2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 Review

2018 Suzuki GSX-R600

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2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 on Total Motorcycle:

The Suzuki GSX-R600 is a class-leading sport bike worthy of its race-winning GSX-R heritage. Whether you’re carving through your favorite canyon or dominating the racetrack, it offers unparalleled performance. A compact, powerful 4-cylinder engine demonstrates the advanced race-proven technology of the GSX-R line when you hit the throttle and push it to redline, while supremely refined suspension systems front and rear help provide precise, responsive handling. Wrapped in aerodynamic and lightweight bodywork that’s lifted from the race track, the GSX-R600 can not only win races, it can win envy.


A Top Performer in its Class

The GSX-R600, designed to be the Top Performer in its class. A total package designed to own the racetrack.





Both GSX-Rs feature a repositioned engine management computer (also known as the Engine Control Module, or ECM) to allow the wiring harness to be simplified and made lighter.

The ECM operates a state-of-the-art Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) closed-loop fuel injection system, an advanced ignition system and several emission control systems, producing better throttle response, smoother power delivery, improved mileage and reduced emissions.

With an unmatched combination of excellent throttle response, linear power delivery, strong braking, confident handling and class-leading power-to-weight ratio, it was the closest a mass-production four-stroke, four-cylinder streetbike had ever come to being a racebike with lights.

Reducing mechanical losses by minimizing internal engine friction, reducing the weight of reciprocating internal parts and relieving crankcase pressure can increase mechanical efficiency, putting more of an engine’s output to use actually moving and accelerating the motorcycle and also improving fuel mileage and reducing emissions.



The GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 models both feature completely chassis designs, each based on a more compact, lighter twin-spar aluminum frame with a 15 mm shorter wheelbase.

The GSX-R750’s wheelbase is now 1,390 mm while the GSX-R600’s wheelbase now measures 1,385 mm.

For both models, the shorter wheelbase better centers the combined machine/rider mass between the wheels, improving racetrack cornering and also shortening the reach between the seat and the handlebars. The shorter reach and slightly wider handlebar angle make it easier for the rider to reposition their weight while on the racetrack and also improve comfort on longer highway rides.





2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Designed to own the racetrack

A lightweight chassis featuring a compact wheelbase and race-developed suspension. A powerful 4-cylinder engine delivering a real-world demonstration of advanced race proven technology. The GSX-R600, designed to be the Top Performer in its class. A total package designed to own the racetrack.


MotoGP Technology

The 599cc engine is liquid-cooled with Suzuki Ram-Air Direct (SRAD) induction and a digital engine management system. Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) are driven by a link-plate chain off a forged crankshaft and open four titanium valves per cylinder.


Compact, Powerful Engine

Yoshimura R11 Silencer⁶


Track Focused Chassis

The chassis design is light weight and compact, designed using an aluminium twin-spar frame. The frame’s torsional rigidity has been optimised for track performance, while its construction uses specific casting sizes and shapes as well as carefully located welds to minimise weight.


BREMBO Monobloc Radial Mount Calipers

Provide more powerful and consistent braking with greater rigidity for better rider feedback. Reduced unsprung weight provides even better suspension performance on the GSX-R600.


SHOWA Big Piston Forks (BPF)

Quicker reacting with improved damping and more controlled compression under hard braking. Provides enhanced grip and rider feedback with more controlled weight transfer for a better turn in.


3-Step Adjustable Footpegs

Allows you to ride in the position that suits you best, providing greater comfort, control and reduces fatigue.

Advanced Rider Technology

The GSX-R600 is equipped with our advanced rider technology, including Suzuki Drive Mode Selector and Suzuki Clutch Assist System.


Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS)

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector


Instrument Cluster

The instrument cluster is a full function type including a gear position indicator. The engine RPM indicator can be programmed for four different rpm settings, which can be used as a reference for up-shift timing on racetracks and on winding roads.


Aerodynamic Bodywork

The bodywork is short front to rear to match the short wheelbase, seatheight remains low for a sportbike at 810mm and the design of the 17 litre fuel tank is low, allowing the rider to tuck in more easily.


The GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 models both feature completely chassis designs, each based on a more compact, lighter twin-spar aluminum frame with a 15 mm shorter wheelbase.

The GSX-R750’s wheelbase is now 1,390 mm while

the GSX-R600’s wheelbase now measures 1,385 mm.

The overall combined weight of the transmission gearsets is reduced. The race-proven ramp-and-cam design of the back-torque-limiting clutch reduces pressure on the plates during deceleration, producing smoother downshifting and corner entry and allowing the track rider to concentrate on braking and cornering.

The crankcases carry a six-speed close-ratio transmission with vertically staggered shafts, to reduce overall engine length, and a back-torque-limiting clutch.

The GSX-R600’s revised close-ratio six-speed transmission features a taller first-gear ratio and shorter ratios for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th gear, making it easier for a racer to get a good start and also improving straight-line acceleration and drive out of corners.

For the first time, both the Suzuki GSX-R750 and the Suzuki GSX-R600 come with the revolutionary, race-developed Showa Big Piston Front-fork (BPF) inverted front suspension system. Conventional inverted front forks use a cartridge assembly that fits inside the fork leg on each side and typically incorporates a 20 mm piston to control damping.

The four-into-one stainless-steel exhaust system features four individual head pipes and a single collector. The mid-pipe located between the collector and the under-engine exhaust chamber carries a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) servo-controlled butterfly valve to match exhaust system back-pressure to engine rpm, throttle position and gear position, maximizing torque and improving throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid rpm range. The exhaust chamber leads to stainless-steel S-bend pipe and a titanium muffler shaped and positioned to enhance cornering clearance and improve aerodynamics. A reduction in pipe wall thickness and a smaller, more efficient exhaust chamber and muffler combine to make the GSX-R750 system 1,100 grams lighter and the GSX-R600 system 1,700 grams lighter.

A slightly larger-diameter radiator fan mounted on the efficient, trapezoidal, curved radiator turns on and off based on coolant temperature and improves cooling performance.


Fuel-injected 599cc, 4-cylinder, engine delivers a rush of power from idle to redline.

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) lets the rider adjust the power delivery.

Twin-spar aluminum frame and SHOWA big piston front fork deliver exceptional handling.

Twin BREMBO Monobloc, radially mounted, front brakes deliver strong stopping power.

Race-ready, iconic GSX-R styling provides sharp looks and a slippery shape.




2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Engine Features
Compact 599cc 4-cylinder engine with a race-proven over-square bore/stroke ratio that produces remarkably strong high RPM power delivery.

The energy efficient engine employs forged pistons, shot-peened connecting rods, chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes to reduce frictional and mechanical losses.

Camshafts with aggressive valve-lift profiles were developed using proven MotoGP racing engine technology – the first time this method has been applied to a production Suzuki.

Lightweight titanium-alloy valves are controlled by single coil valve springs to reduce valve train mass, reducing mechanical losses at high RPM.

Lightweight and durable forged pistons were designed using the same Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology used for MotoGP racing engines.

Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection uses eight, fine-spray 8-hole injectors for improved fuel atomization, which contributes to more complete combustion.

An Engine Control Module (ECM) provides state-of-the-art engine management and has enhanced settings to suit the intake and exhaust systems, resulting in better fuel economy and linear throttle response.

Advanced, MotoGP-developed transistorized ignition control programming helps maintain more precise spark timing across the range of engine speed and temperature.

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of two racing-developed engine control maps to suit road or track conditions, and personal tastes.

4-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system with a titanium muffler is fitted with a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve that maximizes torque and improves throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid RPM range.

The close-ratio six-speed transmission features a taller first-gear ratio and shorter ratios for 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th gear, making it easier for a racer to get a good start while improving straight-line acceleration and drive out of corners.

Race-proven back-torque-limiting clutch contributes to smoother downshifting and corner entry.


Chassis Features
Lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame is constructed of five cast sections to produce a balance of light weight and strength.

The frame is mated with a cast aluminum swingarm and multi-piece rear sub-frame that’s ready for race-track use.

