2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 | First Ride

Light makes right

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Brian J. Nelson

tech SPEC

EVOLUTION
The last-generation GSX-R platform, nipped and tucked to trim twenty pounds.

RIVALS
Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R, Triumph Daytona 675, Yamaha YZF-R6.

TECH
Price: $11,599
Engine type: l-c inline-four
Valve train: DOHC, 16v
Displacement: 599cc
Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression: 12.9:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Transmission: 6-speed
Claimed horsepower: NA
Claimed torque: NA
Frame: Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension: 41mm Showa Big Piston inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake: Dual Brembo Monobloc four-piston radial calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire: 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT-016
Rear tire: 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone Battlax BT-016
Rake/trail: 23.5 degrees/3.8 in.
Seat height: 31.9 in.
Wheelbase: 54.5 in.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight: 412 lbs.
Color: White, blue/white
Available: Now
Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact: American Suzuki Motor Co., P.O. Box 1100, Brea, CA 92822; 714.996.7040 www.suzukicycles.com

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
This is everything we expect a 600cc sportbike to be—light, agile, and intuitively easy to ride fast at the racetrack.

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