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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Although a great bike and almost certainly the best value of 2006's 600 class by 2007 it had been overtaken by the sublime, new-that-year Honda’s CBR600RR, out-revved and raced by the track-happy new Yamaha’s YZF-R6, lacked the intoxicated triple drive of Triumph’s 675 Daytona and lacked the cutting edge aggression of the new-for-2007 Kawasaki’s ZX-6R. If you can take all that with a pinch of salt, though, the 06/07 GSX-R600 sounds wicked, goes like stink and rides beautifully. 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSX-R600's 16v DOHC engine feels strangely weedy, even though it’s got a mid-range boosting exhaust valve, which makes a very tall first gear feel taller still. But dial in 10,000rpm and the GSX-R600 flies, blurring the digital speedo until the LCD figures clock in over 175mph (a true 163mph). Amazing.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Sophisticated, sublime the Suzuki GSX-R600's fully adjustable suspension brings composure to a complicated world. It steers very sweetly and although it’s more softly sprung than either the Yamaha YZF-R6 or Triumph Daytona 675, so it makes a much better road bike, its track intent lies just a screwdriver’s twiddle away. The Suzuki GSX-R600's radial Tokico brakes are like running into a brick wall.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX-R600 is highly-specced with a slipper clutch (to prevent lock-ups under hurried downshifts), adjustable footrests, sexy underslung exhaust, an ignition-based immobiliser and analogue/digital clocks that incorporate a gear indicator.

Suzuki GSX-R600 (2006-2007)

Detail Value
New price £7,199
Dealer used prices
£4,150 (2006) - £4,790 (2007)
Private used prices
£3,800 (2006) - £4,430 (2007)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 111 bhp
Top speed 163 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Traditionally Suzuki’s finish is the poorest of the Japanese manufacturers, so keep it clean or the alloy loses its luster quickly. A tank pad will help the paint stay scratch-free, too. Essentially the GSX-R600 is very reliable, but the gearbox loses its slickness after two or more years.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Suzukis are priced very competitively, which hits the secondhand prices. And compared to Hondas and Yamahas they depreciate much faster, too, because they’re rightly perceived as less well finished. However, for the money the Suzuki GSX-R600 is simply awesome value, though with the passage of time they’re less attractive as they tend to wear less well than other marques. Find a Suzuki GSX-R600 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

1997: Suzuki GSX-R600 introduced. The carb-fed GSX-R600 SRAD was the most track-focussed 600 then available.
2001: First fuel-injected Suzuki GSX-R600 released.
2004: Suzuki GSX-R600 gains upside-down forks.
2005: Suzuki GSX-R600 gets radial brakes fitted.
2008: Model replaced by new K8

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 163 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Max power 111 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Weight 161 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
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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£5,750

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£1,895

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(6 reviews)

  • suzuki gsxr 600

    seanyy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    were do i start,the power out put is out of this world for a 600 its in a class of its own, have a k1 for a few months i must say the gixxer way seems to be the way. dont think about getting one just get one its one of the best bike out there.

    04 August 2012

  • A TRUE VINTAGE YEAR!

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    These bikes are obviously not comfortable, none of the supersport bikes are, so I won't go on about that. If you want a supersport 600, they are all very good indeed, with little real world difference between them, exept maybe the ride 'feel' if you like. But when it comes to GSXR 600's, this is in my opinion still the best looking model. They were too bulky before this model, and have bulked up with silly cans for EU regs since, and departed from the light design that has made the GSXR so destinctive. So buy one of this year/model, and you will without doubt be delighted. You shall have a fast bike with a screaming rev ceiling and superb looks. You may be a little uncomfortable, but it's a compromise worth making to own one of these!

    26 April 2011

  • Excellent...

    leegee010

    Average rating rating is 5

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    First thing I would recommend anyone do with this bike is replace the standard can... I fitted a custom exhaust to mine and the bike came into its own improving greatly on an already great bike. Great midrange and goes mental past 10k revs... very tall first gear meaning it will do 80mph in 1st gear (mine does anyway!). ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!

    04 January 2010

  • awesome!!!!!!!

    2pac1996

    portland ,

    Average rating rating is 4

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    after owning a HORNET 600 i decided to upgrade and after trying all other 600 sports bikes, the gsxr felt good to sit on and ride. looks fantastic too! the speed of the bike is brill and cornering is perfect. have added a micron can and crescent rearsets and the can makes the bike sound meaty. a dream to ride so go buy one and get the red one. it looks cool!

    04 November 2007

  • Really impressed

    moonjarb

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    My previous bike was a 97 gsx-750 srad. This thing feels at least as fast, which is impressive considering it's 150cc less. But what I really like about this bike is the way it handles. The suspension does not get flustered, it steers really well without flapping about just because you go over a bump or two on mostly crap British roads. And the brakes are very strong. Also the engine makes a very lovely noise at high revs. And it looks better than any other bike except maybe the Ducati silly-money wotsit in my not so unbiased opinion. If you like corners you will like this. PS Get the red one ;)

    13 October 2007

  • top bike

    ewanburnett

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Did 130 miles the other day with a pillion and it was easy the power was excellent as if i was on my own. and the handling was fantastic even arround thoes tight bends. excellent bike go buy one NOW.

    12 May 2007

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