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« on: February 19, 2008, 10:13:21 pm »

Looking for comments and ride reports. Also, what else did you compare it to? I am thinking of an FZ6 for an upgrade, but also like the GSX650F and am wondering how they would compare.
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2008, 10:27:30 pm »

I sat on both at a recent cycle show.  As I recall, the FZ-6 had a much more upright riding posture.  The GSX650 felt more top-heavy.  Which makes sense, since it has a traditional tubular steel cradle frame and a larger engine.  

The FZ-6 has a much more high-tech frame.  The engine is a stressed member, meaning that it forms the structural bridge between the swingarm pivot and the front of the bike.  There's no frame member there, which allows the engine to sit a couple of inches lower.  

Also, the FZ-6 engine is a street-tuned version of the modern R6 motor, whereas the GSX motor is the same as the Bandit 600 from Europe.  I would imagine that the GSX produces a good bit more torque than the FZ-6.  I've read that the FZ-6 is pretty biased toward the top end in terms of power.

So the GSX isn't as light and modern as the FZ-6, but it's probably a better streetbike in terms of power delivery.  That's my guess, at least.

Is there a reason that you're not considering the SV650?  IMO, for the middleweight category, twins and v-twins are more fun than inline fours.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2008, 10:34:28 pm »

Well, I do finally like the SV650SF's fairing, but the riding position is too aggressive. Minor point, but I also like the more complete instruments in the FZ6 and the GSX (which has a gear indicator, fuel gauge and miles to empty meter!). I haven't ridden the SV in years, so honestly don't even  remember.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2008, 11:53:04 pm »

We've got a 1st gen SV650 nekkid and a 2006 FZ6. My wife has been riding one or the other for awhile and seems to be choosing the FZ6 more often lately so the SV650 may not be in our garage much longer. I get my own V-twin fix from my SV1KS.

I prefer the torquey SV650 V-twin motor over the FZ6's revvy I-4 strictly for fun factor but they both have their strong points and weak points. The FZ6 handles like a sharp-edged knife and is a dream in twisty stuff and fairly comfy for long rides. Our SV650 has two extra teeth on the back sprocket which softens the torque a bit but it ends up being a good compromise for a combo of street/highway riding. It feels nicely relaxed at freeway cruising speeds.

With all that out of the way, I've recently sat on the GSX650 and like the concept. I think it would fit right in between the SV650 and FZ6. More wind protection than a SV650 naked, comfier than a SV650S, similar or possibly a bit better wind protection than an FZ6 but with a torquier motor. It seems like it might be a great comfy middle-distance sports tourer. A slightly lower seat height than the SV650 and FZ6 might make it more appealing for entry-level and/or short-inseamed riders. I wish the GSX650 had been available when my wife upgraded from her GS500. I suspect she'd probably still have it.

It'd be really interesting to see a comparo including the GSX650, Ninja 650R, SV650S and the FZ6. I don't think you'd go far wrong with any of these machines.

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« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2008, 06:14:28 am »

Heard of MCN article on bike, they enjoyed it, approve. Heavy.
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008, 06:22:09 am »

Appreciate the comments. Yeah, this would be a nice comparo. MCN compared the Ninja 650, Honda CBF600S and the Suzuki GSX650F on 2/13. Unfortunately, here in the states, I don't know where to get a copy of this article.  Thanks for the good info.  I did like the FZ6 when I rode it and it behaved very well for such a sharp machine.
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008, 10:39:16 am »

There's a review in this month's Rider magazine. They like it.
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« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2008, 11:00:36 pm »

BTW, motorcycle consumer news had a review approximately half a year ago comparing Ninja 650R, SV650S and the FZ6. The 2007 FZ6 beat the other two in a almost all categories.  The SV did have better low/mid range torque, but the newly modified for '07 FZ6 blew the other ones.  Now, all I need to decide is between the two...
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2008, 04:46:00 pm »

I'm kinda in the same boat you are, looking for a good, middleweight sport tourer, with around 600cc's.

I have sat on the GSX650F, and I find it pretty comfy, but I just find it REALLY heavy for what it is (500lbs dry!). I'm about 5'9, 165lbs, but I just feel that I would probably drop that thing at one point (pushing it/out of the garage, low speed mishap in a parking lot etc..). Otherwise, for the price, you get a lot..nice guages, good wind protection, decent motor and riding position.

I am now looking at the FZ-6, as it seems to be a better bike all around. I did sit on one at the recent motorcycle show, and it felt OK...but the clutch really felt BAD! It was all "grainy" for lack of a better term. Wasnt smooth at all. And that was on BOTH FZ-6's they had there. *shrug*

By far, my favorite (and least expected) lightweight sport tourer was the Kawasaki ZZR-600! Yes, it is a "sports" bike, but it had really comfy ergos, and was pretty light! Price seems to be decent at around $6-7K. I think a ZZR-600 with a set of HeliBars or bar risers would be perfect! This is what I'm looking into now.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2008, 09:58:36 pm »

The ZZR won the review in motorcycle consumer news (online pdf) vs the CBR600F4i and YZF600R. It is an excellent bike for the price, but, is way to sporty for sport touring stock. Also, it is carburated and has very old fasion instrument panel with a petcock for fuel! I don't think it would be as comfortable as the FZ6 or the GSX650F. I know that the YZF got better scores for touring purposes and the FZ6 and GSX are probably slightly more touring oriented.  In any case, it still is an excellent choicee and there are plenty of people on kawasakimotorcycles.org who love the zzr. If it has better instruments, fuel injection, more upright sitting position and a centerstand I would consider it. As for the GSX650F weight, it is 475lbs dry which is on the heavy side due to its steel frame mostly. Some of the best sport touring bikes are slightly heavier (look at the VFR and YZF for example). Once you start riding it you won't feel it unless you compare it to a supersport. As much as I would prefer it to weight 60 lbs less, I don't consider it as much a deterrent as other nagging things...
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« Reply #10 on: February 29, 2008, 12:54:56 am »

I totally hear ya on all those points Smile I think I'm just used to my super small, super light Bandit 400 (all 370 lbs of it!) so I'm finding that all the bikes I try (VFR, Bandits etc) feel heavy and/or large to me, and for some reason, as much as I am not into sports bikes, the ZZR really feels comfortable (as does the SV650S).

Then again, its too damn cold and snowy for me to test ride any of them, so I cant make a real desicion.

Keep me posted on what you find out! Sounds like we're kinda looking for the same thing!
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« Reply #11 on: February 29, 2008, 04:50:45 pm »

I am in the same boat...after riding the FZ6 it felt big to me compared to my Ninja 500. I think every bike will take a little time to get used to. I am in Boston and the snow just keeps coming...There are some leftover FZ6 bikes out there that are very tempting, but I really would like to test ride the Suzuki. I also need to sell my Ninja, which hopefully, won't be too hard. It is a great color (lime green), in excellent condition, and is a great starter bike.
Let me know what you end up getting...
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2008, 01:13:54 pm »

Write up in BIKE UK magazine,  4,000 miles in winter rides, liked.
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2008, 03:41:28 pm »


I am in the same boat...after riding the FZ6 it felt big to me compared to my Ninja 500. I think every bike will take a little time to get used to. I am in Boston and the snow just keeps coming...There are some leftover FZ6 bikes out there that are very tempting, but I really would like to test ride the Suzuki. I also need to sell my Ninja, which hopefully, won't be too hard. It is a great color (lime green), in excellent condition, and is a great starter bike.
Let me know what you end up getting...
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I hear ya! Snow keeps coming here in Montreal too..looks like I wont be riding until June!  Rolleyes Lol I'll keep you posted on any bikes I test ride.

One bike that REALLY stands out to me is the BMW F800S(ST). Very lightweight, comfy and doesnt feel HUGE like most other bikes! I'd love to buy it, but not at $11K Sad
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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2008, 09:20:21 pm »

I've been riding whenever I can, like today. It is very cold in the morning, but my commute is short, so only my hands freeze (the cold-tex from tourmaster aren't cutting it).  Still haven't decided. Yeah, the BMW looks nice. But, I don't even have a garage and need to keep the bike outside, so I am not going to get such a nice bike (not to mention the price).  Still, narrowed down to the GSX650F and FZ6S2. I bought BIKE and read the article. They overall liked it, but found the bike not particularly exciting.  Plus, I am concerned about the fuel consumption especially since I think they use the imperial gallons! Also, I could probably get the FZ6 for $1000 less...
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« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2008, 12:30:24 am »

Got offered $6700 OTD for the Suzuki GSX650F and a decent trade for the Ninja, so the FZ6 may not be that much cheaper. I am very tempted, though still can't make my mind since I think the FZ6 has unique styling. I wish I could ride them both and decide!!!  EEK!
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2008, 11:41:54 am »

dankatz, where did you get the quote?  I'm looking to get out of my cruiser and get into a midsized sport tourer, ( if I can convince my wife they are not crotch rockets). so I'm looking for dealers in the greater Boston area to trade my Vulcan 800 for one of these types.

