Technical advice: Suzuki Bandit 1200 vibration problems

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Q. I've just had a 4000 mile service on my 1998 Suzuki Bandit 1200 and I’m getting a slight vibration through the footpegs and bars between 2500-4500rpm.

The bike is standard and on an original exhaust.
Alex Lambie, e-mail

A. Early Bandit motors were vibey at low mileages and your bike is certainly that - less than 1000 miles per annum.

Make sure they balanced the carbs and check the pilot screw settings. Standard is one and three quarter turns out, but if you take them to three-three and three quarters you’ll get much more bottom end and smoother running.

I’d also check all the engine mounting bolts for tightness, especially the rubber-mounted triangular plates under the engine.

In fact, some US-imports came over with empty lugs for that plate, but you can get aftermarket ones from Banditmania on: 01522-871600.