Suzuki Bandit Series

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Suzuki GSF Series
A 1998 Suzuki Bandit GSF1200S
Also calledBandit
Production1991 - present
PredecessorSuzuki GS series
EngineTransverse 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 250cc
  • GSF400 with 400cc
  • GSF600N/GSF600S with 599cc (manufactured 1995-2004)
  • GSF650N/GSF650S with 656cc (manufactured 2005-on)
  • GSF750 with 748cc (manufactured 1996-1999)
  • GSF1200/GSF1200S with 1157cc engine (manufactured 1996-on).
  • GSF1250/GSF1250 ABS with a 1255cc engine (manufactured 2007-on).

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 600cc model's engine is taken from the GSX-F 600 and retuned for more midrange. The 1200cc models engine on the other hand is a bored out GSXR 1100 item. The 250 and 400cc 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 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.

Bandit 650


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.[1]

  • 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) [2]. 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.[3]

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 Nov 2008 it was announced [4] that there would be certain changes to the 2009 GSF650. 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.

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 748cc, The carburettors were similar to the 600 apart from jetting, whereas the exhaust was identical to the 1200. Power was a claimed 85bhp 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 to comply with Japanese regulations, but are easily de-restricted to a true maximum speed of 220 km/h. 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.


GSF1200SK6 Non-ABS version in Red with aftermarket screen

2006 (K6) 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, totally redesigned headlight system and are available with ABS brakes as an option. 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


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.[5] 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 whopping torque (108Nm) at a low (3750) RPM.[6] That power is sent to the driveline via a new for 2007 six speed constant mesh transmission.[7]. Produced in black and blue, 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 "Metallic Oort Gray". [8] (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.[9]


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