I sat on a FZ6 recently and liked the ergos, but I think I want a little more wind protection and I'm very used to a tourque Twin engine, so I'd probably be better off with the GSX650F or a Ninja650.
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2008, 12:33:12 pm »

It was Parkway Cycles in Everett. If you go there the sales person I dealt with is Daniel Davies.  I actually decided to go with an FZ6 there for the same price - I put a deposit on one and they are locating me a bike.  The GSX650F is not a twin. It has the new Bandit 650 I-4 engine.  This engine IS tuned for low and midrange and probably would be better than the FZ6 down low.  It is supposed to be a very smooth engine.  I heard only positive reviews of this bike and have researched it quite a bit. The ergos are very comfortable. If you end up getting it I would be very interested in meeting up with you and maybe swapping new bikes for a ride.  Interestingly, my wife liked the GSX's looks better.  Bigsmile
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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2008, 10:02:04 pm »

Wives and/or g/f ALWAYS go for fully faired bikes  Rolleyes Lol

Wow...so you went for the FZ6 huh? Good choice! Did you get to test ride it (weather permitting)? I sat on one at the recent motorcycle show, and it felt nice, but the clutch lever felt all gritty, and it really turned me off. It was like that on both FZ6's they had.  Headscratch

Anyway...I'm gonna have to take a look at the FZ6 again....

Congrats on the new ride! Cant wait to hear your review! Bigsmile
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2008, 10:10:25 pm »

I got a very short test ride one evening of a used 2007 from a private person, but he was asking way too much. He did have frame sliders, touring windshield from Yamaha, and extended warranty for 3 years.  Compared to my bike, it was great, but anything would be...I think I would be happy with either bikes. I decided to go with the Yamaha because: 1)slightly better reputation 2) lighter and more maneuverable in the city 3)standard center stand 4)excellent FZ6-Forum.com while the GSX doesn't have one yet 5)GSX is fairly new and I am just a little worried that there maybe small glitches (I do know it is based on the Bandit 650S) 6)peer pressure  Headscratch What I like more on the GSX is the instrument panel with gear indicator, full fairing, and motor that is tuned more for low-mid range.
Anyway, I am sure either would make me very happy and I am still not sure I made the right choice. They still haven't located a bike for me. I'll post comments when I get it.
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« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2008, 12:06:45 am »

I still have my Vulcan in the garage for the winter, But as soon as we get a warm weekend day I'll fire it up, then I'll be able to really start looking.
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« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2008, 10:29:34 am »

if its the ergos you are wondering about, remember that the bikes with handlebars can be easily swapped out for a different set that place you differently on the bike, and its harder to change the position with clipons (like the SV650s) but not THAT hard where if you liked everything else better and ergos were the one problem... well convertibars can give you ANY bar position you want, and you can change and adjust it anytime.

so go with the bike that has the power and handeling and fuel economy you want, look too.  THEN worry about ergos since they are too easy to change to suit.  I mean really, do you buy a car based on where the seat was when it was in the showroom?  no you adjust it back or forward.  why bike manufacturers dont figure this out.....?
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2008, 11:52:54 am »


I got a very short test ride one evening of a used 2007 from a private person, but he was asking way too much. He did have frame sliders, touring windshield from Yamaha, and extended warranty for 3 years.  Compared to my bike, it was great, but anything would be...I think I would be happy with either bikes. I decided to go with the Yamaha because: 1)slightly better reputation 2) lighter and more maneuverable in the city 3)standard center stand 4)excellent FZ6-Forum.com while the GSX doesn't have one yet 5)GSX is fairly new and I am just a little worried that there maybe small glitches (I do know it is based on the Bandit 650S) 6)peer pressure  Headscratch What I like more on the GSX is the instrument panel with gear indicator, full fairing, and motor that is tuned more for low-mid range.
Anyway, I am sure either would make me very happy and I am still not sure I made the right choice. They still haven't located a bike for me. I'll post comments when I get it.
Dani


Cool cool. How did the clutch feel on the one you rode? I heard its a bit of a touchy clutch. Either way, between the GSX650F and the FZ6, I think the FZ is the better choice. I beleive the FZ-6 can accept the GIVI V35, which is their NICEST hardbags! (then again...so can the Suzuki Lol )

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« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2008, 12:50:27 pm »

The clutch had a very narrow engagement range which I think will take me some time to get used to. Otherwise, the transmission was fine.  It was a while since I rode it and it was a short ride - though, more than I would have gotten at a dealer around here.  These givi bags look nice...
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« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2008, 06:45:41 am »

Hi to everyone here. New to the board. I wanted to post because I just bought a new GSX650F on monday. After reading through this thread, I dont know as much about other bikes as some of you do. But, I love this one. Its a balst to ride. Of course I am still in the breakin period. Cant go over 6K for 600 miles. I can wait though. I've had many bikes in the past, but all cruisers. With the exception of a 78 GS750. This bike has a lot of torque. And for a 6'1" 240 pound guy like me, it works great.
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« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2008, 07:31:43 am »

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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2008, 12:18:25 pm »

Congrats on your GSX650F - let me know how you are enjoying it. I ended up getting an FZ6 because most of my riding is in town and I thought it would be a better bike for that. So far I am very happy.
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2008, 12:53:24 pm »

They're both great bikes and will serve you well.  Enjoy!
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« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2008, 02:44:59 am »

I like the idea of a large real world sized 650.  There are tons o' choices for the dainty Diva's on this board that prefer fly weight bikes but few normal sized machines for riders taller than 5'6".   Nice bike Suzuki.  
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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2008, 06:09:25 am »

Being a big guy, I was afraid of looking like a monkey humpin a football on a sport bike. I'm ~6'1" and 250. Not fat, but a big guy. But I love riding this bike. I only have around 150 miles on it so far so I'm far from getting it broke in before I can really ride it. But, I am very happy with it so far. Its been a little cold at 6:00am leaving work, but the 40+ MPG I'm getting vs the 15mpg my truck gets makes up for the little cold breeze.

Love the bike, the fit and ride is perfect. Bigok
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« Reply #30 on: April 05, 2008, 12:31:30 pm »

Ok Im new hear so bear with me.  This will be my first review.

   Ok first a little background.  This is the first street bike I have owned, so I have no experience on some of the other bikes, like the SV, Bandit, FZ6 or Ninja650, save short test rides.
   However I do not consider myself a rookie, as Im a motor officer and have been so for the last five years.  I ride every day at least 8 hours a day.  I started on the Kawasaki KZ1000 and then the RT1100.

   Now first off I will concede that there are better sport touring bikes out there.  If you are looking for shear horse power this is not the bike for you.  But lets be honest,  I chase down and catch R1s every day.  The R1, ZX10, GSXR1000... Are great bikes and have enough hp to turn me into a little speck in there rearview mirror. But as everything it all depends on the rider.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest lets begin.  If you are looking for a good commuter, light sport touring bike this should be high on your list.

The pros:  
   FI excellent power delivery almost to the point that it feels like an electric motor vs. an internal combustion, it is butter smooth.
   Excellent torque for a I-4,650. The sweet spot for feathering the clutch on the slow speed stuff is easy to find.
   Horse power is also very good for what I like to do, mountain and county two lain.  I have no problem keeping up, if not leading, my friends on 1100 and 1300s
   Hydraulic clutch has a good feel and does not fade with abuse.
   Seating comfort is good Im 510 with a 31-32 inch inseam and I can stand flat footed on this bike.
   Exhaust I know Im strange I like a quiet bike.  This bike is quiet and yes the muffler is a bit large but I really dont mind. An no Im only in my early 30s

   Suspension  Im 185, 210 with my gear.  Twistys  are no problem, highways no problem when you set it up correctly.  City ridingjust a little harsh.not bad believe me the BMW, FJR and ST are more plush in the slow seed stuff but the GSX is not bad.

Wind protection is middle of the road.  This is not an open face helmet bike.  The wind protection is good but could be great if they ever make a taller or spoiler type windshield. Hint hint.

The Cons:
   The fact you have to remove the cowling to change the oil.
   
   Front breaks good rear breaks little weak. Not bad hard to lock it up which is a good thing, suppose.  For that matter ABS would be a big plus.

   Handel bars need to be about an inch taller and moved back about 1.5 inches, for my preference but it should be said that I have been on some 3 hour rides and never got a cramp in my back from the stock set up.  So yes it is comfortable but not my ideal seating position.  This is however easily fixed for about $100 with a 7/8 to 7/8 riser.

   The lack of hard luggage.  It looks like the bike shares the bandits frame and rear body work so I think that the Suzuki luggage for the 1250gt will fit but I have not received a definite yes form any one as of yet.
   For some the weight may be an issue but I ride the big bikes all the time and like the weight of them, you have to ask yourself.  For a new rider do you want a little bit heavier bike or a light weight bike keeping in mind how much you get blown around when a tractor trailer passes you in the other direction at 65-70mph.  That right there can discourage a new rider more than a dropped the bike in the parking lot.
   Mirrors give a great view of your elbows and forearms but as for vehs directly behind you not so good.  You will have to move your arms every now and then to get a good view when coming to a red light.  
In conclusion Im very impressed with this bike.  For the amount of money I spent and the overall package I really like it.  Yes I wish it was a 1000 or bigger but I have had no problems with the power as of yet.  I will say you better pay attention to your speed on this bike.  It is so smooth and comfortable on the hwy you can find yourself over the speed limit without even knowing it.

