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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Ride Photo Gallery

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.

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The ’11 GSX-R600 gets new instrumentation similar in design to the GSX-R1000.
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An updated exhaust is four pounds lighter than its predecessor.
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The ’11 GSX-R600 is 20 pounds lighter than the ’09 model.
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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).
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Not only does the new GSX-R look cool, the bodywork is lighter and utilizes fewer parts.
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An updated Showa rear shock and linkage graces the rear end of the motorcycle.
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Suzuki engineers looked to improve the GSX-R600’s handling. Mission accomplished.
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’10 Daytona Sportbike champion Martin Cardenas and runner-up Danny Eslick were onhand at Barber Motorsports Park for the ’11 GSX-R600 launch.
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Road feel from the front end of the motorcycle is improved.
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Stability at lean has long been an attribute of the GSX-R600 and it continues to be impressive trait on the new ’11 machine.
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It was difficult to determine if the new ’11 GSX-R600 is any more flickable than its predecessor without riding them back-to-back.
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The GSX-R600 continues to offer excellent riding ergonomics that are sure to work well on the street too.
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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.
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Mid-range engine power out of the liquid-cooled 599cc Inline Four is substantially improved over the ’09 model.
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The six-speed transmission features new gear ratios designed to increase acceleration.
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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.
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With the Showa BPF front end and Brembo brakes stability during corner entry has improved.