Suzuki GSF400 V Limited

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Suzuki GSF 400

Butt of BIKE jokes years ago, the Suzuki now raises a smile with cams and carbs

IT’S refreshing to discover a manufacturer has on board criticisms and improved its accordingly. When BIKE tested the Bandit in May 1991, Tim was harsh in his criticism of the gutless prompting him to write the amusing line: Bandit — I think they should have.

So good news that the comes with a higher top higher final drive bigger jets in its four Slingshot carburettors and revised giving longer valve times. All this results in a ten per increase in midrange torque in for a one horsepower drop to 52bhp at Would these modifications spared the Bandit Tim’s pen?

I doubt it, a joke that is hard to resist. The is conspicuous by its absence from literature so I’m spared the of trying to better the pun.

Suzuki’s promo leaflet promises sports bike and while the 1994 version is better than its predecessor, years has seen sports performance redefined. You can’t the fact that at ,Ј3500 the is more than two grand than Kawasaki’s ZXR400 but let the marketing people have you the Suzuki is in the same league it isn’t.

High footrests for a rather cramped riding and rubber pads on the frame knees knock don’t the pain of having your bent at such an acute The taller and older you are, the you’ll suffer. High give good ground though.

A little over is fun to throw around tight and twisty roads. The handlebars the impression of sitting on top of the bike than moulding in to it and I found the end quite light, susceptible to from road repairs and eyes.

Dunlop K505 tyres front, 150/70-17H rear) impeccably in the dry but their limits are reached on moist tarmacadam.

no adjustment to the forks, and on the middle of settings for rear preload the is quite firm. I have no with the unadjustable damping

Like all GSs, the liquid-cooled sounds harsh — the noise from a Scalextric car its nuts off with the back in the air. There’s a buzzy which makes its presence in the plates beside the footrests and a tingle through the bars.

A lot happens between 6000 and than with the old spec but real excitement still beyond and comes with a of guilt for what you have to do in of a good time.

Late (again) one night, and 2000 miles logged, found me its neck and passing everything in for 30 minutes -jolly japes the competent headlight picking out damp spots on the fastest

It will cruise at 85 and the needle reach 110 on the pretty white-faced relatively easily. lOOmph to 10,500rpm in top but slight inclines or a wind spell hard for the left foot. It won’t the 14,000 redline in fifth of the six

I find the gearbox sensibly-spaced but the is notchy, requiring a positive on the^ lever and accurate with the cable-operated clutch.

The diameter front brake is the lever feeling firm but not It is well backed up by a keen disc. Slowing down a bike that’s not likely to be that fast anyway was going to be a problem and these are well up to the job.

Suzuki GSF 400
Suzuki GSF 400

Riding town is frantic. Plenty of and a fair degree of clutch due to the fairly high gearing are in order to keep your in traffic. As the pace quickens is still the need to use the lower of the box to prevent the engine bogging the sprints between the lights.

There’s a slight hesitation at throttle openings as the motor off the overrun, most obvious exiting turns and roundabouts.

A tank (3.5gal) will you 100 miles before you have to and turn the infuriating tap onto It’s tucked away the left frame tube and the cable descends immediately in of it. There’s nothing worse passing eight cars and the juggernaut to then have to remove your glove and with the tap as they all come past you again.

Because always late, 35mpg is not a reflection of the bike’s fuel A civilised approach to commuting see this figure rising to the dropping again on sunny mornings.

Styling is a matter of personal but I like the look of the bike, for me, only by the pug ugly rear Despite its shape and size the piece and pillion seat (no rail) still get sprayed road filth. The num-berplate way below the tail light and its own chrome light which look more at home on a

Polished alloy clock with chrome rims, headlight and indicators add a touch of class to the modern … lines. Electrical components on the and rear brake fluid on the right are exposed between the of the rear subframe, between the and the footrests. Because you can see them you to clean them and I’d to see the bodywork extended for that

The grey engine and black exhaust are vulnerable to crud the front wheel and its short Fixtures and fittings such as line joints and calipers are victims of road salt. the usual sad story and the Suzuki is no susceptible to the rigours of winter any other … bike.

They all require a high of patient, loving care to them pretty.

Minor aside, I love the little It’s the perfect stepping to bigger and better things and enough to provide the adrenalin fix on a It’s also insurance I just don’t know how I’d last before the of life at 10,000 revs to get to me. —

Suzuki GSF 400

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