If I missed any thing let me know I will try and answer any questions people have just keep in mind that Im not a tech.  I do not do any work on my bike save for emergency stuff.  

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« Reply #31 on: April 05, 2008, 05:50:45 pm »

Thanks for the review. When I was looking for a new bike I would have appreciated more reviews like that. I ended up going with an FZ6 which I crashed today. The bike had 150miles on it.  Sad I had my full gear as I always do and I walked away. i think the bike is totaled. Now, I am back to thinking about getting a new FZ6 vs. the GSX...I'll wait to see what the insurance company says.
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« Reply #32 on: April 05, 2008, 06:18:04 pm »

After riding around alot to today, I am still impressed with the bike. However, I think I will look into the riser for that bars. Just a little up would help the hands. Anybody have info on risers. Where to get, and how to's?

And, with 226 miles on the OD and my first re-fill at the pump. I got 42MPG. I was hopeing for better. Headscratch Maybe it will get better as it gets broke in.
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« Reply #33 on: April 05, 2008, 06:43:55 pm »

I am sure your fuel economy will improve as the mileage will increase. How is it in town and at slow speeds? Do you feel the weight around town? Dani
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« Reply #34 on: April 05, 2008, 06:51:14 pm »

It feels fine to me. I was used to riding a Goldwing, so this thing feels pretty light. Maybe a smaller person would feel it more.
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« Reply #35 on: April 06, 2008, 09:18:35 am »

I came from a Ninja 500, so it was a "big" concern for me. Now, I have ridden the FZ6 for the past two weeks, so have a different baseline to compare to. I wish just someone would give me a test ride! I suppose I could wait until Laconia in NH in the hopes of testing a bike there...But, I don't want to remain bike less for so long.
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« Reply #36 on: April 07, 2008, 11:23:41 pm »

Oh crap! You crashed the FZ-6? What happened?  Crazy Sad

I should finally be getting a ZZR in the next week or so. I almost decided to just keep my Bandit another year, but found a CRAZY deal on a semi-crashed ZZR ($500 in parts to get it 100% again), and I couldnt pass it up!

I'll let you know how it goes.

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After riding around alot to today, I am still impressed with the bike. However, I think I will look into the riser for that bars. Just a little up would help the hands. Anybody have info on risers. Where to get, and how to's?



 hear are the ones i like.

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« Reply #38 on: April 08, 2008, 12:33:17 pm »

Those look good.

I was riding on sat at about 30-35mph and this little old lady came out of a Trader Joes plaza and made a left turn.  She didn't see me and I crashed right into her. She received a citation. We are both OK. Her car also needed to be towed since I think I bent her driver's side front wheel.  Needless to say my bike did not look good....The appraiser came today. I am not sure yet if it is totaled or not.  I'll probably know in a couple of days. There is easily $3k damage if not more. I sort of hop that it is totaled at this point.
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« Reply #39 on: April 25, 2008, 08:33:39 am »


Ok Im new hear so bear with me.  This will be my first review.

   Ok first a little background.  This is the first street bike I have owned, so I have no experience on some of the other bikes, like the SV, Bandit, FZ6 or Ninja650, save short test rides.
   However I do not consider myself a rookie, as Im a motor officer and have been so for the last five years.  I ride every day at least 8 hours a day.  I started on the Kawasaki KZ1000 and then the RT1100.

   Now first off I will concede that there are better sport touring bikes out there.  If you are looking for shear horse power this is not the bike for you.  But lets be honest,  I chase down and catch R1s every day.  The R1, ZX10, GSXR1000... Are great bikes and have enough hp to turn me into a little speck in there rearview mirror. But as everything it all depends on the rider.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest lets begin.  If you are looking for a good commuter, light sport touring bike this should be high on your list.

The pros:  
   FI excellent power delivery almost to the point that it feels like an electric motor vs. an internal combustion, it is butter smooth.
   Excellent torque for a I-4,650. The sweet spot for feathering the clutch on the slow speed stuff is easy to find.
   Horse power is also very good for what I like to do, mountain and county two lain.  I have no problem keeping up, if not leading, my friends on 1100 and 1300s
   Hydraulic clutch has a good feel and does not fade with abuse.
   Seating comfort is good Im 510 with a 31-32 inch inseam and I can stand flat footed on this bike.
   Exhaust I know Im strange I like a quiet bike.  This bike is quiet and yes the muffler is a bit large but I really dont mind. An no Im only in my early 30s

   Suspension  Im 185, 210 with my gear.  Twistys  are no problem, highways no problem when you set it up correctly.  City ridingjust a little harsh.not bad believe me the BMW, FJR and ST are more plush in the slow seed stuff but the GSX is not bad.

Wind protection is middle of the road.  This is not an open face helmet bike.  The wind protection is good but could be great if they ever make a taller or spoiler type windshield. Hint hint.

The Cons:
   The fact you have to remove the cowling to change the oil.
   
   Front breaks good rear breaks little weak. Not bad hard to lock it up which is a good thing, suppose.  For that matter ABS would be a big plus.

   Handel bars need to be about an inch taller and moved back about 1.5 inches, for my preference but it should be said that I have been on some 3 hour rides and never got a cramp in my back from the stock set up.  So yes it is comfortable but not my ideal seating position.  This is however easily fixed for about $100 with a 7/8 to 7/8 riser.

   The lack of hard luggage.  It looks like the bike shares the bandits frame and rear body work so I think that the Suzuki luggage for the 1250gt will fit but I have not received a definite yes form any one as of yet.
   For some the weight may be an issue but I ride the big bikes all the time and like the weight of them, you have to ask yourself.  For a new rider do you want a little bit heavier bike or a light weight bike keeping in mind how much you get blown around when a tractor trailer passes you in the other direction at 65-70mph.  That right there can discourage a new rider more than a dropped the bike in the parking lot.
   Mirrors give a great view of your elbows and forearms but as for vehs directly behind you not so good.  You will have to move your arms every now and then to get a good view when coming to a red light.  
In conclusion Im very impressed with this bike.  For the amount of money I spent and the overall package I really like it.  Yes I wish it was a 1000 or bigger but I have had no problems with the power as of yet.  I will say you better pay attention to your speed on this bike.  It is so smooth and comfortable on the hwy you can find yourself over the speed limit without even knowing it.

If I missed any thing let me know I will try and answer any questions people have just keep in mind that Im not a tech.  I do not do any work on my bike save for emergency stuff.  




Cool to see someone with this bike.  Since you ride big bikes already, can I ask why you didn't go for the Bandit 1250?  My understanding is that weight wise both the GSX650 and the B1250 are roughly the same weight.  I'm thinking about getting a new ride this spring and the 1250 is high on my list.  I had/started on a SV650S, that at the time, wished it had more hp.  On reflection, it was a terrific ride.  I can understand getting a little less ooomph in a bike, so one can really ring it out on the street.  Can also understand wanting more torque/hp, since...well, it's a hell of a lot of fun too.
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« Reply #40 on: April 25, 2008, 09:43:41 am »

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So, as you know my bike was totaled. I received the money for the bike and went and got another FZ6 since I didn't feel like I gave it enough of a "test ride".  I have the new bike for about a week - exactly the same as before, cobalt blue '08 FZ6.  I have put about 170 miles on it. The riding position is a little more upright then the GSX650F and is comfortable.  Wind protection from the stock screen was not good on the highway, so I replaced it with a PUIG racing screen which is DB and about 2" taller. This made a huge difference. Engine/transmission is my only issue right now. Engine is smooth, but peaky would be a way to describe it.  There is certainly enough grunt in low-mid range, but it is much more in the upper end. I'm still limited to 7k rpm (redline 14k).  Unfortunately, I'm the type that probably would not be exploring the upper range much.  The transmission is a little clunky in th 1-2 gear change, but was told that gets better after the first oil change at 600miles.  I do notice an improvement when the bike is warmed up, so must be something to do with the oil. Everything else I like - the workmanship, the light/flickable nature feels like my old Ninja 500. Brakes are excellent. Looks, of course, are important and I like its subdued yet aggressive looks. Overall, don't regret the purchase and has a lot more pluses then minuses (standard center stand, sophisticated aluminum frame with light weight, excellent brakes, comfortable riding position, easy maintenance, instruments, Yamaha's reputation, excellent support forum: fz6-forum.com, and good fuel economy which I have yet to explore)
I still wonder about the GSX650F - all the reviews applaud its drive train which is my biggest issue with the FZ6. I am more of a relaxed rider and probably would have preferred that. In any case, I am staying with the FZ6 and am not getting another bike until I can test ride them!
Keep the reviews of the GSX coming - I may be changing one day.  Wink
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« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2008, 05:54:20 pm »

A little over 700miles on the GSX650F now. Still getting 42MPG and am hoping for better as it gets more broke in. I cant say enough about how smooth it is to ride. I could use more wind protection on the highway though. The stock windshield does nothing for more me other than keep the wind off the tank. Any suggestions on larger screens for it would be helpfull and where to get them. Or are any even available for it yet? My hands have gotten used to the riding postion. At first my hands would cramp even though it is a mostly upright riding position. Longer rides still puts my right thumb to sleep. Not a problem, didnt need it any way.
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« Reply #42 on: April 25, 2008, 06:07:52 pm »

http://www.solomotoparts.com/product.php?productid=31107&showfull=Y    
You can check out at PUIGUSA.com. They don't have pics though. They seem to have both a touring and a racing screen.
I have the racing one for my FZ6. Good quality (made in Spain). It did make a huge difference for me, but the FZ6 started with a smaller screen then the GSX
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« Reply #43 on: April 25, 2008, 06:19:06 pm »


Looking for comments and ride reports. Also, what else did you compare it to? I am thinking of an FZ6 for an upgrade, but also like the GSX650F and am wondering how they would compare.
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Is it really anything but a mildly refreshed Katana?

