The evolution of the Suzuki Bandit

Published: 22 May 2009

To celebrate the launch of the new 2009 Suzuki Bandit 650, we take a look back at how this cult bike has evolved since its conception.

When Suzuki unveiled the original 600cc Bandit way back in 1996, they invented a new genre of motorcycle - the budget naked class. Since then it's gained water-cooling, fuel injection and an extra 50cc. But it's still the bargain do-it-all bike it always was.

No matter what sort of budget you're on, there's a model of Bandit out there to suit:

 

Suzuki GSF600 Bandit (1996-2005)

Suzuki Bandit 600 (1996-2005) - From £1,899 used
"The Suzuki GSF600 Bandit was so successful it spawned a whole class. Budget middleweight roadsters. The recipe is simple - take one aging but acceptable supersport engine, bung it in a basic, straightforward roadster chassis and price it as keenly as possible. The first Bandits proved best sellers, great for novices and as all-rounders."

 

Suzuki GSF650 Bandit (2005-2006)

Suzuki Bandit 650 (2005-2006) - From £2,100 used
"Suzuki simply bored out the older GSF600 Bandit’s engine by 57cc, but lined up against each other there’s little in it, though the new Suzuki GSF650 Bandit is significantly less vibey. There’s an ABS version of the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit (which was a £300 premium when new) and an ignition-based immobiliser as standard."

 

Suzuki Bandit 650 (2007-2008)

Suzuki Bandit 650 (2007-2008) - From £3,100 used
"The 07 Bandit's engine is all new, out with the carbs and in with fuel injection. It’s also now water-cooled. Peak power is up and there is great amount of torque. All new frame, which according to Suzuki is now 10% stiffer. It also gets a stiffer rear shock but slightly softer front end."

 

Honda CBR600RR (2007-2008)

Suzuki GSX650F (2007-current) - From £3,850 used
"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. Fuelling mods means it revs a little higher than the Bandit, plus it gets a more sporty shock, rubber-mounted lower bars plus new one-piece seat."

 

2009 Suzuki Bandit 650

Suzuki Bandit 650 (2009-current) - £4,999 new
"For 2009 the cult Bandit gets a styling over-haul, featuring newly styled mirrors, new clocks, a black engine finish and a slimmer more stylish tail light. £500 extra gets you the half-faired version."

 

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