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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Suzuki GSR600 is a middleweight inline four in the same mould as Yamaha’s FZ6 and Honda’s Hornet 600. It’s a perfectly acceptable ride, but to be honest the Suzuki GSR600 adds almost nothing to the biking world – especially when Suzuki’s own Bandit 600 (and 650 version) does exactly the same job for less money than the Suzuki GSR600.

 

Watch the Suzuki GSR600 take on the Triumph Street Triple, Yamaha's FZ6 Fazer, Honda's Hornet, Kawasaki's Z750 and Ducati's Monster

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSR600 uses a de-tuned version of the motor from the GSX-R600 K4 and clips along at a fair rate. The 16v, DOHC motor revs to a dizzying 14,000rpm, but fortunately it’s not as peaky as the FZ6. The Suzuki GSR600 has decent torque and overtakes don’t necessitate a dance on the gear lever to be quick and safe.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSR600's shock is seven-way adjustable for preload and rebound but it’s over-damped and harsh. The forks, conversely, are too under-damped and soft, diving and bouncing back like a pogo stick. The Suzuki GSR600's worse traits only bubble to the surface when you push on, otherwise you learn to live with it. The brakes are poor, with little bite.

 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

With the Suzuki GSR600 you get an ignition-based immobiliser, the comprehensive digital clocks include a gear indicator, two trips and a fuel gauge and a clock. There are aftermarket race-style exhausts available and factory-option luggage for the Suzuki GSR600

Suzuki GSR600 (2006-2010)

Detail Value
New price £5,200
Dealer used prices
£2,840 (2006) - £4,100 (2011)
Private used prices
£2,560 (2006) - £3,690 (2011)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 88 bhp
Top speed 138 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Traditionally Suzuki’s finish is the least impressive of the Japanese manufacturers so keep your Suzuki GSR600 clean or keep it away from salty winter roads or the finish will suffer.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSR600 is aimed at newer riders – and the competition for their custom, new or secondhand, is fierce, so don’t expect your Suzuki GSR600 to hold on to its value especially well. It’s hard to recommend the Suzuki GSR600 over a secondhand Fazer, since most people only hang on to these bikes for a couple of years maximum before buying something bigger. Find a Suzuki GSR600 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2006: Suzuki GSR600 introduced.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 138 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 183 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(9 reviews)

  • Born Again heaven

    stevedoz

    Average rating rating is 4

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    After many years without a bike and after many months of looking I purchased a suzuki GSR 600 in March of this year. It was in grey and red with red wheels. It has the following extras, scott oiler, crash bungs, rad cover and brake fluid cover, belly pan. I love this bike. It sounds lovely on the stock under seat pipes and I think it looks great as a street fighter. I have been amazed at the mount of people who come up for a chat when Im out on the bike. It handles well, it stops well and seems to be quite good on fuel. For me this has been an ideal bike to return back to biking on.

    18 September 2014

  • Great little bike (very off the mark mcn review)

    deanwar

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I find this mcn review for the suzi gsr 600 well and truly of the ball. I have been fortunate enough to ride quite a few super-sports and pretty much every modern 600 naked middle weight and the gsr 600 is by far and away the best of the bunch when it comes to naked 600s. Ok it would have benefited massively from usd forks to rival the stunners on the hornet and the styling is take it or leave it, but non of that makes much of a difference when your actually riding the bike. reports of snatchy throttle are over egged, the problem certainly exists on some machines (not mine thankfully) but it is not as bad as made out! the bikes that do suffer from it are still very ride-able and it is something you can adapt to or try to iron out with various fixes. I have mine fitted with yoshi tri oval cans and the sound from the bike is just outstanding. Its a quick little beasty as well! Suzuki have removed the blurred vision, kill me quick top end off the gixxer 600 that this bike shares its engine with and replaced it with some real mid range grunt and very usable power. It still gives a great tug from 10000rpm to 14000rpm and will pretty much show any four wheeled vehicle on our roads a clean pair of heals with ease. Its not silly quick but still has enough to leave a big grin on your face if you like to push on a bit on bikes. The gsr600 was never designed as a novice friendly first (Big bike)according to suzuki engineers but i say it should probably be your fist choice. Its rare,different and quick enough to keep you interested well above and beyond your skill level. Its such a easy bike to ride and also very very easy to ride fast, point and shoot and the gsr 600 obeys like a loyal dog. A bike hat has no where the recognition it deserves, worth every penny and will be appreciated by the novice and experienced rider alike

    22 May 2014

  • Awesome Bike

    Kevtdalek

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    We've had our GSR600 for 6 years and both me and my wife ride it and think its great, I think it is unfair to compare it to the Bandit as in my opinion they are 2 very different bikes having used both. The GSR always makes me giggle when riding it and in my opinion one of the best 600's out and has a great look. I have used the bike against others such as the GSXR750, Fireblades and I also ride a TL1000s, the GSR is more than capable of keeping up round the twists and bends of the British A roads and up to 100mph I managed to keep side by side with a GSXR750 in a drag race. Its a cool bike and I would recommend them to anyone especially those who have just past their test and want a cool looking bike which is loads of fun to ride

    12 May 2014

  • Sound above my hair

    adivi

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    An usd fork, radial callipers and oil radiator would make this bike the perfect street racer.

