Japan-based Suzuki Motors Corporation first produced its mid-size GSF600 Bandit motorcycle in 1995. According to the Total Motorcycle website, this model became one of the best-selling motorcycles of all time. Suzuki redesigned the GSF600 Bandit in 2000, introducing styling changes and an altered frame that improved performance and riding enjoyment. Suzuki ended production in 2005, replacing the GSF600 with the GSF650, which featured a slightly larger engine.
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Suzuki made slight design modifications to the first generation of its GSF600, which varied the dimensions of the bike from year to year. The length of the first generation models spanned 82.1 to 84.8 inches. In height, the first generation bikes all stood either 47.4 or 48 inches tall with a width of 29.3 inches and a ground clearance of 4.9 inches. In weight, the 1995-1997 GSF600 weighed 195kg., which Suzuki increased to 202kg. for the remainder of the first generation. Second generation GSF600s (2000-2005) spanned a length of 81.1 to 81.5 inches, with a height of 48 inches and a width that varied between 29.9 inches and 30.3 inches, depending on the styling package. These second generation bikes weighed between 204 and 209kg., with a ground clearance between 5.1 and 5.3 inches.
According to the website Bikez.com, Suzuki equipped both generations of the GSF600 with a 599-cc, inline, four-cylinder engine. Suzuki outfitted this engine with a dual-overhead cam shaft configuration that used a carburettor to funnel fuel through four valves per cylinder, for a total of 16 valves. The second generation GSF600 (2000-2005) utilised Keihin CVR32 carburettors that provided improved performance and fuel efficiency. Both generations of the GSF600 transferred power to the rear wheel via a chain-drive, six-speed manual transmission. An air- and oil-cooled system prevented the engine from overheating during use.
The engine in Suzuki's first generation GSF600 could crank out 77 horsepower at 10,500 revolutions per minute and 39.1ft-lbs. of torque at 9,500rpm. A second generation GSF600 generated 80hp at 10,500rpm and 40.71ft-lbs. of torque at 9,500rpm. According to the Motorcycle News website, the GSF600 could cross the quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 129mph while earning an estimated fuel efficiency of 44 miles per gallon.
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