Suzuki Bandit series

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Suzuki GSF Series
Bandit 1200.jpg
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 sport-standard motorcycles comprising the following models:

All models have DOHC inline four cylinder engines with 4 valves per cylinder. The GSF600 engine is based the GSX-F 600 engine, re-tuned for more mid-range torque. The GSF1200 engine is a bored out version of the GSXR1100 engine, also re-tuned for more mid-range torque. The GXF650 and GXF1250 models use new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled engines, the GSF1250 having an auxiliary balance shaft to reduce vibrations. In some markets, including the UK, Suzuki have dropped the 'Bandit' name for the GSX1250 models.

'S' versions have a half-fairing, and starting from model year 2000, they also have dual headlights. 'N' versions are unfaired naked bike with a single headlight. The availability of the 'S' and 'N' versions varies with country and model year.

The Bandit series earned a reputation as "hooligan bikes".[1] With more recent revisions, however, the bike has taken on a more streamlined and modern feel, taking it more towards sports tourer territory.[2] The GSF1200 remains popular with stunt riders,[citation needed] and is used by a wheelie school in the UK.[3]


Launched in 1989, the GSF250 has a liquid-cooled, inline four cylinder engine mounted in steel trellis frame. The engine is based on the GSX-R250 engine. The 250cc engine produces 45 bhp (34 kW). The Bandit 250 has double front disk brakes and single rear disk brakes. 'Limited' versions have a top fairing. 'V' versions have variable inlet timing.

GSF250 models[edit]

1995 Suzuki GSF250v - variable valve timing model.
  • 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 (1995)
  • GSF250V (2000)


Launched in 1989, the GSF400 has a liquid-cooled, inline-four cylinder engine mounted in steel trellis frame. The engine is based on the GSX-R400 engine. The engine produces 59 bhp (44 kW), reduced to 53 bhp (40 kW) from 1992 onwards. The GSF400 has double front disk brakes and single rear disk brakes. 'Limited' versions have a top fairing. 'V' versions have variable inlet timing.

GSF400 models[edit]

1991 Suzuki GSF400
  • GSF400K (from August 1989)
  • GSF400NK (from June 1992)
  • GSF400-Z (SUZUKI 70th Anniversary "LIMITED" edition) (from November 1990)
  • GSF400M - naked, standard engine (1991)
  • GSF400ZM Limited - Retro cafe fairing, standard engine (1991)
  • GSF400VM (VC Engine model) (from June 1991)
  • GSF400VZM (VC Engine Limited - Retro cafe fairing 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]



The naked GSF600 N Bandit was released in February. It was based on the styling of the pre-existing GSF400 Bandit, with a retuned engine from the GSX600. The 600 Bandits came with a 15 tooth front sprocket and 48 tooth rear sprocket connected by a 530V 110 link chain.

1996 Suzuki Bandit GSF600N


The faired Bandit S model was introduced, where the bikini half-fairing had its debut.


Minor changes: A clutch switch (requiring the clutch to be pulled in when starting the motorcycle, for safety reasons) and carburettor heaters.


The N model had passenger grab rails added. However, the S model had no changes.


Debut of a new rear shock absorber, providing rebound as well as preload adjustment.


The first major changes were made this year.

  • New rear bodywork.
  • Fully electronic instrumentation.
  • New carburettors with throttle position sensor.
  • Additional fuel filter.
  • Nissin brake callipers.
  • 20 litres (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal) fuel tank (up from 19).
  • Improvements to frame and steering geometry.
  • Seat height lowered.
  • S model: New modern styled half fairing, with twin headlights.


No significant changes.


Fuel gauge now as standard.


No significant changes.



The last of the air/oil cooled Suzuki Bandit 650s.

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

  • Engine displacement increased by 56 cc 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 as an option
  • Speedometer/odometer switchable between Metric and Imperial
  • Suzuki PAIR (Pulsed AIR) exhaust air injection system


No significant changes.


Current generation Bandit 650S

Suzuki designed a new, water-cooled engine specifically for the 2007 Bandit 650, unlike earlier models where they used re-worked engines from other models.[6] Most of the chassis and bodywork remained unchanged from the 2005 model, though.

