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Are We Ready For A Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer?

Are We Ready For A Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer?

The Outlaw: turning the Suzuki Bandit 600 into a modern-day cafe racer.
There are some motorcycles that lend themselves easily to cafe racer conversions—like the Hinckley Bonneville, or the Honda CB750. You’ll find a plethora of both in the EXIF archives. Then there are bikes that tend to be overlooked, or in some cases, avoided.

The Suzuki Bandit falls into the latter category. Despite being a naked sports bike, which pretty much sums up what cafe racers are all about, it’s hard to look past the dated ’90s styling and plastic bodywork.

The Outlaw: turning the Suzuki Bandit 600 into a modern-day cafe racer.
Then there’s the oddly shaped half fairing given to the ‘S’ variants. It’s almost impossible to see how the Bandit could ever be a cafe candidate.

Darrick Bartley didn’t see it that way though. What the Washington State man saw in his 1996 Bandit 600S was a strong performing engine, a good-looking tubular frame and loads of potential.…

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