First Impression: 1997 Suzuki XF650 Freewind —

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Suzuki XF 650

Suzuki’s Euro All-Arounder

by Ziv Koren and Suzuki-Europ

Hey! going on here? I shout to while the right footpeg a trail of rubber on the asphalt of my canyon road. This is to be a budget priced, do-it-all bike? What’s going on

But first things first.

engineers always seemed to a keen hand for crafting value bikes. It’s that a do-everything sort of was missing from their Enter the new Suzuki XF650 for 1997, a true all-’rounder.

this depends on your of the perfect do-it-all bike. not talking about just riding, so the new crop of … mounts, such as Suzuki’s own just won’t do.

Also, the should be plenty capable of road work while being able to tackle the fire road or trail, so rules out most dual machines as well.

For many and Europeans the answer has been F650, a bike that’s European sales charts the few years and might do the same in the

The Japanese have been to catch up with this but now Suzuki is playing along. And a price tag that blows the BMW.

Suzuki built Beemer-beater simply: they the engine from their DR650 dual-purpose mount, it in a lowered frame and equipped it an abundance of road-oriented features as massive body work, a fairing and 19-inch front


The most European-looking bike made in the last few With its understated Suzuki the Freewind appears more the spawn of a fancy Italian and celebrity designer than a big-four machine.

On the street onlookers refused to believe those sensuous curves to just another Suzuki. You see much of its styling from the right?

So let’s get moving. the Freewind off its stand takes little effort. Indeed, no heavyweight at 360 pounds. The first comes gazing upon the panel, or should I say instrument as it’s 100 percent LCD.

After putting LCD odometers in latest sportbikes, Suzuki the Freewind with a complete LCD displaying speed with numbers and revs with a bar. It has a nice fuel to boot. And you know what?

It better than expected.

in strong sunshine everything is read, and its rev bar and speedo are fun to watch,

Start the Freewind and you’ll a very muted and un-thumper-like This should come as no with noise regulations what they are these What is surprising was its lack of from idle when to its livelier cousin, the DR650.

Freewind will still a wheelie if actively persuaded, but a rider shouldn’t fear the ever doing an unwelcome wheel stand.

A quick get from a full stop a lot of revs, but from then on the gets into its stride and smartly. The general feel is

With a reasonable seat of 32.5 inches that quite a lot with rider you get an excellent beginner’s mount. It be noted that like the the Freewind can be made even by readjusting its suspension.

The wide off-road type allow for plenty of leverage in situations, and all other controls are light. The seating position feel a bit odd at first, with a curved seat locking the into a fixed position, but a long time in the saddle proved to be a rather comfortable

Good city manners are from a dual purpose Less expected is the excellent behavior. Try cruising at more 70 mph on most big trailies and you’ll get of handlebar wag.

Thanks to its front wheel and low mounted fender, the Freewind shows of this misbehavior, tracking and true at elevated speeds.

Its lung engine enjoys those gear changes and what you get is seamless acceleration.

more impressive is the total of vibration from its engine at all

You’ll be hard pressed to a smoother running single. you consider that Suzuki this smoothness by using one balance shaft (to save instead of the usual two found in singles, you can appreciate what a design this mill is. Its smoothness allows for long of high-speed mile eating. the Freewind’s fairing does a job protecting the rider’s chest windblast.

I’m a fairly tall so shorter riders should even more peace the screen.

. Suzuki’s Freewind a true, rounded and sorted

All this might sound a bit too and proper, and the Freewind indeed has user friendly personality prompted Suzuki-Europe to target riders, but the XF650 turns out to a strong liking for kinks and lean angles. Yes, we all that D-P bikes can run circles sportbikes in the tight twisties, but the Freewind is in a league of its own.

to its lowered and stiffened DR suspension, the XF firm and steady at lean and speeds of which most D-P can only dream. No less in the traction equation are the excellent MT80 tires. They are road oriented and seem to be from a track compound allows footpeg scraping in a with supposedly endless clearance.

Well, you say, my Bandit 600 can do all the with ease and power to But what do you do when the road I know I wasn’t supposed to, but the to try the Freewind on a trail was too great.

In a the Suzuki can cope, and rather at that.

Fire roads are within its scope, and only its looking plastic and shortened persuade you not to take on too big a challenge. a good rider aboard and tires, the Freewind could any hard-packed flat trail. It is to know that off-road is there.

This new segment of single-cylinder do-it-all bikes is now and kicking. Until now, BMW much owned the market, but not any With a price tag in some around 15 percent cheaper the F650, Suzuki’s Freewind a true, rounded and sorted that will take a in comfort to almost anywhere, on- and off-road.

For a beginning rider who doesn’t what their preferred might be, the XF650 can supply a tour through most activities. And next time you those road-going pseudo are dull and boring, go out and check local canyon road. You be in for a surprise.


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