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Early 90s Suzuki Bandit GSF250 - how hard to get parts?

Discussion in 'Bike Reviews, Questions and Suggestions' started by jisk, Dec 23, 2008.

  1. Hey guys,

    I've got my eye on a couple of Suzuki Bandit 250's that I plan to make an offer on after Christmas. My one concern with this kind of bike is that it was a grey import and isn't terribly common. If something goes wrong with the bike, is it easy to get parts for? Also, will mechanics work on grey imports?

    Yes, I did a search first and found recommendations that they are pretty decent bikes but couldn't find this question answered.

  2. I'll be interested in the answer as well - I have the 1200 Bandit and love it, and wouldn't mind picking up a 'Baby Bandit' for the Mrs. If you end up with one, a review here would be welcomed too!
  3. I have one. There is a place in VIC called Victorian MC wreckers. They carry alot of brandnew old stock for imports. They specialise in the wreckage of greys too.

    As for the bike, they are realiable, easy to chuck and a little weightier than most other 250's, so they give you a similar ride to an under powered big bike.

    Easy to service and maintain aswell.
  4. Great bikes - If you can find a 00 or 01 (from memory) with red tappet cover, they have VVT (makes a big difference - makes a loud ZZZT noise tho dont let this scare you) and were released in AU so no parts problems
  5. Very few parts on the Bandit are specific to just that model - and even those can be sourced from wreckers or from a dealer if needed. There's very few differences between the 250 Bandit sold here and the grey import version apart from some engine internals - and if you need those then it's probably about time to replace the whole bike.
    Most of the consumables/breakables are easy to source - the brake/clutch levers from other Suzukis (and Yamahas) will fit, the brakes are the same as those used on a range of Suzukis and Kawasakis, the air filter is the same as the GS500 etc, etc. About the only regular service item that's unique is the oil filter, but Hiflo makes one which you should be able to order from any bike dealer.
  6. Thanks very much guys for this great info!