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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Consistently slaughtered for not being the fastest / lightest / latest but the Suzuki GSX600F is a superb all-rounder. It doesn’t cost the earth and is fast enough to be exciting too. As a cheap alternative to sporty 600s it sold well but when the budget 600 class came of age with bikes like the Fazer and SV650 the Suzuki GSX600F bowed out gracefully.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX600F has a well proven air/oil cooled four cylinder engine. It’s been in use in various guises since 1985 and is almost identical to Suzuki’s 600 Bandit so parts are plentiful and cheap. In the Suzuki GSX600F it's easy to use and has enough poke to dice with sports cars if revved hard. It’s not a hugely exciting or charismatic engine so experienced riders might find the Suzuki GSX600F a little bland.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX600F is great as an all-round motorcycle. It’s neutral with stable steering and shouldn’t catch out the unwary. It’s not light though so low speed manoeuvring needs a little care. The Suzuki GSX600F is no track machine, where its weight and relatively soft and cheap suspension will limit fun after that first fun track day.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

No bells, whistles or LCD trickery. But the Suzuki GSX600F has a decent fairing, a seat that’s all-day comfy for one and not bad with a passenger either. The riding position’s roomy and the Suzuki GSX600F has a centre stand too. Mirrors and lights are mediocre but it’s not impossible to upgrade either if that’s a problem.

Suzuki GSX600F (1996-2000)

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Engine size 599 cc
Power 73 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 11 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
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

That should be a four for reliability and a two for build quality. Problems that’ll stop the Suzuki GSX600F running are rare. But corrosion’s quick to form, headlights and rectifiers can fail, brake callipers seize if not regularly greased and the choke cable can seize or even break making starting difficult. You'll need to look after your Suzuki GSX600F - if it's not too late already...

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A few years ago the Suzuki GSX600F represented stunning value on the used market. Now Yamaha’s Fazer 600, Suzuki’s SV650 and Honda’s Hornet 600 are stiff competition with low prices. Track down a tidy Suzuki GSX600F at a reasonable price and you’ll still get a bargain due to its unfair unfashionable reputation. Find a Suzuki GSX600F for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 11 of 17

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Model History

1988: Original Suzuki GSX600F launched with a smaller fairing, twin exhausts and single headlight.
1998: Suzuki GSX600F got major update with more low and midrange power, stainless steel exhaust, new bodywork, twin headlights and more modifications.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Max power 73 bhp
Max torque 39 ft-lb
Weight 200 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 51 mpg
Tank range 220 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 11 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Steel perimeter
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 290mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(17 reviews)

  • It does exactly as it says on the box

    fossil

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is classed as a sports / tourer and it does a great job of both, a bit of a Jekyll & Hyde. It eats up winding roads for breakfast and provides all footrest scraping fun you would expect from a spostr bike. Take it on a long trip and you find a different personality in the bike, comfortable and reliable, everthing you would expect from a tourer. If I must ctitisise anything it is the capacity of the fuel tank for long runs means finding a fuel stop every 150 miles or so. All this combined with 140mph performance, excellecnt brakes and handling make it a good all rounder. Strengths: The powerplant is excellent, riding position is comfortable, it handles, it's fast and it stops, what more do you need! Excellent value for money. Weaknesses: Outdated looks, restrictive fuel tank capacity for touring.

    01 June 2004

  • My Review

    devnull

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This is my first bike and as such it's perfect. There's enough power, but not too much. The insurance is cheap (the high figure above is because I live in manchester - every other 600 I tried to get insured was over 1000 quid TPF&T) and because most magazines slag them off it was cheap to buy too. I've also found it a great bike to build up confidence on. It's never scared me by being too powerful but has enough to go everywhere at "instant ban" speeds if you want to. On top of that it's nice and solid in corners and doesn't feel like it's going to throw me off. About the only real problems are the brakes (work fine and are good enough for me, but need a firm tug to get it to slow down quickly) and the finish (I haven't ridden it in winter much but it's still got spots of rust). I expect I'll have outgrown it in a year of so, but until then it suits me fine.

