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Post  pete1966 on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 1:16 pm

Hey all,
just a quick intro, just picked up a black 2010 1250 bandit, from blacktown, old school mechanic by trade, hopefully where i can ill try and help out with any mechanical problems posted. :-):-
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Post  2wheelsagain on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 1:23 pm

Welcome aboard (finally) pete. I'm glad we got there in the end Smile
Plenty of good info and friendship here.

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Post  Ewok1958 on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 5:05 pm

Welcome to the forum Pete.  Smile
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Post  Chook on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 6:30 pm

Welcome along Pete


BTW, I'm the bloke from Facebook that directed you this way, glad you got on, just from you 1st post there I thought you could be someone with something positive to add on here
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Post  truck on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 6:45 pm

A Sunny Nth QLD Welcome to you pete1966.

'66 is a good vintage.
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Post  paul on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 8:13 pm

Welcome to the forum Pete ...............good to see you bought the fast black one  Wink

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Post  pete1966 on Mon 20 Nov 2017, 9:57 pm

thanks for the welcome guys  :-)


and thanks for your patience chris.
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Post  madmax on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 7:28 am

Welcome Pete.

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Post  mtbeerwah on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 11:16 am

G'day,  and welcome.

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Post  Laurence_p*wiz on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 9:21 pm

Not 'bogger' pete by chance?

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Post  pete1966 on Fri 24 Nov 2017, 7:01 pm

@Laurence_p*wiz wrote:Not 'bogger'  pete by chance?
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Post  opa on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 10:47 am

Hey Pete, just bought a 2010 as well, my brother has a black 2010 too.  Good to know you are a mechanic, thanks for the offer of help, will take you up on that.  Yesterday, I felt a high speed vibration comes into the steering that was not there a couple of days ago.  The front tyre is scalloped and will be replacing that this week, my question is could it be wheel bearing related?  Or, headstock bearings?  

On another note, in the interest of shared info, the brother's 2010 suffered a radiator failure due to the radguard fitted.  seems there was little gap between the bottom of the radguard and the radiator tank.  The accumulated gunk caused corrosion and he was greeted for his morning ride with a green puddle.  Had the radiator repaired at the local radiator place and it seems ok now.  Good thing for anyone with a radgaurd to be aware of.  Cheers!
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Post  pete1966 on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 11:15 am

Hi Opa,
Scalloping is usually related to suspension,
rebound specifically, so you need to set that up correctly
to get it right, mines doing the same both front and back
the front suspension on mine is too soft and will need servicing and new springs,
the rear i readjusted the rebound recently and sorted that out.

to check the wheel bearing and head bearings, you need to jack the front end up
spin the wheel, the wheel should spin freely without any notchiness, check for any side to side bfree play, you can also check the bearing when the wheel is off, get the mechanic  to check when he replaces the tyre.

the headstock bearing, again with the front wheel jacked up the bars should move left to right
smoothly without any notchiness, there shouldnt be any free play if you hold the front wheel
trying to move it front to back. and the bars should fall to either side.

wheel wobble without the wheel being balanced usually wobbles around the 90kph mark, check to 
see if any weight/s havent fallen off the front wheel, also check tyre pressures and suspension
settings are even on both sides.

hope this helps
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Post  Chook on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 2:48 pm

Bandits are bloody heavy in the front, a tyre bloke recommend increasing front tyre pressure a few years back, I've been running 42psi since and tyre wear has been a lot better
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Post  pete1966 on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 3:06 pm

@Chook wrote:Bandits are bloody heavy in the front, a tyre bloke recommend increasing front tyre pressure a few years back, I've been running 42psi since and tyre wear has been a lot better

yep had a busa prior to the bandit and 42 was the recommendation
for the front tyre.

to check you want a 3-5 psi increase from cold to fully warmed up,
havent had a chance to play with the pressures atm, but will be shortly.
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Post  reddog on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 4:19 pm

They always scallop. Even with race tech gold valves fitted. It's just the nature of the machine
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Post  opa on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 7:02 pm

@pete1966 wrote:Hi Opa,
Scalloping is usually related to suspension,
rebound specifically, so you need to set that up correctly
to get it right, mines doing the same both front and back
the front suspension on mine is too soft and will need servicing and new springs,
the rear i readjusted the rebound recently and sorted that out.

to check the wheel bearing and head bearings, you need to jack the front end up
spin the wheel, the wheel should spin freely without any notchiness, check for any side to side bfree play, you can also check the bearing when the wheel is off, get the mechanic  to check when he replaces the tyre.

the headstock bearing, again with the front wheel jacked up the bars should move left to right
smoothly without any notchiness, there shouldnt be any free play if you hold the front wheel
trying to move it front to back. and the bars should fall to either side.

wheel wobble without the wheel being balanced usually wobbles around the 90kph mark, check to 
see if any weight/s havent fallen off the front wheel, also check tyre pressures and suspension
settings are even on both sides.

hope this helps
Thanks Pete, will check for faults as you mentioned, much appreciated!
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Post  opa on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 7:05 pm

@Chook wrote:Bandits are bloody heavy in the front, a tyre bloke recommend increasing front tyre pressure a few years back, I've been running 42psi since and tyre wear has been a lot better
Thanks Chook, will give it a go with the new tyre, does running the higher pressure have any effect on grip?  What of the rear tyre, still 42 for it?
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Post  Chook on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 7:42 pm

@opa wrote:
@Chook wrote:Bandits are bloody heavy in the front, a tyre bloke recommend increasing front tyre pressure a few years back, I've been running 42psi since and tyre wear has been a lot better
Thanks Chook, will give it a go with the new tyre, does running the higher pressure have any effect on grip?  What of the rear tyre, still 42 for it?
Negligible if at all

Yes on the rear

Like reddog said, they all scallop tyres, this just reduces it dramatically
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Post  madmax on Sun 26 Nov 2017, 9:52 pm

@opa wrote:Hey Pete, just bought a 2010 as well, my brother has a black 2010 too.  Good to know you are a mechanic, thanks for the offer of help, will take you up on that.  Yesterday, I felt a high speed vibration comes into the steering that was not there a couple of days ago.  The front tyre is scalloped and will be replacing that this week, my question is could it be wheel bearing related?  Or, headstock bearings?  

On another note, in the interest of shared info, the brother's 2010 suffered a radiator failure due to the radguard fitted.  seems there was little gap between the bottom of the radguard and the radiator tank.  The accumulated gunk caused corrosion and he was greeted for his morning ride with a green puddle.  Had the radiator repaired at the local radiator place and it seems ok now.  Good thing for anyone with a radgaurd to be aware of.  Cheers!
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