Rob Cook


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Farewell Bandit


2021-08-17

After a few years reliable service, it's time to say goodbye to the Suzuki GSF650 Bandit. Last of the old oil cooled, carb fed motors, it was a trusty workhorse that also put a smile on the face.

Enter stage right the replacement - a Yamaha XJ6 Diversion F. A spaceship to the Bandit's tractor, the bike is worlds apart in terms of refinement and technology. Full injection, abs brakes, and full fairing; it really is a smooth bike to ride.

The engine pulls cleanly all the way to the readline, in a predictably linear fashion. The weight (of which there is plenty) is carried low down, so cornering feels natural. With a full set of luggage attached, it's crying out for a decent tour to be undertaken.

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