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Poll: 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 vs 2004 Ducati 999S vs 2005 Honda Fireblade

MCN's Michael Neeves recently rode the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 at the launch, and he reckons it's so good it's as fast as 1000cc sports bikes from just a few years ago. With that statement in mind we're putting the GSX-R600 up against a pair of used 1000cc sports bikes - a 2004 Ducati 999S and a 2005 Honda Fireblade - to see...

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  • Posted 4 years ago (10 February 2011 15:44)

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Jan 11

Posts: 5

Angus883iron says:

Just as fast?

Gsxr600 as fast as a 1000cc sports bike? Really?

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Jul 07

Posts: 65

englishuser says:

You could probably buy a used 999 AND a 2005 Blade for the list price on the new GSXR600

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Feb 11

Posts: 1

cardosomig says:

in pure racing...

normally, the hp/kg ratio wins. although the chassis can attenuate the diference....

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Oct 10

Posts: 8

Retromurdok says:

Results order ( my Opinion)

1st- Fireblade

2nd-Ducati 999s


with less than a second seperating the machines...

In the order i would purchase.

1st- Ducati

2nd- Suzuki




In your Last issue 9th Feb 2011 yesterdays!!!

You state the "BMW's Power trumped the Rest"

Yet Every single machine Defeted the S1000RR's 1/4 mile time

The Honda Fireblade Winning with a 10.46s

And the New Kawasaki in 2nd with a 10.49s

In otherwords you held a perfetly Fair performance test and then wrote a load of shite.

you let personal opinions form the results not solid statistics, your  lap times reguarly show in all your issues that your testers are faster on one bike, and yet you say the winning machines is a completely different bike?  Hope this helps your deliver more fair results in your tests in the future.. "cough"




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Sep 06

Posts: 297

gixercarl says:


as both the 999 and 04 to 07 blade where performing bikes

i thing an FS1E would have an outside chance lol

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Sep 10

Posts: 120

daveire says:

Depends on the track. As the Bruntingthorpe Proving Grounds has 2 mile straight and is fairly wide I recon the ducati will win. On a back road, an Irish back road where I do most of my riding a 600 is usually quicker than a 1000. I ride a gixer 750 best of both world and ideal for bumpy shity Irish roads.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8098

snev says:

I allways love it when

The latest Bike is allways the Bestest, Quickest,best handling bike ever but next year it will have the  " allways had A bit of a problem in the" something or other. Have been reading MCN for 32 years now and it never ceases to amaze me that a bikes performance gets worse every time MCN tests it. time and time again the standing quarter goes from 10.01 to 10.46 or the top speed goes from an easy 180 to a barely able 175. then theres the rock steady handling which changes to a nervous high speed weave. priceless chaps!     P.S.     MCN was About 20 pence back then and worth every penny,  today ????

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Mar 07

Posts: 1464

joeslow says:

Look at the bright side

When the media brand last years sports bike a "sports tourer" then it's value plummets and blokes on a modest income can then afford it.

I voted for the Honda.

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Nov 10

Posts: 66

Gstan says:

Round a normal UK track the 600 will win, because of its weight, somewhere tight and twisty a 600 will be better, but on a wider faster track it will be the fireblade that takes it

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Jan 09

Posts: 41

goodygixxer says:

600 t0 win!

Judging by the video footage i've seen on here of the 600 flat out i think i might just put my money on this to win.....I think i saw about 174 on the speedo!  It's also a lot lighter and has superior brakes.

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