Race-developed, lightweight SHOWA Big Piston front Forks (BPF) deliver superb feedback and consistent performance.

Single SHOWA rear shock features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.

Electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at slower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds.

Front brakes with fully floating 310mm discs are grasped by radial-mount, four-piston BREMBO monobloc calipers.

Three-spoke cast-aluminum-alloy wheels are shod with lightweight, high-grip front and rear tires for sharp handling.

Three-way adjustable footpegs, adjustable shift lever and short fuel tank help compose a comfortable riding position that permits the rider movement required for performance riding.

Compact, lightweight instrument cluster with a built-in lap timer/stopwatch and programmable engine RPM indicators to alert the rider to certain shift points.

Trim, simple and lightweight bodywork creates an exciting, aerodynamic style that truly works well at speed.

Distinctive multi-reflector headlight with vertically stacked high and low-beam halogen bulbs is centered between position lights on each side.

Bright, durable LED taillight, with clear lens.

The front turn signal are integrated into the rear-view mirrors while the rear tail section houses the rear signals.

The lightweight instruments also include an analog tachometer and LCD readouts that show speed, odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure indicator, S-DMS and gear position indicators.

Attention to rider comfort and confidence includes a carefully shaped seat with a high-grip cover.

The wheel rims have pin stripes punctuated by “R” logos that highlight the bike’s identity.


Additional Features
Stylized Suzuki “S” 3-D emblems on the fuel tank and the fork upper bracket denotes the quality, sophistication and performance legacy of the brand.

Optional single seat cowl can replace the passenger seat for an even more aggressive look or for use on solo rides, or track days.

A variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for GSX-R owners are available including a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.

12-month limited warranty.





2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $11,299 USD
Engine599cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke67.0 mm x 42.5 mm (2.638 in x 1.673 in)
Compression Ratio12.9 : 1
Fuel SystemSuzuki Fuel Injection
LubricationWet sump
Drive Train
Transmission6-speed constant mesh
ClutchWet, multi-plate type
Final Drive Chain, RK525SMOZ8, 114 links
Suspension FrontInverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension RearLink type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes FrontBrembo 4-piston, Disc, twin
Brakes RearNissin, 1-piston, Disc single
Tires Front120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity17.0 L (4.5 US gallons), 16.0 L (4.2 US gallons) CA model
ColorMetallic Triton Blue, Metallic Mystic Silver/Pearl Glacier White -or- Metallic Oort Gray No.3
IgnitionElectronic ignition (Transistorized)
Spark PlugsNGK CR9EIA-9 or DENSO IU27D
Headlight12V 65W (H9 high-beam) & 12V 55W (H7 low-beam)
Tail LightLED
Overall Length2030 mm (79.9 in)
Overall Width710 mm (28.0 in)
Wheelbase1385 mm (54.5 in)
Ground Clearance130 mm ( 5.1 in)
Seat Height810 mm (31.9 in)
Curb Weight187 kg (412 lbs)
Warranty12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Coverage extension and additional benefits are available



2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN





2018 Suzuki GSX-R600 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £8,999 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Engine capacity599ccEngine4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore67.0mm x 42.5mm (2.64in x 1.67in)Compression ratio12.9:1
IgnitionElectronic ignitionLubricationWet sump
Fuel systemFuel InjectionTransmission6-speed constant mesh
Power92.5kW @ 13500rpm (126PS)Torque69.60Nm @ 11500rpm (51.00lb.ft)†
Overall length2030mm (79.92in)Overall width710mm (27.95in)
Overall height1135mm (44.69in)Wheelbase1385mm (54.53in)
Ground clearance130mm (5.12in)Seat height810mm (31.89in)
Kerb mass187.0kg (412.26lbs)Fuel capacity17.0 litres (3.7UK gallons)
Front suspensionInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil dampedRear suspensionLink type, coil spring oil damped
Front brakesDisc, twinRear brakesDisc
Front tyres120/70 ZR17M/C (58W)Rear tyres180/55 ZR17M/C (73W)





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