First Ride: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 - Supersport Stalker

More Midrange Power And S-Dms Adjustability Whip The GSX-R600 Into Shape.

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Brian J. Nelson

Tech Spec
Evolution
The 600 gets some trickle-down 1000 technology, including S-DMS and an electronic steering damper.

Rivals
The other 600cc screamers from Japan, Inc.: Honda's CBR600RR, Kawasaki's ZX-6R and Yamaha's YZF-R6.

TECH
Price: $9399
Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 599cc
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression: 12.8:1
Fuel system: SDTV dual-stage EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: na
Claimed torque: na
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: Showa shock with adj. preload, high/low-speed comp. and rebound damping
Rear suspension: 41mm Showa inverted fork with adj. preload, comp. and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Tokico four-piston radial calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake: Single Tokico one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire: 120/70-ZR17 Bridgestone Battlax 016
Rear tire: 180/55-ZR17 Bridgestone Battlax 016
Rake/trail: 23.5,/3.82 in.
Seat height: 31.9 in.
Wheelbase: 55.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed dry weight: 359 lbs.
Color: Blue/White, Silver/Yellow, White/Silver, Black/Matte Black
Available: Now
Warranty: 12 months, unlimited mi.

Verdict
With the same neutral handling and more low- to midrange power, Suzuki's littlest Gixxer is an even better motorcycle.

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