Suzuki 1200 Ban­dit

1996-2007

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Clas­sic Suzuki model de­vel­op­ment: make a parts bin spe­cial in a cheap frame and price it as cheap as a bi­cy­cle. Well, al­most. Oil-cooled Gsx-r-based en­gine is in a very low state of tune – merely adding a de­cent end can lib­er­ates a dozen horse­power. Just about any part can be eas­ily and cheaply im­proved: en­gine, brakes, forks, rear sus­pen­sion, you name it. That’s why the big Ban­dit was so af­ford­able to be­gin with. Street­fight­ered ones have usu­ally been crashed, which is why they were mod­ded. It’s the stunt bike of choice, so be­ware ones with iffy sec­ond gears and shot head races. That apart, they’re just about indestructible and you won’t find two alike. What you’ll pay now £1000-£2500 But should you? On a pound per horse­power ba­sis, noth­ing comes close.

None of th­ese stay stan­dard for long

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