Suzuki Bandit GSX-R1216 Drag Kart 

 Follow the construction of a Suzuki bike powered kart built specifically for drag racing in the UK

Due to their abundance and relative low second hand cost, the original plan was to use a Suzuki Bandit B12 engine and so a donor bike was purchased and the engine and ancillary equipment stripped out. They were put to one side and the rest sold off to help finance the rest of the build

However before construction began, a 92/93 air cooled Suzuki GSX-R1100 bored out to 1216cc came along, and so it was decided to use that instead

Consequently the website URL no longer matches the current power plant but we have combined both into the site title as we still wish to keep the B12 content 

Built on a modified PVP 250cc Superkart gearbox chassis, the drag kart is owned and driven by Wayne Turner of Wisbech, Suffolk and built by the veteran of the UK Drag Kart Racing scene, Scott Cooper of Coopers Automotive, Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire

Website built by Johnny Mo, who in the 90’s built the Yamaha FJ1200 drag kart now owned by Lee Capaldi down in Bristol. Details of the FJ’s build can be found at Jomo’s World / Drag Karts

Each section will chronicle the build, outlining the options, the decisions and the routes finally taken

Over time we hope this site becomes the most comprehensive guide to building one of these cracking little drag race machines and is of immense value to anyone contemplating getting involved in this category of drag racing

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