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The GSX-R600: It’s a Gixxer... ’nuff said

by TJ Hinton, onOctober 7, 2020, 12:43LISTEN11:11

Suzuki continues the Gixxer family legacy into the 20đôi mươi Mã Sản Phẩm year with the GSX-R600 powered by a 599 cc engine và includes all the sporty handling that is expected in this prestigious line.

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The Gixxer 600 carries a nose-down/tail-high stance that kind of makes it look lượt thích it's going fast even when standing still & leaves it with an eager air that seems to almost beg for some abuse.
The Suzuki GSX-R made a splash all the way back in 1985, & quickly became a motorcycle-household name, complete with a smooth nickname that just rolls right off the tongue. Since then, the Gixxer has been in continuous production over a wide range of engine sizes, and has even been supplemented by the similar, but more street-friendly, GSX-S range. Naturally, the Gixxer 600 looks lượt thích it would be perfectly comfortable at your local racetrack.

The molded front fairing forms a one-piece entry from the jet canopy-like wind deflector, down the gaping maw of the cowling lớn the chin fairing that extends all the way baông chồng khổng lồ the swingarm pivot. Short handlebars pull the rider forward inkhổng lồ the full-on, forward-leaning racing position, and the three-way adjustable footpegs allow for some control over the final shape of the rider triangle.

The upper lines flow bachồng from there lớn drop off precipitously down to the 31.9-inch tall, high-grip butt bucket before rising again to the p-pad platkhung on the minimal subframe. The pillion seat, passenger footpegs, license-plate bracket and turn signals molded into lớn the mirrors give sầu it away as a unit meant for the streets, but all else looks like a pure-D race machine.

Viewed in profile, the Gixxer 600 carries a nose-down/tail-high stance that kind of makes it look like it’s going fast even when standing still, và leaves it with an eager air that seems to lớn almost beg for some abuse. Unlike some of the other members of the Gixxer family, the toàn thân panels come with some large vents and cutouts that let a hint of “ankle” peek out from under the skirt as a bit of a teaser that makes you wonder what else remains hidden under there.

Suzuki GSX-R600 Chassis


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The skeleton of the GSX-R600 is comprised of five separate sections made from cast aluminum that are then welded together to khung a light and strong, twin-spar assembly with a cast-aluminum swingarm to help keep the unsprung weight low in bachồng. An electronically-adjusted, automatic steering damper reacts to bike speed khổng lồ stiffen up at higher speeds to resist kickbachồng at the bars, và loosen up again at low speed for ease of maneuvering. It’s a good system that beats the Hell out of the old fixed-value dampers, và is miles better than relying on steering-head bearing adjustment alone.


The tripletree clamps a pair of Showa’s Big Piston Forks (BPF) that benefit from racing công nghệ to provide adjustable rebound & compression damping as well as spring preload for absolute control over the ride chất lượng at the front end. Showa supports the rear over, as well, with a central monoshock that also comes with adjustable compression và rebound damping, plus a ride-height adjuster.

I would point out that while this suspension isn’t quite as top-shelf as an electronically-controlled dynamic system might be, it’s a whole lot less expensive sầu và is absolutely sufficient for street use, no matter how aggressive sầu your riding style. After all, hauling ass around town is a self-limiting activity, and if traffic and terrain doesn’t limit you, the folks down at the police department will certainly put you in kiểm tra.

Wheel mass is a critical factor that affects how enthusiastically a xe đạp will dive into lớn the corners and reverse direction in “S” curves, lớn say nothing of unsprung-weight factors, so keeping things light is fairly important on high-performance machines. Toward that end, Suzuki runs a mix of 17-inch, cast-aluminum rims with only three spokes khổng lồ suspover it off the hub for the bare minimum in the way of weight và structure. A mix of race-rated, tubeless hoops cap the rims, with a 120/70 up front and a 180/55 in baông xã. Dual front brakes come with four-pot, Brembo monobloc calipers binding floating, 310 mm discs with nothing in the way of ABS interference — which is as it should be.