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« Reply #44 on: April 25, 2008, 08:27:16 pm »

Yes, it is very different even though the intended purpose and use is the same as the old Katana. If anything it is based on the Bandit 650 which is not sold in the US, but is hugely successful in the UK and Europe. In 2007 the Bandit got a whole new liquid cooled engine and transmission (previous Bandits were air cooled and were 600cc). The frame and engine/transmission is pure Bandit. There maybe some gearing tweaks to get a tad more power (84 vs 86hp). The main difference is in the full fairing and modern instrument panel.  The Katana had a sportier riding position and was a much older bike in design. This one is new as of 2007. The reason people confuse it with Katanas is because it is supposed to replace the 600/750 Katanas in the US. Also, the model designation is GSX650F which is the same as the Katanas (GSX600F and GSX750F), whereas the Bandit's designation is GSF650. I'd pick this bike any day over a Katana.
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« Reply #45 on: April 25, 2008, 11:22:28 pm »

Makes sense, thanks!

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Cool to see someone with this bike.  Since you ride big bikes already, can I ask why you didn't go for the Bandit 1250?  My understanding is that weight wise both the GSX650 and the B1250 are roughly the same weight.  I'm thinking about getting a new ride this spring and the 1250 is high on my list.  I had/started on a SV650S, that at the time, wished it had more hp.  On reflection, it was a terrific ride.  I can understand getting a little less ooomph in a bike, so one can really ring it out on the street.  Can also understand wanting more torque/hp, since...well, it's a hell of a lot of fun too.



    looks... the GSX650F Looks like it belongs when parked next to my friends FJR the Bandit just did not to me.  i seen that they have a lower Faring kit but it looks unfinished and does not have that clean look.   If you like the looks of the bandit get the bandit.  Every rider likes something that the other does not.  As shallow as it is the, looks of the bike are high on my list.  And yea the GSX650f is just a Full Faring Bandit so if you want more power and like the looks go for it the bike needs to make you happy not me.  
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A little over 700miles on the GSX650F now. Still getting 42MPG and am hoping for better as it gets more broke in. I cant say enough about how smooth it is to ride. I could use more wind protection on the highway though. The stock windshield does nothing for more me other than keep the wind off the tank. Any suggestions on larger screens for it would be helpfull and where to get them. Or are any even available for it yet? My hands have gotten used to the riding postion. At first my hands would cramp even though it is a mostly upright riding position. Longer rides still puts my right thumb to sleep. Not a problem, didnt need it any way.


www.streetfightersbydesign.com

skidmarx in the U.K. make the screens and he is the only importer that i know of.  i have not goten one yet but he told me that they come in all colors and are $105.  the Skidmarx.uk does have one photo of a blue one.



 

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« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2008, 09:21:42 pm »

Check out the article on the GSX650F in this month's edition of Sport Rider.  It's just a brief one but quite complimentary.  They really like the bike.  Just goes to show that the total is greater than the sum of the parts.  Seems like a very nice bike to me.  I'll look forward to doing a demo on it to get a better idea of what a nice all-round bike I think this one will be.

I just don't get it when people take a brief look at a spec sheet and immediately dismiss a bike.  If that had been the case, I woiuld have missed out on 9 fantastic riding years on my "under-powered" Ducati 900SS.   Inlove

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« Reply #49 on: May 22, 2008, 10:37:48 am »

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« Reply #50 on: May 22, 2008, 07:51:00 pm »

So, is that thing the replacement for the Bandit 600/650?
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« Reply #51 on: May 23, 2008, 01:26:38 am »

 Theres a little bit of information here  http://katriders.com/vb/forumdisplay.php?f=189  



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« Reply #52 on: May 23, 2008, 05:31:07 am »

This is the latest official forum
http://gsx650f.freeforums.org/
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« Reply #53 on: May 27, 2008, 10:04:33 am »

Well, most of ya'll don't seem very positive about this bike  Headscratch, so I guess I won't talk about how much I freakin' LOVE mine and make you sick in your stomach or something Wink  
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« Reply #54 on: May 27, 2008, 10:32:28 am »

please do...we're all listening. Bigsmile
I would love to do a test ride to compare to what I ended up getting - an FZ6
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« Reply #55 on: May 27, 2008, 08:58:57 pm »

Well, I'm probably not a good measure because I'm coming from an all cruiser background and this is my first "sport" bike, which I'm actually turning into the mid-size sport tourer that I can actually reach the ground on which I've been looking for! Wink  I already added 1" GenMar risers.  I will also be adding a rear rack and trunk (when I have some extra bucks).  For now I have a Rally Pak tailbag.  I'll use soft side bags until they come out with (semi-affordable) luggage for it, which I'm sure will be at some point in the near future.  

But, with it known I'm coming off cruisers, I'll just say that this bike rawks.  I love how it handles...it pushes into the turns easily.  I love how it launches forward with each up shift...weeeee.  I love how quiet it is (compared to my obnoxious cruisers Wink LOL)  I love that it's so smooth.  With the risers helping my shorter reach, it's the absolute perfect seating position for me.  The instrument panel is way cool.  Oh, and I love how it looks!  I love the Gixxeresque front end look without actually being one.  Yeah, and I loved the price tag too.  It sounds like it's racing a bit (but that could be normal for a sport bike), but that's not a big deal to me....it definitely delivers the power I need or want.  Tonite, though, I noticed it was a bit sputtery sounding (kinda rougher idle), but I think it's because my dear husband put regular gas in it rather than high test.  *sigh*  

Anyway, I'm extremely pleased with my leap of faith and purchase of this particular bike.  It puts a smile on my face and in the end, that's all that matters Wink  
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« Reply #56 on: May 27, 2008, 10:02:08 pm »

Thanks for the comments. With my 30" inseam I think I would have appreciated the low seat height. I'm OK with the FZ6 except when the bike is on the centerstand and it is a little harder to get it off. Sounds like a great bike from all the reviews I read. Enjoy!
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« Reply #57 on: May 31, 2008, 06:16:18 am »

Hi all new as well, just retired my old gsxf600 (katana) and have been riding the new gsxf650 for about 6 weeks now and all i can say is it is one hell of a good bike. great riding position and enough power for the daily trip to work and to give you a good buzz when out at the weekend. It looks better in "the flesh" then in many of the photos you see of it and the wife, son and daughter have all approved of the comfort of the pillion seat. But best of all is how good it handles in the wet as standard, the day we test rode it was one of the heavest days of rain we had had all year (living just out side of Bristol, England) and being on a bike i did'nt know with the wife on the back in that weather was an intresting challenge, but the suzuki did not put a tyre wrong and felt better than the old 600 did in on even the dryest days. Down sides, well none yet but as the old 600 did take rather a beating on the forks,engine casing and wheels at the hand of the British weather (used every day for work) will have to wait and see how this new one will hold up.
So its a great all rounder, it is nothing like the old gsxf600 but just shares the same model name and it is NOT a sports bike(at 41 and 6'2" I like the idea of a gsxr until i sit on one), cant wait to do a bit of summer touring later in the year(and will the bandits hard luggage fit it?). Worth a trip to the dealer for a test ride-yes, I think you may like it.
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« Reply #58 on: May 31, 2008, 01:09:17 pm »

Check out the official GSX650F forum at http://www.gsx650f.biz/gsx650f-forum-f1.html
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« Reply #59 on: June 04, 2008, 01:42:56 pm »


Well, most of ya'll don't seem very positive about this bike  Headscratch, so I guess I won't talk about how much I freakin' LOVE mine and make you sick in your stomach or something Wink  


It seems like many of the nay-sayers that are dragging the poor bike through the ringer, are basing opinions on spec sheets.  This bike has been receiving glowing reviews proving that the total is greater than the sum of the parts.  Dave Edwards from CW basically said that this is simply a great, all-round, fantasic bike.  But don't listen to me, I actually enjoyed my '98 Katana back when I bought it in '99 (first bike), so I'm obviously an idiot.   Lol

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« Reply #60 on: June 15, 2008, 03:59:33 pm »

Found these couple of add-ons, not sure the screen looks quite right, but the hugger does'nt look to bad

http://londonbikers.com/news/7739/skidmarx-screen-hugger-for-suzuki-gsx650f-k8uple
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« Reply #61 on: June 18, 2008, 06:55:00 pm »

I like it in black, and with the Yosh CF can.  Do a tail tidy and it'll look every bit a sportbike.  Then again the stock muffler is gigantic and looks kinds cool as well.  Thumbsup


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« Reply #62 on: June 19, 2008, 08:16:02 pm »

I just picked mine up.  It's still too early to provide an informed review.  As soon as I get some miles on it, I'll let you know what I think.

