SUZUKI GSR600 (2006-2010) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Perfectly acceptable, but adds almost nothing to the biking world"

Suzuki GSR600 motorcycle review - Riding

"Perfectly acceptable, but adds almost nothing to the biking world"

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

 

Engine 4 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 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 group: 13 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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

Owners' Reviews

10 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSR600 (2006-2010) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI GSR600 (2006-2010)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Why does this bike get a bad review from MCN ? Because it's not a GSXR ?

13 May 2015 by NEILAB

Great value, great fun bike. Very easy to ride, great high revving engine. Safe handling. Looks good. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Decent all rounder. Great round town and as mine has the fly screen I can ride at speed all day on motorways in relative comfort. Nice seat height for smaller people like me ! Never had a pillion so can't comment on that. Brakes seem fine ... but haven't taken it on a track so don't know how they would manage with repeated heavy use.
Engine
4 out of 5
Adequate power and high revving capacity, slight snatchiness below 3k but nothing serious.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Seven years old - never gone wrong, no corrosion. No better or worse than the Yamahas and Hondas I have owned in the past... not sure where the Suzuki = poor quality reputation comes from.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I use fully synthetic engine oil and change all fluids once a year so more expensive that it could be. Parts aren't cheap but not too bad.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Its naked so not packed with equipment, you do get a good display thought with fuel gauge and gear selector display, trip odometer and immobiliser
Buying experience

Bought from dealer. £3200 - good value for a bile with 3000 miles.

4 out of 5

Born Again heaven

18 September 2014 by stevedoz

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great little bike (very off the mark mcn review)

22 May 2014 by deanwar

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... Read more 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

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Awesome Bike

12 May 2014 by Kevtdalek

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... Read more 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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Sound above my hair

14 February 2010 by adivi

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Dream

22 March 2008 by liquid_metal

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Great Bike!

23 May 2007 by claschy

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... Read more 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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Can't Fault It

16 May 2007 by DinerCJ

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... Read more when the engine is cold and disappear above third. Fit the rizoma rearsets which are stunning.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Top bike...

18 September 2006 by bartelski

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

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

06 August 2006 by porkie

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... Read more 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!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2006
Year discontinued 2010
Original price £5,200
Used price £2,000 to £4,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £59
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 88 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 138 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 16.5 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 183kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2006: Suzuki GSR600 introduced.

Other versions

None.

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