Why you shouldn’t dismiss the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600

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The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 might look an awful lot like the 2008 GSX-R600, itself an update of the 2006 model, but it actually benefits from fairly substantial changes. To start with, it’s 20lbs lighter, 15mm shorter of wheelbase and fitted with extremely nice components like Brembo Monoblock radial brake calipers and Showa Big Piston Forks. This video will walk you through all the changes.

  • Endless Mike

    Why you should discount the 2011 GSX-R600: the 2011 GSX-R750 is $400 more.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Ha, good point. There’s probably plenty of brand-new 2008 and 2009 model 600s and 750s around at very steep discounts too.

  • Glenngineer

    Nice video, but the sound effects and disaffected narration got old.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Yeah, somewhere there’s a disconnect between 1970s production values, 1970s style and 2011 bike…

  • seanslides

    What they don’t tell you: It appears that the redline is 1250 rpm lower, and you lose the high beam “Pass” button on the left bar.

    He also briefly mentions that the shock is now ride height adjustable, which is really nice. No more screwing around with washers trying to raise the rear end. It’s still probably a crappy shock, but suspension guys figured out how to fix them back in 06.

    • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

      Yeah I was wondering that – 15,500?? Especially with those lighter internal engine parts. It’s not that far off my K6 1000! Apart from that I just expect 600′s to SCREEEAM!! Or else where is the fun?

      But I was really surprised to hear that they’ve put Brembo Monoblocks on there! Braided lines and you should be set! Hopefully the 1000 gets them next!

  • T Diver

    I think you get more bang for your buck on the cbr250r in the next feature. All GSXRs look the same. The economy screwed us all.

    • seanslides

      I think they look the same for a reason. Parking an 86 GSXR 750 next to an 06 GSXR 750 and being able to tell that they’re related is kinda neat. That the GSXR line has been able to maintain such a strong identity for 26 years is totally not a bad thing.

      That said, this isn’t a bike you buy for it’s looks, and comparing it to the CBR250R is just silly. The CBR is a slow bike with cheesy cheap components. It’s cheap, and it’s aimed at new riders. A sport bike it is not.

      A lot of people DO buy a GSXR for their first bike, but Suzuki doesn’t build them for those people. 116 hp, 410ish lbs, and top shelf suspension (for a stock japanese bike) is all about hauling ass, and you’re kidding yourself if you think otherwise.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        GSX-Rs suffer from a huge image problem in this country and they’re also very much the middle ground of all the too-similar Japanese sportsbikes. Luckily, that entire class is so filled with awesome that even if they’re boring to write about, they remain wonderful motorcycles, all of them.