Suzuki GSF600S Bandit
I ride a red '97 Suzuki Bandit 600S bike and an Arai Quantum/e
helmet. Suzuki's Bandit motorcycles are sport-standard
motorcycles. In other words, they are sport bikes re-tuned to produce
more useable power (lower RPM power) with a more upright posture for
long haul comfort.
The first bandit was introduced in 1991 as a 400cc model. It was very
small and lightweight, with a surprising amount of power. It was quite
nimble and fun to drive, but in the words of Cycle World, it had
"cramped ergonomics and a dearth of low-end power". In 1996 Suzuki
introduced the 600cc bandit based on the Katana
engine. Now there is also a 1200cc version in showrooms around the
world. Japanese showrooms also sport a 750cc version.
"Whatever you use as your personal measure of high performance, forget
it. Suzuki's Bandit 1200S is quicker from 0-60mph than a Honda
CBR1000F, a Suzuki GSXR-1100 or a Yamaha V-MAX, offers world-class
roll-on acceleration and rates as one of the most comfortable mounts
on the market. It is-drum roll, please-one of thie finset all-around
motorcycles ever produced." -- Cycle World
I believe in responsible driving, and enjoy the sport of motorcycling.
I am a member of the American Motorcycle Association. My friend,
Brook, owns a '78 Honda CM400 and a '81 Suzuki GS1000. Another
friend, Sarah Anton, owns a '94 Yamaha Seca II.
On days that I don't feel like riding, I drive a BMW 323i Black
Convertible, and I use to own a Mazda Miata Black Convertible.
- New for 1997: New seat with thicker padding.
- Four-stroke, 4-cylinder, air/oil cooled, DOHC 16 valve, Katana
based engine tuned for strong low and midrange power.
- Twin Swirl Combustion
Chambers (TSCC) for quick throttle response.
- Suzuki Advanced Cooling
System (air/oil) for efficient engine cooling.
- Large intake valves (23mm) and exhaust valves (20mm) for strong
- Screw and locknut valve
- Keihin 32mm constant
velocity carburetors provide excellent throttle response and fuel
- O-ring sealed drive
chain lasts longer, requires less maintenance, and offers a
smooth, quiet transfer of power.
- Attractive stainless steel 4 into 1 exhaust system is tuned for
strong low and midrange power.
- Dual overhead camshafts.
- Automatic cam chain tensioner.
- Silent-type cam chain and oil pan with honeycomb construction to
reduce engine noise.
- Maintenance-free battery
and digital/transistorized ignition.
- Comfortable upright riding position with adjustable tube-type
- Aerodynamic fairing designed to blend with tank and frame.
- Attractive cradle-type frame with large diameter tubing for
strength and rigidity. Large 41mm diameter front fork tubes.
- Link-type rear suspension
with nitrogen charged rear shock absorber with 7-way adjustable spring preload.
- H rated 17" front and rear
- Wide 3-hollow spoke type wheel rims. (3.00 in. front & 4.50 in. rear)
- Dual disc front brakes with large 290mm floating-type brake rotors.
- Single disc rear brake.
- Large capacity fuel tank (19 liter/5.0 gal.).
- Attractive chrome instruments and mirrors.
- Adjustable front brake lever position. Handlebar mounted
carburetor choke lever.
- Optional accessories:
- Tank cover
- Rear rack
- Engine case guards
- Touring seat
- 12 month unlimited mileage warranty
- Max. HP: 71.6 @ 10500 RPM
- Max. Torque: 38.6 @ 9000 RPM
- quarter mile: 12.11 sec @ 109.8 mph
- Top Speed: 130 mph
- 44 Miles per gallon
- Rake/trail: 25.16o/100mm
- Front wheel travel: 5.1 in.
- Rear wheel travel: 4.8 in.
Y0V: Candy Marine Blueish Green
33J: Pearl Novelty Black
28V: Marble Italian Red
Last modified: Wed Aug 21 18:38:22 CDT 2002
Ed H. Chi (chi [at] acm.org)
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