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Road Test: K6 Suzuki GSX-R 600 – Speed for the people

From the first launch of the Suzuki GSX-R600 in 1992, much progress has been made. From a 106bhp, 208 kg in chunks of metal (well, it was fast enough for the time), it is now a 124bhp, 161 kg of welding sportsbike high for the race. Bred directly from the legendary GSX-R750, which has been developed side by side with the 600 ever since.

After the test of 2006 Yamaha R6 Triumph Daytona 675 and the smallest GSX-R is the last of 600 new slung, I have a foot this year. I was looking at mid-range, handling and presentation of the new bike.

First impression is a very light bicycle easy to manage. In 2001, I remember coming straight from a TL1000R and at the time any new K1 Suzuki GSX-R600 and I almost fell off at as there were no grunt available at the throttle, I gave him. Thus, relatively high gas openings are needed in the first speed compared with the same bike on the K6. First report is really high which undoubtedly tells that no compromise has been by sacrificing the track prowess. As usual I have a highway to cope as one of the first things I do on a bicycle. Suzuki GSX-R600 felt incredibly stable and neutral at the outset. There is no doubt that the new way to centralize the mass with the exhaust gases under the belly of the Buell, R6 and Suzuki GSX-R600 is the way forward in my mind.

The balance of weight looks from left to right is difficult to measure on the roads, but it was easy to determine the ultra stable, feel both directions. It hasĀ  the same boxes as Yamaha R6 in the department handling; small, agile, lightweight, very flickable and fully adjustable suspension. You can not say fully adjustable these days if the bike did not have high speed / low speed compression damping. On the Suzuki GSX-R600 that option is only found on the rear shock, as opposed to the R6-sided option. But the K6 is as close as you can make a fully adjustable if you want to play with the establishment. The Suzuki GSX-R600 has a level much softer than the establishment and R6 allows more feedback on the road especially ahead. The radial brakes are easy to implement gradually and are very powerful when braking hard. The BT014 Bridgestone Battlax tyres are equally grippy and neutral than ever and adapt to the GSX-R.

The new engine is powerful high regimes, but need more 8000rpm begin before things happen. When rolling away and on the throttle like in the city, there is a slight mistake just around 8000. When fully on the throttle this is not perceptible at all.

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