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2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 First Look

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Suzuki is offering an updated GSX-R600  pictured  and GSX-R750 for 2011.
Suzuki is offering an updated GSX-R600 (pictured) and GSX-R750 for 2011.
Contrary to what some might presume, Suzuki is not going out of business. The Japanese firm is still fully committed to producing industry-leading motorcycles and ATVs. To prove this it is offering updated Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 sportbikes for 2011. Both of these bikes along with Suzuki’s other popular street bikes including the GSX-R1000 and Hayabusa will all be offered for sale in the U.S. as 2011 models.
Based on the appearance of the two new Gixxers one could assume that the ’11 bikes are basically the same machine with updated bodywork. This can’t be further from the truth as both bikes utilize a entirely new chassis and updated engine, ergonomics, and of course styling. As of right now, Suzuki has yet to release any official specs on the bikes but here is what we know after seeing both machines at Suzuki’s dealer meeting this past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Although it may appear the same both GSX-Rs use an entirely new frame. The frame is shorter which reduces wheelbase by 15mm. To compensate, the position of the engine had to be tilted up by three degrees. Both the frame and swingarm are still manufactured from aluminum but a new manufacturing process allows these components to be lighter without compromising structural rigidity.

In terms of suspension a Showa Big-Piston Fork (BPF) replaces the conventional cartridge type fork. The BPF offers better pitch control during braking and improved feel when cornering. At the other end a gas-charged Showa shock absorber is used but is slightly shorter in overall length yet offers a tiny increase in suspension travel. Both suspension components continue to offer spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment.
In addition to major chassis changes the ergonomics as well as the instrument display have been upgraded as well.
In addition to major chassis changes the ergonomics as well as the instrument display have been upgraded as well.

Also new are the wheels which feature new hubs, bearings and axles. Wheel sizes remain the same as do the Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 tires it rolls on. The new wheel set-up isn’t compatible with prior GSX-R models (including the recently redesigned 1000) which make it more difficult for those who race Suzuki sportbikes.

In the stopping department Suzuki is the first Japanese OE to source Brembo’s top-shelf monobloc front brake calipers on a production sportbike. Each caliper is machined from a solid police of aluminum and features four 32mm pistons (compared to the 32/30 set-up used on the old bike). The calipers squeeze larger diameter brake discs. The rear brake has been pulled from the Gixxer 1000 and controls a slightly smaller (and lighter) diameter disc. Both brakes are still manipulated hydraulically through rubber brake lines without any type of ABS or linked braking function.
The ergonomics have been modified too. The shape of the fuel tank has been tailored so has the position of the handlebar moved 1-degree outward. Seat height is unchanged and is still the lowest in its class at 31.9 inches. Both machines also continue to offer adjustable rider foot controls.

The bodywork is also new and uses eight fewer pieces than before. Not only does it make the bike appear more svelte it is said to be more aerodynamically efficient at speed. Suzuki has also continued to use a relatively large windscreen which will be appreciated by riders of all sizes on the street and racetrack.

When viewed on the computer screen we weren’t impressed by its appearance but when seen in the flesh the new GSX-Rs are much better looking than before. We especially like the new front end with its stacked headlight (also lighter) and four smaller air intake slits. The instrument display is also new and sourced from the 1000 it features a variety of features including a lap timer and new programmable multi-stage shift light.

Both GSX-Rs use a new stacked headlight that is lighter than before.
Both GSX-Rs use a new stacked headlight that is lighter than before.

Rather than completely revamping the layout of the engine, engineers instead focused on reducing weight and improving the efficiency of the existing mill by fitting new internal components and modifying both the intake and exhaust systems. The basic configuration of both engines, including bore/stroke (67.0 x 42.5mm for the 600 and 70.0 x 48.7mm for the 750) measurements and compression ratio (12.8:1 for 600 and 12.5:1 for 750), remain the same. What is new however are the pistons, which are lighter and feature a reshaped crown for improved combustion efficiency. The pistons are attached to lighter connecting rods while new camshafts continue to operate titanium intake and exhaust valves.

