Make or Break? Suzuki GSF600 Bandit.
“Where did you dig that up from?”
Like many of my purchases, this old Bandit arrived at the yard in the back of a van. Over the last 14 years it’s done most of its journeys in the same way. The previous owner took the bike off the road in 2007. A couple of house moves later and he’d reached the point that it was time to part company with the sorry looking Suzuki.
“That’d clean up ok though, wouldn’t it?”
More than likely, yes it would.
There is no obvious reason why not, other than it is now fitted with those god awful mini headlights, otherwise it’s pretty original. Even better, it comes with a large folder of paper history, everything from old MoT certificates, to receipts for oil change items and even the original bill of sale!
Sadly, the condition of some of the parts have suffered more than other bits. The engine looks shabby externally but could easily be tatted up again. Of course, it doesn’t run, nor will it whilst in my ownership.
This will either get broken for parts after Christmas, or I might try and sell it on whole if we enter another lockdown period, which last time that happened, project bikes became very popular!
“Would be a pity to break it though!”
Not too long ago the humble Bandit 600 often arrived at the yard. This year though, other than a few MK2 offerings, there’s not been any of these original bikes showing up. Are they on the cusp of becoming a classic bike? Maybe! Get in quick whilst you can.
Article provided by Scottie Redmond