Bandit 250V, a Stylish Model with the Ultimate 4-Cylinder 250cc Engine

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The technological competition among manufacturers that resulted from the racer-replica boom of the 1980s produced high-performance motorcycles year after year. The development competition in the 250cc class was particularly fierce, and models equipped with DOHC 4-valve, 4-cylinder, water-cooled engines that delivered 45 PS, starting with Yamaha's FZ250 Fazer, underwent model changes every year, leading to the racer replica boom. The DOHC 4-valve, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine was carried over to the naked bike boom that followed the racer replica boom, and various model variations were created.

Suzuki Strikes Back After Lagging in 250cc 4-Cylinder Wars

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Stylish is the perfect word for it, and it featured a beautiful European design that was unique for a Japanese-made bike.

In 1983, before the introduction of the Fazer, Suzuki had launched a model equipped with a DOHC liquid-cooled 4-cylinder engine, the GS250FW, but it was a 2-valve, 2-cab version with a maximum output of 36 PS. The next model, the GF250, introduced in 1985, inherited the 2-valve engine, but its maximum output was increased to 41 PS.
In 1987, the first GSX-R250 appeared with a 45 PS OHC 4-valve 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine, and in 1989 the model was changed to the GSX-R250R with an aluminum frame.
Suzuki's 250cc naked models include the Cobra, a cowl-less street-fighter version of the GSX-R250R, and the GSX250S Katana, which reproduced the style of the famous GSX1100S Katana of the 1980s in a 250cc body. The lineup included the Bandit 250, a beautifully designed European model. The Bandit 250 was the only one of these three models to undergo a full model change, and the Bandit 250V introduced here was the second-generation model added to the lineup in 1995.

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The second-generation Bandit's rear view is also sharper than that of the first-generation, enhancing its sporty image.

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The GS250FW was Suzuki's first 4-cylinder 250cc model. The engine was a 2-valve DOHC, with a steel square pipe frame and full floater suspension.

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The GSX-R250 was equipped with a 4-valve DOHC engine, but the frame was made of steel and the carburetor was a two-carburetor design, with one machine handling two cylinders.

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The GSX-R250R was reborn with an extra-thick aluminum frame and a 4-carburetor DOHC 4-valve engine; a cross-transmission SP version was also added to the lineup.

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The Cobra, a cowl-less version based on the GSX-R250R, is what we now call a street-fighter model.
As a naked model with an aluminum frame, it boasted high performance.

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The GSX250S Katana was launched in 1991, following almost exactly the design of the GSX1100S Katana designed by Hans Muth.

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The first Bandit 250, was designed very similarly to the 400, with the only major visual difference being the single front brake.

High-performance engines born of the motorcycle boom of the 1980s

The second generation Bandit 250 further brushed up the beautiful European design of the first generation, and its dry weight was reduced by 12 kg, from 156 kg to 144 kg.
The engine remained the same 40 PS version, but the aluminum swingarm and radial tires made it more sporting. While the first thing people talk about with the Bandit is its beautiful design, the most notable aspect of the Bandit 250V is its engine. The engine, which Suzuki calls the VC engine (VC = Variable valve Control), is the only one in the 250cc class to feature a variable valve timing mechanism.
Variable valve control is well-known in the Honda CBR400F (REV) and CB400SF (Hyper VTEC), but these Honda systems switch between 2-valve and 4-valve operation.
In contrast, Suzuki's VC engine had a single camshaft with cams for low and high speeds, and the valve lift and timing were changed by switching the cams. This VC engine had already been used in the Bandit 400, and the technology was well-established. The VC engine had rocker arms for both the low-medium and high-speed cams, and the CPU controlled the switching timing of the low-medium and high-speed cams based on throttle opening, engine speed, and gear position.

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The red-painted head cover asserts the high-performance engine. Although horsepower regulations limited maximum output to 40 PS at 14,000 rpm, the VC engine provided both ease of handling and power.

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The carburetors are four Mikuni BST29s. This is the so-called "slingshot carburetor" that has been used on Suzuki motorcycles since the late 1980s.

The only famous motorcycle equipped with the most advanced 250cc engine

The 250cc DOHC 4-cylinder engine, which has been pushed to ultra-high rpm, inevitably lacks torque at low speeds. This VC engine compensated for this weakness and succeeded in achieving both strength in the low-mid RPM range and power feeling at high RPM. However, by the beginning of the 2000s, the popularity of motorcycles had declined, and the Bandit 250V was discontinued in 2000.
With the downsizing of the 250cc category, this 250cc VC engine disappeared, only to be installed in the Bandit 250V. However, there is no doubt that this engine was the most advanced among the DOHC 4-valve, 4-cylinder 250cc engines, with which all the manufacturers competed in technology.

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The front area is a basic design for a naked model, with a combination of a basic round headlight and a bullet-shaped meter case.

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The meter is an analog twin-lens type. It is simple and easy to read. The tachometer red sones from 15,000 rpm.

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The beautifully designed fuel tank has a 15-liter capacity and is fitted with a three-dimensional emblem of "Bandit.

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The exhaust is a 4-1 set type with a single right-side exhaust. The silencer is designed to be thicker toward the rear, creating a powerful rear view..

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The front brake is a single type with a 300mm disc rotor combined with a single-pressed 2-pot caliper.

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The swingarm is square aluminum, and the brakes are 240mm disc rotors with opposed 2-pot calipers.

1997 Bandit 250V Main Specifications

Overall Length x Overall Width x Overall Height: 2050 x 730 x 1055 mm

Wheelbase: 1415mm

Seat height: 745mm

Vehicle weight: 146 kg (dry)
Engine: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, in-line 4-cylinder, DOHC 4-valve, 248cc

Maximum output: 40PS/14000rpm

Max. torque: 2.5 kgf-m/10000 rpm

Fuel tank capacity: 15 liters

Transmission: 6-speed return
Brakes: F=disc, R=disc

Tires: F=110/70R17, R=150/60R17

Price: approx. 3454 USD (price at the time excluding tax)

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