  • Meets Euro3 emission standards
  • 656 cc displacement, inline-four all-aluminium liquid-cooled engine
  • Electronic Fuel Injection with dual throttle valve system (similar to Suzuki's GSX-R and V-Strom)
  • 10% stiffer frame and longer swingarm
  • Stiffer rear shock but softer front fork
  • Claimed 85 hp (63 kW) at 10,500 rpm (up 7 hp)
  • 12,500 rpm redline
  • Same 20 litres (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal) fuel tank as previous model, but the fuel pump takes about 1 L
  • Hydraulic clutch
  • 14 kg heavier

The 2007 Bandit 650 was reviewed by Bike magazine as being "de-criminalised" compared to its early brethren, but a good bike for beginners.[7]

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, Suzuki announced the following changes for the 2009 GSF650N and GSX650S.[8]

  • Sleeker headlights
  • Slightly different frame covers
  • Slimmer tail lights
  • Re-shaped exhaust ends
  • Single instrument housing with analogue tachometer, digital LCD speedo, fuel gauge, clock, and gear indicator

Suzuki also announced the following changes.

  • GSF650N only: more angular headlights.
  • GSF650S only: re-styled cowling with stacked high and low beam multi-reflector headlights, storage in fairing, and new mirrors and indicators.

GSX650F (a Bandit variation)[edit]

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.[9] 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.


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 a higher red-line on the rev counter of 12,000rpm (vs 10,000 for the 1200), 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. The 750 came with a 6 speed gearbox like the 600 - as opposed to the 5 speed on the 1200. Power was a claimed 85 bhp (63 kW). 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).

Unlike bandits sold overseas, the 750 never featured the Bandit logo on the rear fairings - instead it was labelled "GSF 750" with a smaller script reading "DOHC 16Valve".


2006 non-ABS GSF1200S with aftermarket screen
Also called Bandit 1200S
Production 1996-2006
Engine 1,157 cm3 (70.6 cu in), 4-stroke,
4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, air/oil-cooled[10]
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Frame type Tubular steel
Suspension F: Telescopic, 43mm inner tube,
spring preload adjustable
R: Link type, adjustable rebound/preload, aluminum-alloy swingarm[11]
Brakes F: 4-piston calipers,
310 mm (12 in) dual discs
R: Single-piston caliper, disc
Wheelbase 1,480 mm (58 in)
Dimensions L: 2,130 mm (84 in)
W: 790 mm (31 in)
H: 1,235 mm (48.6 in)
Seat height Adjustable 785–805 mm (30.9–31.7 in)
Weight 215 kg (474 lb)[10] (dry)
Fuel capacity 20.0 L (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal)
Suzuki GSF1200P (police version)


The 1200 Bandit was generally released in January 1996, but a few were registered in 1995. It is powered by a re-tuned and higher capacity version of the GSX-R1100 engine. Other differences from the 600 cc models include fuel gauge, higher specification suspension, hydraulically operated clutch, larger diameter front brake discs, and 5-speed gearbox as opposed to the 6-speed gearbox of the 600 Bandit.

Many Suzuki motorcycles have the engine size cast into side of the cylinder block; 1200 Bandits (1,157 cc) do not have this but, apparently, some early production 1995 models do have 1,156 cc cast into the block. The 1200 Bandits have 15 tooth front sprockets and 45 tooth rear sprockets connected by 530V, 110 link rear chains.


No changes were made. A version of the S Bandit with anti-lock braking was introduced for certain world markets. The 1997 ABS (anti-lock braking system) 1200 Bandit used a 114 link chain as opposed to the standard 110 link chain.


No changes.


No changes.


No changes.


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 callipers (six pistons at the front).
  • 20 litre fuel tank (up from 19).
  • Improvements to frame and steering geometry.
  • Seat lowered.
  • S model: New modern styled fairing, with twin headlights.


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.


2006 (K6 and SK6) models received a revamp with a new shape tank, side panels, a height adjustable seat and a longer hexagonal-section swinging arm. 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.[11] These new models were offered with ABS brakes as an option. ABS brakes were fitted as standard on the UK specification SA model. Some markets also received height-adjustable handlebars. There were minor revisions to the transmission internal ratios as well. The 2006 Bandit 1200s were not sold in the USA but continued to be sold elsewhere around the world.[11] The SK6 version is in generation 3 of the Bandit 1200S line and thus is the sole generation 3 model of the 1200 Bandit. 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.


