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.
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.
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.
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.
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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