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Old 29th July 2018, 06:20 PM
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Default Thinking of swapping a bandit for gsxr 600

Hi guys I'm thinking of swapping my 2004 Suzuki bandit 600 for k3 Suzuki gsxr 600. I use my bike for daily commutes to work and social use as well so I want guys who currently have one or guys who've drove one for a good while to fill me in what there like for fuel economy? comfort? and any issues to look out for?
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Old 29th July 2018, 06:25 PM
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Sportsbikes/fuel economy/comfort..... in the same sentence
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Old 29th July 2018, 06:29 PM
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Currently using a ZX6r commuting in and out of the city to work. Not ideal and I’d much prefer to be on a more comfortable upright bike for the job. That being said, if your hearts set on a gixxer I wouldn’t let the fact you need it for commuting also put you off.

ZX6r gets about 150/160km with city driving. Tank costs about 16 Euro and I suspect the gixxer will be the same give or take a few km
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Old 29th July 2018, 06:54 PM
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Gixxers arent too uncomfortable, had an srad 750 for 2 years, granted theyre alot bigger then the k2, but that was very comfortable
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Old 29th July 2018, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Trotter Independent Trading
Currently using a ZX6r commuting in and out of the city to work. Not ideal and I’d much prefer to be on a more comfortable upright bike for the job. That being said, if your hearts set on a gixxer I wouldn’t let the fact you need it for commuting also put you off.

ZX6r gets about 150/160km with city driving. Tank costs about 16 Euro and I suspect the gixxer will be the same give or take a few km


My trip to work is alot of dual carriageway not much city driving. I'd travel roughly 65km daily but on day's off that could be considerably more closer to 90km so I'm not sure about gixxers fuel economy and I'm not an aggressive driver either I'd stay within speed limits
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Old 29th July 2018, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Ianmoore
My trip to work is alot of dual carriageway not much city driving. I'd travel roughly 65km daily but on day's off that could be considerably more closer to 90km so I'm not sure about gixxers fuel economy and I'm not an aggressive driver either I'd stay within speed limits
Fuel economy will be higher so but not by too much. Maybe 180/190km.

No bike is going to be perfect at everything. So my advice, if you want the gixer get it
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Old 29th July 2018, 09:34 PM
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Ever thought about gsx650f?
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Old 29th July 2018, 10:47 PM
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I had 04 bandit 600 and changed it for k5 gsxr 600 and i still have the same bike 13 years on never had any problems with it. Commute to work on it everyday and find it very comfortable
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Old 29th July 2018, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Lukasz
Ever thought about gsx650f?
I drove a gsxf 750 as a loaner bike while I had a bike getting work done I loved the bike but the dealership/mechanic sold it when I went back to him about it would definitely consider one depending on the year.
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Old 29th July 2018, 11:06 PM
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I had 04 bandit 600 and changed it for k5 gsxr 600 and i still have the same bike 13 years on never had any problems with it. Commute to work on it everyday and find it very comfortable
What sort of millage were you doing daily if you don't mind me asking and was it good on fuel for you?
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Old 30th July 2018, 07:17 AM
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What sort of millage were you doing daily if you don't mind me asking and was it good on fuel for you?
I do about 50km daily and get about 150km before fuel light come on
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Old 30th July 2018, 07:50 AM
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Good review hereI thought you had just bought a VFR 800 or do you still have it? I am looking at them at the moment.
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Old 30th July 2018, 10:10 AM
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Depends on who you ask, but if you ask me, I wouldn't recommend a sports bike for commuting.

But if it's a short enough commute you might get away with it and then enjoy the sports bike on the blasts.
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Old 30th July 2018, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by ger66
I do about 50km daily and get about 150km before fuel light come on
That's not bad my bandit at the moment gets 160km before I have to fill up again so there's not much in the difference thank you for your help.
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Old 30th July 2018, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by dePeatrick
Good review hereI thought you had just bought a VFR 800 or do you still have it? I am looking at them at the moment.
Yes I had a vfr for about a month and traded it against my current bandit because as fun and enjoyable the vfr was it just wasn't the bike for me and trust me when I say this when you open up the engine any bit at all you see the fuel bar go down as fast as the speedo goes up. I think my dealership/mechanic might still have it I'm not too sure look up Paul Greaney motorcycles and you will find his number and you can ask if he still has it.
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Old 30th July 2018, 01:51 PM
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Default Re: Thinking of swapping a bandit for gsxr 600

If you can put up with a bit of discomfort, sportsbikes make great commuters because they aren't generally that wide.
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Old 30th July 2018, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Ianmoore
Yes I had a vfr for about a month and traded it against my current bandit because as fun and enjoyable the vfr was it just wasn't the bike for me and trust me when I say this when you open up the engine any bit at all you see the fuel bar go down as fast as the speedo goes up. I think my dealership/mechanic might still have it I'm not too sure look up Paul Greaney motorcycles and you will find his number and you can ask if he still has it.
Surprised at high fuel consumption, most reckon 47ish (mpg) and upwards, what were you getting out if interest?
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Old 31st July 2018, 12:42 AM
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Originally Posted by dePeatrick
Surprised at high fuel consumption, most reckon 47ish (mpg) and upwards, what were you getting out if interest?
I was roughly getting about 40 to 42mpg but that was due to how much driving I was doing I suppose and with my current bandit I've got 51mpg that's the most any bandit can possibly get according to some mates I drive with who also have bandits. I'm just looking for a change this is my third bandit I've had started with a 97 and now have 04 modile and I can't fault the bandit it does exactly what I want it too and I can always rely on it but I've wanted a gsxr for about 2 years now and drive my mates one any chance I get and there just so fun and I find them very good to handle so I'm currently mad to get one just waiting for one within my budget.
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Old 1st August 2018, 01:16 PM
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Love commuting on the R6. Fits thru the tightest gaps
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Old 1st August 2018, 01:45 PM
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If you want to reduce your fuel bill - look at Honda NC750 - it's a perfect city commuter bike, with front storage, great fuel efficiency and upright riding position. It's also a million miles away from a sports bike - so that might not be ideal.

If you plan on commuting all year round, and something slightly more sporty, perhaps have you considered a BMW F800ST? They are very efficient on fuel - I get 4.2 l/100km on my F800GT (which is very similar to ST); Or in other words a tank is about 15 litres (20 euro to fill) and I get about 300 km per tank. It has plenty of poke for city as well as motorway use, decent amount of fairing etc. Yes, it's a BMW but sure nothing is perfect.
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