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Along my touring rides, I often stop and get that photo I end up using as a desktop theme which I rotate as the mood hits. Hopefully I can get myself and/or the bike into a photo at a scenic spot or known landmark which proves I was there, and its not simply a lifted Goggle Earth photo,, :yikes:Read More

22 Nov 2013 - Mk1 1200 Carb updates.

Heres something I did when I was working on one of the sets of carbs for one of my Mk1 Bandit 1200s. As I had them apart and the bodies emptied, I decided to throw them in the lathe and clean up the bellmouths. I didn't want anything highly mirror polished, I was mainly concentrating on getting the ...

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22 Nov 2013 - Passing switch feature

If you own a Mk1 Bandit 1200 and would like the passing light switch feature, go onto Ebay and look up the left switch for the Hayabusa.
You will need to do a search specifically for the early model Hayabusa switches that used a choke lever.
Its a simple 'plug and play' addition as the ma...

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Here are some photos showing whats possible when restoring parts for used bikes you've bought. Bear in mind these parts were either on a bike I bought used, or came from Ebay.


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21 Nov 2013 - Seat covers.

The stock covers are pretty much no more than a piece of flimsy thin vinyl. As I was restoring some seats I looked around and found a seller on Ebay in the UK who made some very decent covers. These covers had piping at both ends and used a high quality marine grade vinyl as well.
On the seat...

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21 Nov 2013 - Some subtle updates

Ok heres my attempt to solve an issue with the severely protruding front indicators on the pre 2000 Bandit 1200. Many people just dump them for something else, but I kind of like their shape so my dilemma was how to make them fit closer to the front fairing.
The end result was some...

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19 Nov 2013 - Wah... my starter...

The ol' b4 was running a little rough on the way in to work this morning, but it was raining and I didn't want to stop. Pull in to my spot in the garage, shut it off and hear the "chirr" of the starter motor. Oh no, starter switch was stuck on the whole ride in... :banghead:

I tried it. n...

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15 Nov 2013 - diy gearbox repair b400

Hi all,

My B400 is slipping out of the 2nd gear, needs probably a new shifting fork and gear assembly.
Is it difficult to change the gears and forks with the engine removed from the bike? How to do this step by step?

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Hey Everyone, In order to ease the support costs for the Alley, we have become an affiliate with Bike Bandit. This means when you click through the link on the donations page <a href="http://banditalley.net/donate.html">here</a> that Bandit Alley earns a 5% commission on the parts that you purchase. The hope here is that this will offset the amount of money that we're having trouble raising each year, and take a little of the burden off, while you get the parts you need to keep your bikes running.

07 Dec 2007 - Bandit Alley Store!

Hey Everyone! The Bandit Alley cafepress store is now open! You can get T-shirts, hats, mugs, and more!! Check it out!! Complete your whole Christmas shopping list in one spot! <img alt="" src="/FCKeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/tounge_smile.gif" /> <br /> A hat for granny, a shirt for her dog, beer mug for the cousin... <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.cafepress.com/banditalley_net">http://www.cafepress.com/banditalley_net</a>

04 Nov 2007 - Maximum Shine!

Today's How-to is on getting Maximum Shine from your paint. <br /> <br /> With a little elbow grease, and patience, even oxidized paint, chipped paint, and dull faded paint can regain it's former beauty.<br /> <br /> See&nbsp;<a href="http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?action=felblog;sa=view;uid=533" name="stormi's blog">stormi's blog</a> for more info on this<a href="http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?action=felblog;sa=view;uid=533"></a><br /> <a href="http://forums.banditalley.net/index.php?action=felblog;sa=view;uid=533" name="stormi's blog"></a>
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