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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)

  • My first Bike

    pamfs1

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Hello everyone! :) I justed wanted to say that I have bought Suzuki GSX 650F (2008 model) as my first bike! :) Partially thanks to article :) I actually got my education on Ninja 600R, but i find it quite nervious and very light weighted... Suzuki, is very balanced, very stable, i feel very safe having the weight under me :)It is very calm, i am able to release the gas without any problems and keep going... i am actually used to keeping my right hand free more than the left one - cougld't do that with Ninja. GSX650F is yet quite powerful, it was always able to get me going fast! Aceleration is a blast ! and i am still running within the first 1000km, so i can't go up in to the high revs...but i must say, this bike forgives you the wrong gears, and i am able to drive on 4-5th gear about 40 km/h without realizing it... it may be a little bit heavy for newcommers, or short people...but it has really grown on me...I have stoped feeling it after about 100 km. It was heavy on the feet though, at the first week. But i did manage to do the figure of 8 and etc for the driving exam on kawasaki 600R without anyproblems on the first go after driving Suzuki... Sure GSX650F is not very agile, but on the motorway it is extremely pleasent to drive, and even in the city it takes the curves great! it is just not light enough for traffic madness...but maybe, it's just me not being skilled enough. Breaks are great, and the engine aids a lot in stopping power. Plus you feel almost no vibrations from the engine. in total - GREAT bike, i love it. I actually bought it without ever trying it...and i was pleasently surprised! The funny thing is: At first my driving instructed said it was a bad idea getting a big bike as the first...he said it is too clumsy, too big for the city...so i gave him to try it for 30 minutes in the city traffic. And he told me that when i decide to sell it in the future...i should talk to him :) Haha ha He was very impressed with it too... And just if you are interested ...why km and all...I am Russian, and I live and drive in Italy :) PS: i was considering Yamaha too...but i saw a FZ6R crashed on the day i was getting a motocycle...and i thought it was a bad sign... PSS: GSX650F is not a common bike...which means that it is less likely to be stolen. Cause here a lot of motorbikes are stolen and then sold for parts at the black market...especially this is common for popular models.... I will be glad if someone finds my comments usefull.- oh...GSX650F also has a fuel and gear gauge...very useful to me :)

    16 October 2009

  • GSX650F 8,000 miles in

    Colin1009

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had my GSX650F for 8 months now and done 8,000 miles so feel I can make a proper assessment of the Bike. Compaired to my previous GSF650 (air cooled) it feels so much betterin all respects and the only thing similar id the fuel consumption at 55mpg. I have done 650 miles in a day without hardly any discomfort, the bike has been very reliable and NO problems at all. I paid £4K new for mine in January so value is six stars. The GOOD. For back to biking (BAMBIE) it is brill. Fast enough, good brakes, good handeling, looks good, and easy to ride. Beware at 220KG it is heavy, so care required when moving it arround the garage and beward of the side stand. Make sure it is locked down as I have and many others dropped the bike because of this. Bad Points. The exhaust is horrable, good news for £120 I got a fuel exhaust and bike looks and sounds much better. The BT020 tyres are no good. When worn out (4.5K on mine) get Dunlop roadsmarts. Handle brill and a wearing much better. So if you are looking for a good but cheap Sports/tourer you have to consider this bike.

    15 August 2009

  • My GSX650f

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is my third review of the GSX650F which has now covered 25000 miles I love it to bits, as you can see by the mileage I have really used it. Apart from a duff microswitch on the clutch lever which stopped it starting it has never missed a beat. It is really comfortable, economical I get around 55MPG and I don't hang about, so smooth and quiet. It handles brilliantly and the Dunlop Roadsmarts that I have fitted grip brilliantly wet or dry 14,000 out of the front and 10,000 out of the rear. I cannot recommend this bike highly enough if you want an everyday bike as I said I love it.

    12 August 2009

  • SUZUKI MAKE AN 1100 VERSION WITH LIGHT WEIGHT SHFT DRIVE

    sportsboyuk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    COME BOYS YOU CAN DO IT

    23 July 2009

  • Jack of all trades

    Dave888uk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Have done over 2000 trouble free miles riding this machine, no faults no problems excellent value if you own a GSX650F there is a UK based owners club http://www.gsx650f.me.uk

    21 May 2009

  • I Love this Bike!

    papalazerou

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I picked up my bike two weeks ago from the dealer and right from the outset I have had trouble-free, brilliant riding. It pulls off so smoothly and confidently, the engine never complains, even if you are accidently in the wrong gear, there is enough weight between your legs to feel really secure at speed, and the pillions I have taken on the back say they feel very secure there. It is a fantastic bike, you get so much for your money!

    31 March 2009

  • Back to Biking

    kev650

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just picked up my 650 this week, first bike after a long lay off. So far - great . Rode 105 miles back from showroom with no problems. Really pleased with decision to buy

    31 December 2008

  • Great Bike

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I am updating this review having owned the bike for 9 months now. I do cover quite a few more miles than average and the bike has now done 14000. It is still a very good bike, comfortable, smooth, handles very well. I do a lot of motorway miles and it does this very well returning 55-60 MPG if you keep in 2 figures. The size of the Exhaust can is a problem as it does get in the way in traffic, I might change it for this reason. The finish seems pretty good, I am a bit sceptical about the mild steel exhaust though. Dunlop Roadsmart seem to work well on it. Overall I am very impressed and will keep the bike until 2010. I still wish that the Instruments were capable of showing time at the same time as the odometer.

