Suzuki Bandit Series: Wikis


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Suzuki GSF Series
A 1998 Suzuki Bandit GSF1200S
Manufacturer Suzuki
Also called Bandit
Production since 1991
Predecessor Suzuki GS series
Class Standard
Engine Transverse inline four

The Suzuki Bandit is a series of standard (sometimes called "sport-standard") street motorcycles produced by Suzuki.

The following different models of the bike have been manufactured:

  • GSF250 with 250 cc (manufactured 1989-94)
  • GSF400 with 400 cc (manufactured 1989-2000)
  • GSF600N/GSF600S with 599 cc (manufactured 1995-2004)
  • GSF650N/GSF650S with 656 cc (manufactured since 2005)
  • GSF750 with 748 cc (manufactured 1996-1999)
  • GSF1200/GSF1200S with 1157 cc engine (manufactured since 1996).
  • GSF1250/GSF1250 ABS with a 1255 cc engine (manufactured since 2007).

All engines are DOHC inline four with 16 valves. 600, 650, 750 and 1200 models employ SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System) cooling that is combined air-cooled and oil-cooled; The 600 cc model's engine is taken from the GSX-F 600 and retuned for more midrange. The 1200 cc models engine on the other hand is a bored out GSXR 1100 item. The 250 and 400 cc models are water-cooled.

For model year 2007, Suzuki abandoned the venerable early GSX-R derived engine in favor of new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engines. Both 650 and 1250 models now meet euro-3 emission standards.

The 'S' models come with a factory half-fairing, and starting from model year 2000, dual headlights. The base model 'N' is an unfaired "naked" bike with a single headlight. Please note that not all market areas received both the naked and the half-faired models in any given model year.

The Bandit series has traditionally had a reputation as a hooligan bike, due to its budget price, muscle bike looks, and sheer torque (This mostly applies to the 1200 models). With more recent revisions, however, the bike has taken on a more streamlined and modern feel, taking it more towards sports tourer territory.[1] Despite this, the 1200 remains popular with stunt riders, and is a bike of choice for various wheelie schools.[2]


Bandit 250 and 400

Launched in 1989, the GSF250 and GSF400 had a liquid-cooled inline-four engine, mounted on a trellis steel frame. The engines were based on those of the GSX-R250 and GSX-R400. The Bandit 250 had about 45 bhp, the 400cc version about 59 bhp (44 kW) (reduced to 53 from 1992). Both models had disc brakes, single and double at the front respectively. Both versions were later available with a top fairing (carrying the name "Limited" on the model name), and later "V" variations had an optional variable inlet timing.[3]


GSF250 models

  • GSF250 (from December 1989)
  • GSF250 45 hp (34 kW) (from April 1990)
  • GSF250ZM ("LIMITED" edition) (from May 1991)
  • GSF250P (from September 1992)
  • GSF250NP (from October 1992)
  • GSF250ZP ("LIMITED" edition) (from May 1993)
  • GSF250R and GSF250NR (from October 1993) [4]
  • GSF250V (2000)

GSF400 models

1991 Suzuki GSF400
  • GSF400K (from August 1989)
  • GSF400NK (from June 1990)
  • GSF400-Z (SUZUKI 70th Anniversary "LIMITED" edition) (from November 1990)
  • GSF400VM (VC Engine model) (from June 1991)
  • GSF400VZM (VC Engine Limited model) (from August 1991)
  • GSF400VP (VC Engine model) (from October 1992)
  • GSF400P (Normal engine model) (from November 1992)
  • GSF400NP (from November 1992)
  • GSF400VZP (VC Engine Limited model) (from May 1993)
  • GSF400VR (VC Engine model) (from November 1993)
  • GSF400S (Normal Engine model) (from January 1995)
  • GSF400VS (VC Engine model) (from January 1995)
  • GSF400V-V (VC Engine model) (from February 1997)
  • GSF400VZ-V (VC Engine "VZ" model) (from February 1997) [5]

Bandit 600


The naked GSF600 N Bandit was released in February, available in red and green. It was based on the styling of the pre-existing GSF400 Bandit, with a retuned engine from the GSX600.

1996 Suzuki Bandit N in red


The faired Bandit S model was introduced, where the bikini half-fairing had its debut. Available colours were red, forest green and teal green.


Minor changes: A clutch switch (requiring the clutch to be pulled in when starting the motorcycle, for safety reasons) and carburetor heaters. Colours were red, green and black.


The N model had passenger grab rails added. However, the S model had no changes. Both were available in blue, black and maroon and bronze.


