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August 1, 2003, 04:30 PM


Just wondering if some one can explain in "where is the gas peddle on this thing?" newbie speak, the difference between a Suzuki Bandit 600(s) and SV650(s).

I know the 's' versions come with a shield and a bit of plastic... I also know that the engines are different, I don't know how the engine difference compares...

I have sat on and rev'd a 1996 Bandit 600s up at www.usedbikeemporium.com, they have pics of it there.

I need to find a sv650 somewhere to see the difference...

Any info welcome!



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August 1, 2003, 07:20 PM

Hey Wormser, welcome to the board!

The Bandit 600 is a four cylinder whereas the SV650 is a V-twin. I always recommend the SV650(S) as an excellent starter bike for a newbie (but I'm biased - see sig). It's light, has decent power and handles great so you won't outgrow it in the first season. The Bandit has more power and revs higher since it basically has the same engine as the supersport 600's, albeit tuned to a little bit less power, and is much heavier than the SV. Although it handles very well also. You didn't mention how big you are, but for someone with the necessary inseam length, and older Bandit would make a good starter bike as well.

IMO the V-twin has better torque characteristics and is more user friendly for someone learning to ride. You can pick up a relatively new used one in good condition pretty cheap. Plus, with a few easy mod's SV's make great cheap track bikes if you eventually get into racing and/or doing track days.


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