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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Suzuki GSX-R600 (2004-2005)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£3,430 (2004) - £4,100 (2005)
Private used prices
£3,080 (2004) - £3,720 (2005)
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Engine size 599 cc
Power 97.5 bhp
Top speed 164 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 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

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

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.15 secs
Max power 97.5 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Weight 161 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 142 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 599 cc
Engine specification 16v, in-line-four, fuel-injection, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(6 reviews)

  • had it for 4 months

    geoffart

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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 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.

    12 October 2013

  • spot on

    andycone1985

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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

    27 July 2010

  • New Rider

    Westley Leach

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 aswell. Handles well alot easier to do manovers than the GS500 i did my test on.

    12 June 2008

  • The Best 600

    ruff_ryderyzf

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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!

    22 February 2008

  • feels good

    billy dunn

    INVERNESS , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 TL1000R for this GSXR 600.........great move

    19 August 2007

  • Get one!

    fazeryam

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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 !

    06 April 2006

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jay19742002

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a must have toy

I have a K4 05 Gixer, i cant get enough of it. Its fast, precise and loads of fun. After a rough day at the office the trip home always puts a smile on my face, even in the rain.

The ride position takes a while to get used to (you tend to walk like youve had a accident in your leathers for a while!) But when you get accustomed to it, you really feel a part of the bike.  You get confidence in the corners very fast, even in the wet it sticks like glue. If your thinking about getting one, DO IT! The only issue for me is speed limits ;)

14 November 2012 22:44

superpike

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Fastest 600cc bike at Brands Hatch

I owned my first GSXR 6 K4 in 2005, I did the north west 200 curcit racing track in that year with no Reliability problems. It handled gr8 and clocked a top speed of 163 mph in the speed box, the 1st bike made 105 BHP on the Crescent Dyno b4 a big race in spain but sadly this bike was wrote off a an accident on track (sorry). After this happened, I went out and got another GSXR 6 K4 and tuned it to the full WSS spec and now makes 132 BHP so get one of these bikes because a tuned GSXR 600cc K4 will eat all V-twins on Brands Hatch at a fast pace. Just as the red 1098S owner found out eheh. Best bike in the world

29 May 2009 10:42

chrisyb

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unbeatable

I have a gixer 6 and have since june 08..itts a black k5 and i cant fault it in any way. So useable for long rides and for weekend blasts with m8's (am only 5'9 n 10.half stone tho)..People say sports bikes r not for long rides, well i disagree, i have clocked up 3.5k from june to september and its all been a joy with minimal discomfort........................go get yourself 1 you wont want any other 600 after :lol::lol::lol::sunglasses:

26 November 2008 23:06

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