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.
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.
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…
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
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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.