Motorcycle insurance bargains: Suzuki GSF650 Bandit

Motorcycle insurance costs are an important consideration for any bike buyer. That's why MCN is highlighting some of the best cheap-to-insure motorcycles out there. This time it's the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit.          

Insurance group: 11
Engine: 16v four cylinder, 6 gears
Power: 84bhp
Top speed: 130mph
Weight: 215kg          

The Bandit has come under a bit of fire in recent years as it's not quite as polished or accomplished as rivals like the Fazer, or Honda's Hornet. But the Bandit is still a great bike and a bargain new or used. It's the Ford Focus of the bike world and a true all rounder in every sense of the word. Plus it's only group 11 to insure. 

The Bandit's motor is creamy smooth from idle and revs quickly and cleanly letting you tear up to 12,000rpm, if you feel that way inclined. Or you can just sit back and short shift - the Bandit is nice and torquey.

OK, it’s not on par with a sports bike but the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit is more than enough for 99% of riders - very forgiving. The riding position is every bit junior tourer, it's undoubtedly good at doing distance and the screen does a good job of taking the windblast off your shoulders.

The Bandit 650 a hell of a lot of motorcycle for the money. It's incredibly versatile at touring, learning, back lane scratching and even pulling a few tricks for amazed on-lookers, all for a very reasonable price.

MCN verdict

Handling

4/5

Engine

4/5

Reliability

4/5

Value

5/5

OVERALL

4/5

 

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