The Suzuki GSX-R600 chassis is based on that of Suzuki’s Grand Prix RGV500 bike so it’s built for thrashing and it works. The handling’s fantastic, if a bit frisky under really hard acceleration… and the back skips a bit occasionally but at least it makes you feel alive. The Suzuki GSX-R600 is surprisingly comfy, although wrists can ache after a while.
The Suzuki GSX-R600 has a reliable engine offering masses of power. Between 96 and 98, the Suzuki GSX-R600 was wild: with every ounce of energy lurking dangerously at the top end. In 1998, Suzuki toned it down a bit to make it easier to use, giving it more midrange, but you still needed to wring its neck. Hit that power band and it the Suzuki GSX-R600 takes off.
Overall, the Suzuki GSX-R600 is ok but patchy. Problem areas included: cam chains, cranks, gearboxes, sticky chokes, rusting fasteners, carb icing etc… Suspension needs attention in higher mileage machines and the calipers need very regular cleaning and maintenance.
The Suzuki GSX-R600 holds its value well next to its contemporaries: Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R and Yamaha’s erstwhile Thundercat, then R6. It’s let down by slightly shabby build quality (where the Honda, especially, wins out) and many owners covering them in aftermarket parts but prices show it still gives its rivals a good run for their money.
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A seat cowl swaps for a pillion seat but the Suzuki GSX-R600's not exactly built for the task of taking passengers! The simplistic, analogue dash lies beneath a small screen and there are bungee points at the back. Fully adjustable suspension, both front and rear, is a great bonus. The Suzuki GSX-R600's brakes and suspension are good and the gearbox is smooth.