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« Reply #63 on: July 05, 2008, 07:11:54 am »

Yes, I've had mine for about 2 months. What can I tell you about it? It's a great bike. Not really expensive. Quick and nimble. Some people bitch about the  weight but once it's moving you really don't notice it. Gas mileage is good. I don't think for the money there is a better bike out there.....
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« Reply #64 on: July 09, 2008, 07:47:13 pm »

As an update....

Sargent released their seat for the Bandit 1250S today and have confirmed that the seat will also fit the GSX650F!!

Twisted Throttle lists their Givi racks (side and top) as fitting both the 07- Bandit's and the 08- GSX650F.

Finally, MRA Vario has responded to a request stating that their Touring and Vario Touring screens are available and can be ordered through their distributors. I have an email in to Twisted Throttle to confirm this.

This could be the mid-displacement sport-tourer I've been waiting for. My butt seems to like Sargent seats, and the MRA Vario Touring screen was the only one of four I tried on my Strom that made riding that bike tolerable on the freeway.

Now to find one here on the left coast....

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« Reply #65 on: July 10, 2008, 08:07:28 am »

Yeah there's a guy on the GSXF forum that has the Givi cases on his and they look sweet.

Hey, is that a Laminar lip thingy on that bike?  I was thinking about getting one for mine and was wondering if it would help with the buffeting.  I am getting some at higher speeds.  It's not bad, but I have added 1" risers to mine so I'm more upright too.  The Laminar is way cheaper than a new screen.
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« Reply #66 on: July 10, 2008, 08:37:17 am »

I think it's the Vario system in those pics.
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« Reply #67 on: July 10, 2008, 08:40:29 am »

Ohhh, ok.  It's basically the same thing as the Laminar then.  Cool.  Another one to consider! Smile
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« Reply #68 on: July 13, 2008, 01:38:05 am »

Bought a black one today. Can't wait to get it looking like the one in the pics above. (I can't remember where I pulled those from - sorry about that. I do know it was a European site.)

The only thing I can't figure out is the top box. It looks like a Givi V46 but is just slightly different.

The MRA Vario is a great screen. I hope it's actually available like I've been hearing.
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« Reply #69 on: July 13, 2008, 08:12:07 pm »

I've got the Suzuki top case ordered.  It looks nice, but I'm uncertain about the size.  I looks huge in pictures.  If I think it is too big, I'll sell it and replace it with a smaller Givi case.

I like the idea of a MRA Vario screen.  But so far I'm enjoying the clean wind blast.  Once the weather gets cooler, I'll change my tune.
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I'm coming off of a few cruisers to this bike and the wind blast is nice...it's pleasant without being irritating (after having spent so much time behind a tall screen), but I will say that DAYUM....there's a lot more bugs than I remember from cruiser days.  Thank God for FF helmets! LOL
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« Reply #71 on: July 14, 2008, 09:07:56 am »

I'm getting fewer bugs on my visor than with the FJR, which is very unexpected.  I guess that since I didn't ride with the screen all the way up on the FJR, its larger fairing and screen directed more windblast (and bugs) to my helmet.  I do certainly get more bugs on my jacket with the 650F, though.
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I've got the Suzuki top case ordered.  It looks nice, but I'm uncertain about the size.  I looks huge in pictures.  If I think it is too big, I'll sell it and replace it with a smaller Givi case.


Bill, I'm not sure if your top case has come in yet, but I dug deeply enough to determine that the top case Suzuki is using as OEM is a Givi-made Kappa K49 case. It has 47 liters of space, and is basically identical to the Givi V46 (same lower half of the clamshell with a slightly redesigned upper half that I actually like a little better).

So if you've seen a V46 before, the one you ordered will be basically the same.

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I like the idea of a MRA Vario screen.  But so far I'm enjoying the clean wind blast.  Once the weather gets cooler, I'll change my tune.


I'm thinking the same thing, and as much as I liked my previous Vario, it's the same height as stock, and one person at the 650F board noted that it moved the airflow from his neck to the top of his helmet. It was quieter for him, but I'm not sure that would be a positive change for me.

I'm taking a long look at this one:

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s94/md_long/bike_221.jpg

It's about 4" higher then stock, and can be ordered from Frog Specialties for $105 plus shipping. Time to door is about 4 weeks since it has to be brought over from across the pond.
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« Reply #73 on: July 28, 2008, 07:07:35 pm »

Hey good job digging up that top case info.  Hopefully I'll get mine before the season is over.

Overall I'm happy with the stock windscreen on the 650F.  It does blow a little wind under my chin, but my new helmet has a chin curtain thingy, so that is a non-issue.

My speedo was seriously off though and that was not so cool.  I slapped a Speedo Healer on it today and got it calibrated to the point where the bike displays about one extra MPH at 70 MPH or so.  At lower speeds, it is dead accurate now.  
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« Reply #74 on: July 28, 2008, 07:30:10 pm »

I should probably pick up a Speedo Healer as well. My Sportster was dead-on accurate, so I keep falling into the habit of believe the 650F's speedo is accurate too, when I know that isn't the case.
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« Reply #75 on: December 23, 2008, 05:21:12 pm »


The ZZR won the review in motorcycle consumer news (online pdf) vs the CBR600F4i and YZF600R. It is an excellent bike for the price, but, is way to sporty for sport touring stock. Also, it is carburated and has very old fasion instrument panel with a petcock for fuel! I don't think it would be as comfortable as the FZ6 or the GSX650F. I know that the YZF got better scores for touring purposes and the FZ6 and GSX are probably slightly more touring oriented.  In any case, it still is an excellent choicee and there are plenty of people on kawasakimotorcycles.org who love the zzr. If it has better instruments, fuel injection, more upright sitting position and a centerstand I would consider it. As for the GSX650F weight, it is 475lbs dry which is on the heavy side due to its steel frame mostly. Some of the best sport touring bikes are slightly heavier (look at the VFR and YZF for example). Once you start riding it you won't feel it unless you compare it to a supersport. As much as I would prefer it to weight 60 lbs less, I don't consider it as much a deterrent as other nagging things...
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Not a very well put together bike, lots of sharp edges, too many exposed wires and inner guts, cheap looking.
It also is right up there with the SV650S in term of lack of comfort, it is a hard bike to sit on with super sport ergos.
finally, suzuki has me spoiled with fuel injection in cold north florida mornings, I would not want a carb bike anymore.

I owned a brand new SV650s and had to get rid of it after 1K miles, just could not take it anymore, so now I am trying to be very careful with my selections.  Even the 650F has too much of a forward lean to my taste when compared to the 650R which has a real up right riding position.

The FZ6 is just too ugly for my taste plus I really dislike that under the seat muffler, but I am very excited about the new FZ6R, which is better looking and has a under the engine muffler.


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« Reply #76 on: December 24, 2008, 12:30:06 pm »

Be sure to try that new Yamaha before buying.  It is likely to have bars that are no higher than the 650F or the FZ6.

It is worth nothing that bikes that have tubular handlebars are easy to tweek.  Just buy new bars with a different bend and the ergonomics of the bike can be transformed.  This is generally not expensive, most inexpensive dirt bike bars will fit, and swapping them isn't hard to do.

Or there are bar risers that are spacers put between the bars and their clamps that raise the bars a bit.
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« Reply #77 on: January 01, 2009, 10:24:34 am »

This sheds some light on how the 1 inch up and back risers affect rider orientation.  For me it makes the 650F feel bolt upright.

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« Reply #78 on: January 08, 2009, 01:57:14 pm »


This sheds some light on how the 1 inch up and back risers affect rider orientation.  For me it makes the 650F feel bolt upright.

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« Reply #79 on: January 11, 2009, 11:17:49 am »

Well, I have had my GSX650F for almost four months now and can say I am thoroughly pleased with it.  I wanted a bike that gave a more upright position, had all-day comfort, was a good commuter bike but could also be used as a tourer, and was sporty enough for when we head to the North Georgia/Tennessee twisties.

I seriously considered the Bandit for quite a while, but I knew that I would be adding lower fairings in no time because I really like the look.  Knowing that I would be spending close to $1900 more for a Bandit ABS, $700 for a TCP fairing and another $200 for a gear indicator made it a pretty easy decision to go for the GSX650F.

