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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Suzuki’s new budget and novice-friendly GSXF650F all-rounder proves that sometimes, brilliance is found in the most unlikely places. 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.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSX650F’s 16-valve, dohc four was all-new in the 2007 650 Bandit, is Euro3 clean, slick and responsive and, most pertinently, tuned for real-world versatility but with an exhilarating top end rush. Fuelling mods means it revs a little higher than the Bandit, although performance is unchanged. Peak power of 85bhp spread progressively over the rev range and decent enough grunt low down means this is a powerplant that’s sufficiently willing and able whatever the gear or your ham-fistedness, yet still rewards with three-figure thrills.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX650F’s chassis is, for the most part, Bandit 650, too, being centred around the same, no frills, cost-conscious steel tube cradle and conventional forks. Yet in GSX-F guise it gets a more sophisticated shock for added sporting ability and subtly adjusted poise thanks to the fairing, new one-piece, rubber-mounted, lower bars plus new one-piece seat that all adds up to a riding position and balance that is both textbook sports-tourer and somehow impressively pure, too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The key distinguishing feature of the Suzuki GSX650F is, of course, the fairing which at once manages to evoke and mimic GSX-R sportsbike style, provide decent protection from the elements and blend into the whole motorcycle as if the whole design was a clean sheet affair. But there are plenty of other goodies rare on a sub-£5K machine: span-adjustable brake and clutch levers; effective, widely-spaced mirrors; swanky GSX-R style sports instruments (a large analogue tacho flanked by the now usual LCD digital speedo, useful fuel gauge, plus assorted warning lights).

Suzuki GSX650F (2007-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,285
Dealer used prices
£3,320 (2007) - £6,360 (2014)
Private used prices
£2,860 (2008) - £5,720 (2014)
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Engine size 656 cc
Power 86 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Usual Suzuki standard, which is no bad thing on a sub-£5K bike. Everything gleams and is crisply assembled and from 20 yards you’d easily mistake the GSX650F for a much more expensive machine. Mechanicals and cycle parts are all proven Bandit fare so there should be no reliability issues. Job done.

 

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

There’s not other way of putting it: Suzuki’s new GSX650F is astonishingly good value. Where Bandits and the like, though hugely worthy, are still conspicuously ‘budget’ bikes, the GSX650F somehow seems entirely classier and more valuable. It’s no GSX-R, of course, but for under five big ones it’s a steal… Find a Suzuki GSX650F for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

2007: Model introduced.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.94 secs
Max power 86 bhp
Max torque 45.6 ft-lb
Weight 216 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 656 cc
Engine specification 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes Twin discs
Rear brake single disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(21 reviews)

  • Class act!!!!!

    nfr57

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Read the MCN review on this bike and saw the Cris Moss video review, bought a new one in Feb 2012 in all black....cracking bike, have used it for touring, Sunday blasts and trackdays. Its no GSXR but its not meant to be....class act!!!!

    16 January 2013

  • first great bike

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i brought the gsx650f about 18 mounths ago,and im over the moon with it. its my first big bike. to start with,theres no vibrations to speak of.the gearchange is very smooth and forgiving.ive had the bike rolling at 3mph and still very up right steady and smooth, the engine is very relaxed. the bike is very shore footed at speed,and comfortable as well.weight i feel is not a problem, not as bad as some others in this class of bike. where i live, i get lot of cross winds on the roads. but she holds very steady.at speed the bike is very responsive to the smallest of inputs. but you can have a bit of fun too,she dose not take long to get to top end,good i would say for a track day or two.i took the big can off, and put a smaller one on. sounds good. the bike has aways started first time. the lights and indicators do there job.i must say the head light is top marks at night,better then some cars ive had.theres plenty comfortable room for the lady or man at the back seat.just be aware of the side stand,seems weak locking in place.motor bikes at this price need to be looked after in quality terms. a little wd40 after a wash down helps a great deal.paint work could be thicker,as my little boy put that to the test with his match box car as it hit the top of the petrol tank. my eyes just poped out with springs on.what can you say.at the end of the day , it dose what it says at the back of the tin and a little bit more if you want.this bike is a jack of all trades, but master of non.a good alrounder for the money.there are some very good bikes out there,some better then the gsx650f.to me the bikes got a lot of pluses for the price i paid.im i looking for another bike, no.i well keep for a long time. suzuki has a gem,and thats the gsx650f. my future wish is gsx650f with lighter frame and slightly droped handle bars,a poor mans sports bike with pactablity.just like to say thank you stamford super bikes now wheels for selling me a great bike.

