The evolution of the Suzuki Bandit
First rides & tests
22 May 2009 11:35
To celebrate the launch of the new 2009 Suzuki Bandit 650, we take a look back at how this cult bike has evolved since its conception.
When Suzuki unveiled the original 600cc Bandit way back in 1996, they invented a new genre of motorcycle - the budget naked class. Since then it's gained water-cooling, fuel injection and an extra 50cc. But it's still the bargain do-it-all bike it always was.
No matter what sort of budget you're on, there's a model of Bandit out there to suit:
Suzuki Bandit 600 (1996-2005) - From £1,899 used
"The Suzuki GSF600 Bandit was so successful it spawned a whole class. Budget middleweight roadsters. The recipe is simple - take one aging but acceptable supersport engine, bung it in a basic, straightforward roadster chassis and price it as keenly as possible. The first Bandits proved best sellers, great for novices and as all-rounders."
Suzuki GSX650F (2007-current) - From £3,850 used
"Although on face value merely a ‘Bandit with a fairing’ the GSX650F’s blend of real world performance, practicality, fun factor and value is pretty much unmatched anywhere. Fuelling mods means it revs a little higher than the Bandit, plus it gets a more sporty shock, rubber-mounted lower bars plus new one-piece seat."
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