2012 Suzuki GSX-R600

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The Suzuki GSX-R600 was originally introduced in 1992 in response to the market for a slightly smaller version of Suzuki’s already successful GSX-R750. However, Suzuki had evidently read the market incorrectly as the GSX-R600 didn’t sell as well as they had hoped. It was only sold from 1992-1993 until it was revived in 1997. When it was re-introduced in 1997 the market had changed and was much more receptive of a 600cc platform. Throughout the lifecycle of the GSX-R600’s life it has been revised about three times and took on its most current form in 2008. The GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 follow the same growth and receive the same revisions at the same time throughout their lifecycles while the GSX-R1000 (Suzuki’s flagship sport bike) receives its updates about a year ahead of the 600 and 750. The technology of GSX-R1000 tends to trickle down to the 600 and 750 in about a year’s time generally speaking.

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Photo Credit: Sportrider.com

The current “Gixxer” features a 599cc four-cylinder, titanium exhaust with a very MotoGP esque note, Suzuki’s S-DMS fuel map selector, a fully-adjustable suspension, and top-of-the-line radial brake calipers. The engine is now capable of revving even higher thanks to a race-proven oversquare bore/stroke ratio that is fine tuned for superbike quality hoonage. The GSX-R also features a 9kg lighter frame this year that makes it a leader in its class for power-to-weight ratio. With an entirely new frame and SHOWA big piston front forks the GSX-R600 handles exceptionally well and makes it a top performer in its class and a personal favorite of mine. One of the most intriguing features to me is the race proven slipper clutch that allows for drastically smoother downshifts therefore improving stability and rear tire grip during deceleration by reducing load on the clutch pack. The GSX-R600 also improves its fuel economy by 10% from the previous model, namely attributed to mechanical losses. These reclaimed losses are in part due to the fitment of shot-peened conrods, chrome-nitride-coated upper and oil control rings compression, and pentagonal ventilation holes. Don’t mistake this bike for your mom’s Prius though, the GSX-R600 offers the strongest low-to-mid engine performance in comparison to other inline-fours.

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Photo Credit: rent-a-moto.com

The GSX-R has long been a supreme middle-weight competitor on the market and showcases its faultless ability to handle on the street and on the track. The “Gixxer’s” racing heritage, adept build team, and exceptional value make the GSX-R600 an easy bike to love. Suzuki has not only created a motorcycle but also a motorbike culture that previously didn’t exist in the states and the GSX-R600 helps to drive a stake in this culture that has recently transformed the American youth. There’s good reason Suzuki has been so successful recently and it is due in part to their smallest sport-bike, the GSX-R600.

2012 Suzuki GSX-R600 – Specs:
MSRP: $11,599 USD

CHASSIS
Color Metallic Triton Blue/Glass Splash White and Glass Sparkle Black
Brakes Front Radial mounted, four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers, with dual fully floating 310 mm discs
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Curb Weight 187 kg (412 lbs)
Final Drive RK525SMOZ8, 114 links
Fuel Tank Capacity 17.0 L (4.5/3.7 US/Imp gal)
Overall Length 2030 mm (80.0 in)
Overall Width 710 mm (28.0 in)
Suspension Front Showa Big Piston front-Fork (BPF)
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Tires Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Wheelbase 1385 mm (54.5 in)

ENGINE
Bore Stroke 67.0 mm (2.638 in) x 42.5 mm (1.673 in)
Compression Ratio 12.9 : 1
Engine 599cc (36.5 cu. In), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Fuel System Fuel injection
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication Wet sump
Starter Electric

Credits: Emmett Vick, motorcycle-usa.com, and totalmotorcycle.com

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