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Suzuki GSF650 Bandit (2005-2006)



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New price £4,299
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Engine size 656 cc
Power 77 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4
Value rating is 2 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

A well-mannered middleweight that’s simple to use, cheap to buy and cheap to run. The Suzuki GSF650 Bandit doesn’t particularly excel in any one department, but for newer riders it’s worth considering with a low seat height and forgiving manners. The GSF650 Bandit's capacity advantage over its older GSF600 Bandit sibling doesn’t actually translate into significantly more go.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSF650 Bandit's in-line four DOHC motor is adequate, but neither inspiring nor invigorating. Suzuki simply bored out the older GSF600 Bandit’s engine by 57cc, but lined up against each other there’s little in it, though the new Suzuki GSF650 Bandit is significantly less vibey.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSF650 Bandit's suspension is just as workmanlike as the motor, though the range of adjustment available doesn’t make much appreciable difference to the ride quality. Of more importance to the newer riders the GSF650 Bandit’s aimed at is the variable seat height adjuster, giving a shortie-friendly low of 770mm. The brakes do a reasonable job, but don’t expect miracles.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

There’s an ABS version of the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit (which was a £300 premium when new), an ignition-based immobiliser as standard and a range of official and unofficial Bandit ephemera ranging from luggage to gaudy engine bolt kits that all fit the the GSF650 Bandit motorcycle.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

Bandit build quality is generally poor. Fork legs fur, things rust, engine cases dull. Invest in a case of WD40 and apply it liberally if you intend to ride through winter. Mechanically-speaking the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit is extremely reliable, especially the carb-fed motor, which will run and run and is simple to home service.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSF650 Bandit is a hard bike to recommend as a good investment. New bikes plummet in price and older GSF600S Bandits are almost as good on the road for a fraction of the price. A Yamaha FZS600 Fazer will comprehensively beat it in any criteria except insurance (it’s one group higher). Find a Suzuki GSF650 Bandit for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

2005: Suzuki GSF650 Bandit launched.

Other Versions

Suzuki GSF650S Bandit: Nose fairing creates a very decent mini-tourer. It’s also insurance group 11.
Suzuki GSF650ABS Bandit: Advanced Braking System version for novice-friendly stopping.

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.6 secs
Max power 77 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 201 kg
Seat height 780 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 656 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 290mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(15 reviews)

  • Great bike for re-learning the ropes and very forgiving

    robbo65

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought this bike to get back into biking, and have found it to be a much better bike than I expected. Most of my riding is done two up and it copes brilliantly, It does not require endless gear changes to make good progress. It is a very comfy bike as a 6hr trip to Ireland confirmed, although I found side winds a bit of a problem. Ive also found that the engine is very willing to rev and results in great performance. So pleased am I with this bike I dont plan on changing it anytime soon. Strengths: Smooth power delivery right through the rev range, ease of handling and novice freindly brakes. Weaknesses: Finish - the paint is too thin and all to easy to scratch.

    14 August 2006

  • Great fun, lots of poke but build quality a little poor.

    geascian

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had this bike for 3 months now and its fun every time I take it out. The engine has more than enough power to put a grin on your face at the weekend but enough low down pulling power to make the daily commute a pleasure. My fun riding, round the somerset lanes, realy shows the bikes handling to its full and the extra 56cc gives enough power through out the rev range to make town / city riding less of a pain. Strengths: Good power through out the rev range. Taller than the average bike of its type, ideal if you are 6 foot. Good looking and easy to clean. Weaknesses: Build quality not as good as some. Not easy to change the headlight bulb.

    29 January 2006

  • A bike for the real world

    mattcakebread

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I use my bandit to commute to work on, every day 12 mths of the year. I've owned a few bikes over the years from bmw to Honda's and this is the first bike I have not wanted to sell within 6 mths of having it. after a week of doing a 50 mile round trip to work it still come up tops for a blast on a Sunday morning. Strengths: Engine, it has the extra grunt compare to the old bandit for easier overtaking. Weaknesses: Finish, bit and bobs are starting to look a bit naff even after careful cleaning.

    20 January 2006

  • For a first bike it's solid, easy and has the power if you feel the need!

    jasey71

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My review is slightly biased because this is my first bike since passing my test. I think the bandit is a great 1st bike, especially the 650...not too small and not too big...that said, it looks and sounds big. Great styling and comfort. The 656cc engine can easily deliver its full potential when you feel the need. Get your head down to the windscreen and it's stunning. Strengths: Ease of handling, great looks (especially in silver!). Weaknesses: Clutch is not the easiest. Finding neutral is an effort sometimes unless it's just me!

    05 January 2006

  • Very Underrated workhorse

    ccurts

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    The press has an in-built bias against this type of bike. I need a bike that I can ride EVERY day, that can take some luggage, and is easy to maintain, while still being able to smoke any car that costs less than £100,000. This can! It easily lives with Fazers and Hornets unless they are piloted by nutters. Don't get me wrong, if I could afford 2 bikes I would have an R6 for the weekend, but the Bandit still puts a grin on my face every day. Strengths: More than enough power for most, bulletproof, cheap to maintain. Weaknesses: Could do with losing 20kg.

    29 November 2005

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