Suspension, Front:Suspension, Rear:Brakes, Front:Brakes, Rear:Tire, Front:Tire, Rear:
Inverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Link type, single shoông chồng, coil spring, oil damped
Brembo 4-piston, twin disc
Nissin, single piston, single disc
120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless

Suzuki GSX-R600 Drivetrain


Not nội dung to lớn just make a streetxe đạp that looks lượt thích it has race DNA, the factory borrows from its own not-inconsiderable MotoGP trachồng experience khổng lồ build in a number of race-proven features inkhổng lồ the GSX-R600. Using its 599 cc,inline-four mill for the foundation, the engineers built it up with a bit of delightfulness, such as their shot-peen-hardened con’rods;as well as lightweight, Finite Element Method (FEM) forged pistons with coated rings và ventilation lớn help combat mechanical losses.

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The valvetrain comes tuned for minimal losses as well, with titanium-blended valve sầu metallurgy và a single spring to work with the most radical cams Suzuki has ever installed in a production bike. Oversquare, the engine runs a 67 milimet bore with a 42.5 milimet stroke that produces around 104 horsepower and 44 pound-feet of torque (depending on whose dyno it is), for a top tốc độ around 155 mph (depending on whose butt is on the bike).

Now for some electronic wizardry. Suzuki uses an Engine Control Module (ECM) with ride-by-wire throttle input lớn control induction. The Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve sầu (SDTV) công nghệ in the fuel-injected throttle body moderates power delivery with a secondary butterfly to lớn reach a compromise between requested power at the grip and what the engine can smoothly deliver.

Additionally, the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) provides a pair of rider modes to lớn choose from for even more control over power delivery. Finally, the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning system incorporates a valve in the exhaust system to lớn provide variable and dynamic backpressure control.A back-torque limiting clutch couples engine power lớn the six-speed transmission that comes with a tall first gear ratio that gets shorter on up the range for solid starts và corner exits.


Engine:Displacement:Bore x Stroke:Compression Ratio:Fuel System:Ignition:Starter:Lubrication:Transmission:Clutch:Final Drive:
4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
599 cc
67.0 mm x 42.5 mm (2.638 in x 1.673 in)
12.9 : 1
Suzuki Fuel Injection with SCTV
Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Electric
Wet sump
6-speed, constant mesh
Wet, multi-plate type
RK525SMOZ8, 114 link, Chain

Suzuki GSX-R600 Pricing


Warranty:12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Colors:
└2015:Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White, Pearl Bracing White / Glass Sparkle Black
└2016:Metallic Triton Blue, Pearl Mira Red / Metallic Matte Blaông chồng No. 2
└2017:Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black / Marble Daytomãng cầu Yellow, Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black
└2018:Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Mystic Silver/Pearl Glacier White, Metallic Oort Grey No. 3
└2019, 2020:Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Glacier White
Price:
└2016, 2017:$11,199
└2018:$11,299
└2019, 2020:$11,399

Suzuki GSX-R600 Competitors


Visually, our two competitors are very similar, with partially cut-away fairings and a race-tastic, nose down/tail up stance that is typical of current breed standards. The entry is a little different on the Honda with a side-by-side headlight arrangement as opposed khổng lồ the over/under beams on the Suzuki. Honda cleans up the exhaust system nicely by tucking the muffler up under the subframe, but then clutters up the look with standoff-mount turn signals, the exact opposite of the arrangement on the GSX-R with its external exhaust components and faired-off blinkers.


Both the CBR & the GSX-R run inverted, Big Piston Forks up front và a tucked-away monoshochồng on radical-looking swingarms in baông xã, with fully adjustable ride unique parameters all-around. Brake-disc diameter and caliper considerations seem as they’re taken from the same playbook, but the Red Riders take it a step further with the combined anti-lochồng brake system (C-ABS) as an available option that applies variable và blended brake pressure depending upon the situation, but only at speeds above 4 mph so there is no hinky behavior during dead-slow maneuvers.

