Fatmile, the Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer that will steal your heart!
The Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer definitely lives up to its name. One look at it and it’s bound to steal your heart; this is what happens when you see the “Fatmile”, the nickname of this masterpiece from Daniel Haendler.
Some would argue that this Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer isn’t a true example of what modern cafe racers are. But, if you look at the specs on this thing, you’d be hard pressed not to say that it actually is a great example of what could potentially be the next trend in modern cafe racers.
So let’s take a look at what’s been done on this bike and then you decide.
Since this Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer was initially built to be shown off at the Glemseck 101 festival, it had to come out perfectly and still remain recognizable as a modern bike to the onlookers.
The Suzuki Bandit has an instantly recognizable body and frame shape so the designers chose to retain that. Most of the major modifications were done on the rear part of the bike instead.
To bring the front end of the bike closer to the ground, everything had to be swapped out for GSX-R front end. Everything included the forks and triple tees.
To raise the rear end, a steeper kickup was put in place. This mod made it impossible to use the stock rear panels and tail unit so a new fiberglass one had to be put in place.
A custom belly pan was also added to the mix to keep everything uniform above and below.
To power the Suzuki GSF1250s Bandit Cafe Racer, the ECU had to be remapped so it would deliver more power and thus make this thing go faster.
Cobra Urban Killer mufflers were then hooked up to the stock headers to ensure proper delivery.
Moving on to the aesthetics, the leather overlay that runs the length of the entire bike’s top serves a very specific purpose.
To achieve a more retro look, the metallic surfaces had to be broken down. Since no changes were made to the tank itself, not having the leather overlay on it would have killed the retro cafe racer look Daniel Handler and Hans S. Muth were going for.
Other minor changes that didn’t affect the overall look was the addition of the Rizoma Lux handlebars and the use of the Rizoma Spy R-80 side mirrors.
These were very subtle additions that greatly improved the looks of the bike.
Continuing on with the minimalistic approach to building this bike, the designers used the Motogadget Motoscope Tachometer to clean up the dash and remove any distracting features that could affect how simple and beautiful the bike looked.
In conclusion, the “Fatmile” came out perfectly thanks to the concerted efforts of the two designers who spent countless hours behind the scenes figuring out what works and what doesn’t.
The end result is a beautiful bike that not only wowed a lot of people at Glemseck but also in the other events this cafe racer was featured in.
People continue to fall in love with this Suzuki Bandit Cafe Racer wherever it is shown!
Base bike for this project: the Suzuki GSF1250s Bandit 2015
|Engine:||four-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC|
|Power:||97 horsepower @ 7,500 rpm|
|Torque:||80 pound-feet @ 3,700 rpm|
|Compression ratio:||10.5 to 1|
|Ignition:||Electronic ignition (transistorized)|
|Fuel system:||Fuel Injection|
|Transmission:||Six-speed constant mesh|
|Front suspension:||Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Rear suspension:||Link type, coil spring, oil damped|
|Front brakes:||Disc, twin|
|Front tires:||120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless|
|Rear tires:||180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless|
|Overall length:||83.9 inches|
|Overall width:||31.1 inches|
|Overall height:||48.6 inches|
|Seat height:||31.7 inches|
|Ground clearance:||5.3 inches|
|Wet Weight:||560 pounds|
|Dry Weight:||496 pounds|
|Fuel capacity:||5 Gallons|
|Warranty:||12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty.|
|Color Options:||Candy Daring Red, Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Glacier White|