|Also called||Baby B-King|
|Predecessor||Suzuki Bandit Series|
|Class||Streetfighter (Standard or Traditional)|
|Engine||599 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 4-cylinder, 16 valves|
|Transmission||6-speed with multi-plate clutch|
|Fuel capacity||16.5 litres (2 litres reserve)|
The Suzuki GSR600 is a 599cc 16v in-line four motorcycle that was introduced in 2004 as a middleweight street-bike built with the 2005 GSXR-600 engine. The engine is re-tuned for more usable midrange power as well as higher torque, making it an easy beginner bike as well as a practical commuter bike. Fully adjustable rear suspension (rebound and compression) and radical streetfighter-styling makes it a novelty amongst its class. This bike is a popular choice for its upright & wide seating position, as well as its underseat exhaust. This, plus an array of other features, including a gear-position display and wide dashboard, makes it very popular in Europe as well as Asian motorcyclists. Although given a ‘sporty’ design, the motorcycle is capable of handling sport-riding, city commuting as well as touring. A variety of aftermarket options have been marketed in Europe and Japan to allow owners to convert the motorcycle into various ‘modes’, such as aftermarket exhausts systems for sport-riding, pannier / topcase luggage systems for touring and daily commuting.
In 2001, Suzuki unveiled a new concept bike named the B-King (or Boost-King). With a tuned GSXR-1300 Hayabusa engine and compact turbocharger as well radical design for a street bike, it left a major impression to motorcycle enthusiast everywhere. However, the B-King did not hit production (although it finally did in 2007). Instead, the GSR600 a stripped-naked bike was unveiled in December 2005, with the tag of “Modern Art meets Race Technology”. With a very similar design styling, it was initially nicknamed the “Baby B-King” or “Baby King”. It was believed that this model was intended to replace the aging Bandit series. Initial reviews were mixed, with a few riders indicating it failed to live up to its design roots and is over-styled. However, as more owners present their reviews, it was apparent the motorcycle has gained a generally positive reception, mostly on its practical engine performance as well as its comfort. Parts normally reserved for higher-end flagship models but incorporated into this motorcycle (such as the 4-pot Tokiko brake system used also on the GSX-R600 series) further increased its acceptance.
The first model arrived at dealerships in January 2006. It came in 4 colors : Metallic Matt Black No 2, Metallic Oort Grey, Candy Indy Blue & Marble Erakis Red
A variant of the model, called the GSR600S or ‘S’-model, was released middle of 2006. It differs from the standard model with a stock windshield, a radiator protector grill as well as carbon-fibre lamination for selected parts.
ABS was introduced to the range in the following selected countries: Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Estonia, Russia, Greece,Japan, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Other countries will receive the ABS option in the upcoming 2008 model.
Also, 2 new colors were introduced to selected countries.
A JDM-spec GSR, the GSR400, become available to selected countries in the middle of 2006. With the same exact dimensions as the GSR600, the only difference was the engine capacity (399cc as opposed to 599cc), a smaller exhaust outlet, smaller RPM range and a useful plastic protective cover on for on the left side of the engine. Aftermarket options for the GSR600 were found to be compatible and usable on the GSR400 (such as the Power Commander III FMS). The bike appealed to the Japanese market as well as selected Asian markets where 400cc bikes are popular due to riding license classifications as well as road-usability and practicality.
For the 2007 model year, the GSR600 competes with the Honda CB600F, Yamaha FZ6 as well as the Triumph Street Triple. 2 articles have been written by 2 separate bike magazines doing a comparison, more significantly the October 2007 issue of Performance Bike magazine, where all four bikes were tested at the Nürburgring.
All specifications are manufacturer claimed.
|Engine / Power Specifications|
|Engine Type||Four stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore/Stroke||67.0mm x 42.5mm|
|Maximum Power||86.5bhp @ 12,000rpm|
|Maximum Torque||44.1lb.ft @ 9,750rpm|
|Theoretical Top Speed||137.5mph|
|Average road economy||39.7mpg|
|Average road range||144 miles|
|Carburetion||Fuel injection, 38mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||Electronic ignition (Transistorised)|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Final Drive||#530 X-ring chain (520 for GSR400)|
|Chassis Type||Aluminium twin-spar|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped (preload adjustable)|
|Rear Suspension||Link type, coil spring, oil damped (preload & rebound adjustable)|
|Steering Angle||33¤ (right and left)|
|Front Brakes||Disc brake, twin 2 x 310mm discs, 4-piston calipers|
|Rear Brakes||Disc brake, 240mm disc, 1-piston caliper|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W) tubeless (BRIDGESTONE BT014F stock)|
|Rear Tire||180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W) tubeless (BRIDGESTONE BT014F stock)|
|Fuel Capacity /
|16.5 litres / 2 litres|
|Rake (caster angle)||25.5 degrees|
|Colors||To be updated|