While I vị not feel that any sort of ABS is appropriate for trachồng work, I also recognize that the vast majority of units from either family are unlikely to get any closer to lớn a track than the parking lot, & so a little buffer for street (read: non-professional, no matter how good you think you are) riders is always a good thing given the CBR’s capabilities.

The powerplants could almost be brothers-from-another-mother. Same displacement, same bore và stroke và nearly the same power output. Both rides churn out 44 pound-feet of torque, but the 104-pony Gixxer squeaks out a minor win over the CBR with its 98.8 horses. Yeah, in other words, it comes down to lớn rider skill & not machine advantages, again, as it should be.

To further demonstrate how razor thin advantages can be in this hotly contested “arms race,” the checkout prices are within a hair of one another. Suzuki manages another minor victory with its $11,399 sticker, with Honda’s breath hot on its nechồng at $11,799. With bikes so cthua trận in every important category, I feel lượt thích it’s going lớn come down to lớn brand loyalty, và failing that, heinie-dyno feedbaông xã during the test ride.

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He Said

“I’ve always had a soft spot for the Gixxers ever since I scared the crap out of myself on a GSX-R1100 bachồng in ’94, & it seems Suzuki hasn’t missed a step in the interlặng. I would lượt thích to point out that in spite of the mid-kích thước displacement, this is not, repeat not an entry-cấp độ ride. Seriously, if you think you want lớn get into lớn sportbikes, look at one of the smaller-displacement Gixxers or even a GSX-S mã sản phẩm rather than the R600, because this bike will chew you up & spit you out if you aren’t careful.”


She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “Very flickable & fast. Not really just fast, but more lượt thích stupidfast. The factory did a nice nâng cấp over the năm trước Mã Sản Phẩm in how the bike looks and feels. It sounds awesome và seriously, it’s nice to see rider models in this mid-displacement field. It has good mid-range and even in the less-sporty rider mode, you can still get a thrilling ride. I’d still shy away from recommending this as a beginner bike — a supersport trainer, maybe — but respect the xe đạp or you could get yourself inkhổng lồ a heap o’ trouble in a hurry.”

Suzuki GSX-R600 Specifications


Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine:4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Displacement:599 cc
Bore x Stroke:67.0 milimet x 42.5 milimet (2.638 in x 1.673 in)
Compression Ratio:12.9 : 1
Fuel System:Suzuki Fuel Injection with SCTV
Ignition:Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter:Electric
Lubrication:Wet sump
Transmission:6-tốc độ, constant mesh
Clutch:Wet, multi-plate type
Final Drive:RK525SMOZ8, 114 links, Chain
Chassis:
Suspension Front:Inverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear:Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front:Brembo 4-piston, twin disc
Brakes Rear:Nissin, single piston, single disc
Tires Front:120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear:180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Length:79.9 in (2,030 mm)
Overall Width:28.0 in (710 mm)
Overall Height:44.7 in (1,135 mm)
Wheelbase:54.5 in (1,385 mm)
Ground Clearance:5.1 in (130 mm)
Seat Height:31.9 in (810 mm)
Curb Weight:412 lbs (187 kg)
Fuel Tank Capacity:4.5 US (17.0 l)
Top Speed:155 mph (est)
Details:
Warranty:12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
màu sắc Options:
└2015:Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White, Pearl Bracing White / Glass Sparkle Black
└2016:Metallic Triton Blue, Pearl Mira Red / Metallic Matte Black No. 2:
└2017:Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Blachồng / Marble Daytomãng cầu Yellow, Metallic Matte Blaông xã No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black
└2018:Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Mystic Silver/Pearl Glacier White, Metallic Oort Grey No. 3
└2019, 2020:Glass Sparkle Blachồng, Pearl Glacier White
Price:
└năm nhâm thìn, 2017:$11,199
└2018:$11,299
└2019, 2020:$11,399

T.J got an early start from his father và other family members who owned & rode motorcycles, và by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew inlớn a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, & eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes và doesn"t discriminate against any particular brvà or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate"s degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.Read full bio

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