Like always, I began making adjustments to the bike from the start.  I added risers for my comfort, changed the windscreen to a Double Bubble, Sylvania Silverstar headlights, flush-mount front turn signals, and a Streble horn as the initial changes.  Next, I pinstriped the rims with red reflective tape.  Seat comfort is obviously a huge issue, and went with the Holeshot/Corbin saddle with back rest.   

I also really liked the look of the Corbin hard bags, even though the price was astronomical.  Nothing against the Givi bags, but I just wanted something that looked like it was a part of the bike, not an aftermarket add-on.  Given that I would have spent close to $3000 more if I went for a Bandit made it easier to justify the costs of the Corbins.   However, there were and still are issues with the Corbin bags, which I will detail in another thread.  As you can see from the pictures, the paint is wrong and they are on their way back to Hollister to be corrected.

Gotta say, I couldn’t be happier with this bike.  I knew from my M50 that Suzuki made a quality product.  The Bandit line has been very strong, so I had no hesitation with going with a “new” product because it is pretty much a Bandit 650.  The incredible research and support that Dale (Holeshot.com) put into the Bandit placed my mind at ease since almost all the parts are interchangeable between the bikes.

So for anyone looking for another option for an affordable upright bike that has a sporty appearance but has the comfort and reliability for touring, I would wholeheartedly recommend the GSX650F.
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« Reply #80 on: January 11, 2009, 11:20:46 am »

Another view of the bike with the Corbin Beetle Bags.
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« Reply #81 on: January 11, 2009, 04:53:57 pm »

Nice luggage!  

Your reasoning about choosing between the Bandit with ABS and the 650F sounds similar to mine.  I'll add that in my case instant gratification played a role as well, since I was able to get the 650F right away and the Bandit would have been a two month wait.
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« Reply #82 on: January 20, 2009, 04:20:17 am »

Nice job modding up your GSX, blazn.   Thumbsup Thumbsup

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« Reply #83 on: January 21, 2009, 02:52:50 pm »

That is one sharp setup blazn.   Bigok
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« Reply #84 on: January 25, 2009, 11:18:39 pm »

I may have missed it but I did not see where anyone has mentioned the valve adjustment interval for the GSX650F. Anyone know when the first one is due and thereafter?

Also does it come with a centerstand ?
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« Reply #85 on: January 26, 2009, 08:33:32 am »


I may have missed it but I did not see where anyone has mentioned the valve adjustment interval for the GSX650F. Anyone know when the first one is due and thereafter?

Also does it come with a centerstand ?


It does not come with a center stand.  However there is a Suzuki stand available for around $100 that bolts right on without a problem.  The 650F and Bandit 1250 share a lot of parts and accessories.

The valves are checked for the first time at 14,500 miles.  I assume the valves should be rechecked every 14,500 miles.  Spark plugs are due for replacement every 7500 miles.
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« Reply #86 on: January 28, 2009, 11:39:46 am »


Another view of the bike with the Corbin Beetle Bags.



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« Reply #87 on: January 28, 2009, 11:41:41 am »

I'm still trying to find somewhere I can see one in person Sad
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Another view of the bike with the Corbin Beetle Bags.



Great looking bike, will be super sharp once the bags match.

Those openings look pretty big on the Corbins. I know most don't, but do these fit a helmet inside?
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« Reply #89 on: January 30, 2009, 11:42:37 am »

Not talking a shot at the GSX650F, but why not get the Bandit 1250? The 1250 only weighs a few lbs more and has way more power everywhere?
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« Reply #90 on: January 30, 2009, 12:12:53 pm »


Not talking a shot at the GSX650F, but why not get the Bandit 1250? The 1250 only weighs a few lbs more and has way more power everywhere?


1. Price- About $1,300 more for the Bandit

2. Insurance for some folks could be a problem with the big Bandito

3. Gas Mileage, tire life etc.

If it were me, I probably would just pony up the difference and get the Bandit.
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1. Price- About $1,300 more for the Bandit

2. Insurance for some folks could be a problem with the big Bandito

3. Gas Mileage, tire life etc.

If it were me, I probably would just pony up the difference and get the Bandit.



GSX650F - fully faired, better mpg, cost less. For what I plan for, mostly commuting, some weekend riding and only once or twice a year longer trip to Phila or Pittsburgh from RI the GSX650F, of FZ6R (not sure which yet) will better suit my needs.
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« Reply #92 on: January 30, 2009, 06:37:06 pm »


Not talking a shot at the GSX650F, but why not get the Bandit 1250? The 1250 only weighs a few lbs more and has way more power everywhere?


What they all said, plus better instruments on the 650F too.  In my case I was able to get the 650F right away, but the Bandit would have been a two month wait.
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« Reply #93 on: January 31, 2009, 09:27:39 am »


What they all said, plus better instruments on the 650F too.  In my case I was able to get the 650F right away, but the Bandit would have been a two month wait.


I'll add just a little to this...the GSX650F is quite nimble and entertaining to ride.  I did a demo of one immediately after I demo'd a B-King.  I was worried I was doing them in the wrong order as I might be a bit biased after playing with the 1340cc motor.  But I was quite pleasantly surprised.  While I certainly didn't get to give either bike their head, I was quite pleased with the ride on the little GSX.  It was simply a fun bike to ride, and a bargain to boot.  It was one of the bikes where the sum is greater than the parts.  It just plain works.  

Understand I'm not trying to take anything away from the Bandit 1250S.  I think that bike is one of the most underrated bikes on the market as well.  I just feel that both bikes are different enough from one another for someone to be drawn towards one or the other.  

As for me, I love all most bikes, I'll take one of each...   Lol

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« Reply #94 on: January 31, 2009, 05:52:25 pm »

Got to sit on one today, feels pretty comfortable, bars could be back about 1/2 inch for my reach but looks like bars could be turned bit back due to the bend. Sat on a versus 650 too which sat a bit high, not quite flatfoot but the balance seemed good. Still want to check out the FZ6R which dealer said should be in any time. The footpegs on the GSX650F seemed maybe a bit high for me, any way to lower them maybe an inch?
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Got to sit on one today, feels pretty comfortable, bars could be back about 1/2 inch for my reach but looks like bars could be turned bit back due to the bend. Sat on a versus 650 too which sat a bit high, not quite flatfoot but the balance seemed good. Still want to check out the FZ6R which dealer said should be in any time. The footpegs on the GSX650F seemed maybe a bit high for me, any way to lower them maybe an inch?


Last Tuesday I got a call from a dealer near by that I had called asking for the FZ6r, the sales lady advising me that they had the FZ6R in stock, not assembled on the show room yet but in stock...  Asking me if I want to put a deposit on the bike...   Lol

I told her to call me back when they actually get it on the show room and I will be right there to check it out...

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Last Tuesday I got a call from a dealer near by that I had called asking for the FZ6r, the sales lady advising me that they had the FZ6R in stock, not assembled on the show room yet but in stock...  Asking me if I want to put a deposit on the bike...   Lol

I told her to call me back when they actually get it on the show room and I will be right there to check it out...

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Not sure that I want to buy a bike from that dealer now, fishy people...


As when I was looking for my last bike, the now gone vtx1300, I'm taking some time checking out different bikes before commiting on one. So far that GSX650F seemed the best comfort wise and feel for this type bike but going to reserve judgement. The dealer that had the GSX had 2 in stock and it's the non-buying season (though they said if I bought it they'd hold it free until spring) so not too worried about them both being gone before I get chance to check out the FZ6R. I sat on a honda 919? I think also but it didn't feel quite right.
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« Reply #97 on: February 06, 2009, 11:47:51 pm »

Wow.. lots of good information from you guys.  I just joined on here.

I've been debating between a FZ6, a Ninja 650R.
I hadn't really thought about the GSX650F until I saw a used '07 at the dealer
near my house.  I'm hoping to go test ride it tomorrow.

I got to rent a Fz6 last May and do about 600 miles from Dallas to Arkansas and back.
Either way I am thinking about putting some side cases on it.

One thing I've noticed though is that all the aftermarket add on's seem to be for the 2008 model.
Will these fit on the 2007?

Thanks and ride on!

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« Reply #98 on: February 07, 2009, 12:16:39 am »

I think it was in general sport touring or in the suzuki forum, someone posted a review about one here a few weeks ago.  They really like it and the magazines have given it good reviews.  Personally I like it, its pretty comfortable and a lot of people I have talked to at shows seem to like it a lot.  I would sit on this one, the ninja 650 (which I think is smaller), katana (If you like em), bandits and the fz.  They are all good bikes, its just finding the one that works for you.
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« Reply #99 on: February 07, 2009, 08:43:36 am »




One thing I've noticed though is that all the aftermarket add on's seem to be for the 2008 model.
Will these fit on the 2007?




There is no 2007 GSX650F.  Only 2008 and 2009.

If that question was about the FZ6, I don't know the answer.




They are all good bikes, its just finding the one that works for you.



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« Reply #100 on: February 07, 2009, 11:37:20 am »


Got to sit on one today, feels pretty comfortable, bars could be back about 1/2 inch for my reach but looks like bars could be turned bit back due to the bend. Sat on a versus 650 too which sat a bit high, not quite flatfoot but the balance seemed good. Still want to check out the FZ6R which dealer said should be in any time. The footpegs on the GSX650F seemed maybe a bit high for me, any way to lower them maybe an inch?


