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Post  rhubarb_king on Thu 10 Mar 2016, 8:40 pm

Hi guys,

Bought a bandit upgrading from a gs-500 a few years back. I LOVE it. Such a well-rounded bike and probably the best value of a bike on the market, given power and potential for upgrades. 
Despite being fuel injected, it still seems to be a very 'honest' bike. I want to know more about PCV with my Bandit in respect to tuners in Brisbane.

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2012 1250S (Black)

Additions:
Aftermarket Horn - 129 dB
Yoshi r77 (full carbon fiber)
Carbon fiber protectors on fork and tank filler
Roll bar crash protecting
Osram Bike bulbs (not HID unfortunately)
LED 'cat ears' on the front. Don't know why I point this out, but it's technically an upgrade I guess Rolling Eyes
Rear tire hugger (but I still haven't been bothered to tidy my tail yet.. bit counter-intuitive.. I know.. but on my list)
Nice tiny metal 'dart' shaped indicators
Aftermarket levers
Pirelli dual compound tyres
Fender Extender on front guard

Soon-to-be-added mods:
O2 Eliminator
Bore holes in air filter & Install K&N air filter
Power Commander V -> I need help with this (in Brisbane)
Yoshi CAM shafts
Clean the tail up

Lessons learned:
No Radiator Guard. (Brisbane is hot. Even during the middle winter the fanning would kick off after several mins with a guard attached)

I use Caltex 98% Octane as a fuel nearly all the time (95 is the lowest I use). The bike has never been climbed beyond 7K revs.

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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  madmax on Thu 10 Mar 2016, 10:47 pm

Welcome to the Forum Rhubarb_King

I'd still be putting a guard on your radiator. I see you have a fender extender but it wont entirely stop the radiator from getting damaged. And them radiators are damn expensive.
The fans coming on is normal. even happens down here in Vic. as long as your warning light is not coming on it'll be ok.

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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  Ewok1958 on Thu 10 Mar 2016, 10:50 pm

Welcome aboard Rhubarb_King. Sounds like you're getting things sorted. cheers
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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  barry_mcki on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 10:15 am

Got a temp gauge on my 1250, the fan kicks in about 108° - saw the dash temperature LED come on at 121° when I was blowing out coolant this last trip.  

My '07 rig also has lower fairings so the fan comes on and off all the time in slow traffic, but when out on the road to see it come on it needs to be a decent speed usually going uphill on a hot day (when the coolant system is acting properly).

You can get some good radiator guards that have both protection and a fair bit of protection, some members on here have even made their own out of alloy screen door mesh for just a couple of dollars.


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Post  Chook on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 11:03 am

Welcome aboard!!
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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  2wheelsagain on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 5:05 pm

Welcome aboard. 
A big step up from the 500 but a bike is a bike Smile

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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  Bosco15 on Fri 11 Mar 2016, 7:46 pm

Welcome along to a great forum. 
Rad guard definitely recommended. The fan turning on is a good thing. Airflow north of 30km/h is enough to cool the rad. Anything less and fan provides the air movement.  
Coolant plays a part too. Water has better thermal transfer properties than ethylene glycol,  so a 50/50 mix is better than 20/80 that many people assume is better. 
Sounds like you have a great bike.

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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  rhubarb_king on Sun 13 Mar 2016, 5:00 pm

Cheers guys. It's nice to be apart of a community that respects that Bandit. Given the advice you have given, I'll put that radiator guard back on there!

I have the dollars for the airbox mod (with K&N) and I also have the dollars for a PCV. I was wondering where I could get a PCV tuned... Bah - Time to explore the forums Cool

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Post  reddog on Sun 13 Mar 2016, 5:55 pm

Other members have posted pcv map files on here mate. They'll be pretty Damn close to what you need without spending $500. As for not going over 7k, come on once you ditch the secondaries is just starting to get fun Smile the other day I had a decent wheel stand going in first hit limiter,  touched the ground then nailed second and continued.... happy times. Smile
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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  paul on Sat 19 Mar 2016, 12:54 pm

Welcome to the forum ......

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Re: Another Brisbanite joins the team

Post  rhubarb_king on Mon 04 Apr 2016, 7:14 pm

@reddog wrote:Other members have posted pcv map files on here mate. They'll be pretty Damn close to what you need without spending $500. As for not going over 7k, come on once you ditch the secondaries is just starting to get fun Smile the other day I had a decent wheel stand going in first hit limiter,  touched the ground then nailed second and continued.... happy times. Smile
Oh mate - trust me I know that the fun starts at 7k, I've just been holding back over the years to give some longevity to the engine. Trust me once these mods are a goer, I'll be climbing those revs like an addict Wink

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