Sophisticated, sublime the Suzuki GSX-R600's fully adjustable suspension brings composure to a complicated world. It steers very sweetly and although it’s more softly sprung than either the Yamaha YZF-R6 or Triumph Daytona 675, so it makes a much better road bike, its track intent lies just a screwdriver’s twiddle away. The Suzuki GSX-R600's radial Tokico brakes are like running into a brick wall.
The Suzuki GSX-R600's 16v DOHC engine feels strangely weedy, even though it’s got a mid-range boosting exhaust valve, which makes a very tall first gear feel taller still. But dial in 10,000rpm and the GSX-R600 flies, blurring the digital speedo until the LCD figures clock in over 175mph (a true 163mph). Amazing.
Traditionally Suzuki’s finish is the poorest of the Japanese manufacturers, so keep it clean or the alloy loses its luster quickly. A tank pad will help the paint stay scratch-free, too. Essentially the GSX-R600 is very reliable, but the gearbox loses its slickness after two or more years.
Suzukis are priced very competitively, which hits the secondhand prices. And compared to Hondas and Yamahas they depreciate much faster, too, because they’re rightly perceived as less well finished. However, for the money the Suzuki GSX-R600 is simply awesome value, though with the passage of time they’re less attractive as they tend to wear less well than other marques.
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The Suzuki GSX-R600 is highly-specced with a slipper clutch (to prevent lock-ups under hurried downshifts), adjustable footrests, sexy underslung exhaust, an ignition-based immobiliser and analogue/digital clocks that incorporate a gear indicator.