Suzuki GSF650 Bandit

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alfiestorm
Reviewed: 23 March 2014

Great year round bike

Now very cheap to buy. Got my very clean K6 ABS model with 12k on the clock for £2400.
Comfy all day bike and with a couple of tweaks to the suspension is suprisingly good in the twisties (other bike is a much modified gsxr1100 that handles)for a bike that is supposed to tie its self in notts. I realy dont know what all the fuss is about the suspension. Adjust it to your weight and stick on some half decent tyres and you will have a bike that will suprise quite a few others. ABS(anti brown stain)may have stopped a few stains but not felt it work and i have had to brake real hard a few times.
Cant turn the headlight off one of my pet hates (fuggin EU twats)that will be sorted soon. Swing arm is steel. Paint is a bit fragile on the wheels and requires the odd touch up now and again. No rubber tab on the tool roll holder strap thingy
Bought this bike back in 2013. Very easy and cheap to maintain even a mechanical novice can service this bike. Most excellent bike for the new to big bike types and a very good second bike for experienced bike thrashers like me.
I thought i would be ringing its neck everywhere as my other bike is a gsxr1100 converted to a 1216 with all the trimmings but no I am not. The 650 is quite good at delivering it's meagre horse power and torque that it has and pulls quite hard for what it has. Petrol seems to last for ages too when you are not in thrash mode applies to all bike realy. It aint no race bike and its not made out to be anything but a cheap reliable run about that you can take touring and is a very good and capable bike. Set it up correctly for your weight and riding style and some half decent tyres on it and it transforms into a very good bike indeed that will put an ear to ear smile on your face. Just a smashing budget bike
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
5.0
Build Quality:
4.0

alfiestorm would recommend this product
mac2
Reviewed: 23 December 2013

It will be missed

One of the easiest bikes to ride and have fun on. It forgives most mistakes and teaches new riders the fundamentals of fast fun on two wheels. It will do most things asked of it and come back for more.
Now showing its age in both performance, ride and style, but most riders finding these drawbacks will be experienced riders with sparks on every bend.
Easy to ride, easy to scratch on, easy to tour with and easy on the pocket. One nice ride which does everything well.
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
4.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

mac2 would recommend this product
Nhead
Reviewed: 30 July 2012

Easy, basic

Easy to ride, been around forever so shouldn't go wrong
Too easy, it gets boring very quick, ugly to look at and very thirsty when blasting along.
I wouldn't rcomend this bike, it's to easy, too ugly and to juicy, there's better bikes out there
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Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
4.0
Handling:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

Nhead would not recommend this product
InstantBacon
Reviewed: 12 June 2010

Been given an 08 as a replacement after I crashed my fazer. In comparison its inferior in every respect.

Predictable, stable, and I like the styling.
Slow, boring, and rubbish brakes.
I wouldn't ever buy one if even if offered one for a tenner with free insurance. Even for the commuter there are better, more fuel efficient options which can still be fun when the mood takes you. Buy an FZS600 if you want a middleweight street bike on a budget.
Score breakdown



Engine:
2.0
Brakes:
1.0
Handling:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
4.0

InstantBacon would not recommend this product
M.Badger
Reviewed: 11 July 2008

GREAT DO MOST ROAD THINGS ALL ROUND GOOD BIKE

Price, engine reliability, ease of maintenance, comfort, gearbox.
Brakes, finish, brakes again.
Cracking bike. I've covered 30,000+ miles on mine since Aug 2006. Comfy for full days in the saddle. Squishy predictable handling, but the brakes are crap. The ABS is good I suppose, never had need of it but I have played with it on gravel so I get to know what it feels like. The caliper bodies are worn on the sliders and rather a lot of lever movement is taken up just lining the things up again!. I have had to replace the pistons and seals in the front calipers and now the rear is beginning to bind. The finish is not good. The paint is flaking off the front wheel in large chunks. The wheel bearings are only fitted with one shield, with predictable results. Easy to swap out, but what penny/yen pinching 'tard thought of that?.
Take any aspect of the bike in isolation and it looks bad. The whole is far far greater than the sum of its parts though. I can hoon, filter, potter about, commute, work and tour on the thing and its never the slowest bike on trackdays either. Often the scruffiest, but never the slowest.
Score breakdown



Engine:
4.0
Brakes:
2.0
Handling:
3.0
Comfort:
4.0
Build Quality:
2.0

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