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Suzuki GSF600, 650 and 1200 Bandit Service and Repair Manual

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 250 cc (manufactured 1989-94)

GSF400 with 400 cc (manufactured 1989-2000)

GSF600N/GSF600S with 599 cc (manufactured 1995-2004)

GSF650N/GSF650S with 656 cc (manufactured since 2005)

GSF750 with 748 cc (manufactured 1996-1999)

GSF1200/GSF1200S with 1,157 cc (manufactured since 1996)

GSF1250/GSF1250 ABS with 1,255 cc (manufactured since 2007)

All engines are DOHC inline four with 16 valves. 600, 650, 750 and 1200 models employ SACS (Suzuki Advanced Cooling System) cooling that is combined oil-cooled; air-cooled and the; the 600 cc model's engine is taken from the GSX-F 600 and retuned for more midrange. The 1,200 cc model's engine is a bored out GSXR 1100 item. The 250 and 400 cc designs are water-cooled.

For model year 2007, Suzuki abandoned the GSX-R derived engine in benefit of a new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled machines. Both 650 and 1250 models today meet Euro3 emission standards.

The 'S' models come with a factory half-fairing, and beginning from model year 2000, twin headlights. The base model 'N' is an unfaired naked bike with a single headlight. Not all market areas received both the the half-faired and naked models in any given model year.

The Bandit series originally had a reputation as "hooligan bikes". With more recent revisions, however, the bicycle has taken on a more streamlined and modern feel, using it more towards sports tourer area. The 1200 remains popular with stunt riders, and is used by a wheelie school in the UK.

Launched in 1989, the GSF250 and GSF400 had a liquid-cooled inline-four engine, mounted on a trellis steel frame. The machines were based on those of the GSX-R250 and GSX-R400. The Bandit 250 had about 45 bhp (34 kW), the 400 cc version about 59 bhp (44 kW) (reduced to 53 from 1992). Both designs had disc brakes, single and double at the front correspondingly. Both versions were later available with a top fairing (carrying the name "Limited" on the model name), and later "V" variations had an optional variable inlet timing.

The all new Suzuki Bandit 650 and half faired Bandit 650S launch took place at Tarragona, Spain.

Motor displacement increased by 56 cc to improve low- and mid-range performance

Seat and Handlebar adjustable for height

New motor internals provide for reduced friction, together with smoother performance and increased power

Revised four-into-two exhaust system

Reshaped fuel tank

New halogen headlight

New LCD digital display combining speedometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge and clock

Increased rigidity within framework and upgraded suspension

Overall weight reduced

ABS available as an option

Speedometer/odometer switchable between Metric and Imperial

Suzuki PAIR (Pulsed AIR) exhaust air injection system

A completely new, water-cooled motor was designed specifically for the 2007 Bandit 650, unlike earlier models which used engines re-worked from other models. Many of the bodywork and chassis kept unchanged from the 2005 model, though.

Satisfies Euro3 emission standards

656 cc displacement, inline-four all-aluminium liquid-cooled engine

Electronic Fuel Injection with dual throttle valve system (similar to Suzuki's V-Strom and GSX-R)

10% stiffer frame and much longer swingarm

Stiffer rear shock but softer front fork

Claimed 85 hp (63 kW) at 10,500 rpm (up 7 hp)

12,500 rpm redline

Same 20 litres (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal) fuel tank as earlier model, nevertheless the fuel pump takes about 1 L

Hydraulic clutch lever

14 kg heavier

The 2007 Bandit 650 was reviewed by Bike magazine as being "de-criminalised" compared to its early brethren, but a great bike for beginners.

Bandit 650 no longer offered in the United States for the 2007 model-year.

The GSX650F, produced from 2008, is basically a variation on the Bandit 650, with much the exact same specification and components. Although built on a Bandit chassis, the additional lower fairing gives it a sportier look similar to that of the Suzuki GSX-R Series. The engine has also had a small amount of remapping to encourage revs, and the suspension is tweaked. It also has one-piece, different chair.

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