Driving report father-Suzuki Bandit 1200 “Kit 2”

Driving report father-Suzuki Bandit 1200 "Kit 2"

Father joys

Rainer Vater from Bondorf (www.motorrad-vater.de) has already made a name for himself as a bandit specialist. The avowed two-stroke fan, ex-racing driver and Suzuki dealer has just celebrated his 50th professional anniversary and describes himself as the “living fossil of the scene”.

Its four different performance kits for the 1200 Bandit appeal to different drivers. The “father kit 1” just lets the 1200 bandit breathe more freely. This is ensured by other main jets plus jet needles for the Mikuni carburettors. And a larger intake air opening on the air filter box: 52 instead of 38 millimeters. A new pulse generator for the ignition? it causes more advanced ignition up to 1500 rpm ?? including the associated seal rounds off the financially extremely family-friendly minimal tuning: 180 euros for self-installation and 240 euros for professional assembly by the father team. Everyone gets these breathing exercises B.andit 1200 from 2001 also with a standard silencer. On the other hand, the types from 1996 to 2000 need a retrofit exhaust for this.

This is exactly where the tested “father kit 2” for 1200 bandits of all years comes into play. At a price of 1,100 euros, it also includes an exhaust that is perfectly matched to the improved intake conditions. This is a 2.5 kilogram titanium muffler from SR-Racing including the connecting pipe to the standard manifold. This legally quiet accessory exhaust sounds pleasantly muffled, full and sonorous. Ennoble the ECE approval and elegant finish in equal measure.

Sound is one thing, power is another. But there is nothing but sunshine. According to the manufacturer, the 1200-series Suzuki is supposed to balance 98 hp on the crankshaft, and MOTORRAD recently measured 108 on the clutch. And even a whopping 123 hp in the “father kit 2”. Whereby this conversion is not only impressive because of the 15 additional horses at the top, but also because of the powerful power curve that the engine now has ?? Power in every situation.

Even around the bottom, the father-child offers more than a series offspring. From 4000 rpm the two curves drift apart dramatically. At medium speeds, the tuning variant casually and loosely pushes twelve newton meters more. That pushes. Thus, the strong-bearded father bandit is recommended as an almost ideal country road sweeper. Especially since the four-cylinder vibrating lively at constant speed is nice and clean and smoothly accelerates.
The performance kit is not intended to increase fuel consumption. But they work well even at great heights. “That even pushes it out of the hairpin bends at Timmelsjoch, huh? I’ve tried it myself, ”says a happy father. Tuning for touring riders, not for athletes, he calls his measures. But he can also do something else if the customer so wishes. In kit 3, in addition to the parts mentioned, he installs sport camshafts with sharper timing. They pumped up the test copy from MOTORRAD 21/2005 to a fat 138 hp, a whopping 30 more than series.

However, the further increase in performance, for which a total of 1910 euros are due, is only at the top. Kit 2 keeps more steam ready for up to 5000 tours. If enough can never be enough for you, the final fourth stage is a father with a lot of mental work: processed channels such as combustion chambers and increased compression. All in all, still a moderate 2475 euros, in this case the exhaust comes on top. Urgent father …

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