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Post  V17R on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 9:53 pm

Had a good country run on a 1200 Bandit on the w/end.
What I liked compared to my 1250 was the seat and gearbox.
The power delivery was different to mine not as much bottom end but still plenty overall.
I found the gearbox shifted a little smoother than mine, but the best thing was my arse wasn't aching anywhere near as much as my seat.
Cant understand why Suzuki fitted a shit house seat on the newer models.
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Post  Ewok1958 on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 10:52 pm

Interesting comparo V17R, particularly regards the seat.  I guess that begs the question - would a 1200 seat fit a 1250?
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Post  paul on Tue 03 Jun 2014, 11:12 pm

V17R wrote:Had a good country run on a 1200 Bandit on the w/end.
What I liked compared to my 1250 was the seat and gearbox.
The power delivery was different to mine not as much bottom end but still plenty overall.
I found the gearbox shifted a little smoother than mine, but the best thing was my arse wasn't aching anywhere near as much as my seat.
Cant understand why Suzuki fitted a shit house seat on the newer models.


Sounds like a pretty accurate assessment . Very Happy

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Post  Hammy on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 6:02 am

When I owned my 1200 I was always looking for that sixth gear. Five just wasn't enough. I don't think any 1200 older than the '06 seat would fit a 1250. Different frames. It probably just had a different seat or had been re foamed. That is the cheapest and easiest way to fix a seat.
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Post  2wheelsagain on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 8:24 am

V17R wrote:
Cant understand why Suzuki fitted a seat that doesnt suit my arse on the newer models.

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Post  paul on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 8:35 am

Hammy wrote:When I owned my 1200 I was always looking for that sixth gear. Five just wasn't enough. I don't think any 1200 older than the '06 seat would fit a 1250. Different frames. It probably just had a different seat or had been re foamed. That is the cheapest and easiest way to fix a seat.


The 1200 has a one piece seat ( not split ) and non adjustable so it doesn't have such a defined step in it making it feel more roomy Very Happy

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Post  Hammy on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 8:47 am

paul wrote:
Hammy wrote:When I owned my 1200 I was always looking for that sixth gear. Five just wasn't enough. I don't think any 1200 older than the '06 seat would fit a 1250. Different frames. It probably just had a different seat or had been re foamed. That is the cheapest and easiest way to fix a seat.


The 1200 has a one piece seat ( not split ) and non adjustable so it doesn't have such a defined step in it making it feel more roomy Very Happy

The '06 1200 has the same seat as the 1250's.   Very Happy    had my 1250's re foamed and it was excellent after that.   Very Happy
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Post  paul on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 8:58 am

Hammy wrote:
paul wrote:
Hammy wrote:When I owned my 1200 I was always looking for that sixth gear. Five just wasn't enough. I don't think any 1200 older than the '06 seat would fit a 1250. Different frames. It probably just had a different seat or had been re foamed. That is the cheapest and easiest way to fix a seat.


The 1200 has a one piece seat ( not split ) and non adjustable so it doesn't have such a defined step in it making it feel more roomy Very Happy

The '06 1200 has the same seat as the 1250's.   Very Happy    had my 1250's re foamed and it was excellent after that.   Very Happy

I should have said series 2 excluding 06 . A lot can be done to change a seat to suit a rider ...............especially if you happen to be in the trade  Wink  LOL

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Post  barry_mcki on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 10:26 am

Doesn't the 650 have a one piece seat - I wonder if that is a better feel.  

Being essentially the same frame as the 1250 the seat should be a one-for-one swap.


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Post  V17R on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 11:15 am

I've wondered about the 650 seat also. I've only had a short ride on one of them so cant say if they are better than my seat that doesn't suit my arse  Very Happy 

If I knew someone that knows how to reupholster the seat Id probably give it a go
Your right about looking for the missing 6th gear Hammy
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Post  2wheelsagain on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 11:27 am

V17R wrote:I've wondered about the 650 seat also. I've only had a short ride on one of them so cant say if they are better than my seat that doesn't suit my arse  Very Happy 

If I knew someone that knows how to reupholster the seat Id probably give it a go
Your right about looking for the missing 6th gear Hammy

Have a talk to Kev Mitchell he on here and does excellent seat work from his Syd garage/workshop.

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