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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) - £6,350 (2014)
Private used prices
£2,860 (2008) - £5,710 (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)

  • GSX650F

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A very good bike if a little bland for a Suzuki. I have done 3000 miles in the 6 weeks I have owned it. It handles very well, I get around 220 miles on a tankful without really trying ~(55-60 MPG). Its very comfortable the mirrors are excellent (compared with my previous ER6-f)the gearbox is the usual Suzuki excellence. The engine is so smooth it pulls from tickover yet has a useful top end now that it has freed off. (It does concern me where people don't use their bikes because in my experience it takes 4 to 5000 miles to the engine to fully free up) My major issues are that it is too quiet and very difficult to judge your speed without constant reference to the speedo, the lack of underseat storage (Why?) and the lack of a constantly visible clock in the display (you have to choose between Clock or odo.

    26 April 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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gerry hatricksays

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

justcruzinsays

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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