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Because of an extended warranty I had been getting free oil changes on my 2001 Bandit 1200 every thousand miles. Now at 9,000 miles, I have had to add almost a quart of oil since 7,000 miles. I hear this year´s model may have a problem with too-large oil holes in the pistons. Is that true and will Suzuki fix the problem?

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I got to say mine hasnt used any in 3000 miles

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