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Suzuki Bandit 250 Full Review

As today’s topic, we choose to explain about Suzuki Bandit 250, in other words, the Suzuki GSF250 which was another serious request of yours.

If we do an introduction about this motorcycle, this has become the bike which can be taken for the lowest price and the bike with the most defective 250 inline 4 cylinders. But it is a very easy task for a good-driving condition Bandit motorcycle to compete with Honda Jade and Hornet which are the most famous 4-cylinder motorcycles in this country.

The birth of this bike took place in Japan nearly 30 years ago, in 1989, and this motorcycle was manufactured in Japan itself until 2000 for 11 years continuously.

GSF250 – model years ‘K’ (1989), ‘L’ (1990), ‘M’ (1991), ‘N’ (1992), ‘P’ (1993), ‘R’ (1994).

GSF250V – model years ‘S’ (1995), ‘Y’ (2000).

GSF250Z – limited, model years ‘M’ (1991), ‘N’ (1992), ‘P’ (1993).

GSF250VZ – limited, model year ‘S’ (1995).

Limited models of this motorcycle were produced as Half Faired and Clip-On Handle Bars were added in the N model, and the power which was at 45 horsepower was reduced to 40 horsepower after 1992. The Bandit GSF250V model was introduced with VVT (Variable valve timing) technology in 1995 and this is similar to the Power Valve process of V-Tec and 2 Stroke of Honda. This Suzuki Bandit motorcycle engine with VVT can be identified by the red color on the top of the engine.


This can be mentioned as the basic changes that have happened in this motorcycle and we will talk about the engine and other components of this motorcycle. As the engine of this bike Suzuki has provided a 248cc DOHC Four-stroke Inline Four Cylinder engine, and 16 intake and exhaust valves have been used instead of 4 valves per cylinder. At that time in every inline 4-cylinder motorcycle, this a situation that can be seen. Due to this, a very high power is given by the 250 engine to the motorcycle and a very low level of fuel efficiency can be seen in this bike. This engine has a power of 45 horsepower and as mentioned above, in 1992 it was released at 40 horsepower.

A good condition Bandit motorcycle can easily reach 100 km/h in less than 6 seconds and it can reach a 190 km/h top speed in less than 2 minutes. But most of the bandit motorcycles in this country are full of faults and it has been a difficult task for some motorcycles to pass 100 km per hour. Therefore, if you are thinking of buying a Bandit motorcycle, do not forget to get expert support, otherwise, you will be disappointed when you see Japanese motorcycles in any place.

Cooling System and Fuel Supply

As the cooling system here, as in all motorcycles of the same category like Hornet, Jade, and Zeal, a liquid cooling system has been used here. The cooling system of Bendy can be seen as one of the devices that shows the disease in this bike. For this reason, do not forget to carry out proper maintenance on time.

The fuel supply is done through a carburetor and Carb-related errors can also be seen in Bandit, and due to the lack of spare parts in this model, Honda Jade’s carb is sometimes used for this motorcycle. A Bandit motorcycle with no carb-related faults & a Tuned proper Carburetor can achieve a fuel efficiency of 20 to 23 km per liter of petrol and an untuned carb motorcycle gives a fuel efficiency of between 8 and 15 km per liter of petrol. A 14-liter tank has been provided as a fuel tank, while reserve storage of 3.5 liters is included in this 14-liter.

Gear, Clutch and Design

When talking about the gear and clutch system of this bike, a wet multi-plate disc clutch is used with a 6-speed gear system. If we talk about the design and frame of this motorcycle, although most of the motorcycles competing with this motorcycle at that time used Steel Diamond Frames, Suzuki used a Trellis Frame for this motorcycle. Although the design is very similar to the naked motorcycles at that time, this bandit stands out because of its Trellis Frame of it. However, the Bandit could not be as beautiful and stylish as the Honda Hornet, but in terms of speed, the Honda Hornet was slightly below that of the Bandit.

If you pay attention to the handling here, both the rider and the person behind can travel very easily in the long run. But there is some problem in turning the motorcycle in small spaces and instability in turning in corners at high speeds can also be seen in this motorcycle. And also, this motorcycle weighs about 176 kg.

Meter and Clearance

A Full Analog meter has been used as the meter system here and it shows things like Speed, ODO, Trip, and RPM. The lack of a Fuel Gauge or Temperature Gauge can be pointed out here, but after 1995, this problem disappeared due to the addition of a meter showing the fuel gauge.

The seat height of Bandit is 750mm (29.5 inches). Due to this, a person of any height can easily ride this motorcycle, and Ground clearance is recorded as 155mm (6.1 inches).

Suspension, Breaks and Tires

When talking about the suspension of this motorcycle, Oil damped telescopic 41mm forks with coil springs are used in the front and a mono-shock which can be adjusted to 7 levels is used for the back.

As the Brakes of this bike, a single disc with a 4-piston Tokiko caliper at the front and a disc with a two-piston Tokiko caliper are used at the back. Though Nisin calipers are seen in some motorcycles in this country, the Tokiko caliper is used in the standard model. The brakes are at a very good level and two front discs can be seen in the 400 models of this bike.

When we talk about the tires of this bike, a 110/70R-17M/C 54H tire in front and 150/60R-17M/C 66H tubeless tires can be seen in the back of this bike. Other than the Bandit 250V, the back tire size of other bike models was 140/70 –17M/C 66H.

Finally, if we note this motorcycle, this motorcycle can compete with motorcycles like Honda CB Jade 250, Honda Hornet 250, Kawasaki Belfius 250, and Yamaha Zeal 250. But due to factors such as lack of spare parts, carb, CDI-related errors, and high maintenance costs, it has become a very cheap Japanese motorcycle in the current motorcycle market.

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Until the next post, be safe and keep riding.

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