SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2006 - 2007) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Although a great bike and almost certainly the best value of 2006's 600 class by 2007 it had been overtaken by the sublime, new-that-year Honda’s CBR600RR, out-revved and raced by the track-happy new Yamaha’s YZF-R6, lacked the intoxicated triple drive of Triumph’s 675 Daytona and lacked the cutting edge aggression of the new-for-2007 Kawasaki’s ZX-6R.
If you can take all that with a pinch of salt, though, the 06/07 GSX-R600 sounds wicked, goes like stink and rides beautifully.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||16v in-line four, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||16.5 litres|
|Front suspension||Preload, rebound, compression|
|Rear suspension||Preload, rebound, compression|
|Front brake||Twin 310mm discs|
|Rear brake||240mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||40 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£67|
|Annual service cost||£140|
|Used price||£3,700 - £4,300|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||111 bhp|
|Max torque||50 ft-lb|
|Top speed||163 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.9 secs|
|Tank range||140 miles|
Model history & versions
1997: Suzuki GSX-R600 introduced. The carb-fed GSX-R600 SRAD was the most track-focussed 600 then available.
2001: First fuel-injected Suzuki GSX-R600 released.
2004: Suzuki GSX-R600 gains upside-down forks.
2005: Suzuki GSX-R600 gets radial brakes fitted.
2008: Model replaced by new K8
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2006 - 2007)
7 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R600 (2006 - 2007) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£140|
Annual servicing cost: £135
Nice sweet steering ride and brakes, engine lets it down does nothing below 7000 rpm so you're constantly wound up to do anything. Quite cramped and I'm no that big! Probably not a good first big bike as you end up screaming everywhere in high revs chasing the power!
were do i start,the power out put is out of this world for a 600 its in a class of its own, have a k1 for a few months i must say the gixxer way seems to be the way. dont think about getting one just get one its one of the best bike out there.
These bikes are obviously not comfortable, none of the supersport bikes are, so I won't go on about that. If you want a supersport 600, they are all very good indeed, with little real world difference between them, exept maybe the ride 'feel' if you like. But when it comes to GSXR 600's, this is in my opinion still the best looking model. They were too bulky before this model, and have bulked up with silly cans for EU regs since, and departed from the light design that has made the GSXR so destinctive. So buy one of this year/model, and you will without doubt be delighted. You shall have a fast bike with a screaming rev ceiling and superb looks. You may be a little uncomfortable, but it's a compromise worth making to own one of these!
First thing I would recommend anyone do with this bike is replace the standard can... I fitted a custom exhaust to mine and the bike came into its own improving greatly on an already great bike. Great midrange and goes mental past 10k revs... very tall first gear meaning it will do 80mph in 1st gear (mine does anyway!). ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
after owning a HORNET 600 i decided to upgrade and after trying all other 600 sports bikes, the gsxr felt good to sit on and ride. looks fantastic too! the speed of the bike is brill and cornering is perfect. have added a micron can and crescent rearsets and the can makes the bike sound meaty. a dream to ride so go buy one and get the red one. it looks cool!
My previous bike was a 97 gsx-750 srad. This thing feels at least as fast, which is impressive considering it's 150cc less. But what I really like about this bike is the way it handles. The suspension does not get flustered, it steers really well without flapping about just because you go over a bump or two on mostly crap British roads. And the brakes are very strong. Also the engine makes a very lovely noise at high revs. And it looks better than any other bike except maybe the Ducati silly-money wotsit in my not so unbiased opinion. If you like corners you will like this. PS Get the red one ;)
Did 130 miles the other day with a pillion and it was easy the power was excellent as if i was on my own. and the handling was fantastic even arround thoes tight bends. excellent bike go buy one NOW.