The Suzuki GSX650F Thread

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

  1. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    I'm heading to my Suzuki dealer tomorrow for a test ride. Love what you did with the Givis. It's between on of these and an FZ6. Or a Bandit 1250. Gawd, I hate sitting on the fence:freaky But, there does seem to be a lot of plastic on this bike. Good to hear it can stay on for an oil change though.:clap

    They're even going to let me try a GSXR750! I would never buy one, but it will be kind of neat to ride one.....yes mom, I'll go slow!
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  2. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Again somebody has mentioned the weight. If you want a lighter bike, the market has provided those. What a lighter bike won't give you is the plush, planted ride this one has. Think smooth, stable and vibration free. I think by lightening it up, you are trying to make it something that it's not. When I read about the heavy weight I actually hoped it would help plant the bike, and it did!

    I love the FZ6 and considered it, but from all that I read, it makes its power way up in the rev range. That's great if you are looking for a more sporting ride. You could start this bike off in third gear and get good pulling power. It makes very satisfying real world power.

    My shifting has been a little funky. I may have a linkage problem. I stopped by the dealer today and he showed me on a parts diagram what he suspects it may be. Told me to ride it a bit longer and see if the problem goes away.

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  3. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Dont mind the wieght. Like you said, it makes for a more stable ride. The FZ6 is out of the running. While I really like the Givis, I'm more of a waterproof duffle and bungy cord guy. If I get rained out tomorrow, I'll be quite pissed. I have to ride my "rat" 160 miles to the dealer! GRRrrr. Maybe they'll gine me a rain check. We'll see. Cheers:freaky
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  4. XZed

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  5. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    No kidding, man those are seriously nice looking.
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  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    buy a used one.. save some "green" :p these bags can be compared to Givi E21.

    Corbin's saddle bags -- 27L
    Givi E21 - 21L
    Givi E41 - 41L
    Givi E360 - 40L
    Givi V35 - 34L

    I'd have to go with Givi due to price per liter =)
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  7. skysailor

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    Went for my "test" ride on the 650F...almost. The guy before me dropped the thing. Plastic all broke up. Not a good sales point...the guy was a noob..but, still it did a lot of damage...and it just fell over when he put his foot down on a low spot covered with gravel. I guess that could happen to most of us? But it shouldn't wreck the bike. I ended up on a DR650. Got to say, I kind of liked it. Aman could ride to the ends of the earth...and back one one of those things......um, food for thought....:1drink
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  8. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    I was trying to be nice and let you live in your dream world where you can pretend that you didn't waste your money on a fat ugly bike.

    But since you asked for it...:rofl
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  9. Commuter Boy

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    Shouldn't be any linkage problems, the Bandits all have the same linkage setup and they're smooth as silk, with a positive "thunk" into first.

    There's only three bolts holding on the cover, pop them off and take a look, it's dead easy to make adjustments to. Neat to see it's got sound deadening foam on the underside. I'm getting more and more enamoured with the engine and bike the more I ride and wrench on it. It appears to be a strong, solid unit. Not elegant like a Ducati or a full blown race rep, but a great practical ride.

    I'm gearing up the 650 Bandit today for the summer. I've got to make three trips up and down the Cassiar and one to Las Vegas in the next month so I've just put a 16 tooth sprocket up front, a 100w high beam and relay to go with the HID low, and horror of horrors, a wooden beaded seat cover :lol3
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  10. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    :freaky
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  11. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    I asked about a plus one on the countershaft sprocket on the GSX650F forum, but nobody had done it. How much does it drop your RPMs off at highway speeds, and what does it do to your acceleration?
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  12. Commuter Boy

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    Drops a couple hundred RPM at speed. It still pulls smooth and strong.
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  13. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    Hi Paul! Nice looking bike. :super

    Your description sounds exactly like the seating position on dagowifes GS500F. She would like to sit up and back a bit more too.:ricky Can I ask what brand or source the 1" up and 1" back risers were and if the cables and brake lines had to be changed to longer units? :ear
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    I bought them at the Suzuki shop. They keep them in stock. www.twistedthrottle.com has some. They run about $115. I don't know of any bikes that dont have enough slack in the cables to accomodate these risers.

    Paul
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  15. panama jack

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    I had the opportunity to take one around Road Atlanta last month. I have to say it was my best run of the day. Another student and I were slow in getting to the bikes and all that was left were two GSX650F. I had been riding a GRX-R600 all day. We were both thinking we were going to be disappointed, but after that track session we both loved the bike. The bars felt strangely high after coming off the GSX-R600 but I guess it’s more of what I’m used to riding because it was so comfortable and effortless to turn. The power came on a lot smoother and that helped as well. Getting a knee down was no problem. It was solid in the turns, not nervous at all. Its probable more suited to my riding abilities. If I had the money I would pick one up today.
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  16. DestinationAnywhere

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    <TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">So has anyone ridden one of these and an SV650S? How did they compare?</TD></TR><TR UNSELECTABLE="on" hb_tag="1"><TD style="FONT-SIZE: 1pt" height=1 UNSELECTABLE="on">
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  17. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    That's pretty interesting. Did you time your laps on each bike?
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  18. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    <TABLE id=HB_Mail_Container height="100%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0 UNSELECTABLE="on"><TBODY><TR height="100%" UNSELECTABLE="on" width="100%"><TD id=HB_Focus_Element vAlign=top width="100%" background="" height=250 UNSELECTABLE="off">So has anyone ridden one of these and an SV650S? How did they compare?

    I can only compare it to the Wee Strom. Surprisingly, it makes smoother power over a broader rpm range. They'd probably be a wash in a 1/4 mile run. The SV will be a little faster and a little more nimble.
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  19. andoulli

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    Nice looking bike, of course, I am biased, I just picked up a 2008 black Bandit. I am going to do exactly what you did, mount Givi V35 monokey bags, minus the top box for now. Some Bandit owners say the 650 seat is more comfortable and are putting it on the Bandit, apparently it is a direct swap. I have heard that Corbin's seat for the Bandit/650F has not been well received :(: and the introduction or the Sargent product keeps getting pushed back, now to sometime in July, but that could change because it keeps being pushed back. :ddog With only two tanks of gas run through my Bandit I am getting 44, if you are only getting 48 out of the 650, I won't be looking for much more than 44 from my 1250. If those are the Beetle bags from the Corbin site for $1700, they are not my favorite. Yes they are small, and you can't take them off the bike into you motel room and if I remember correctly, you have to remove your stock turn signals to install them. Yuck on all that, I'll take the $800 (bags plus mounting brackets) V35s from Givi any day and money left over for a nice seat, plus other goodies.

    Tim
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  20. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Tim, you'll have to relocate your turn signals on the Bandit 1250 when you put the PLX cases on. You'll have to run the wires between the tail cowl and brake light for them to reach.
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