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Suzuki Bandit 1200 (GSF1200, 1996-2006) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

Suzuki Bandit 1200S Stock Image

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki Bandit 1200, also known as the Suzuki GSF1200 or Bandit 1200S.

The Bandit 1200 is an upright standard or sport motorcycle with a 1,157 cc engine that’s basically a bored-out engine from the Suzuki GSX-R1100 of the day. It was also retuned for more mid-range torque.

The Suzuki Bandit 1200 came in two guises — one the naked/standard bike, and another with a bikini fairing. Maintenance for both is the same.

In 2001, the Suzuki Bandit 1200 was overhauled considerably. From a maintenance perspective the important things that changed were that the 2001+ Suzuki Bandit 1200 received

  • Tokico brake callipers (six pistons at the front).
  • New carburettors.
  • New intake with Suzuki “Pulsed Air Injection” feeding clean air into the exhaust outlet to help eliminate unburnt fuel from emissions
  • Additional fuel filter.
  • S model: New modern styled fairing, with twin headlights.

In 2006 the Bandit 1200 got a few updates again, which meant a new air filter design. After 2006, the Bandit 1200 was replaced by the Bandit 1250.

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Parts needed to maintain the Suzuki Bandit 1200/1200S

Apart from the motorcycle maintenance tools, you need the following parts to maintain your Suzuki Bandit 1200.

PartSuzuki Bandit 1200 spec
OilSuzuki requires engine oil with JASO MA spec, or at least API SF/SG or SH/SJ spec. Many oils fit this. Suzuki recommends SAE 10W-40 weight Suzuki motor oil, but I wouldn’t over-think this and use another popular high-grade oil like Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic.
Oil filterThe OEM part number is 16510-03G00-X07. Use a Hiflofiltro HF138RC, which is a drop-in high-quality replacement, and has a nut on the end so you don’t need to use a special oil filter wrench.
Air filterThe air filter needed changed by year — see the table below for OEM and aftermarket part numbers.
Spark plugsThe standard spark plug is NGK JR9B.
Brake fluid and Clutch fluidSuzuki (like most motorcycles) requires DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid.
CoolantSuzuki only requires a coolant that’s “compatible with an aluminium radiator”. Most motorcycle coolants are, and so a Valvoline Zerex G05 is a fine option.
Chain maintenanceUse either Motul chain paste or a complete Motul chain care kit for frequent chain servicing.
GreaseAlways handy to have some lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points, like the kickstand.
CablesKeep cables lubed with a Protect all cable life which is very well liked.
Suzuki Bandit GSF1200/S maintenance parts

Air filter for the Bandit 1200/S

The air filter you need changed for different model years and types of the Bandit 1200/s. Here are the parts numbers.

Model yearOEM part #K&N part #
1996-200013780-17E00-000SU-7953
2001-200513780-31F00-000SU-6000
200613780-38G00-000SU-6505
Suzuki Bandit GSF1200/1200S Air filter part numbers

Suzuki Bandit 1200 Maintenance Schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki Bandit GSF1200 1200 and 1200S.

NOTES:

  • Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
  • I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary, R= Replace, T= Tighten
  • If you use the motorcycle under severe conditions, you may have to service it more frequently.
km10006000120001800024000
miles600400075001100014500
Elementmonths212243648
Air cleaner element (see table above for part numbers)IIRI
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTT
Valve clearanceIII
Spark plugs (NGK JR9B)IRIR
Fuel lineIIII
Engine oil (Motul 7100 is a popular choice)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (see table above)RR
Throttle cable playIIIII
Engine idle speedIIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationII
PAIR (air supply) systemII
Clutch hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Clutch fluid (DOT 4)Replace every 2 yearsIIII
Drive chain (Motul chain care kit)Clean and lubricate every 1000 km (600 miles)IIIII
BrakesIIIII
Brake hoseReplace every 4 yearsIIII
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)Replace every 2 yearsIIII
TiresIIII
SteeringIII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Suzuki Bandit 1200S maintenance schedule

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki Bandit 1200

These are the tire size, brand, and pressure recommendations for the Bandit 1200.

TyreSizeBrand(s)Tyre pressure
Front120/70 ZR17 M/C 58WDUNLOP D218FN250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm2, 36 psi)
Rear180/55 ZR17 M/C 73VDUNLOP D218N250 kPa (2.50 kgf/cm2, 36 psi) (same)
Tyres and tyre pressures for Suzuki Bandit 1200

About the Suzuki Bandit 1200

The Bandit 1200 was generally released in January 1996, but a few were registered in 1995.

The heart of the Suzuki Bandit 1200 is a re-tuned version of the GSX-R1100 engine, bored out to 1,156cc. Some early production 1995 models have “1,156 cc” cast into the block.

Some revisions happened to the GSF1200 along the way that contribute to changes in the maintenance parts needed, even though the overall schedule stays the same.

In 2000/2001 there was an update. Oddly the spec for the oil filter changed in 2000, and the air filter in 2001. Go figure!

Then in 2006 there was a last-hurrah change to the GSF1200, just before they switched it out for the Bandit 1250.

The 2006 models received a revamp with a new shape tank, side panels, a height adjustable seat and a longer hexagonal-section swinging arm.

Mid-spec, the Bandit 1200 was offered with ABS as an option. This was really early for ABS on a Japanese motorcycle! Some markets also received height-adjustable handlebars. There were minor revisions to the transmission internal ratios as well.

Manual for the Suzuki Bandit 1200

Suzuki Bandit 1200 maintenance schedule

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki Bandit 1200S

You can download it from here.

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