All these bikes are about the same, it all depends on your body shape, size and the use you have for the bike...

If you are a tall big man, I would strongly recommend the GSX 650F.

If you are a tall skinny man, the Versys will do you good.

If you are a short person that would like a sport bike, you will be able to flat foot with the FZ6r.

If you like the buzzing of a cheap densig twin engine then the Versys if for you.

If you want a smooth non buzzing Inline 4, then the GSX 650f is your choice...

If what you want is an alternative to the 650R, then the FZ6r is just that.

If what you are looking for is a better $7K Inline four then:

The Suzuki GSX650F feels much more built like a Tough FORD when compared to the FZ6r.

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« Reply #101 on: February 07, 2009, 08:43:30 pm »


This sheds some light on how the 1 inch up and back risers affect rider orientation.  For me it makes the 650F feel bolt upright.

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g157/PaulBarnard/Trip1003.jpg


Did you use these risers?

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2016/218/

I want to make sure that these fit with no problems. Thanks!
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« Reply #102 on: February 08, 2009, 09:04:29 am »




All these bikes are about the same, it all depends on your body shape, size and the use you have for the bike...

If you are a tall big man, I would strongly recommend the GSX 650F.

If you are a tall skinny man, the Versys will do you good.

If you are a short person that would like a sport bike, you will be able to flat foot with the FZ6r.

If you like the buzzing of a cheap densig twin engine then the Versys if for you.

If you want a smooth non buzzing Inline 4, then the GSX 650f is your choice...

If what you want is an alternative to the 650R, then the FZ6r is just that.

If what you are looking for is a better $7K Inline four then:

The Suzuki GSX650F feels much more built like a Tough FORD when compared to the FZ6r.

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Actually the pics you posted look better than other pics of the FZ6R I've seen. Either Excalibur in Ct or Razees should be getting these soon and I can try one on for size.
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Did you use these risers?

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/productview/2016/218/

I want to make sure that these fit with no problems. Thanks!


I'm using these on my 650F:

http://www.zianet.com/genmar/s121a.html

Had to slide the front brake hose up in the clamps a bit, but otherwise its fine.

In fact, they are a bit too much for me. I think I need the "up" only, as opposed to the "up and back".

So mine are for sale if you have any interest. Just PM me. One nice thing about the Gen-Mar's is that the paint is an almost perfect match for the existing clamp. Really can't tell the difference.
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Ford? like in FixOrRepairDaily??? lol Hope you're not thinking Taurus because those have got to be one of the worst things ever (ok, the old Chrysler K cars were worse lol)
Actually the pics you posted look better than other pics of the FZ6R I've seen. Either Excalibur in Ct or Razees should be getting these soon and I can try one on for size.


More like an F150.  You know...the best selling truck in America for YEARS.  Why?  Because it's rugged, durable, reliable and just feels tough.  That describes the GSX650F pretty well.
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« Reply #105 on: March 02, 2009, 12:18:23 am »



Because it's rugged, durable, reliable and just feels tough.  That describes the GSX650F pretty well.


Sounds more like you are describing a dual purpose bike. KLR 650 or maybe a DR 650.
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« Reply #106 on: March 02, 2009, 07:44:16 am »

It is hard to come up with really good comparisons between cars and motorcycles.  I'm asked to do so a lot by car people, which is really just them trying to put a given motorcycle into a category that they understand.  The trouble is that traits don't apply in groups all that well.  

So I've taken to saying things like, "The Yamaha R1 has acceleration and handling that would be like a high end Ferrari in the car world."  "The Suzuki Bandit is over built and tough like a pick up truck."  

Being specific helps to get a certain point across, but more general comparisons just don't work, because in reality automobiles and motorcycles don't actually have much in common.
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« Reply #107 on: April 07, 2009, 12:06:48 pm »

Anyone done any extensive 2up riding with the GSX650F?
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« Reply #108 on: April 07, 2009, 06:02:08 pm »


Anyone done any extensive 2up riding with the GSX650F?


I don't, but ask here:  http://www.gsx650f.biz/index.php?sid=17c144f98a0d03362ca2ca684e4f6971
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« Reply #109 on: June 08, 2009, 01:33:48 am »

One of the reasons for the heaviness of the GSX650F also turned out to be one of the bigger selling points for me: the engine bottom end/tranny are straight out of the Bandit 1250S, which to me means that this unit will never be over stressed and should be virtually bulletproof. Over-built is always good, as ong as one is in a position to accept the extra weight, IMHO.
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« Reply #110 on: June 29, 2009, 02:57:03 pm »

I have had mine for 3 weeks.   A brand new '09 plate in Orange n Black. I have made a few small sporty mods but nothing drastic - Carbon Beowulf can, carbon protector for tank, heel guards, filler cap, Carbon replacment side panels. Carbon bar ends.

AS its my first Uk big bike, i am very very impressed and happy. I have put 3,000 miles on in as many weeks. Going for the forth week to get the serivce done before going back to work in africa for 3-4 months.

All thats been said in this topic is true about this machine. Bomb proof, powerful, smooth. Cheap [ish], good eco, comfortable (although im getting seat done with gels in), UK version didnt get the treats of ABS im afraid but stateside you should lap that up. My tryes (having been put through thier paces on straights and bends are still in great shape. Another 3-4k left easy!

Anyone need to know more, PM me or MSN [email protected]

Cheers guys and pleased to join your forums. Maybe ill get around the states on day touring!
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« Reply #111 on: June 29, 2009, 02:59:01 pm »

PS - Any UK owners can go to http://gsx650f.me.uk/forum/index.php - great group of people there, Including me!)

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« Reply #112 on: December 05, 2009, 10:52:49 pm »


I'm taking a long look at this one:

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It's about 4" higher then stock, and can be ordered from Frog Specialties for $105 plus shipping. Time to door is about 4 weeks since it has to be brought over from across the pond.

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« Reply #113 on: December 19, 2010, 11:41:14 am »

An update to an old thread.   Sold my FZ6 after 2.5 years and about 11k miles. Was a great bike for the city, comfortable, economical, powerful enough and actually good two up for my wife and me).  I sold it because I came across a deal I couldn't refuse (2007 VFR RWB, full luggage, GPS, 6k miles for $4600).  I also test rode a used GSX650F. The GSX was in between the VFR and the FZ6 in riding position, smoothness and usable in-town power.  The FZ6 is much more powerful but you need to visit the upper rev range to find that out.  I must say, the VFR feels like a bike that cost 50% more than the others new. It is so much smoother, more powerful, with much better workmanship and suspension. The riding position is most aggressive, but it is surprisingly comfortable for one up and two up.  I think I will get a genmar bar rise that will give me an extra 19 mm of rise since most of my riding is in the city.  So, what did I learn? buy used! You get to test ride the bikes, there are usually good deals around and if you are patient a fairly large selection of bikes.
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« Reply #114 on: April 10, 2011, 08:26:04 pm »

     Alright, I'm probably late on this reply.  I have owned a 2008 GSX650F for almost two years.  It really dus it all.  It's a comfortable sport bike.  It can do twisties with the best of them and at the end of the day when your GSXR friends are almost cripled you can say "hey"  "wanna do it again"
     To say I'm sold on this bike is an under statment.  I just cant understand why Suzuki stoped selling it in the US after 2009.    
     I rode my daughters CBR600 and I'm really not comfotable with it.  It's a very nice bike but with my size, it's not a good fit.  
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« Reply #115 on: April 11, 2011, 05:49:14 pm »


 I must say, the VFR feels like a bike that cost 50% more than the others new. It is so much smoother, more powerful, with much better workmanship and suspension.


I don't know how that's possible.
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     I just cant understand why Suzuki stoped selling it in the US after 2009.    
    

 Because they are still trying to sell the '09s.
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« Reply #117 on: December 02, 2011, 04:25:34 pm »

Well I'm a noob with my first season under m belt. I have a GSX 640F. I've got to say that I love it. I'll be spending the winter modifying t a little bit for some longer distance riding.

This bike never did scare me and I was always easily able to keep up with the bigger liter bikes. We are riding at street speeds in any case so I'm never sure where the extra power is more more important. we discuss peer a lot but I can hit 240 KM/H on this bike (which I never noted to do).

So can someone please explain this concept to me? Why s power so important if we want to tour at sane speeds?

This is not an attack on anybody's choice of bikes. It is really a question that does interest me a lot.

This bike is fully faired s wind protection is good. I have the three Givi case system in the back, heated grips, Corbin seats, taller windscreen and a charger for my GPS. Would the Bandit 1250 really make a difference over the GSX 650F if I want to travel from Montreal to New York City for example? Would the additional power make for a more comfortable ride?

Maybe the difference will appear when I'm doubling my wife on a long distance ride? Is that when I'll notice that my GSX 650F is under powered?

So far I've done a few 500 KM one day rides (solo) and have been doing great with my team of friends who are riding their super sport lter bikes at speeds no greater than mine. But my back and wrists do not hurt at the end of the day.

