Suzuki GSX-R600, Honda CBR600F4, Kawasaki ZX-6R And Yamaha YZF-R6 - Reality Check

The ID Says You Need A Dozen Bikes, But The Ego Knows Better. Take One 600cc Sportbike And Make Yourself Comfortable On The Couch

By The Motorcyclist Staff, Photography by Dean Groover, Kevin Wing

Cheers & Jeers
BIKE/SCORE  
HONDA KAWASAKI SUZUKI YAMAHA VERDICT
Engine 9 9 7 8 Honda is supremely flexible; Kawasaki is the smoothest and "snarliest" while the R6 rules the top-end
Drivetrain 9 9 8 8 Slick gearbox salvages Suzuki's score; Yamaha could be more refined; CBR and 6R almost faultless
Handling 8 8 9 10 All really good. High-effort steering keeps the R6 from getting a 10; F4 and 6R most user-friendly
Braking 8 9 7 10 R6's stoppers are peerless and the Kaw's much improved for 2000. GSX-R's are wooden and high-effort
Ride 8 9 8 9 Kawasaki has best compromise of comfort and control; R6 is the most buttoned-down for hard riding
Ergonomics 10 9 7 8 CBR and 6R make comfy couches, with everything in the right place. R6 is serious but not crippling
Features 8 9 8 8 Clocks and bungee hooks, we love'em and the Kaw's got them all. Suzuki and Honda seem a bit old tech
Refinement 9 8 7 9 Typical Honda attention to detail but the Yamaha is hot on its heels. Kawasaki is raising its game
Value 9 9 8 10 What's not to love in this competitive class? Suzuki will redress the situation next year
Fun factor 8 9 7 10 Max Headroom-R6 never fails to amaze; Kaw snarls like a dragster. Honda seems staid in this group
Overall* 8 8 7 9 R6 is best sportbike and not uncomfortable enough to hurt its score; CBR and ZX-6R great all-arounders

*Overall rating is independent and not derived from category scores.

By The Motorcyclist Staff
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