The Road : Issue 16 : Suzuki’s GSX 650F — A bike for all reasons

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Suzuki GSX 250 S
Suzuki GSX 250 S

Suzuki’s GSX 650F

A bike for all

Does Suzuki’s sensible GSX herald a move toward — Ian Kerr discusses.

what the latest middleweight Suzuki may appear, it is very that Suzuki have very sharp brains the company, people who can see outside the box and are not to take the odd chance.

Why do I say this? in a lot of ways you could look at the new and simply say ‘it is a Bandit a fairing’ (which is something themselves are trying very not to say or even hint at) and just it!

In simple terms though, it is a statement, but the reality is that it is more than that. It is a clever attempt to increase and give, certainly some riders, exactly what want without appearing in any way A bike that has style and value with an all-round at an affordable price, or as Suzuki put it all day sports bike’!

I will my neck out and suggest that the most cynical rider who has most things over a of say the last fifteen years not be able to get off this new offering heaping praise on it.

Take the for instance, it is rare for journalists to be so about a bike after a riding, even if it is the South of but they were with Even the Suzuki staff are admitting that this be their biggest seller for despite having some pretty impressive bikes on

Let’s take the ergonomics The bike has a relatively low seat at just 770mm (30 inches) will help a lot of people short legs.

The riding is relatively upright and comfortable, good handlebar to seat to relationships and the one-piece seat is padded and comfortable. The pillion gets a similarly good

You get the style and colour scheme of the GSX-R range, so you have value without the discomfort and of practicality. Despite its small it physically looks more 750 650, so it has quite a presence when stationary but with lower running costs to the simplicity of some items.

A look at what lies the plastic is in order so that you can understand what has taken This will help so you don’t keep using the word in your local dealership and upsetting them, we did deliberately on the launch at every

However, when you start through the specs, there is little that has been so it is hard not to compare. But, you argue that it all works so why bother to change a winning just tweak it here and The frame remains a double tubular steel affair a conventional swing-arm at the rear and conventional telescopic forks at the

These have pre-load while at the rear the single KYB gets the addition of rebound to go with pre-load.

The wheelbase is a 1470 mm and there is just 26 of rake to help give the a very neutral, stable at all times. Bridgestone tyres in the of a 120/70 section front and section rear are mounted on cast alloy wheels and credibility as well as handling.

comes from a pair of Tokico callipers gripping discs at the front backed up by a calliper working with a 240 mm disc at the rear. A perfectly and adequate set-up, by anybody’s

Sitting in the middle is the now well liquid cooled, four-cylinder, the frame, four-… motor. ring slipper pistons, coated cylinders, direct spark plugs, hydraulic cam adjusters, stacked gearboxes, the goes on.

It almost goes saying that Suzuki’s Throttle Valves (SDTV) fuel injection is used for power delivery and making it easily passes Euro 3 tests. Shame it still has to a massive silencer to go with

All of this is then enveloped in a that very definitely has its DNA in sport bike range. headlights, fake air inlets and a set of that is very definitely bike orientated even to the gear indicator and the programmable light in the console.

A conventional rev counter with a redline sits next to speedo to help passing the a more accurate and safer

Alright, the only real then seem to be re-valved and an ECU and fuel injectors with part numbers apart the fairing. But, and it is a big but, are two very different bikes to because the F is a bike that you to go out and ride it, rather than a practical form of transport, its sibling.

You sit in the GSX650F, it feels the motor is smooth and willing and the feels right from the you turn on the ignition. The bike is balanced at walking speeds, is plenty of lock, unlike a bike, or for that matter larger touring bikes.

or in the case of Beziers in France, the outskirts, are OK, you just know any traffic or turning around for shoots is going to be easy to the well balanced neutral This translates into an feeling of well-being for the open and encourages you to tip it into your real bend without a thought.

Suzuki GSX 250 S
Suzuki GSX 250 S

In fact when we did get into the with some brilliantly black-top, spectators may have they were watching a session for a WSB round. Certainly was griping about budget systems or lack of feedback as so happens on launches that are not for the latest sports machine.

clearance was not a problem either, with the massive can on the offside and was little unused rubber on any machine at the end of the day. (Interestingly the listed accessory to date is a which may of course seriously said clearance.)

So from a perspective, it is excellent and you can actually that you are pushing the bike its limits, rather than beginning to scratch the surface. somebody on a pure sports like a 600 Gixxer that is 50kg lighter than the GSX 650F, is going to leave you their exhaust fumes.

The ten they gain over a day will be wasted in the bath away their aches and because unlike the sports this is a comfortable bike to all day, exactly as Suzuki Obviously the rate of progress be slower as the F is not as quick, but if you are prepared to the bike, then you can still an awful lot of fun. Power is very linear throughout the and it is very hard to detect any as such.

Between 7,000 rpm and 10,0000rpm to be the area to keep the needle for progress without actually its neck.

A 125 mph top speed may be seen as but given increasingly draconian levels it is more than Let’s face it 100 mph touring on the is the average for long days, ed) which this bike can achieve with plenty in

The fairing works well the worst of the icy blast at bay, on a personal level I would a taller screen, but that is me and my height.

Back to the engine, it all well and delivers whatever of ride you want to have at any one As usual the Suzuki gearbox is the best on the market bar none and something other manufacturers carefully examine/copy!

When you want to get from A to B the bike a relaxed, easy going that will allow you to up with traffic without use of the gearbox, apart from the off Clearly a bit of mid-range retuning has place, even if it is not highlighted in the sheets.

So are there any faults, to put you off buying it? Well the straight is definitely NO in capital letters, not the price is just £4,999, of a bargain!

You could say it has no character or soul, or it is not the work of art that some are. However, for most of us a has to be fun as well as providing us with at an affordable price. You can get enthused this machine and I can easily see a few taking the basic package and it to their own tastes as and when allows.

Despite my all too brief I tend to agree with management and can easily see this being the sales surprise of with maybe sports sales dropping off in favour of rather than Bandit Oh dear I promised I would that word out of the copy and failed miserably, but it is a compliment,

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