Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600
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Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

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Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600
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Both compression and rebound are adjustable at the top of the fork leg.

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When it comes to the brakes, Suzuki relies on the tried and tested monobloc calipers from Brembo.

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The striking rear view is not entirely new.

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Fine system for adjusting the chain slack.

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Here the adjustable footrest on the Suzuki GSX-R 750.

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The standard steering damper works electronically.

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The new Big Piston Fork from Showa has both the 600 and 750 series.

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As always, the cockpit is clear and highly informative.

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Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600 (with video)

First driving report of the new Suzuki GSX-R 600

The area around the eyes, the narrow headlight, is just one of the many innovations on the GSX-R 600, born in 2011. MOTORRAD tried out everything else it has to offer besides deep looks on the racetrack.

Winter sports can be so beautiful: after a cautious start, the sun blossoms with a mild glow, in the early afternoon the temperature flares up to 16 degrees, the race track in the mountains above Almeria is warm and dry. And this multiple right-hand bend, which leads uphill in about 38 different radii, over a small crest, a little downhill, up again and then finally down, it now also goes in a seamless arc and a corridor.

NEven before the vertex of the last hook, you have to accelerate a little to relieve the front wheel in the downhill section. Precisely, but without harshness, the Suzuki engine executes the load change, which is always delicate in a full lean position, and then pulls towards the following left-hand bend with astonishing power. Without the possibility of a torque measurement, its strength in the middle speed range cannot be determined objectively, but here and now the revised, friction-optimized four-cylinder makes a powerful impression.

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Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600 (with video)
First driving report of the new Suzuki GSX-R 600


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Despite the shortened wheelbase, the new GSX-R 600 has lost none of its directional stability in fast corners.

The rubbers bite into the new one-piece with a slight response delay Brembo pliers to, but then brakes the Suzuki safely down to around 80 km / h. The technicians apparently do not want to abandon this initially somewhat blunt interpretation. It is designed to prevent falls from a blocking front wheel when the brakes are braked. In fact, it always lacks spontaneity when you don’t brake with all your might and rapidly rising temperature, but rather apply the coverings with feeling. For example in an inclined position. The initially slight delay tempts you to pull in harder, and then things can get really tricky. A quick and comprehensible implementation of the impulses on the brake lever would be better.

Because the road rises sharply in the braking zone at the end of the long straight, braking in the following right / left combination is not yet a challenge in terms of stability. The rear wheel stays on track. At the end of the short home straight, the braking zone goes downhill; Here the hind quarters show more lateral movement when the load is largely relieved, but this remains well within the acceptable range. A test has to clarify whether it also does this with more severe braking maneuvers with racing tires.

At the presentation in Almeria, the new 600 series Suzuki rolled on original equipment tires, a light special specification of the Bridgestone BT 016 with the designation AA. Since these road tires can only cope with the higher temperatures typical of the racetrack to a limited extent and feel doughy when they run at the upper edge of their temperature range, the steering precision of the new GSX-R cannot be precisely classified. In any case, it enabled precise play with the curbs after the Suzuki mechanics had preloaded the rear spring two turns more than the standard setting.

The handling of the GSX-R 600 on the road is even more difficult to assess because it was only allowed to be driven on the racetrack. With cool tires she looked a bit more stubborn in the first corners after exiting the pit area than would be normal in this condition. Very quickly, however, before the end of the first round, she found one very pleasant handling. That means something in Almeria, because in addition to the complex lines already mentioned, it is mainly alternating curves in different speed ranges that determine the route. And it was just fun in those "small" To pepper the GSX-R from one slant to the other. Unfortunately, the selling price was not officially stated at the time of going to press; the last stand is 11 790 euros, 500 euros more expensive than the previous model.

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Technical specifications


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The new Suzuki GSX-R 600.

engine:
Water-cooled four-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, wet sump lubrication, injection, 0 40 mm, regulated catalytic converter with secondary air system, 375 W alternator, 12 V / 8 Ah battery, mechanically operated multi-disc oil bath clutch ( Anti-hopping), six-speed gearbox, O-ring chain, secondary ratio 43:16.
Bore x stroke 67.0 x 42.5 mm
Displacement 599 cc
rated capacity 92.5 kW (126 hp) at 13500 rpm
Max. Torque 70 Nm at 11500 rpm

Landing gear:
Bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, 0 41 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, steering damper, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, central spring strut with lever system, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, 0 310 mm, four-piston fixed calipers , Rear disc brake, 0 220 mm, single-piston floating caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17; 5.50 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 180/55 ZR 17

Mass and weight:

Wheelbase 1385 mm, steering head angle 66.3 degrees, caster 97 mm, spring travel f / h 120/130 mm, empty weight 187 kg, seat height 810 mm, tank capacity 17.0 liters.
guarantee two years
Colours Blue / white, white / black, black
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Driving report: Suzuki GSX-R 600

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This is new about the GSX-R 600


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The colors of the Suzuki GSX-R 600 for the 2011 season.

  • Nine kilograms lighter
  • Frame and swing arm lighter
  • Shorter wheelbase (1385 instead of 1400 mm)
  • Trim 5.5 cm, rear 3.5 cm shorter
  • Showa Big Piston Fork
  • Brembo monobloc brake calipers
  • Lighter wheels
  • Smaller axle diameter
  • Lighter pistons, resulting in a maximum speed of 15 500 rpm
  • Lighter exhaust system with titanium muffler
  • Lap timer and new, adjustable shift light

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