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Suzuki XF650 Freewind (1997-2002)



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Used price range View Suzuki FREEWIND XF650 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 644 cc
Power 47 bhp
Top speed 105 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Cruise comfortably at 80mph, screw the pants off it on a winding road or peer over traffic from the high seat on your way to work: the Suzuki XF650 Freewind is a versatile motorcycle that’s great value and something a little different. The handling’s particularly notable. If you must take the Suzuki XF650 Freewind off road, keep it very simple though. And it’s a shame about that name…

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki XF650 Freewind has the same single cylinder number that ran Suzuki’s DR650 off-roader so well. You have to give it a handful from a standstill as it’s pretty flat, low down (no unexpected wheely fun here) but get it into the midrange and it goes mad. Loads of grunt, where you want it. The Suzuki XF650 Freewind's top end’s wheezy, though: the power trails off and it can get vibey.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Suzuki XF650 Freewind's suspension’s good, but a bit soft at the rear, whilst the brakes are fantastic. The handling’s brilliant around twisty roads, far better than you’d expect even from a dual purpose middleweight, and it’s complimented by a smooth gearbox and seamless acceleration. The Suzuki XF650 Freewind is punchy enough for town and comfy enough to cover longer distances too.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Suzuki XF650 Freewind is really rather plush, actually. The seat’s vast (and adjustable down to 800mm), there’s plenty of room for a pillion, a luggage rack at the back and some bungee points. The Suzuki XF650 Freewind's LCD dash, which includes a fuel gauge, is funky and modern and the bar-mounted choke is handy. The screen’s effective, too but it could have done with a centrestand.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Quality’s not bad and there’s a lot of plastic going on (tank, bash plate etc) so at least those won’t rust. The Suzuki XF650 Freewind engine’s already proved its worth in the DR650 and, overall the Suzuki XF650 Freewind’s well-built, well-designed (very European) and nicely finished. That stainless steel silencer should last well…

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Launched to give BMW’s highly successful F650 a run for its money, the Suzuki XF650 Freewind cost quite a lot less. Other counterparts, such as Aprilia’s Pegaso, also cost more than the Suzuki XF650 Freewind. It’s a top all-rounder, especially useful as a commuter and is fairly easy to service and insure. It won’t hold its value like the Beemer, though. Find a Suzuki XF650 Freewind for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

1997: Suzuki XF650 Freewind launched. Colour changes only until it was discontinued in 2002.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 105 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 14 secs
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 39 ft-lb
Weight 162 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 18.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 644 cc
Engine specification 4v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 300mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 100/90 x 19
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(4 reviews)

  • Freewind

    BethDavies

    Average rating rating is 3

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    After passing my direct access I wanted something a bit different- I came across the Freewind by chance and really liked the look of it. Being 6' it was a nice tall bike for me and had a really confortable riding position. Lots of pull through the lower gears but not a particulary fast bike- I struggled to keep up with my partner on occasion. Very reliable always started on the button and was a great first big bike. Only Weakness for me was the very soft front suspension which made cornering a little disconcerting sometimes. Really cheap to insure and run and I could easily get 200miles to a tank. I had a lot of fun with mine and when I sold her she went on to another new rider who's hopefully enjoying her as much as I did!

    11 February 2009

  • Freewind

    buntsyabas

    Average rating rating is 4

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    After just returning after riding 25k miles on the Panamerican with my partner both on Freewinds, 99 + 02 models I thought I was atually in a position to write a review. Tough bikes that will take anything that's thrown at them and keep coming back for more. Engine is amazing and neither of ours used a drop of oil, or developed any leaks and all they received was the very minimum of maintenance. It's very usable and rewarding with fuel consumption of around 50mpg, giving a reasonable range of approximately 200 miles. On the down side considering its digital dash why on earth it was never fitted with a clock amazes me and aftermarket parts are difficult to come by, especially hard panniers, although top boxes and fittings are common. All in all a very practical bike that will inspire newer riders and still put a smile on the face of the more experienced. It's cheap to buy, cheaper to maintain and will not destroy chains or tyres making it a real alternative to the big GS's as a world beater as well as being a great commuter or winter hack. What more can I say, if you're thinking of buying one, do it, you're unlikely to regret it. Best of all there's not a lot of them going about so there's a bit of exclusivity there too!

    01 January 2009

  • Average rating rating is 4

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    I had one of these as my first bike, it was a good bike, sometimes it was a bit bouncey and the single cylinder did make your wrists ache after 100 miles or so with vibration, but i think it was more value than the BMW or the APRILIA which seem to be the rivals for it.The brakes are good, the engine has quite a bit of tourque,( even though the pull away needs a lot of revs). and there is a lot of room for kit and it will go forever It would certainly be a good starter bike and it is a shame suzuki didn't carry on building it for a bit longer!as long as they changed the name, "FREEWIND"!..

    05 December 2008

  • MK2 freewind 2002

    paulsmith2556

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    best bits are the value for money, the quality and reliabilty, and handling.I like the bike and would have another.If i was to find fault engine needs a bit more power,exhaust note too quiet, and after market bit and few and far between.

    12 August 2007

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vbidgood

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mk1 Freewind 1999

Having passed my direct access in 2008 I Came across a nice '99 freewind (had never even heard of the bike beforehand!) on ebay for reasonable money with only 12000 miles on the clock!!  Went to see the bike and it was in cracking condition - i had to have it!  Have been riding it ever since - a big fan of this bike - fun to ride, cheap to own/maintain, bulletproof uber-reliable engine, good confidence inspiring handling, comfortable etc etc.  Can't see any real reason to trade up for a newer model as yet apart from perhaps a bit more pep!! Also not many aftermarket add-ons available being it's main disadvantage compared to simliar rival models.  Having said that for the price you'll get one for these days (they're not getting any younger!) you can't complain!! Would highly recommend this bike to any rider - you'll have a giggle!!  

16 January 2010 22:09

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