Suzuki GSX 650 F

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Lochlyn_Deckard, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Lochlyn_Deckard

    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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    Has anyone ridden this bike? Impressions? I've seen a few reviews that had nice things to say.

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  2. Tenacious B

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    Rider mag just did a review in the recent issue, got it in the mail today. They liked it a lot to say the least. They said it is a great all around bike with good comfort, performance, utility, and it is wasy to ride too.

    It is a Bandit 650 in gixxer skins, so this is not suprising.
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  3. Lochlyn_Deckard

    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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    Thanks. I saw the article as well. I had never seen the bike until I read it. I don't keep up on any of the Suzuki bikes except for the V-Strom. I did some online searches and didn't come up with much. Guess maybe it's too new.
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  4. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    It would have been an awesome bike...








    In 1998. :snore
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  5. chronos

    chronos Been here awhile

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    They should have given it the "Kan-o-tuna" badge.
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  6. WnRn

    WnRn Left right out

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  7. Tenacious B

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    If you are looking for more reviews you might want to search for the Bandit 650, it has been available in Europe for a few years so the mags there should have some info.
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  8. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I thought it was cheesy and lame when they put that fairing on the GS500, and it isn't any better on the Bandit. :puke1
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  9. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    The solid black one doesn't look to bad:

    [​IMG]

    But the muti-colored ones are too much, "I wanna be a GSXR when I grow up!".
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  10. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    You're right, the solid black is not bad.

    Why didn't they call it the Katana? they kept the GSXF nomenclature...
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  11. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    I've been waiting for someone to ask this question, to see how long it took this bike to make it "into" the public's eye.

    Yes, it is a Bandit in fiberglass (or plastic, or whatever). [I live in Seattle and appreciate a fairing in the rain.] The GSX-F is almost a YZF-600R Thundercat with fuel injection. Almost. But the GSX-F is 475 lbs. dry where the Thundercat is 480 lbs. wet. Oh, and the Thundercat has a fully adjustable suspension front and rear.

    As has been mentioned on many threads here, the YZF is one of the most under-rated mid-sized sport / sport-touring bikes out there. When it was first introduced it was the R6 of its day, and is still considered to be on the of the best "on the street" 600's available (just discontinued for 2008). Its one drawback was the all-steel frame making it "too heavy". Now along comes the GSX-F and FI but the package is another 53 pounds heavier (dry-to-dry, 417 to 470). I love the GSX-F with FI, but this is just too heavy for me in this class, even at this price point. This is what a VFR-800 weighs! I'll take a left-over YZF, or even a gently used one, thanks.
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  12. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    Well, its design evolution comes from the Bandit line... Maybe because they are still trying to sell off all the 600 and 750 Katana show room queens?

    Its very strange that Suzuki decided to develop and sell this bike, especally in the US market. It has to go up against several very good Kawasaki and Yamaha medium streetbikes, not to mention the SV/DL650s and old Katanas in house.
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  13. Lochlyn_Deckard

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  14. WnRn

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    Black is very nice.... See my post abovce for the link from a mate who bought this one.

    [​IMG]
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  15. Oilhed

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    I'd love either one, NAKED with a big old round headlight!
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  16. yooperbikemike

    yooperbikemike high, wide and handsome

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    Rider says that the Suzuki weighs 532 lbs wet and makes around 75hp. I liked them when Suzuki first announced them, but that kind of power to weight ratio is unacceptable. Hell, the Bandit 1250 is only around 550lbs wet.
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  17. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I would have thought they made more power than that. The SV650 would have a much better power/weight ratio... :scratch
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  18. giblets

    giblets Membrana Profunda

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    sat on one today. it is indeed a porker for the amount of power that it puts out. better to get the 1250s bandita for roughly the same weight.

    :deal

    the kawi 650R is a might lighter, cheaper (here), and not to GS500F-ish.
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  19. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    :puke1 No shit, my Z1000 is what, almost 40lbs lighter, and 130hp?

    No thanks
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    ro9397 Been here awhile

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