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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 Track Shootout Photo Gallery

The GSX-R600 only recieves minor changes for 2011, but still is a motorcycle that grabs our attention as soon as we hit the throttle. Check out our track photos here. Read the full story in our 2011 Supersport Track Shootout

Fresh off Suzuki’s Hamamatsu, Japan production line, the GSXR600 is the only all-new bike in this comparison.
The ’11 GSX-R600 gets new instrumentation similar in design to the GSX-R1000.
An updated exhaust is four pounds lighter than its predecessor.
An updated Showa rear shock and linkage graces the rear end of the motorcycle.
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 horsepower and torque readings.
Top-end was also strong but not quite up to the same tune as the Green Machine with only 104.17 ponies available at 13,700 rpm.
Of the Inline-Fours the Suzuki 600 offers the strongest bottom-to-mid engine performance cranking out the highest peak torque figure (44.6 lb-ft) at 11,600 revs.
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 Track Shootout
The top ranked motorcycle in our street test didn't fare too well on the track. That is why we make it a point to conduct two different tests. Street riders will be happy while track riders have some work to do to get this bike just right.
The tech specs for the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 didn't account for the Dunlop tires used in our shootout, hindering its track setup.
We couldn’t get handling set-up to the level required to press the Suzuki to its true performance limits.
Typically we’ve always been big fans of Suzuki’s drivetrain. And while it employs one of the best slipper clutches in the business the bike sometimes didn’t want to up-shift into the next gear at very high rpm.
Of the Inline-Fours the Suzuki 600 offers the strongest bottom-to-mid engine performance cranking out the highest peak torque figure.
We all loved the Suzuki’s engine and well proportioned rider interface that was second to only the Honda.
AMA Superbike racer and Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp hustles the 2011 Suzuki GSXR600 around the tight and twisty tarmac of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.
Where the Gixxer struggled through turns it was a complete different story with a handful of throttle down straight-aways as all of our testers were very impressed with the Suzuki’s updated engine.
Since we continuously ran into handling issues during cornering maneuvers is was impossible to get an accurate read on the Suzuki’s chassis.
The GSX-R’s new Brembo braking componentry was well received by our testers though due to the set-up issues we never had the confidence (or conversely the need) to get on the brakes hard and really exploit their potential.
Despite finishing fifth on the track, the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600
scored high in our Maximum Flick Rate and Maximum Flick
We truly believe that the GSX-R600 has what it takes to run up front. It’s got a strong, great-running engine, excellent ergonomics and top notch suspension and brakes.
Our smaller test rider, Jen Ross, like the ergonomics of the GSX-R600.