German Chocolate – Bad Bikes’ 97 Suzuki Bandit

German Chocolate - Bad Bikes Custom StreetfighterWe recently spoke with Gonzo of Bad-Bikes.de in Germany about his recent build, called Hot Chocolate. Because of his dislike for flash Gonzo went with an industrial color of brown with no shine to it. This single bike will disprove many people’s opnions that there could never be a good looking brown bike! He wanted to build something nobody else would. Props to you Gonzo for accomplishing such a feat! He normally builds the newer bikes, k2+ GSXRs are his favorite, but decided to go with something a tad older but still popular – this ’97 Bandit. This 43 year old bike builder and company owner from Germany has been doing this for years now and has built over 300 custom bikes in his day. He turns out at least one new fighter body work set per year.

The custom bug bit Gonzo back when he was still riding pedal bikes. He moved onto cars, and eventually motorcycles, working on his own and friends bikes. He eventually decided to turn it from a hobby into a business building custom bikes and creating awesome body work! Gonzo loves the streetfighter scene, he says the fighters represent freedom and fun on the streets.

When building bikes he starts with a stripped bike to get his finished vision in his mind, then works step by step until everything is perfect. It will be perfect, as with Gonzo everything always has to be top notch! Which is pretty clear when looking at this nearly flawless bike! Remember fighterers, If you can’t modify it, it must be broken (German fighter slogan)!

1997 Suzuki Bandit
Engine-bandit 1200
Flat slide Keihin FCR 39
GSX-R 1000 fork with Cover
Swingarm GSX-R 1100 with Underbracing
GSX-R 1000 Rims
GSX-R 1100W tank with pop up gas cap, ignition with steering wheel lock and the TANK mini Motogadget
LSL Sport Match handlebar conversion
Risuma handles and mirrors
Wilbers suspension strut
Wave brake discs with 6 piston calipers
Sub frame with double-strut
MT 03 with BI Xenon lamp
Big Shorty tail
ostrich leather seat upholstery
Fender Thug Project, Bugspoiler Factor
NISSIN reservoirs and CNC Pazzo levers


Text: Adam Frantz | Translation: Sven | Pictures: Bad Bikes


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