So far I have not noticed a difference and absolutely live my bike. So as my experience grows what will make me want to bump it up for a higher powered bike?

Again this is not to be negative with any one else's choice of bikes because these are personal choices with likes and dislikes. But I really am interested in understanding more from my more experienced collegues.

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« Reply #118 on: December 07, 2011, 08:05:52 pm »

"So as my experience grows what will make me want to bump it up for a higher powered bike?"

Only 2 things, really, ego, or the desire to do a lot of long, long riding. If you get the 1K per day bug, the big ST bikes are simply unbeatable, period. If you feel the need to jump to lightspeed whenever the situation warrants it (i.e., is she hot?) then just about any litrebike or other big go-fast will suffice. If neither of these are in your perceived future, then you're on the right bike right now!.

The GSX650F really is a sweet ride, enjoy it.
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« Reply #119 on: December 27, 2011, 10:50:09 pm »

Well I've done multiple 500 KM rides so far without a problem on this bike. I doubt that I'd want to do more than that in a day, even while touring. Even on car road trips I don't like to get too tired.

As for the speed, again, I doubt that I'll ever push the limit. I'm not that type of rider. I like the leisurely pace to absorb the feeling of the nice ride.

So I think that a medium sport tourer like this one will be just fine for me for quite a while.

As a medium sport tourer that handles the city riding well I think that this is a great bike.

Those big sports tourers seem to be too big for the city and those powerful liter bikes seem uncomfortable and powerful. Maybe a bit of a struggle taming them at the speeds that I like riding (for my level of experience).

For someone that just started riding the 650F is great. It pulls comfortably at any gear and I never felt scared. AlthoughI'm sure that even this bike will scare me if I ever wanted to really push it.

When riding with my buddies and their B-Kings and Hyabusas I am never left behind mainly because it'll take insane speeds and acceleration for them to leave me behind. The limiting factor is not the machine but the rider's talent level.

And with today's highway conditions I think that anyone who goes beyond the 650's capabilities is someone that I will never try to match, no matter my level of experience.

I live to ride but I do have a lovely wife and three you g children at home. And the speeds were never the reason that I got the bike in the first place.

Feeling the open air and taking it all in is why I love my bike.


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« Reply #120 on: January 09, 2013, 05:25:54 pm »

After renting a Yamaha Fazer FZ8 on my last vacation to Europe ( https://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,74236.0.html#.UO3r4qxJSQk ), I decided that I would like to buy a 4 cylinder bike to replace my 97,000 mile V-twin. They do not sell the Fazer version in the US and I had several parameters in buying another bike. The GSX650F came the closest so I bought a 2008 Black/Silver model w/8,000 miles. It came with a SW Motech top box mount and a Givi top box, a Bandit 1250 seat, the stock seat, stock muffler and an after market Scorpion muffler.

As always, I am making a few changes to it to suit me (new bars,sprocket change, etc). So far, I have put 2,000 miles on it since mid-October and have been pleased with it.

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« Reply #121 on: January 09, 2013, 09:47:36 pm »

It's a great bike. I loved it for the two years that I had it.

Some people say that it can't keep up with a SS bit a 240 km/h top speed is too damn fast anyways and it's a great tourer to boot.


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« Reply #122 on: January 13, 2013, 06:20:15 pm »

I lost my business late in 2008, and though I hung on for awhile, ultimately I had to return my GSX650F to the bank in November 2009. Sad



As much as I loved it, it had a bad push in the front end that I never resolved (it also went into a wobble at any speed if I took both hands off the handlebars - I remained convinced that my particular bike had a front end issue off the showroom floor).

That single issue notwithstanding, I absolutely loved everything else about that bike, and now I'm finally in a position to replace it.

I'm eyeballing a 2009 with 2,800 miles on it for $4,900:

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« Reply #123 on: January 15, 2013, 11:33:02 am »


I lost my business late in 2008, and though I hung on for awhile, ultimately I had to return my GSX650F to the bank in November 2009. Sad



As much as I loved it, it had a bad push in the front end that I never resolved (it also went into a wobble at any speed if I took both hands off the handlebars - I remained convinced that my particular bike had a front end issue off the showroom floor).

That single issue notwithstanding, I absolutely loved everything else about that bike, and now I'm finally in a position to replace it.

I'm eyeballing a 2009 with 2,800 miles on it for $4,900:




Noda,

I remember seeing some pictures of your GSX before it was returned to the bank. I wanted that color combo over the blue/white version so that is what I bought. I REALLY wanted the orange version but were very scarce or were a bit damaged. The day after I got my GSX ( the owner met me 1/2 way and cut 225 miles off my return trip), I find an orange GSX 30 miles from me. Get the orange one!

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Great all purpose bike.  Did chicago to vegas, approx 1800 miles.  No problems.  Worry free, bulletproof,  ask bmw owners about long trip maintainance anxiety.

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« Reply #125 on: June 24, 2013, 03:58:45 pm »

I bought the GSX specifically to convert it into a sport tourer. I changed the rear shock to a Hayabusa model. I also pulled the cover off the stock seat and removed the forward slant of the stocker and then removed some stock foam and fitted a slighly softer foam and reshaped the seat to fit my ass and position myself on the bike the way I like. Also lowered the pegs for more comfort.

I purchased a set of 1" up and back bar spacers and then added a Daytona bar. I had to purchase a longer brakeline and fittings. The clutch line was routed behind the triple tree instead of in front and did not need to be replaced. The electrical wiring is at the limit but is not too tight as to weaken the wiring. Throttle cables are moved around a bit but work smoothly and there is no binding.

Just for reference, I am 6' and sit fairly upright and sit back on the seat up to the rise to the passenger section.

Also added the Givi V35 racks. I am ready to ride !

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« Reply #126 on: December 11, 2015, 04:54:40 am »

My son bought a 2008 and planned to do lots of riding with it, but family and time encroached and he never was able to break the chain. This past September (2015) he told me he wanted to put it up for sale. I advised him his old man would pummel him to a pulp and I rescued the bike from his garage in Tampa and brought it up to my place in the North Carolina mountains. Everything on the bike is stock except for a set of sliders he had put on, and the poor neglected thing only had 3,900 miles on its clock!  Here she is, freed from her bonds and in her natural element. Every story needs a happy ending.

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« Reply #127 on: December 11, 2015, 10:15:48 am »


My son bought a 2008 and planned to do lots of riding with it, but family and time encroached and he never was able to break the chain. This past September (2015) he told me he wanted to put it up for sale. I advised him his old man would pummel him to a pulp and I rescued the bike from his garage in Tampa and brought it up to my place in the North Carolina mountains. Everything on the bike is stock except for a set of sliders he had put on, and the poor neglected thing only had 3,900 miles on its clock!  Here she is, freed from her bonds and in her natural element. Every story needs a happy ending.

http://i1376.photobucket.com/albums/ah25/old_n_slow/Petesdragon2_zpslwoqbxkl.jpg


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« Reply #128 on: August 30, 2016, 05:06:01 pm »

I met a young man with a GSX650F he was selling his stock seat.  He had replaced it with a LOW Sargent seat.  He has a 29" inseam about 190 lb.  It was his first motorcycle.  He had soft luggage and last year took a week long trip into the mountains camping.  He bought it used with 2500 miles.  50lb. lighter than the 1250 Bandit.  As his first motorcycle I think it is an excellent size and power.  Replace the exhaust and save another 20lb.  I have a 1250 Bandit and my engine is smooth, if the 650 has the same counter-balancer and rubber engine mounts, then it must be smooth, too.
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« Reply #129 on: October 03, 2017, 12:56:22 pm »

The GSX 650 F is basically the Bandit 650 rebranded. In that it is a Bandit, they are good, all around reliable bikes. The GSX delivers 85 HP according to reviews, and a good amount of torque at 45 ft-lbs. It may not be the fanciest ride out there, but the prices are good, and they go and go and go. I had the Canadian version of the GSX 1250 FA with factory luggage for 5 years. Never had a problem with it, ever. The 650 should be a good, fun bone reliable ride.
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« Reply #130 on: October 06, 2017, 11:29:33 am »

I've been looking for a mid-size sport tourer for a while now...
My Ninja 650 is just a bit to small, so I assume the GSX650F would be too.
But...
I just happened to read that the 650 and 750 engines are different sizes & tunes of the same engine.  
Now I'm wondering how crazy it'd be to buy a GSX650F and a 750 engine.
My experiences with small block chevys have me thinking the 650 cams in the 750 would make more torque.
Surely there a crashed 750s out there.
Thoughts?


Edit:  corrected typo of GSX600F  to GSX650F
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« Reply #131 on: October 06, 2017, 03:38:30 pm »


The GSX650F 2008-2015 is basically the same bike as the GSX1250FA so why not get a 650 and bolt in the 1250 engine. GSX600F is older model.

Akk  600 was a typo.
I wouldn't trust the 650 suspension and brakes to handle a 1200 or 1250.   Besides. if I wanted that, I'd just get a GSX1250FA.
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