Make or break? Suzuki Bandit 1200.

Make or break? Suzuki Bandit 1200.

“That is a shit colour.”

That was the first thoughts that went through my mind when I saw this Suzuki Bandit 1200. To me it looks more like a colour that Ford might have offered you on a MK4 Cortina. It doesn’t do it for me.

“Only one owner from new?”Suzuki Bandit 1200

Yes! There can’t be too many one owner bikes from the nineties left out there? This bike was bought new by a local chap, who chucked the miles on it and kept it in good mechanical order. Then recently he decided that it was time to let the bike move onto pastures new. The bulk of the 39,000 genuine miles were done years back. The trusty MoT checker shows that over the last ten years the annual MoT trip hasn’t seen more than a few hundred miles being notched up year on year.

Suzuki Bandit 1200“What no tat parts!”

Thankfully the only non original parts are practical ones. A set of crash bars, heated grips, Givi rack and box, which are all easy to remove if they don’t interest you. The best non stock item is the Ohlins rear shock. The more that I look beyond the colour, the more positives I see. The standard winkers, mirrors and an un cut rear mudguard are all plus points, more so when you think of how many Bandit 1200’s have been messed about with, not always resulting in a positive outcome.

“How much is it?”


Article provided by Scottie Redmond

of NTS Bike Breakers.