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Category:Suzuki Bandit series

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GSF1200S (Bandit 1200, faired) publicity photo from Suzuki.

The Suzuki Bandit is a series of standard (sometimes called "sport-standard") street motorcycles produced by Suzuki.

The following different models of the bike have been manufactured:

  • GSF250 with 250cc
  • GSF400 with 400cc
  • GSF600N/GSF600S with 599cc (manufactured 1995-2004)
  • GSF650N/GSF650S with 656cc (manufactured 2005-on)
  • GSF1200/GSF1200S with 1157cc engine (manufactured 1996-on).

All engines are DOHC inline four with 16 valves; 600, 650 and 1200 models employ SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System) cooling that is combined air-cooled and oil-cooled. The 250 and 400cc models are water-cooled.

The 'S' models come with a factory half-fairing, and starting from model year 2001, a dual-bulb headlight. The base model 'N' is an unfaired "naked" bike with a single headlight.

The Bandit series has traditionally had a reputation as a hooligan bike, due to its budget price, muscle bike looks, and sheer torque (This mostly applies to the 1200 models). With more recent revisions, however, the bike has taken on a more streamlined and modern feel, taking it more towards sports tourer territory [1]. Despite this, the 1200 remains popular with stunt riders, and is a bike of choice for various wheelie schools [2].

Bandit 600

1995

The naked GSF600 N Bandit was released in February, available in red and green. It was based on the styling of the pre-existing GSF400 Bandit, with a retuned engine from the GSX600.

1996

The faired Bandit S model was introduced, where the bikini half-fairing had its debut. Available colours were red, green and teal green.

1997

Minor changes: A clutch switch (requiring the clutch to be pulled in when starting the motorcycle, for safety reasons) and carburettor heaters. Colours were red, green and black.

1998

The N model had passenger grab rails added. However, the S model had no changes. Both were available in blue, black and orange.

1999

Debut of a near rear shock absorber, providing rebound as well as preload adjustment. Colours were blue, back and red.

2000

The first major changes were made this year.

  • New rear bodywork.
  • Fully electronic instrumentation.
  • New carburettors with throttle position sensor.
  • Additional fuel filter.
  • Tokico brake calipers.
  • 20 litre fuel tank (up from 19).
  • Improvements to frame and steering geometry.
  • Seat height lowered.
  • S model: New modern styled fairing, with twin headlights.

Colours were blue, black and red.

New rear bodywork, as well as fully electronic instrumentation was introduced. The S Bandit fairing changed to a more modern styling, with twin headlights.

2001

No significant changes.

2005

More major changes made this year.

  • adjustable handlebars and seat height
  • larger 656cc engine (smoother power delivery)
  • redesigned half fairing
  • narrower frame
  • LCD digital display backlit by LED

Bandit 1200

1996

The first 1200 Bandit models were released in January 1996, featuring a retuned and enlarged version of the engine featured in the GSX-R1100. Other differences from the 600 cc models included a fuel gauge, higher specification suspension and larger diameter front brake discs. Also the 1200 Bandit featured a hydraulic clutch. Colors were maroon, green and black.

1997

No changes were made, and the colors available were maroon, black and blue. A version of the S Bandit with anti-lock braking was introduced for certain world markets.

1998

No changes. Colors were maroon, black, green and silver.

1999

No changes. Colors were maroon, black, green and additionally brown on the S model.

2000

No changes. Colors were maroon, blue, black and green/gold.

2001

The 1200 Bandits received a similar revamp to the one the 600 Bandits received the previous year:

  • New rear bodywork.
  • Fully electronic instrumentation.
  • New carburetors.
  • Additional fuel filter.
  • Tokico brake calipers (six pistons at the front).
  • 20 liter fuel tank (up from 19).
  • Improvements to frame and steering geometry.
  • Seat height lowered.
  • S model: New modern styled fairing, with twin headlights.

Colors were blue, black, red and silver.

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