2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200

Redbird

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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"...
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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.
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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.
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And completed
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The side shows similar improvement.
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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.
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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
 

SONICJK

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Nice I bet that thing is a blast!
Nice work on the cleanup , looks like new
 

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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..................
 

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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
 

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Because I couldn't leave well enough alone... All the lighting was converted to LED a couple of months ago.
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Shorter mirrors were purchased...
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And most recently, a Delkevic muffler...
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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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Picked up some new skins...
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The PO had the dual compound Michelins on it, and they were kinda done. Since it looks like I'll likely be riding her through this summer, I decided to throw a set of Pirelli Angels on her. Having the wheels off gave me a chance to clean some of those hard to get to places. I don't think the wheels have been this clean since she was born.
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And ready to ride...
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She's just about due for brake pads, so that'll happen soon. After that, I think she'll be good for a while ;)
 

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You know what they say, "Baby needs new shoes!" Looks great!
 

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Nice, my bike has never been that clean. I try and fail to get to your level. No covid 19 on that girl
 

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:D :D
Thanks guys.
Mike, it's not too bad if you clean regularly. Then it just becomes "quick clean ups".
But Yes, I am one of those that if my vehicle starts looking filthy, my eye starts twitching :p
 
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Redbird

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Got the new brakes on. Rears were toast. Fronts were a head scratcher.
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Aside from one caliper being a little sticky (the odd wear rate), the PO apparently had two different pads installed. That's a new one on me.

Everything is freed up, cleaned up, and reassembled. Should be good for a while now ;)
 

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Bye Bye Bandit
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New owner had one same year/color but an S as his first bike. Wanted a bit of nostalgia back.
 

pidjones

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Probably been sticky for a while. And, when he wore the previous one out, he installed what he could get cheap. POs - can't figure them.
 

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