SUZUKI 7/11 TURBO
Former Royal Engineer uses vast array of skills to create ludicrously powerful Bandit-engined beast from all manner of disparate parts
Craigturner makes no excuses about being a fair-weather rider. “Apart from the nightmare of cleaning it, it breaks traction in the first three gears, so the roads have to be good before I can properly ride it,” he says. “It’s a waste of time if it’s not bone dry.”anaprilia Mille is his everyday hack.
With an estimated 300bhp on tap, this 7/11 with a blown 1286cc Bandit engine is at the furthest extreme on the nuts scale. “I’m continually smiling when I’m riding it,” he says. He was smiling when he built it too. You can’t walk past the lid-entombed projector headlight arrangement without a chuckle. “I wanted a respirator type front-end, but I wanted to go to another level. So I cut the back off a Craft RX9 and went from there. Paul at King Komodo Designs near Salisbury shot the skulls and the marbled deep maroon paint.
“It’s taken eight years and I’ve spent £6500 all up.three grand of that was on the turbo and if you take in the man hours of work it gets ridiculous,” he says. Ridiculous is what it is. “I had nitrous on it for a while, so the turbo was the next level. It’s not a cheap mod, and the set-up takes a while to get absolutely right too. I had to cut some springs down in the fuel regulator, and the jetting was way off to start with. Getting the fuelling right was the hardest part. I only run one bar boost simply because if you go for any more it becomes unusable.” Riding the fine line between hysterical laughter and utter fear is what keeps Craig amused.
His approach to the build was novel. “I went around buying things that looked nice and then worked out how I’d make them fit,” he says.the Gilles rearsets are a prime example. “I don’t know what they’re supposed to fit,” says Craig.the Mvaugusta F4 tail unit was a different matter. “It’s so old school with all those angles in it and it matches the lines of the tank perfectly.” Craig’s wiring and plumbing is top notch too: “I used a car central locking motor to make the tail unit q/d, you just hit that red button above the swingarm and it pops off.”
He’ll never sell it. “I just keep building things,” he says. “Next up I’ll maybe do a bobber with an old English engine, or certainly a twin of some sort.” It’ll feel mild as milk after this creation.