    20 December 2008

  • My First Big Bike

    ratboyab

    Average rating rating is 5

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    After my girlfriend passing her restricted licence and paying for me to take my test, I decided to get a bigger more exciting bike. Before this I was riding her Honda CG125 and for the last few weeks her mother's Kawasaki EL252 F2. Just to give a bit of informtaion into what I am using this bike for. Basically I have a very nice car, but it's a 2.5 litre V6 petrol and due to the economic slow-down and me being in and out of work alot, I can't afford to keep using it for the 30-mile trip to work each day when I'm only getting at most 30mpg (generally more around 25mpg). So I've mainly brought the bike for commuting to work, so I wanted something that is good around town and economical. On the other hand I have a passion for driving and speed, so I also wanted a bike that can be fun. I'd also like to take it abroad touring so again, it had to be comfortable. Now my original plan was to buy a GSX-R600. It's a bike I've alway's wanted, I love the look's the power, the handling, it's just alway's been my dream bike. The only problem is they aren't really designed for the daily commute. The bike's I did my test on I didn't find particularly comfortable due to the riding position so I wanted something a little more upright for them longer journey's. After seeing the GSX-650F, I fell in love, it had all the styling of GSX-R, but had the more comfortable seating position. To be honest, the photo's do not do this bike justice. There are quite a few bikes out there now that are 125's immitating big bike's, and they look good but you know there not a big bike, and to be honest that is kinda how this bike look's in some of the photo's, I think mainly because it doesn't look that wide. But upon seeing it in person, it doesn't give that impression at all. I actually brought this bike without test-riding it and actually brought it from Yorkshire and rode it all the way home to Kent, about 230 miles at only 2 degrees. Admittedly, it wasn't a very nice journey, but the GSX-F made it so much more enjoyable. The ride was so much better than I expected. The power throughout the range is astonishing on this bike. I can sit at 30mph in 6th gear, open the throttle and it will still pull fine. Or if I want to boot it, 2nd gear will gladly reach 70mph. On the way back we pulled into a couple of service station's and I was just crawling around the road's at about 15mph thinking I was in 2nd and I was sitting in 4th, and it just felt so comfortable. It's a lovely bike on the motorway's and has plenty of power and the seat is very comfortable. Now using the bike for the daily commute it is actually a great bike. I was concerned that being over 100kg's heavier than the previous bike's I'd riden that it may be a bit awkward filtering through traffic and crawling around but it's so well balanced it feel's like a much lighter bike. The fuel tank has a 19litre capacity which will get you around 200 miles. Taking it around country lanes it handle's so much better than a city bike, it's so responsive, even though my brother has alway's owned sport's bike's, when he had a ride of it, he said it handled pretty much like a sport's bike. The technology has come along alot since my brother had his last CBR. The rev counter although analogue, is actually electronic and you can set up a rev-light to alert you that you have reached your desired rev's. When adjusting this the rev-counter needle spin's round to 6,000rpm and each press of the button takes it another 500rpm. After this you can set-up whether you want the light off, on, or blinking and even change how bright you want the light in 5 stages. Unlike older bike's you have a digital fuel guage, digital odometer, didgital speedometer, two trip meter's and even a reserve trip meter. What this does is as soon as the petrol dip's below the reserve level, it start's counting how many mile's you have done so you know roughly how far you have until the tank is completely empty. Now for the downside's. As good as the digital display is, the main downside is that is doesn't permanently display the clock, if you want to know how many miles you have done, you have to lose the clock. Another problem with the digital display is the bottom's are very small and hard to push when wearing gloves. One feature that would have been nice is a stopwatch as my last two car's have had them and it would have just been a nice addition. Another downside is the mirror's. They could do with being a little longer as you spend alot of time's staring at your shoulder's. The only other downside I can find with this bike is it's lack of storage space. Basically, you have room under the seat for the tool kit (just about), and that's it, there is no other storage on the bike at all. All in all, this bike is absolutely superb, the only fault's aren't really fault's, they are just niggle's. But I love it! As a newbie to the big bike's, it is so easy to handle and is a great introduction, but as you learn to ride, it is so much more, when you push it, it will thrill you, it will try to scare you, but all the time keeping you just from going over the top and making you lose control. It'll take you to the edge but not take you over. I think people who already own bigger bike's will also love this. It recently won bike of the year and I can see why!

    13 December 2008

  • My Cruiser is gone

    Richard Olthoff

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Can you believe it, I switched from a 1100 Honda Sabre cruiser to this 2008 GSX650F. After 1500 miles I love every second riding this bike. Handling, braking, gas mileage and everything else I can think of is better on this bike. I've added a center stand and mirror extenders. Fun factor for me is way off of the charts. One small request, Suzuki should of made it easier to drain front oil and replace.

    09 May 2008

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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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