SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2004-2005) Review

Published: 15 December 2006

"Never the fastest or most powerful but easily the most fun"

Suzuki GSX-R600 motorcycle review - Riding

"Never the fastest or most powerful but easily the most fun"

  • At a glance
  • 599cc  -  97.5 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  142 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

It was never the fastest or the most powerful in the supersports class of 04 and 05, but the Suzuki GSX-R600 was easily the most fun, especially on the track. Boasting the lightest weight of all its contenders, the most track-focused chassis and the most evil sounding engine note, the Suzuki GSX-R600 is the 600 for dedicated hardcore riders.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Such is the impeccable set-up of the Suzuki GSX-R600's chassis straight from the crate it’s very simple to jump on and go fast straight away. The fully adjustable suspension is compliant enough to glide over B-road bumps at speed with complete composure; bit still keeps things in control when you’re hooning around the track. An extreme riding position means long distances aren’t the Suzuki GSX-R600's forte.

Engine 4 out of 5

Although it was the only supersports tool at the time that never quite broke the magic 100bhp mark at the rear wheel, none of that mattered in the real world where the Suzuki GSX-R600 was every bit as fast as the competition. What it lost in ultimate top-end power (which is why it never really succeeded in race guise) the Suzuki GSX-R600 gained in usable mid-range grunt (for a 600), ably assisted by its anaemic all-up weight. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Mechanically Suzuki GSX-R600s can take all the abuse you can through at them, so even if they’ve had a hard life, they’re still a good buy provided they’ve been serviced and looked after properly. The paint finish on the Suzuki GSX-R600's bodywork and engine isn’t the best though and can mark/chip a little too easily.  

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

Even though there’s a new generation Suzuki GSX-R600 now, not to mention new a new CBR600RR, ZX-6R, R6 and a Daytona 675, the old K4/K5 Suzuki GSX-R600 would run them all very close on the road and track. They’re so close it’s the rider that’s going to make the difference; and that makes the Suzuki GSX-R600 excellent value for money. Find a Suzuki GSX-R600 for sale.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R600 is a thinly veiled race bike, so all you get for your money are the bare essentials to make it as fast and handle well as possible, oh and just about legal. Aside from the Suzuki GSX-R600'shuge beam frame and rev-hungry short-stroke engine you get radially-mounted four-piston front brakes, fully-adjustable suspension and somewhere to sit.

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2004-2005) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.7 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.7 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
4 out of 5

had it for 4 months

12 October 2013 by geoffart

Lovely bike for short distance... if you are not in a busy inner city trying to move and park around parked vehicles in bad weather and poor visibility. The aggressive riding position can mean shoulder checks are restricted and obviously long... Read more distance riding can be painful especially due to cramped leg position..... but, its a sports bike. Lovely sounding engine, nice precise handling, not bad on fuel for what it is. Fun to ride most of the time. If you want a sports bike this is great. If you think you might want a sports bike as your main bike then be prepared to sacrifice some real world practicality for the joys of having a real sports bike. Im not looking to sell it soon. My last bike was the gsxf650, which I was forced to let go when it was written off by a white van.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

spot on

27 July 2010 by andycone1985

had one for two years, brill bike can not fault it. top speed needs to be changed on here though will do 182. max ha ha Read more

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

New Rider

12 June 2008 by silentsleeper1977

My first bike after Direct Access I was warned off this bike as a first, The bike is fast yes but only if you want it to be. I was suprised how easy it was to drive easy to drive slowly and smooth at a much faster speed on a bumpy country lane... Read more aswell. Handles well alot easier to do manovers than the GS500 i did my test on.

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

The Best 600

22 February 2008 by ruff_ryderyzf

Owned since Feb 2006 Problems Only that has let me down was the alarm, kept immobilising the bike and giving lots of false alarms. Have had this replaced and has been fine since. Wont be using Acumen alarms in the future, will stick to Meta... Read more systems. Review Moved on to this from a SRAD600, in my opinion the 2 bikes couldn't be more different even though they're from the same stable. Where as the SRAD is a short lardy ar*e bike the K4 is quite supermodel like in comparision. It's slightly taller so shortar*e's may struggle to get a leg over but it's lighter and thinner so once you're on its a lot easier to throw around. Saying that though it is still a comfy bike, the seat is nicely padded, the pegs at the right height (for me anyway, 5' 11") and a decent reach to the bars, racy but not extreme. The original screen had to go in exchange for a DB, on my first ride home my head was getting ripped off with the wind blast!!!! As with any bike get some crash bungs as well. Suspension wise - it's there and fully adjustable, mine is on the factory settings which you may find too soft for hard riding. I don't understand all this compression and rebound malarky but I know it's too soft for the track so will get it adjusted on my next trackday. Brakes - You pull the lever, the bike stops. You pull it too hard, you'll go over the bars!!! Do radial brakes really make a difference to the everyday rider??? Not to me but they look good!! Engine - It's always started first time and never let me down, pulls strongly from 3-4k rpm right to the redline. Good for a indicated 160mph (on a private test track of course). Decent amount of midrange as well allowing you to be lazy with the 'box. Gearbox - It's a Gixxer, best gearboxes on the planet!!! Final Word I love my bike!!! Plan to keep it for another year but only because I'll want more power, even then I plan to stay in the GSXR family with poss a K6 750. Its done whatever I've asked of it, whether thrapping round a track, bimbling round country roads or got me home in torrential rain. It's never let me down apart from the alarm which is an aftermarket thing, it's got the power when you need it, the brakes are fantastic, it doesn't cripple you each time you get on it. It's built my confidence up a lot and when it goes it will be missed!

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

feels good

19 August 2007 by bwbilly

Just bought a gixer 6 k4, i've had a few bikes but this is by far the best, handles well and has a good wrist to mph reaction. gets a wee tad sore on the wrists after about 20-30 miles but apart from that there is nowt wrong with it. just changed my... Read more TL1000R for this GSXR 600.........great move

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

Get one!

06 April 2006 by fazeryam

I owned a Gixer K4 last year and did 3000 miles on it. I loved the bike (apart from the comfort) and foolishly traded it in for a new Yamaha Fazer FZ6 because I thought my wife would prefer it for riding pillion. Well she came out on the Fazer twice... Read more and decided it wasn't for her. So I've regretted selling the GSXR ever since. The Fazer may have more comfort but in terms of looks and excitement it's like comparing a Ford Mondeo with a Porche 911. Get a GSXR. Period. Strengths:
Looks, engine, sound, wind protection, lightness, agility, brilliant acceleration. And it's a GSXR. The best 600 in my opinion. Weaknesses: A bit heavy on the wrists, and no hugger as standard - thats about it. But I'm going to get another one. A K4 or K5. So that says a lot for it !

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

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2005
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £58
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 97.5 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.15 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 142 miles
Specification
Engine size 599cc
Engine type 16v, in-line-four, fuel-injection, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 161kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake Twin 300mm discs, four-piston radial calipers.
Rear brake 220mm disc, twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2004: Suzuki GSX-R600 K4 launched.
2006: Suzuki GSX-R600 replaced.

Other versions

None.

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