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Most of you know I had a 1st generation Bandit 1200, a 1997 year, "S" model, it was pretty beat up when I got it, but the commanding howl of the induction system, the rasp of the Yoshimura full system, and the feel of that monster engine coming to life under me was surreal every time I put a leg over that bike... but there was always the pull to find a turbo system for it!!

A matter of weeks before the riding season was to finish up and I would begin the process of putting together a Mr. Turbo style draw through system for the hunt to find those outrageous power numbers (pretty much doubling the engine output!) that a boosted B12 is so known for in the first place, I crashed the bike. Much to my dismay it was a total loss and most were amazed I was even alive. :nuts:





It wasn't anything like your usual crash. I wrote that bike off in one down. Even the engine had damage beyond repair and I was through with riding for the season at that point. But the love for the bike was still so strong, I was still so attatched.





Fast forward almost 5 years, alot has happened, and alot has gone very wrong in life, but I still have had that silent pull toward another Bandit. That hollow, thousand yard stare in my eyes when I was deep in thought about one, I really couldn't live a life that I considered fulfilled and well worth it without a turbo Bandit 1200 as "my bike" some day, some way...



Last night a fellow CF member dropped off my new '98 Bandit 1200... hunting for a Mr. Turbo kit as I type this. :D


Toc just couldn't leave the factory optioned seat alone...


PO pulled the clutch cover but never replaced the gasket so it leaks a little. I was joking it was just marking its new territory. I would feel threatened as well if I was that thing. A YZ400F and a CBR900RR mere feet away from it, I would be asserting my dominance as well. :D


Yup, that is a correct reading of mileage, under 10k on the clock. :D







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EVERYONE I know that has seen this pic says they haven't seen me smile like this for alot of years. I say there hasn't been much to smile about. But this bike, this makes the fight worth it, it makes the work and all the tragedy and loss weigh out even in the end. As insane as that sounds, this bike is my salvation, it is what will keep me from madness. I feel like I've been climbing a mountain through my life and when I get to the summit there will be a clearer and brighter day. Somehow... a turbocharged Bandit 1200 is the top of that proverbial mountain.






The original gangster, should have been a turbo bike...







18 hours before my crash...










Example pics of a turbo Bandit. Happens to also be a pic I took, of a fellow CF members bike, at an annual moto get-together back in 2007. The bike has since undergone a bunch of modification and adjustment, but this state of tune was always my favorite for a turbocharged Bandit.








Not only do I get a B12, but I also get to finish the CBR900RR build while I am working on this thing. Plus I am still balls deep in my supermoto project and Toc still has the CBR250R tracker and the KZ1300 six cylinder. Plus the many, many other projects and bikes between us, I think life is finally cutting me a little slack and allowing me to enjoy the things I do have right at my finger tips.




Remember kids,
"Only the brave controls the Bandit!"
 

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I should mention too, I am only looking for the intake manifold, exhaust, and the turbo/carb setup, fuel and everything else is well taken care of. Would be more than willing to trade parts if one of you fine people have a manifold or two related to the old Mr. Turbo setups, even better yet if you have an old carbon sealed RAJAY or Garrett on the shelf. :D
 

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Great to hear you have something that makes you happy we all need that in our lives. I can't wait to hear this beast with a turbo. Good luck with finding your parts
 

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really excited for this build.
 
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Yer a true freak dude!!!!!!:D

Good luck with the new bike, definately gonna be watchin.
 

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Brother, the way you write about this bike...it makes it impossible not to sub to the thread. Cannot wait to see this vision of yours manifest itself.

Pretty stoked that you get to keep the Blade (I enjoy that project), but your passion for this has my complete attention.

DW!
 

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The reason for the draw through is that the last generation of draw through turbo bike builders in the area are on the verge of retirement and I could have a very sweet running system to enjoy for years to come with tons of local knowledge and a combined 55 years of expertise with such setups from street riders to lords of the strip. Just gotta tap into the knowledge that is out there really.


It has crossed my mind to just follow the more modern route of a blow through setup, but for the cost of proper components plus having to explain myself to the draw through gurus just to get some dyno time... well, lets just say I'm tired of fighting the system. And the original dream turbo bandit was always a draw through monster that should be on a drag strip rather than pulling 140mph wheelies out in the back roads anyway.


It comes down to cost, resources, and how effective it is. A proper draw through system guarantee's you will find need for a better clutch before you find a limit to the system itself in how much power it can produce. A properly built draw through system can expand from a street setup at 190hp all the way to a water injected psycho bike making 285hp all on the same hard parts, turbo/manifolds/etc..





I want a bike that will pick up the front wheel at 135mph on just power alone. I only see one route to that result right now. For the longest time I've been bringing a knife to a gun fight with my handling weapon type bikes, this time I'm bringing a sledge hammer to a knife fight. I honestly wouldn't mind seeing over 200 in my lifetime, also wouldn't mind feeling a head shake from a 180mph wheelie landing. Stripping tires of the tread blocks and exposing weakness in cheap chains, making rotors glow, I'm in it to win it, the most effective way to that destination is a draw through system. I will have one put together on the bike and ready to ride by April/May 2013. :D
 

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hayabusa fork swap?
 
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Despite not really feeling all that good with my insides poking out of my abdomen, fucking ouch... I got around to pulling the clutch cover. Dafuq? This thing is FRIED. Smells like gas in the oil too, but from what is said it starts up and runs sweet with no smoke from the exhaust, so there obviously isn't any damage to speak of aside from a totally worn out clutch. I am thinking one of the two diaphram springs did what my old one did, and just gave up.



GSXR1100 clutch conversion with MTC lockup? Time to hunt for more parts. Would be pretty fun fitting forged pistons and some heavy duty rods to this thing and shoot for 300hp...


When I stated I would be the next generation of the "Powerfreak organ donor" club, I wasn't kidding.

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