The position of the primary fuel injector has been modified as has the entire airbox. On the back end the Gixxers use a lighter and more compact exhaust system that still employs an electronically controlled exhaust valve. Suzuki claims that these changes have made the engine spin up faster as well as increasing outright fuel efficiency by 10%.
The six-speed transmission features new gear ratios. First gear is taller than before and each cog has been synced closer to the remaining gears (with exception of fifth which is the same as before) that should improve acceleration.

The cable-actuated slipper clutch has also been updated, though no specifics were revealed. Outright power is claimed to be roughly the same, however, it is important to note that reduced reciprocating engine mass along with updated transmission ratios, not to mention the 20-odd pound total weight reduction should allow it to accelerate faster than before.
The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and 750 are the first Japanese sportbikes to offer Brembo monobloc brake calipers.
The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and 750 are the first Japanese sportbikes to offer Brembo monobloc brake calipers.

Once again the bikes will continue to employ its S-DMS adjustable engine map feature, though only two maps will be offered (A/B). By default the bike runs in A-mode which allows for 100% engine power whenever the throttle is twisted. By pushing a handlebar-mounted button the rider can select B-mode which reduces engine power and makes the bike easier to ride in the hands of a novice or when the bike is being operated on treacherous surfaces.

Both Gixxers will be available in two colors, blue/white and white for the 600, and blue/white and black for the 750. Price will be $11,599 for the 600 and $11,999 for the 750 with bikes beginning to roll into dealerships in February or March. Expect at Motorcycle-USA First Ride report around the same time as well.
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HemiJimmy -YES!!!  January 3, 2011 10:26 PM
Bigger forks, less weight, better brakes, cool instrument cluster..............I'm sold!! I want to hump it all night.
Md.Monsurul Bari -Love Suzuki  November 5, 2010 06:37 PM
GSX-R600 is my dream bike.
That Guy -Thanks Adam  October 17, 2010 01:49 AM
Just wanted to say thanks to Adam for the great job he always does here. Great reviews and vids always! I can hardly wait until he gets to run these new gixxers through their paces! I have never owned a gixxer before, but I hope to get the new 750 soon after it's release. I'm looking forward to what the guys here think of these when they test them!
sam frost -new buyer  October 16, 2010 03:01 PM
adam, you can still get a 600 for that much, see the suzuki gladius for example. it's the racing bikes that cost more.
bobo -hii  October 14, 2010 07:02 PM
stop f******* crying about prices... and also...this is way to retro for my....08 gix is so much better looking
chris argentina -gsx 600r  October 14, 2010 07:27 AM
dont cry in argentina we pay 18500 dolars for the bike dont be misserable
Maxx -style  October 13, 2010 09:40 AM
Does the handlebars look too narrow or is it me? Beside
superbikewill -cost..  October 8, 2010 08:06 AM
i disagree with Adam and the rest that bikes are too expensive...hell for 11k your getting bang for your buck, Brembos, all new bike...try buying a car that performs for that...
RENDELL -wish  October 8, 2010 07:23 AM
I wish I had the cash for that 750. Unlike me, it's perfect in almost everyway.
WAYNE -SUZUKI!?  October 7, 2010 02:15 PM
And I can assure you Suzuki doesn't need money. Suzuki owns the 4th largest bank in Japan, not to mention several other things! ( one that I can not remember right now lol)

The owner of Suzuki has a rule and his rule is I will not produce anything that does not make money, and with the dollar to yen conversion and the market the way it is, they decided it was not profitable to import bikes last year!

wayne -Prices!?  October 7, 2010 02:09 PM
I get so tired of hearing people say the prices are too high! I work for a dealer and can assure you it is not "to high", is it expensive yes but all bikes are. You dont pay for the bikes themselves, you pay for the r&d that goes into them! Each time they redesign a bike it takes 2-3 years to develop and test everything for it, so thats the increase! Not to mention there is escalation in every aspect of life not just motorcycles.

