Suzuki GSF600 Bandit (Unfaired) Review from New Zealand

2000 Suzuki GSF600 Bandit (Unfaired)

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres


One of the all time great motorcycles


1 spark plug needed changing (after 8 years).

General Comments:

A nice all around bike, suited to around town or longer distance travel.

Plenty of sensible power in the mid range.

Very smooth - almost vibration free up to legal speed limits (and over a bit).

The fairing is very effective in keeping off cold wind and the worst of the rain. (I am 5ft 10ins)

After 8 years the bike is in as new condition.

MPG is around 60 when ridden at legal sensible speeds.

Very stable at high speed in wind.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th August, 2008

17th Apr 2013, 06:58

I had Bandit 600 and 650s, and with looking after them a bit, the build quality was fine. I owned in between a Honda CBF 600, which had a lot worse build quality than any Suzuki I ever owned. These days, Honda build quality is a myth.

Used to own a CB 500 as well; just as bad.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review