Suzuki GSX650F Overview
If you are on the look out for a well priced sports tourer then the Suzuki GSX650F might be the ideal ride for you. This is a bike which manages to combine performance and practicality as well as being plenty of fun to ride.
In looks it resembles a Suzuki Bandit but with some alterations to the fairing which leaves a riding position which is comfortable and ideal for a sports tourer. Some owners have reported that the pillion seat is a little on the high side and therefore exposed to the elements so this may be something to take into consideration but overall, when it comes to a cushy ride which can leave you feeling contented for hundreds of miles, the GSX650F might just have it in the bag.
The engine in the GSX650 is a 16-valve, DOHC and offers a clean and flexible ride with plenty of low down grunt and power when you need it. It is light to handle and takes corners with ease but there is a noticeable difference to the way the bike moves when loaded with luggage and so if you plan to take this bike touring you might want to get in some miles as practice first. The bike is pretty heavy on its own so riding with luggage and/or a pillion is a slightly different experience.
When it comes to price, the GSX650F offers excellent value for money. The fairing gives the impression you are riding a much more expensive sports bike and it comes with a number of elements as standard such as adjustable brakes, wide-spaced mirrors and LCD screens which you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a bike which costs just over £6,000.
Suzuki GSX650F Spec
- Top speed135mph
- Average fuel consumption50mpg
- Seat height790mm
- EngineLiquid cooled, four stroke, DOHC
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Very easy to ride. Flies round corners, light enough to filter through traffic and move around easily but has enough about to to add touring boxes and not feel too different.
Has enough power to tour 1 up with touring boxes. Plenty of grunt around town but struggles to keep up with bigger bikes on country roads
Style and available accessories (heated grips etc..)
Nothing major in 8 years (touch-wood)
Has ABS and is excellent.
This bike is a little bit on the heavy side, whilst cornering the bike does feel that it almost wants to fight back at your from leaning to far over, but it also feels that the weight is evenly spread.
The bike is lower powered than sports bikes but is perfectly set up for a sports tourer. It has enough power to make you smile but not too much to be intimidating.
the bike needs to loose weight to give more confidence in the corners.
It has never let me down once! Excellent gear box and decent fuel economy
I find that the brakes are very smooth but often gives you a feeling that the bike will not stop in time, although it always does!
Heavy bike but handles great best thing is you can be real lazy because it will pull in any gear
It's enough for me someone younger may want more
No problems only ever changed oil and filter brake pads and tyres never let me down
Ok not great
A bit heavy for a first bike
Smooth acceleration but is fairly heavy on braking.
For a 650 straight 4 the performance is above what I’d expect from a 7 year old bike.
It’s not the most economical bike I’ve owned but for the performance it’s what I would expect especially as it’s never gone wrong.
Typical Suzuki solidly built. Never broken down in the 5 years I’ve owned it.
Braided lines are the only improvement I would make.
Picks up extremely well in all gears and from low revs, no sudden boost of power when it hits a power band but good power all the way through the rev range.
650 bandit engine, don't need to say any more, superb power to have enough fun with and comfortable sat on the motorway too
Mpg is fine for me, last calculation was towards 50mpg, I can get roughly 175 miles from a tank. Insurance is well priced and £80odd for tax. Tyres, oils, etc etc all what you would expect from a mid range bike
Based on the bullet proof bandit, it's everything that you would expect, I've had absolutely no issues what so ever.
Stops and does everything it needs to, could be a little sharper so I am considering upgrading the hose lines but honestly no need to.
Easy to ride. Is fairly light and corners well. It’s nimble enough around town and has enough to do long trips.
650 in-line 4. It’s got nothing on the superbikes but as a commuter / tourer it’s got enough power to get you past lorries and caravans safely and has fairly good acceleration in the mid gears
Low insurance group, great MPG, low cost to buy, cheapish tyres. Top score for budget.
Good build quality for the price! It has some basic instruments and control which are good
Breaking is good enough for the engine size and power. ABS come with some models which helps. Dics front and back it an advantage compared to some other budget bikes.
Riding position is quite good, but front suspension is a bit soft, so cornering can be a little unnerving
85hp could be a bit pokier
160 miles on a full tank. It's quite economical
Solid build. Never had a problem with reliability
Brakes are great