The Bandit got its last major frame and suspension update in 2007. According to Suzuki it is 10% stiffer than previously with larger diameter frame tubes. Suspension has been played around with on the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit, giving stiffer rear shock but slightly softer front end. The swing arm also increased in length. OK, it’s not on par with a sports bike but the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit is more than enough for 99% of riders – very forgiving. The riding position is every bit junior toured, it’s undoubtedly good at doing distance and the screen does a good job of taking the windblast off your shoulders.
The Suzuki GSF650 Bandit’s engine evolved in 2007 into a 650 with ever stricter emissions laws putting pay to the old GSX-R600-derived air/oil-cooled motor and gaining more torque and a touch more power at 84bhp. It was out with the crabs and in with the all-new fuel injection, it’s also now water-cooled. Peak power is up and there is great amount of torque. The motor is creamy smooth from idle and revs quickly and cleanly letting you tear up to 12,000rpm if you feel that way inclined, though many owners never will. And in fact it’s much better to sit back and shift about 11,000rpm when it feels like the power has dropped off.
Not much goes wrong with the 650 Bandit. The engine’s solid; the cycle parts simple and the build quality aren’t bad either. Instead, as a popular budget machine, condition is everything. The classifieds are full of used and abused Bandits that have either been dropped or neglected by novices or caned and crashed by hooligans.