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Post  Evil Paul on Thu 30 Aug 2018, 6:43 pm

Seem to be a few new people here with the fully faired variant. I have been riding 30 years most recently a gs450l - throwaway commuter bike, and a few Honda CBX750f the first of which I bought 28 years ago. I have always like the simplicity of a half-fairing bike with an in-line 4. One the could survive being dropped and not destroy heaps of plastic. I watched friends of mine on early GSX-Rs riding around with missing pieces for years. I still have three CBXs in the garage, two that run quite well for their age. The plastic still intact. Not worth selling, plan to make one good one and reregister.....Eventually. So when I went looking for a new bike, I looked at the bandits.. For several years this was the chosen bike. Then, I decided that I am old (50) and slow and might actually keep a bike upright these days. - I road the Great Ocean Road the other day and mostly kept close to the speed limits, mostly. Shit the bandits can accelerate! So me now being a Ulysses club candidate, the 'FA' became a possibility. So here I am, ready to spend the next 30 years riding bandits or their sucessors.

A couple of question for the forum:

First, why don't the water cooled variants have a temperature gauge. Do people fit them? If so, is there a favoured kit for these bikes? Is it worth doing?

Second: my bike has an aftermarket Yoshi muffler. And it 'pops' under deceleration. I have been reading up on the issue on this forum and the net in general. I know that it is unlikely to damage the bike in the long term. But is a power commander and dyno tune a good choice.

I am the sort of person that likes to get a bike setup - over a couple of year - then leaves it alone. Power tuning isnt the goal, just a good balance of unlocking potential and keeping it looking and sounding fairly standard. If I wrote off the bike, I'd buy another exactly the same and move any accesories over. The popping, whilst car drivers go 'WTF' which is a good thing, bugs me and I am worried about being a cop magnet... Thoughts? Paul, Inverleigh, Victoria

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Re: Another newbe with a gsx1250fa ('11)

Post  paul on Thu 30 Aug 2018, 8:44 pm

Welcome to the forum " EP ".  I still run the factory muffler , because I like the quiet , but if you type popping or pair or pair removal  into the search box under the home page top banner it may be of some help to you .( its just the excess fuel being ignited in the exhaust which the OEM muffler quietens down ) Temp gauge , or lack there-of doesn't seem to be an issue ..............there is a warning light if it gets too hot , but I suppose you could fit an aftermarket one if it worries you . I am reminded of a story where some Kawasaki owners were worried about the high temp. their bikes ran at .................apparently the remedy Kawasaki used had nothing to do with the cooling system , but a lot to do with the temp gauge replacement  Laughing .

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Post  barry_mcki on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 4:07 am

Welcome EP.

You shouldn't have too much trouble with the FA, it's got a bigger radiator to the earlier model, much better water expansion system, and two fans.  You can fit a temp gauge, its a bit of stuffing around, an alternative is to rig up a dash light to the fan, so when it kicks in you can see.  The only problem with the water system is if you get air in changing the fluids, its a bit of a trick to bleed it properly.  There have been one or two radiator caps give up the ghost on older models, could be worth grabbing a new one as they are quiet cheap but not something you'll find at the corner servo on a Sunday afternoon up in the Oxley Ranges.

As non-evil Paul mentioned do a search on "PAIR removal", you don't need the full kits either, it can be done with a couple of ball bearings and a spare Saturday afternoon.

Shinny side up and we might catch you on a ride in the future - check out the Tassie trip planned for November.

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Re: Another newbe with a gsx1250fa ('11)

Post  Ewok1958 on Fri 31 Aug 2018, 7:31 am

Welcome aboard Evil Paul. Yep, a PAIR block-off (as opposed to removal) will cure your decel popping and, as Barry said, can be done quite simply. Fitting something like a Power Commander if the bike has only had a can change would be an overkill, unless you're OCD about such things. Overheating seems to be a very rare occurrence with Bandits/GSX-1250s although Mad Max had a recent episode on a trip across the Nullabor.

Just a question about the can though - some Yoshi pipes (such as the R77) come with an insert/baffle (sometimes referred to a a dB killer) and these are often not fitted. Did you get the insert with your bike? If not, you might like to hunt one down and try that before doing anything else. 

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Re: Another newbe with a gsx1250fa ('11)

Post  Chook on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 2:42 pm

I'm doing a shout out to the newer SA members in case they missed this on the event thread

http://nswbandits.forumotion.net/t6762-south-aussie-catch-up

We've got 2 from Adelaide confirmed

One making the trek from Whyalla

2 riding all the way from Melbourne

+ Cal in Strath who is without a ride atm

It'd be nice to meet a couple more locals for the ride and/or the overnight stay

cheers

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Post  2wheelsagain on Thu 14 Feb 2019, 7:59 am

Welcome aboard. Lots of good information here. 
Don’t worry about a temp gauge. Several car manufacturers don’t use them these days. 
Others here have covered the popping. Some pop more than others. My CF Beowulf didn’t.

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Post  Chook on Thu 14 Feb 2019, 10:04 pm

We4lcome aboard

I ran the factory super tanker for 40,000+ km, I've had Madmax's (someone else on here before that old Staintune for about 8,000km, I get minimal popping so haven't bothered
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