Debut of a new rear shock absorber, providing rebound as well as preload adjustment. Colours were blue, black and red.


The first major changes were made this year.

  • New rear bodywork.
  • Fully electronic instrumentation.
  • New carburetors with throttle position sensor.
  • Additional fuel filter.
  • Nissin brake calipers.
  • 20 litre fuel tank (up from 19).
  • Improvements to frame and steering geometry.
  • Seat height lowered.
  • S model: New modern styled fairing, with twin headlights.

Colours were blue, black and red.


No significant changes.


Fuel gauge now as standard.


No significant changes.

Bandit 650


The all new Suzuki Bandit 650 and half faired Bandit 650S launch took place at Tarrangona, Spain.

  • Engine displacement increased by 56cc to improve low and mid-range performance
  • Seat and Handlebar adjustable for height
  • New engine internals provide for reduced friction, together with smoother performance and increased power
  • Revised four-into-two exhaust system
  • Reshaped fuel tank
  • New halogen headlight
  • New LCD digital display combining speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge and clock
  • Increased rigidity within chassis and upgraded suspension
  • Overall weight reduced
  • ABS available on faired "S" model
  • Available in 4 colours (Silver, Blue, Black & Red)


Current generation Bandit 650S

A completely new, water-cooled motor was designed specifically for the 2007 Bandit 650, unlike earlier models which used engines re-worked from other models.[6]

  • Meets Euro3 emission standards
  • 656 cc displacement, inline-4 all-aluminum liquid-cooled engine
  • Electronic Fuel Injection with dual throttle valve system (similar to Suzuki's GSX-R and V-Strom)
  • ABS available on faired "S" model
  • Seat and handlebars adjustable for height
  • Suzuki PAIR (Pulsed AIR) exhaust air injection system
  • Modified Chassis and Swingarm
  • Claimed 85hp at 10,500RPM (up 7)
  • 12,500RPM redline
  • 19 liters fuel tank (Same tank as previous model, but roughly 1L is taken by fuel pump)
  • Hydraulic clutch lever
  • Available in 4 colours (Pearl Suzuki Deep Blue No.2, Metallic Oort Gray, Pearl Nebular Black, and Candy Sonama Red) [7]. Not all colours were available in all countries or on all models.

The 2007 Bandit 650 was reviewed by Bike Magazine as being "de-criminalized" compared to its early brethren, but a good bike for beginners.[8]

Bandit 650 no longer offered in the United States for the 2007 model-year.


Bandit 650 no longer offered in Canada for the 2008 model-year. Replaced by new Bandit-derived fully-faired GSX650F in North-America.


In November 2008, it was announced that there would be certain changes to the 2009 GSF650.[9] Changes to both models (naked and half-faired) versions are :

  • Sleeker headlights
  • The frame covers are slightly different
  • Tail lights are slimmer
  • Exhaust ends are re-shaped
  • New instrumentation (single housing with anologue tachometer, LCD speedo, fuel gauge, clock, plus gear indicator)

In addition to this, the 650S has a newly styled cowling with stacked high and low beam multi-reflector headlights. The fairing has storage, and newly designed mirrors and indicators.

The 650N has more angular headlights.

The 2009 model will be available in blue, red, grey and black. The engine goes back to black in colour.

GSX650F (a Bandit variation)

The Suzuki GSX650F, in many respects a tweaked Bandit

The GSX650F, produced from 2008, is essentially a variation on the Bandit 650, with much the same specification and components.[10] Although built on a Bandit chassis, the additional lower fairing gives it a sportier look similar to that of the Suzuki GSX-R Series. The engine has also had a small amount of remapping to encourage revs, and the suspension is tweaked. It also has a different, one-piece seat.

Bandit 750

The Bandit 750 was a Japan only model that used parts from both the 600 and 1200 models; the front frame cradle was identical to the 600, the rear subframe was identical to the 1200 with bolt on pillion footpeg handers, the clocks were 1200 items (with the speedo in km/h), including a fuel gauge which was absent from the 600 models of the time. The running gear and suspension were also the same as the 600. The engine, although visually identical to the 600, had a capacity of 748 cc, The carburettors were similar to the 600 apart from jetting, whereas the exhaust was identical to the 1200. Power was a claimed 85 bhp (63 kW) and strangely no grab rails were fitted as the rear panels lacked holes for fitting them, although the frame had threaded holes for their fitting. All machines were restricted to 180 km/h (110 mph) to comply with Japanese regulations, but are easily de-restricted to a true maximum speed of 220 km/h (140 mph). Some owners have fitted their machines with fairings from a 1200/600 S model.

