Suzuki Unveils New Bandit 650 RangeSat, 08 Nov 2008
In our ongoing coverage of everything worth covering and talking about and beating to death that happened at EICMA, Suzuki unveiled a new Bandit 650 range in Milan earlier this week. Both the 650 and 650SA models received styling and practical updates that bring a new sharp and dynamic look to the 2009 middleweight class.
With new edgy styling, the naked Bandit 650 is headlined by sleeker modern headlights, and newly styled mirrors that make it resemble an angry bunny rabbit. With a slimmer tail light, new instrumentation, a black engine finish and newly shaped muffler ends, the Bandit 650 mixes a track record of reliability with newly designed styling elements.
For those that want added weather protection, the Bandit 650SA offers practicality thanks to a newly designed fairing. Aerodynamically efficient, the new half fairing incorporates stacked high and low beam multi-reflector headlights, in a cowl that offers new storage bays on both sides, along with the styling updates of the naked 650.
Talking about the new models, Suzuki of Great Britain’s George Cheeseman commented, “The Bandit 650 range is very popular for us in the UK and so we welcome the news of updated versions for 2009. At the same time, I’m pleased to confirm that these models will make their UK debut at the NEC Motorcycle Show later this month.” The Bandit is apparently a popular bike in Europe, which shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone I suppose. Versatility, handling and reliability are certainly worthy attributes of any motorcycle, so the fact that the Bandit now has more modern, updated styling can only help its cause.
By Dustin Woods
See also: EICMA 2008: First Impressions, Wanna Take Your Bike for a Spin Across the Lake?, Half Sportbike + Half Sportcar: Suzuki SXForce Concept.