The Suzuki GSX650F Thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Dranrab Luap, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    There's been a few threads lately about the GSX650F lately, but I thought I'd go ahead and start a long term thread for future reference.

    I came off of a V-Strom 650. It was a fantastic bike with two irremedial exceptions. It buffeted to the point it was fatiguing and it got blown all over the place on the interstate. I started hungering for a street oriented mileage muncher touring bike. I have never been a "compensatory" bike kind of guy, and didn't feel especially compelled to go that route this time, even though most of the touring bikes have large displacement engines.

    My search led me to the 650F. I bought it based on what I read and what my dealer told me about it. As it comes, it is a standard bike with a full fairing. The factory bars give it a slightly forward leaning orientation. The pegs are a little higher than they are on the Wee Strom.

    I had 1" higher/1" further back risers and a throttle lock added by the dealer. I added an Airhawk medium cruiser seat pad, and Givi racks and cases. I have yet to mount the Stebel horn I bought. I'll post some tips on the Givi install in a bit.

    After my 600 mile break-in, I'll provide a semi-detailed review. Here she is in full dress.

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  2. Joel mark

    Joel mark Been here awhile

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    I had it narrowed down to another wee strom, or a GSX650F. I bought another wee strom, and have still wanted this bike ever since. I love the blue, bags look great on it also.

    What kind of mileage are you getting (mpg)??

    Obviously the seat is not very comfortable?

    The main reason I did not get this bike is the lack of aftermarket support, Meaning not much out there yet, seats, or windscreens.

    I hope you enjoy, as I still sit and gaze and wonder, what if??

    Joel.
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  3. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Joel, only two fill-ups so far during the break-in period. I got an even 47 on both. It's not as economical as the Wee. I am curious as to how much the side cases will pull the mileage down. You mentioned the seat. NO seat is comfy to me. I have no meat on my sit bones. This is the first year of the F. I think the aftermatket will come along nicely. I don't think the bike will prove very popular in the states. I paid close to full price for mine. I'll bet you can get good discounts toward the end of the year.

    If getting blown around on the interstate and in crosswinds, and buffeting are not problems for you, stick with the Wee. I would have.
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  4. Coelomate

    Coelomate Actually a n00b

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    especially in black, but the thing is a pig. Over 500 pounds for an inline-4 650 :huh To me it reeks of lazyness... 'let's just take this old model and put some plastic on it and see what happens!'

    That being said, if it handles nice and works well who cares :evil
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  5. fendermon

    fendermon Been here awhile

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    I like it a lot. :clap I also like that fact you could probably grab a handfull of throttle without too much drama, unlike the 1250 bandit. (Just a guess)
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  6. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    A whole lot of people who see the weight automatically scoff at it. What it does for this bike is makes it rock steady and incredibly smooth. It is securely planted. It's not really an old model at all. There's a little bit of parts bin stuff...the fairing is off an earlier GSXR1000, but for the most part the bike is as new as the Bandit 1250 which shares its frame. I am not rider enough to push the suspension beyond its limits, so to me it handles fabulously. I like the way it handles better than the SV1000S I had. I haven't had it over 6K rpms, but within the range in which I have operated it, it makes very good power across a wide RPM range. It IS NOT a sport bike. Those wanting a sport bike need to look elsewhere. What it is to me is a fantastic touring bike that can give me all the thrills I can handle in the twisties. Ergonomics are great for me.
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  7. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    You were right, it does look sort of blue in the photos. :scratch

    Congrats on the new bike. Luggage setup looks familiar, I think you'll like it alot. :thumb
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    Lochlyn_Deckard Dex Moto(naut)

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  9. hyak107

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    I really like the GSX650F, I was close to buying one but opted for the V-Strom instead. I'll be interested in your post-break in review. It's still on my list if I decide to trade the SV650 in on something next year. Heavy bikes don't bother me as long as the weight is carried well. The extra pounds help when the weather gets nasty.

    Any idea how difficult it would be to remove the fairings when doing maintenance?
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    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    :lurk

    You go boy!! The B1250 is still pulling my chain, li'l brother is cool as well.

    We Americaners need more standards, I loved the big CBFs I saw over in England.
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  11. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I haven't done it yet, but I looked it over. It looks reasonably simple. Thankfully the oil filter can be changed without removing the fairing.
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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Riding
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    is like riding any one of these... Its fun ;)

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  13. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I had hoped to keep this thread positively focused on the GSX650F. I had a hunch that you and JamesG would try to take a shit on it. I'd appreciate it if you'd keep photos of your mom and sisters in the Ride Reports forum.
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    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    You must have been looking for Jo Momma. Take the elevator a few floors down into the basement. :thumb
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Thank you.
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    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Dranrab Luap,

    I love the fact that you added side cases to your bike. I would love to hear more about the bike, and over all general experience. Please forgive my mind, because sometimes I forget that this bike in category of its own. Honestly, it looks like a solid platform, that's a bit on the chubby side. There is no problem with it. I hope you appreciated the comic relief.

    As a matter of fact, I would love to hear about its suspension and how does it handle on your favorite road.

    I think that Suzuki could have done more with this bike at that price:
    -- USD fully adjustable front suspension
    -- Fully adjustable rear
    -- Stayed away from Banana seat
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  18. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    No worries about the comic relief as long as you have no worries about the comic retort.:freaky

    I clicked on that Corbin link and DAMN!!! The side cases look fantastic, though they are a touch on the small side capacity wise. At 1700/pair, that's enough to scare me away. I like the looks of that seat too. I have heard that Bandit 1250 seats will fit the 650. I'd like to have a different seat.
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  19. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    I was wondering if that seat would fit. :) Sargent Saddle is releasing their Bandit 1250 seat.
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  20. vbl

    vbl Been here awhile

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    And surely someone will brainstorm some ways to lose a little weight, like a new can, lighter subframe, some CF bits in places.

    Seems like a solid platform - I'd love to get one and strip it.
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