    14 February 2010

  • Dream

    liquid_metal

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    THIS BIKE ROCKS Im very hard to please but this bike pleases and does it well. for the price your getting a bike that looks the part, can be customised, goes like a rocket when you open the throttle (for 600 standards) but very easy to ride around town as well, sport bike handling, comfortable and a 180 rear tyre. What more could you want from a bike you can pick up new for less then £5,000? (if you shop around) The only draw back is the lack of wind protection but that is easily sorted with an after market screen and there are many to choose from, because the bike is able and very willing to do the wrong side of losing your licence speed (130+) you often find yourself taking a wind battering on open roads. This bike should be loved by new and old riders and those in the street fighter scene. Any bad review on this bike is just wrong, No other 600 street bike does or offers what this little dude does.

    22 March 2008

  • Great Bike!

    claschy

    Redditch

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this bike after 2 years riding a CBR600F. Was looking for a change and looked at the naked 600 market. Tested all of the models available and I instantly fell in love with the Suzuki for both its handling and looks. Performance wise, I can't fault it. Compared to the heavy handling of my previous bike, I found this bike instilled confidence and my riding has improved as a result. Throttle can be jerky at low speeds and when cold, but you get used to it, and as it is a Suzuki I am braced for the poor finish to show, but so far - fingers crossed, 1 year and 3000+ miles down it looks great. Sounds lovely over 7000rpm and I manage to keep up with (most) of the boys. Overall a great bike for both beginners and experienced riders alike, I'd recommend it!

    23 May 2007

  • Can't Fault It

    DinerCJ

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Superb engine always has more to come combined with extremely agile handling makes this an excellent prospect in the naked 600cc market. Better than the fazer, better than the new hornet and better than the versys. Snatchy throttle noticeable only when the engine is cold and disappear above third. Fit the rizoma rearsets which are stunning.

    16 May 2007

  • Top bike...

    bartelski

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After a few years tooling around on a gsxr 600 K4 I fancied a change... something less likely to get me banned. So I bought a brand new gsr 600 (in blue). Running it in was a depressing afair to be honest and on the ride home from the dealers I thought about heading back and begging for my old GSXR. But I stuck with and I'm glad I did. Riding at under 7000rpm allowed me to try out the bike's handling and I was very surprised to find it's pretty much flawless straight out of the box. It's nimble and smooth and comfortable and the tyres are absolutely fantastic. After the first service I was able to explore the power. The engine's a retuned gsxr lump, but to be honest, it feels the same as my old gsxr - pretty gutless until 6k and then surges of thrust. I run out of strength to hold on (wind blast) before the gsr runs out of revs in top. Which should help me avoid an instant ban for doubling the speed limit on the motorway. On the whole it's a good bike. Strengths: Handling, engine, looks. Weaknesses: Stand is poo. Forks look like they've been looted from the Bandit parts bin, but they work just fine.

    18 September 2006

  • Not long had the bike, but so far pleased with the performance.

    porkie

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    They say it is suitable for the vertically challenged with its low seat height?? but park it next to a Hornet & it looks a far bigger & wider beastie, it is in fact roughly the same seat height as the Hornet, when trying to mount it you will almost certainly kick the grab handle - unless you do ballet or 6ft tall. But it'll turn heads & make you grin-twist that throttle listen to the induction grunt & hang on this could be fun!!  Strengths: Pulls better than a standard hornet 600, riding position the wind isn't trying to rip your head off, the suspension has adjustments back rebound/preload & front preload only, instrument panel is clear with 2 trip meters, clock,fuel gauge,gear indicator as most Suzukis do, fuel economy is good (haven't worked it out yet) but told by previous owner that it should do 160 miles between topups (watch this space). Weaknesses: Build quality could be better, bits held on with velcro & push clips: ie side panels, seat very weak/flimsy construction, no protection for radiator mesh, sidestand not very good -recommend you fit crash bungs/mushrooms before it falls over like mine did!!

    06 August 2006

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Handlebars

I bought my GSR600 in August '06 and I love it but have been thinking about replacing the handlebars as they seem a too upright, I've seen some Renthal bars but wondered if anyone else has replaced the bars and hows its been?

22 June 2007 10:03

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