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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride Photo Gallery
The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 retails for $11,599.
Suzuki releases its heavily updated GSX-R600 sportbike and Motorcycle USA puts it to the test. Road Test Editor Adam Waheed reports from Barber Motorsports Park in the
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride
The ’11 GSX-R600 gets new instrumentation similar in design to the GSX-R1000.
An updated exhaust is four pounds lighter than its predecessor.
The ’11 GSX-R600 is 20 pounds lighter than the ’09 model.
In addition to the updated frame and engine, the GSX-R600 uses a Showa big-piston fork and Brembo monobloc brake calipers (an industry first for a production Japanese motorcycle).
Not only does the new GSX-R look cool, the bodywork is lighter and utilizes fewer parts.
An updated Showa rear shock and linkage graces the rear end of the motorcycle.
Suzuki engineers looked to improve the GSX-R600’s handling. Mission accomplished.
’10 Daytona Sportbike champion Martin Cardenas and runner-up Danny Eslick were onhand at Barber Motorsports Park for the ’11 GSX-R600 launch.
Road feel from the front end of the motorcycle is improved.
Stability at lean has long been an attribute of the GSX-R600 and it continues to be impressive trait on the new ’11 machine.
It was difficult to determine if the new ’11 GSX-R600 is any more flickable than its predecessor without riding them back-to-back.
The GSX-R600 continues to offer excellent riding ergonomics that are sure to work well on the street too.
Bridgestone re-formulated the OE-fitted Battlax BT-016s and they serve up even more grip than before. There tires are perfectly suited for trackdays.
Mid-range engine power out of the liquid-cooled 599cc Inline Four is substantially improved over the ’09 model.
The six-speed transmission features new gear ratios designed to increase acceleration.
Riding at Barber Motorsports Park with AMA Supersport racer Elena Myers (left), Daytona Sportbike champ Martin Cardenas (center) and wanna-be racer Adam “Tigerblood” Waheed.
With the Showa BPF front end and Brembo brakes stability during corner entry has improved.
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