    31 July 2011

  • Fabulous learner bike!

    lagpie01

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I'm new to riding motorcycles (I used to ride a scooter, so it doesn't count), and I researched extensively before buying this bike. It has just enough power to make it interesting, handles very well and is very forgiving. A little heavy, for sure, but reasonable. And it looks really, really nice for a bike at that price range! Plus, the ABS is a major bonus when you live in rainy Vancouver, so for that money, you won't find anything safer for sure... In short, I love it. It will keep me satisfied for a looooooong time!

    27 July 2011

  • Great all rounder

    birch466

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I had this bike as my first bike, brand new and with a good deal 0% and £99 for the 1st year insurance. I took the bike for a test rise the weekend after I passed my test, and it took a while to get used to the fairing being on, but i fell in love with it. not long after buying it I sold my car and braved the weather over winter. I am so glad I bought this bike, it is nice and comfy-until the 1hr30 mark, where I have a quick stretch of the legs and all is good. My family are all over, and the bike hasnt once let me down, there is a little bit of surface rust but that cant be helped. All in all it is a nice bike and good one up tourer. My step dad has the 1250 version and they look identical.

    20 April 2011

  • BEST FIRST TIME BIG BIKE

    BUSA666

    Average rating rating is 4

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    wish i would have had the choice of this as my first big bike when i first started... it ticks all the boxes... looks good, fast enough, and the right price.. Suzuki have hit it spot on with this bike.

    01 June 2010

  • top bike

    gsxwarby

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had bike one month now done over 2000 miles. my last bike was er6 had that 18 month did 2500 miles. as you might think i love the GSX 650F its safe fast and fun to ride.

    10 May 2010

  • Final Review

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 4

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    It has gone now after two years and 33000 miles it was a brilliant bike still looked pretty good after two winters. The only bad bits were the monstrosity exhaust always getting in the way and the fact that you couldn't see the clock at the same time as the odo. I previously had an ER6F and have just replaced the Suzuki with an XJ6 Diversion - my recommendation - buy the GSX650F Brilliant Bike.

    18 April 2010

  • First Big Bike

    madasaskaven

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having just passed my test I wanted a suitable first big bike. And the bike training school I used told me to take a look at one of these. I fell in love with it stright away. If your looking for that fist big bike then you can be asured you'll love riding this. I'm only 5.8" so I'm not crapmed up and find the riding possition good. I've just bought a bigger screen to help deflect some of the wind away from my shoulders, as thats the only issue I have with this bike.

    19 November 2009

  • Great Bike for Montana Roads

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is a great bike. I pruchased it in April 2009 and put over 5,000 miles on it this summer. There is plenty of power when I need it and it's comfortable on long trips. It turns heads too.

    15 November 2009

  • gsx650f

    AFSHIN

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The best first time biker.

    20 October 2009

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jeffgsx

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fork fix

I love my gsx650, but hated the fork- it's really harsh and transmits every crack in the road to the chassis.  I'm surprised there wasn't more mention of this in the reviews I read prior to purchase, though one did complain about it.  I guess they figured it's normal for a non-cartridge fork.

Anyway, I drained the stock 10 weight and replace it with Maxima 7 weight- same level.  It left the front end still feeling planted but took away much of the harshness.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants a little smoother ride.  It's not much fun, but for me was well worth it.

Also had a problem with the hazard light which would not operate due to a molding imperfection.  Was a fairly easy fix, though.

Don't replace the can like the one guy did.  It's a work of art, it's quiet, has very good performance stock, and has an oxygen sensor.  You're gonna mess up the fuel injection mapping.  Don't do it. No No

27 February 2010 06:59

banditk2

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gsx650f

This bike does it all, you dont have to be a pocket rocket pilot or a sunday rider you just have to be you. It will take you a  steady pace and then you can have some fun and make it work. I have been riding  bikes for over 40 years and this bike is on the heavy side but is fairly well balanced and responsive when moving, it looks good and is a joy to ride. Putting a smaller can on (sounds better looks better), and heated grips, anodised levers and soon a hugger helps as well.

02 June 2009 21:52

gerry hatrick

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gsx650f

Bloody fantastic

16 May 2009 15:57

Dazadorph

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Gsx650F reviewnew rider

I have now have been riding the Gsx 650f now for about 2 months since I passed my bike test. I have found it a good alround on the road use, Iv had my good lady on the back and she has been as comfitable as me on a ride up to oxford from where I live which is a round journey of 80 miles and it has been fine.

I was on on a Honda xl125r before this bike and test and I would recomend it to any one who has just passed their test. A good 1st large bike.

I am very happy with my buy, ex display / test ride bike for £3999  2008 model.

 

11 February 2009 14:35

justcruzin

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colour

Love the look of this bike. I ride a Hornet 600s 2002 and want something newer... This bike is fr me as a beginner but want the look of a bigger bike. nly trouble is what colour? blue is striking but maybe too boy racer and the black is classy whats selling best for re-sale?

07 July 2008 00:08

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