Bandit 1200

Suzuki GSF1200P (police version)


The first 1200 Bandit models were generally released in January 1996, featuring a retuned and enlarged version of the engine featured in the GSX-R1100. Other differences from the 600 cc models included a fuel gauge, higher specification suspension and larger diameter front brake discs. Also the 1200 Bandit featured a hydraulic clutch. Colours were maroon, green and black. There are some examples of 1995 registered 1200 Bandits. A lot of Suzuki models have the engine size cast into side of the cylinder block, 1200 Bandits(1157cc) do not have this but there are examples of some having 1156cc cast into the block. These were 1995 bikes, apparently early production models.


No changes were made, and the colours available were maroon, black and blue. A version of the S Bandit with anti-lock braking was introduced for certain world markets. The 1997 ABS (anti-skid braking) 1200 Bandit used a 114 link chain as opposed to the standard 110 link chain. Tsubaki Sigma 11,000 psi tensile strength chains are available precut at this length.


No changes. Colours were maroon, black, green and silver.


No changes. Colours were maroon, black, green and additionally brown on the S model.


No changes. Colours were maroon, blue, black, titanium and green/gold.


The 1200 Bandits received a similar revamp to the one the 600 Bandits received the previous year:

  • New rear bodywork.
  • Fully electronic instrumentation.
  • New carburettors.
  • Suzuki PAIR (Pulsed Air Injection), feeding clean air into the exhaust outlet to help eliminate unburnt fuel from emissions.
  • Additional fuel filter.
  • Tokico brake calipers (six pistons at the front).
  • 20 litre fuel tank (up from 19).
  • Improvements to frame and steering geometry.
  • Seat height lowered.
  • S model: New modern styled fairing, with twin headlights.

Colours were blue, black, red and silver.


2004 models added a 2-way catalytic converter (for some markets) to the exhaust system, and minor modifications to the exhaust metalwork.


2005 models (K5 and SK5) were the last of the 2nd Generation 1200 Bandits. The only change from the previous model was colour.


GSF1200SK6 Non-ABS version in Red with aftermarket screen

2006 (K6 and SK6) models received a revamp with a new shape tank, side panels, a height adjustable seat and a longer swinging arm with a hexagonal cross section. The faired "S" versions also have a new shape fairing and mirrors along with a totally redesigned headlight system with over and under beams rather than the previous side by side system. These new models were offered with ABS brakes as an option. Some markets also received height-adjustable handlebars. There were minor revisions to the transmission internal ratios as well. This was the last of the SACS-engined Bandits with a motor design and technology that first saw the light of day in 1985 in the GSX-R 750.

Bandit 1250S


GSF1250SA K7

Much like the 650 model, the Bandit 1250S has a water-cooled motor specially designed for the Bandit. The previous 1157 cc air/oil-cooled motor did not meet Euro 3 emissions regulations.[11] While the new 1255 cc engine produces almost identical horse power and torque figures as the old air cooled engine, the big difference is in where in the RPM band peak torque is produced. This 1255 cc engine produces its torque (108Nm) at a low 3750 RPM.[12] That power is sent to the driveline via a new for 2007 six speed constant mesh transmission.[13]. Produced in black, "metallic graphite blue" and candy Sonoma Red, it was also available as the 1250SA, this version fitted with ABS.

The autumn saw the introduction of a limited edition Street Fighter, featuring Renthal handlebars, a Yoshimura silencer and a single seat cowling.


No changes from the 2007 model, with the 4 available colours described as "Pearl Nebular Black", "Candy Indi Blue", "Candy Dark Cherry Red" and "Oort Gray Metallic". [14] (Not all colours were available in all countries, or on all models.) The blue and red are slightly different shades to that of the 650S.

The 1250GT is a Grand Touring version. It carries a three-box hard luggage system, has fairing lowers and comes fitted with sat-nav.


On 2009 models the cylinders are plated with Suzuki’s "Composite Electrochemical Material", and a secondary balancer shaft further smoothens the rides.[15]

In May 2009, it was announced that there will be a limited edition Bandit 1250SA 'Z'.[16] It has a pearl mirage white paint scheme, with revised graphics and metallic silver wheels. Only 100 examples will come to the UK, and at £6300 it will retail at £100 more than the standard 1250SA.


In September 2009 it was announced [17] that 2010 will see the release of the GSX1250FA. It has the same engine and chassis as before, but a full fairing will make it similar in style to the smaller GSX650F.

The standard 1250A and 1250SA models for 2010 will feature a black engine, and be available in "metallic thunder gray", "metallic gleam gray" and "pearl nebular black".[18]


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