Mr Turbo Bandit
When the Bandit came on the scene in 1998, David Edwards, editor of Cycle World Magazine, described the Bandit as “ One of the best motorcycles ever made”. The media loved it the public loved it, and so do we. With its set up style comfort, and GSXR derived power plant, the Bandit has proven to be a powerful and reliable street weapon. The Bandit turbo system is based on our long running GSXR draw through system, which is now 20 years old. At low boost on pump gas, this makes a cool everyday driver. Pour a tank of race gas in it and head to the track, even with a stock engine, this combo is practically bulletproof. As with all the big Suzuki’s, it comes with a good strong bottom end, crank and rods good for up to 300 hp (30 lbs of boost!) and forged pistons, good for as much as 20+ lbs of boost. With race gas, and lock-up clutch, this is a very stout ¼ miler.
Boost / Horsepower
10lbs / 175 hp
15lbs / 200 hp
20lbs / 240 hp
30lbs / 300 + hp
With the increasing use of chat rooms and an endless number of places to get information these days, be careful, much of it is bad information. Every horsepower number claimed by us on our website, over the phone, or on any advertisement is based on “rear wheel” numbers from our DynoJet 250 dyno. Rear wheel numbers, at the pavement, confirmed by other dynos around the world, no exaggeration, no “pie in the sky”, and no bragging… just fact.
- 0-8psi: 92-octane pump gasoline, octane booster recommended.
- 9+ psi: Race gasoline for turbo and/or supercharged applications (VP C16, etc…)
Race gas and octane booster are not required when driving the bike at normal speeds and when not applying boost. As you will learn, a turbo is only in boost when you twist your throttle telling it to do so. A turbo is not an uncontrollable device, and using common sense and throttle control will regulate how much and when boost is used.
Octane boosters can be deceptive. Be sure that the booster that you choose to use is acceptable for turbo or supercharged applications as many are not. In the past, we have used 104 Octane Booster. There are two versions of this product available; a red bottle that is intended for light duty street engines, and black bottle that is usable for turbocharged applications.