To the rider that said the DUCK has better everything is wrong..... the 848 has nothing but a name that a GSXR750 doesnt! the GSXR has brembo(the same ones the duck uses) and a steering stabilzer and showa bpf,etc. NOT TO MENTION ITS LIGHTER THAN THE DUCK!!
Xfactory -600's $$$  October 7, 2010 07:49 AM
What ever you buy now will cost more down the road. Cost never goes backwards. True you maybe able to get an older bike for less and even a larger displacement bike for less. But what you're buying new each year is the RD that goes into these new bikes. Also, and one important fact that those that are thinking about buying a Ducati, have you priced what it costs to service a Ducati? Parts for Ducati's are more then double a Japanese bike. I know first hand. I once needed a fork seal for a Ducati and the dealer wanted $32.00! It was the same seal as what was used by Suzuki. The Suzuki dealer said $7.50! The same numbers were on both seals. A valve service for a Duc is hundreds of dollars. Having owned a Ducati once I myself would never own one again because the dealers will gouge you for every nickle and dime they can. For me for what you can buy and build one sick 600 or 1000 Japanese bike for the cost of a Ducati any day of the week.
adam - motousa -sam xrl  October 6, 2010 11:53 PM
yes i agree with you sam--street bikes and dirt bikes are becoming too expensive. i'd rather see more simple bikes with lower price tags than we have now-- 10 years ago you could buy a 600 for like $7000 out the door now its nearly 12 grand... way too much and insane.
superbikewill -Ghostrider...  October 6, 2010 03:58 PM
i know right, only if you were in AMA supersport..
Canis Lupus -Cha Ching is all the dealers here!  October 6, 2010 03:18 PM
hmmm... The asking price of a 600 is way too high to buy new. You can get a 1K for half that right now and it'll perform just as this would for the average Joe. Looks like Suzuki is taking a dump in World Supers, MotoGP, and now their manufacturing. No wonder why they can't afford to race.
Tony -not Suzuki's fault  October 6, 2010 01:11 PM
Suzuki isn't jacking up their prices. Prices went up in the U.S. after the markets tanked because the value of our money tanked with it. Demand is down so production costs go up. Suzuki is a manufacturer. Japan sets pricing standards for manufacturers. Suzuki is moping the floor with Ducati on the track. You by a Ducati or BMW to show your buddy the cool Ducati or BMW in your garage.
Topgearamerica -I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind  October 6, 2010 12:09 PM
With the price going up you are getting a lot more... The GSXR600 in 2004 was like 9 grand and all the added stuff its gotten over the past 6 years I think is worth some extra bucks. That being said the new 848 is the exact same price and has better brakes, more power, and a steering damper... All being said I've bought a few bikes new from dealers and I've never paid even close to sticker, so it could be that its the person doing the buying and not the bike???...
superbikewill -suzukis  October 6, 2010 06:23 AM
less weight is always welcome, but don't like what they did w/styling..
bksavs -yen to $$  October 6, 2010 04:06 AM
The reason for the price hike is the exchange rate, not corporate greed. Love the 750, looks like my 92 gixxer may get a well deserved rest. can someone loan me 12K?
Marjus -Suzuki is a valid $12k bike  October 5, 2010 08:58 PM
I'm tired of the hyped BMWs and Dookatis being considered worth big bucks, and not Japanese bikes. Face it, the Suzuki and Hondas are every bit as good as the european bikes, they have been selling for discount prices for too long.
SamXRL -Is it just me?  October 5, 2010 07:24 PM
Is it just me or is the cost of bikes getting WAY out of hand! I agree with Lucas. A short time ago $11,600 bought you a nice 1000cc rocket. Right when the economy took a dump all the Japanese makers raised their prices by over 500-700 bucks for the same non-improved model as before. Now they are jacking up the prices even more. Hmmm- I sure wonder why the bike sales are down over 30% in most areas. Yeh, good luck with the bike sales there Suzuki. I'll be keeping my DP-Honda xrl a bit longer....
Ghostrider600 -$400  October 5, 2010 02:32 PM
For $400 more why *wouldn't* you get the 750?
Lucas -afficianado  October 5, 2010 12:37 PM
Good god, $11,600 for a 600cc bike? Wow, big $$ for a Suzuki. What do they think they can throw some Brembo brakes on their bikes and start asking European motorcycle money? With another $1,000 you can pick up a Ducati 848 Evo....Nice way to try to boost sales in a down economy Suzuki!
Lee -2011  October 5, 2010 12:20 PM
I have to say the most interesting update about all this is that Brembos come stock. Cool. Shedding a ton of weight is a nice second.
Jixxaman -.  October 5, 2010 11:10 AM
Brembos :D