The Suzuki Bandit is a series of street bikes made in Japan by the Suzuki company. Production started in 1989 with the GSF250 model and was continued into 2009 with the GSX1250FA model. The models in between are GSF400, GSF600, GSF650, GSF750, and GSF1200. All models come with DOHC incline four engines with 16 valves. Also, each model is named after the type of engine it has.
The 250 and 400 Models
The Suzuki Bandit GSF250 was manufactured from 1989 to 1994. It has a 250cc engine with 45 horsepower. This is a strong engine considering the Bandit 250 only weighs 146kg. Although it is not meant to be a speedy bike, it is ideal for those who are just beginning to ride or are riding after taking a long break.
The Suzuki Bandit GSF400 started production in 1989 as well. Both the 250 and 400 have liquid-cooled inline-four engines, which are mounted on a trellis frame. The Bandit 400 has a 400cc engine with 59 horsepower. Both models also have disc brakes and a 4 to 1 exhaust system.
The 600 and 650 Models
The Suzuki Bandit GSF600 started production in 1995. Up to the 2000 model, the Bandit 600 was being produced with a 599cc engine which gave 80 horsepower at 10,500rpm. Then in 2000, the Bandit 600 came with a new frame and an updated engine, at 600cc. The weight of this bike is 208kg (give or take a few kilograms, depending on the year of production) and the length is roughly 2,060mm (this also slightly varies depending on the year of production).
In 2005, the Bandit 600 model became known as the Bandit GSF650. It was being made with a new, larger engine as well as a other upgrades. The weight was 4kg lighter, the seat height became adjustable between 770 and 790mm, and the handlebars became adjustable. ABS brakes were also offered as an option.
The 750 Model
The Suzuki Bandit GSF750 model was produced with a 748cc engine and was visually identical to the 600 engine. The exhaust is identical to that of the 1200 model and the carburettors are similar to the 600 model, apart from the jetting.
The 1200 and 1250 Models
The Suzuki Bandit GSF1200 was manufactured from 1995 to 2006. It was made with an air- and oil-cooled 1157cc engine with 98 horsepower at 8,500rpm. The overall length and weight varies slightly depending on year of production, but generally the length is 2,095mm and the weight 214kg. In March 2000 the 1200 model was upgraded. The front brakes came with six calipers on each side, instead of the previous four. The framing was new, and for the S model the fairing was all new, including the headlight. The engine delivered more torque and the cooling system was designed to be more efficient.
The Suzuki Bandit GSF1250 started production in 2007 and came with a 1255cc engine. The overall length is 2130mm and the weight is about 250kg. The 1250S comes with the option of ABS brakes.