So I am sure this has been asked before, but I recently picked up a Bandit 1200 and I am in the process of upgrading the front end. I have three goals.
change out the front forks to a more modern set up with better brakes and handling.
retain the factory gauge cluster & speedometer
I have been looking about, but I don't see any Bandit specific posts about how to go about this using factory parts with out the purchase of high dollar triple trees. Most of the conversions I have seen use the current forks with the Monoblock brake set up, but I don't see mention of how they run a speedometer or if it is possible to retain the factory speedo. Any advise or suggestions with pics and specifics on how to perform the task would be much appreciated.
Well fella, I'm no bandit expert but if you intend on using the factory speedo, you're going to have to keep the front wheel with the speedo drive. Not an impossible task I doubt but whatever forks you decide would have to be mindful of using the standard bandit wheel.
Many folk opt for a magnet sensor type pick up off the disc bobbin or similar with an alternative speedo.
I just so happens I have a great machinist I work with on all my builds that can help out here...What particular year forks are you using, are the spring rates correct for the bandit, and I have heard that people have to often slide the forks way down in the triples because most non-bandit forks are to short causing ground clearance issues. By the way that is a great right up on the conversion, I have searched high and low and couldn't find it before now!