Suzuki Bandit 1250SA 07.jpg
2007 GSF1250S with ABS
Also called Bandit 1250S
Production 2007-2015
Engine 1,255 cm3 (76.6 cu in), 4-stroke,
4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled[12]
Top speed 140 mph (230 km/h)[13]
Power 99.7 hp (74.3 kW) @ 8780 rpm[13]
Torque 78.6 lb·ft (106.6 N·m) @ 3540 rpm[13]
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Frame type Tubular steel
Suspension F: Telescopic, 43mm inner tube,
spring preload adjustable
R: Link type, adjustable rebound/preload, aluminum-alloy swingarm
Brakes F: 4-piston calipers,
310 mm (12 in) dual discs
R: Single-piston caliper, disc
Wheelbase 1,485 mm (58.5 in)
Dimensions L: 2,130 mm (84 in)
W: 790 mm (31 in)
H: 1,480 mm (58 in)
Seat height Adjustable 790–810 mm (31–32 in)
Weight 225 kg (496 lb)[12] (dry)
Fuel capacity 19.0 L (4.2 imp gal; 5.0 US gal)
Fuel consumption 39.7 mpg-US (5.92 L/100 km; 47.7 mpg-imp)[13]


The GSF1250 range is launched. It has a new petrol injection, water-cooled engine which is compliant with Euro 3 emission regulations.[14] The new engine generates similar power and torque to the earlier 1,200cc engine but the torque of 108 N·m (80 lbf·ft) is available at the lower engine speed of 3,750 RPM.[15] An auxiliary balance shaft reduces engine vibrations. The GSF1250 also has a new six-speed constant mesh gearbox with the input shaft mounted below the crankshaft to reduce the length of the engine. This allows a longer swing arm for improved handling. .[16]

The GSF1250SA version has ABS and Autumn 2007 saw the introduction of the limited edition Street Fighter, featuring a single seat with matching rear cowling, Renthal handlebars, and Yoshimura silencer.


The 2007 GSF1250 and GSX125SA are unchanged.[17]

The 1250GT Grand Touring version is introduced with a three-box hard luggage system, fairing lowers and sat-nav.


2009 models carry over the same engines. The cylinders are once again plated with Suzuki’s "Composite Electrochemical Material", and also carried over is the Secondary Balancer Shaft further smoothens the rides.[18]

In May 2009, it was announced that there will be a limited edition Bandit 1250SA 'Z'.[19] It has a pearl mirage white paint scheme, with revised graphics and metallic silver wheels. Only 100 examples came to the UK.


In September 2009 it was announced [20] that 2010 will see the release of the GSX1250FA in Europe. 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.[21]


GSX1250FA remains unchanged from 2010 but comes to the US as a 2011 model.


Suzuki reintroduced the GSF1250SA Bandit with a new half-fairing designed to wrap around the radiator shrouds, and added a front vent below the headlight to smooth out airflow behind the fairing.[22][23]


  1. ^ Motorbikes Today Bandit 600S review
  2. ^ Motorbikes Today
  3. ^ The Wheelie School
  5. ^ SUZUKI Bandit400 (GSF400) GK75A/GK7AA HISTORY
  6. ^ Bike, November, 2006, p. 108
  7. ^ Bike, January, 2007, p. 184
  8. ^ Motor Cycle News, 12 Nov 2008
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph review
  10. ^ a b "Specifications - Bandit 1200s - 2006". Suzuki Website. Suzuki Australia Pty Limited. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Bandit 1200s - 2006". Suzuki Website. Suzuki Australia Pty Limited. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Specifications | Bandit 1250s | 2007". Suzuki Website. Suzuki Australia Pty Limited. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c d Canet, Don (July 2007). "Suzuki Bandit 1250S vs. Yamaha FZ1- Comparison Test". Cycle World. If, however, you thirst for real-world power, classic style, refinement and broader versatility, Suzuki’s Bandit is the one. 
  14. ^ Bike, November, 2006, p. 109
  15. ^ 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250
  16. ^ American Suzuki Motor Co. Sales brochure Part# 99922-07309 printed 12/06
  17. ^ Global Suzuki
  18. ^ Bandit 1250s | 2008 | Sport Sport Touring | Road | Suzuki Motorcycles, Motorbikes & ATVs Australia
  19. ^ London 24 Report
  20. ^ Motorcycle News
  21. ^ Global Suzuki
  22. ^ Brasfield, Evans (30 September 2014). "Intermot 2014: 2015 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS". VerticalScope. Retrieved 9 January 2015. …the fairing modernizes this venerable platform, giving a fresh impression to an old favorite. 
  23. ^ "GSF1250SA". Global Suzuki. Suzuki Motor Corporation. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 

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