2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200


Dolor est Magister Optimus
Since this bike won't be rebuilt, customized, or restored, I figured I'd just drop it here.
I had been casually on the lookout for a Bandit 1200 to further along one of my "projects in waiting". This one popped up on CL and was too good of a deal to pass up. So, until said project is ready, she'll get ridden. Mods, if any, will largely be confined to engine performance.
This is her "as delivered"...

The PO took real good care, and used her mostly for touring. Along with the bike came Nelson Rigg soft saddlebags, spare gas can (fits in the bags), a luggage rack, Tom Tom GPS, HJC helmet, and a bike cover. He also added bar and mirror risers.

The first things to go were the risers, and tank bra. Then she got a thorough cleaning.

After that I started claybaring, compounding, polishing, and waxing.
This shows a good before and after example. The rear of the tail shows my "test spot" and the front of the tail shows what was under the grab bar.

And completed

The side shows similar improvement.

From there I got into a rhythm and neglected to take before/after pics of the tank and fender... oh well :p

Here's how she currently sits, ready to ride.

She also managed to get named while I was registering her. If you look at the plate, it reads "Demon Weed".
So I named her Mary Jane ;D


Reminds me of...me No, I'm sure of it. I hate him
Nice I bet that thing is a blast!
Nice work on the cleanup , looks like new


You only bear responsibility for your own actions
Beautiful! Buzz on over to Gulfport this winter, I'll buy you a cup of coffee. Should be an easy ride on that one.


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So you are keeping the SMOKING theme in your garage..................


Dolor est Magister Optimus
She's a Hooligan machine for sure. It's been a while since I had a bike that'd float the front wheel through three gears :p


Dolor est Magister Optimus
Because I couldn't leave well enough alone... All the lighting was converted to LED a couple of months ago.

Shorter mirrors were purchased...

And most recently, a Delkevic muffler...



Keep er' Between the ditches
I love the non fairing 1200 bandit. An identical (only silver) one was the first "really fast" bike I had ever ridden. I was test riding it to possibly buy it from a friend. After 3 consecutive of the most horrid looking wheelies you've ever seen, even in my 20 year old wisdom, i decided i didnt need it..

Also, please tell me the future project is the featherbed frame replica that these lumps fit in!!!!
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