    06 July 2003

  • My Review

    sywarren

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    ITS MY FIRST BIG BIKE I THINK ITS A GOOD BIKE I ALSO LIKE THE SIZE AS ITS QUITE BULKY ITS GREAT ON A SUNNY DAY ON THE LANES YOU CAN CHUCK IT ABOUT A BIT IT IS ALSO GREAT ON THE MOTORWAY. I DONT LIKE THE GREY WHEELS OR BELLY PAN SO BOTH ARE BEING SORTED IN THE WINTER I WILL ALSO FIT A SCOTTOILER AND UPGRADE THE DATATOOL IMMOBILIZER TO INCLUDE AN ALARM. FOR A FIRST BIKE I WOULD DEFINETLY RECOMMEND THE GSXF.

    27 December 2002

  • My Review

    pantman

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Passed my test last year so didnt want a sports bike. Very happy with my choice, it does everything I want-comfortable, reliable, fast enough, nice to look at. What more can I say?

    30 June 2002

  • My Review

    ANichol

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Easy to clean, but headlight can become covered in grime very quickly and reduce visibility. Finish has been good so far despite infrequent cleaning and winter salt.

    10 January 2002

  • My Review

    brigdep

    Average rating rating is 4

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    This is my first bike for 25 years. When I was a teenager (in England) I rode small bikes up to 250cc but had never ridden a powerful 'sports' bike. I decided that it was time to treat myself; I wanted to pay cash, and was scared stiff about riding a powerful crotch rocket, or paying extra money for the latest technology. The GSX600F (Katana in Canada and US) seemed to fit the bill and I am pleased to confirm that it is an excellent choice for someone wanting comfort and speed. It is still sold new here but I believe has been discontinued in Europe. The bike will suit those on a budget and/or those hoping to trade up when their confidence level is higher. After taking a motorcycle course I had no problem getting onto the bike and driving away from the dealers. After 2500 miles of mixed highway and town use I have had a great deal of fun. The bike comes alive after 6000rpm, cruises easily at 90mph, and is very comfortable at 120mph which is as fast as I have been to date and frankly quite fast enough for me (until next summer). I am 51, a boring old fart, and having the time of my life. In a year or so I will trade up to a Ducati ST2 or Honda Interceptor - I will pay a lot more for quality and image, but you can't knock the Suzuki. Here in Canada it is a real deal and I recommend it to anyone who wants sports and comfort at a good price. If you are planning on keeping the same bike for many years then buy the 750. If money is tight or you plan to trade up later, then the 600 will not disappoint.

    17 December 2001

  • My Review

    jimacca

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I love it. The bike's particular forte is comfort and although it is perhaps at the less powered end of the 600 market, I still find the bike exciting. The looks are slightly odd, but that didn't bother me and I think I got a bargain. Don't knock the bike till you tried it - it's got a clock and fuel gauge, where's my slippers....

    28 June 2001

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Katana Paul

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Never heard truer words bighelmet. My mate's CBR6 never left me behind, I always caught him before the next corner and I'd plenty left in the tank when he was pulling onto the forecourt to fill up and scratch his numb ass back to life! I too have managed to squeeze a ton30+ out of her before running out of room. It's all-day comfy, there's plenty of room for sliding across the seat before that tight corner and I've had some silly lean-angles since I upgraded the rubber to BT021's (horrid Macadams got binned)! I really couldn't have picked a better bike post DAS (insurance after a year's riding is £89) and the weight 'disadvantage' means I probably won't notice the increase when I move up to a litre bike. I can't wait to see the new GSX650F. Long live The Kat.

18 November 2007 04:04

bighelmet

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review for the gsx600f

maybe it's an aquired taste,but i love everything about the "teapot".yeah sure you get the odd smirk from the R1/fireblade brigade but i never was a follower!back to biking after a decade and i wanted a forgiving machine and this is exactly that.i have made mistakes on her i've made all the novice type balls-ups but she forgave and never threw me.don't be convinced that this isn't a quick bike because she's as quick as any other 600 bar the top performers but she can go...but the bikes real quality is touring.i've sat on her for hours at a time and it's great!whether you wanna sit on the A roads at 80-90mph or zip round the twisties or even hit top end[i had her at 130mph and might have got more]the teapots a joy!cheap n cheerful!

29 September 2007 01:29

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