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The best mods for your 600

Published: 26 August 2003

Improve your bike with a new front sprocket for just £9, or transform it to knock four seconds from your lap time with the free 16-page guide with MCN, August 27.

The five top sports 600s are modified, following advice from tuning experts, owners and race teams, and then tested against the standard versions around the challenging Knockhill track.

Each bike received eight or nine modifications, with every change individually rated for effectiveness. Mods include new front sprockets and air filters, rear shocks and race cans. Is it worth splashing out £700 on a new rear shock, or would a £9 front sprocket make more of a difference to your riding?

Find out which 600 is transformed by the mods into a " fire-breathing, 750-eating beast " with lap times, power and torque charts and acceleration analysis, revealing how good your bike could become.

All this info is crammed into the free 16-page supplement with MCN, August 27.

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