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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

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Fresh off Suzuki’s Hamamatsu, Japan production line, the GSXR600 is the only all-new bike in this comparison.
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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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An updated Showa rear shock and linkage graces the rear end of the motorcycle.
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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 horsepower and torque readings.
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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.
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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.
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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 Track Shootout
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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.
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The tech specs for the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 didn't account for the Dunlop tires used in our shootout, hindering its track setup.
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We couldn’t get handling set-up to the level required to press the Suzuki to its true performance limits.
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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.
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Of the Inline-Fours the Suzuki 600 offers the strongest bottom-to-mid engine performance cranking out the highest peak torque figure.
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We all loved the Suzuki’s engine and well proportioned rider interface that was second to only the Honda.
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AMA Superbike racer and Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp hustles the 2011 Suzuki GSXR600 around the tight and twisty tarmac of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway.
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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.
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Since we continuously ran into handling issues during cornering maneuvers is was impossible to get an accurate read on the Suzuki’s chassis.
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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.
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Despite finishing fifth on the track, the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600
scored high in our Maximum Flick Rate and Maximum Flick
categories.
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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.
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Our smaller test rider, Jen Ross, like the ergonomics of the GSX-R600.