise the bike was excellent - didn't feel anywhere near it's weight - and that engine is amazing.

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Post  Tsim on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 6:45 pm

Standard position from the factory is in the "Down" position, as per the manual.
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Post  madmax on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 7:19 pm

Unless the shop changes it, (unlikely) the test bike would have been in the lower position as Tsim says. The first picture is also definitely in the lower position.

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Post  Kiwisteve on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 7:45 pm

@madmax wrote:Unless the shop changes it, (unlikely) the test bike would have been in the lower position as Tsim says. The first picture is also definitely in the lower position.

+1, the second pic is a little hard to see, as the pic was taken looking into the light. It does appear to be in the higher position tho. I find that I like my seat in the low position round town, but in the high position when I head out of town.
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Post  paul on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 8:49 pm

You could also have the seat altered to make it higher as well Very Happy

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Post  2wheelsagain on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 9:02 pm

That seat is in the low position. Even in the up it is only 25mm or so taller so might not help much.
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Post  Ewok1958 on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 9:04 pm

Simply putting an Airhawk and/or woolly seat cover will also raise the ride position and likely make it easier on the butt.
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Post  SuzySuzuki on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 9:19 pm

@Ewok1958 wrote:Simply putting an Airhawk and/or woolly seat cover will also raise the ride position and likely make it easier on the butt.
Ditto, worked for me, but then, the seat is comfy without the airhawk too. May i ask how much they are asking for the bike?

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Post  Eukol on Fri 08 Mar 2013, 12:52 pm

@SuzySuzuki wrote:
@Ewok1958 wrote:Simply putting an Airhawk and/or woolly seat cover will also raise the ride position and likely make it easier on the butt.
Ditto, worked for me, but then, the seat is comfy without the airhawk too. May i ask how much they are asking for the bike?

It was a naked and I'm after the half-faired version, so I didn't engage the memory cells too hard - it was very recent (maybe a demo?) - all I remember is thinking "too much" for a secondhand bike.

So far I'm thinking either new (bargain) or 2008ish as they are an excellent price and haven't really changed since then - have they?

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Post  reddog on Fri 08 Mar 2013, 3:45 pm

No change other than the full faired GSX in 2011ish
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Post  SuzySuzuki on Fri 08 Mar 2013, 10:26 pm

Would you be interested in my 2008 gsf1250 ABS bike, Suzy? She's going to be up for sale soon, at a bargain price of $9500, with only just over 4000kms on her. Long story short, she is too heavy for me, and I bought a lighter bike today.
I am 5'10" and i can sit on it with my feet comfortably flat on the ground.

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Post  Kiwisteve on Sat 09 Mar 2013, 12:40 pm

What did you get for yourself SS?

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Post  SuzySuzuki on Sat 09 Mar 2013, 1:28 pm

I bit the bullet and traded in the Honda CB400 for a 2010 Triumph Street Triple, with an Arrow exhaust system. I have yet to give it a good clean over and put back on some of the original accessories, such as seat cowl, mirrors and radiator cowls, then ill put up some photos. Its wet weight is 182kg, compared to Suzy at 272kg wet...

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Post  paul on Sat 09 Mar 2013, 4:45 pm

@SuzySuzuki wrote:I bit the bullet and traded in the Honda CB400 for a 2010 Triumph Street Triple, with an Arrow exhaust system. I have yet to give it a good clean over and put back on some of the original accessories, such as seat cowl, mirrors and radiator cowls, then ill put up some photos. Its wet weight is 182kg, compared to Suzy at 272kg wet...







Thats a huge difference

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Post  2wheelsagain on Sat 09 Mar 2013, 6:14 pm

@paul wrote:
@SuzySuzuki wrote:I bit the bullet and traded in the Honda CB400 for a 2010 Triumph Street Triple, with an Arrow exhaust system. I have yet to give it a good clean over and put back on some of the original accessories, such as seat cowl, mirrors and radiator cowls, then ill put up some photos. Its wet weight is 182kg, compared to Suzy at 272kg wet...





Thats a huge difference
Dont you mean 245kg wet?
Still it is a big difference.

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Post  SuzySuzuki on Sun 10 Mar 2013, 9:49 am

My mistake. Bikez.com shows Bandit as
Dry weight:229.0 kg (504.9 pounds)

The triumph specs says
Dry weight:167.0 kg (368.2 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc:
189.0 kg (416.7 pounds)


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Post  Ewok1958 on Sun 10 Mar 2013, 1:01 pm

But still 62kg! You should fine the Street Triple pretty nippy.
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Post  1wheeldrive on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 7:47 pm

Sooooo, how is the seat adjusted up or down? I consulted the manual and it said to see the dealer!?? What gives there?

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Post  paul on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 8:04 pm

@1wheeldrive wrote:Sooooo, how is the seat adjusted up or down? I consulted the manual and it said to see the dealer!?? What gives there?

http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=9058.0

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Post  madmax on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 8:39 pm

When I bought mine the dealer told me all Australian delivered bandits are presented with the seat in the lower position. Is he right? I don't know but for mine he was.

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Post  barry_mcki on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 9:12 pm

@paul wrote:
@1wheeldrive wrote:Sooooo, how is the seat adjusted up or down? I consulted the manual and it said to see the dealer!?? What gives there?

http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=9058.0

Just looked over that link for curisoity sake, I think it's easier to remove the secondary butterflies than to change the seat height Smile

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Post  paul on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 9:26 pm

@madmax wrote:When I bought mine the dealer told me all Australian delivered bandits are presented with the seat in the lower position. Is he right? I don't know but for mine he was.
Mine was in the low position when I bought it  Very Happy

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Post  paul on Wed 10 Sep 2014, 9:28 pm

@barry_mcki wrote:
@paul wrote:
@1wheeldrive wrote:Sooooo, how is the seat adjusted up or down? I consulted the manual and it said to see the dealer!?? What gives there?

http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?topic=9058.0

Just looked over that link for curisoity sake, I think it's easier to remove the secondary butterflies than to change the seat height Smile
lol! lol!   Once you start , it's fairly self explanatory  Laughing

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Post  1wheeldrive on Thu 11 Sep 2014, 8:23 pm

WOW, Thanks.

 So Suzuki employed some German engineers for this little project to over engineer something that could have been really simple.  scratch

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Post  Ghostbandit on Thu 11 Sep 2014, 9:07 pm

Yea my girl came with the seat in the lower position, does state in the owners manual that it's shipped in the lower position. I could do with it being a little lower but lol! Bloody ducks disease
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