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2005 Suzuki Bandit 1200 S review
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Review of the Bandit 1200 S submitted on 2005-05-26.
I made the biggest mistake of my life by selling my bandit 1200 before relocating overseas. Hindsight being 20/20, I should have bought another one and brought them both with me (one for Sundays, y´know). If you´re looking for something that will do it all, buy a bandit. The 600 is a bit buzzy at speed so I can only recommend the big brother. Maintenance is a snap, oil changes are a breeze. NAPA gold filters are your best bet and Wal-Mart sells a big jug of Rotella 20W-50 that will satisfy your engine´s demands. Don´t waste your time with Fram, most tracks wont let you near them with a fram filter. If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, don´t expect anyone to imitate a fram filter anytime soon. (Take one apart sometime, you´ll see what I mean). Michelin Pilot Pro tires, a good o-ring chain and aftermarket sprocket, catch can, leathers and helmet and you´re good to go on almost any track you like. Open up the airbox, throw in some quality plugs when you re-jet and re-pipe and for less than a grand you´re set to demolish 90% of anything you´ll run into on the road. Be aware that a speeding ticket in Texas for 165+ mph will cost you almost as much to keep your license. Drag races are a blast as well. Put a front axle extension on, hang 20-30 pounds of weight on the front end to keep it down, keep your front tire out of the waterbox when you warm up the rear and hang on for the ride of your life! An airshifter will improve your times, but isn´t necessary if you know what you´re about. I would highly recommend an aftermarket steering stabilizer; headshake can be a rfeal issue if you´re easily distracted or plan on stunting with hands off. The options are limitless with this bike. Carve canyons, run straights, modify, create, excel. I have nothing bad to say about this bike´s design. Easy to maintain, a joy to ride. If you really want to go crazy, bolt on an aftermarket turbo kit and enjoy 5th gear wheelies at 130 and up! Word to the wise, you may want to consider a longer swingarm and reworked clutch. (Think GSXR here.. or Busa´) if you opt this route. If you want all day comfort wrapped in a sport bike that the insurance companies haven´t got a clue about, go Bandit or go home.
This review of the 2005 Suzuki Bandit 1200 S
was submitted by: Grebis
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