It begs to be abused
Supersport racing is the reason the GSX-R600 exists. But it’s never been a serial track headbanger like the R6, ZX-6R, CBR600RR or Daytona 675, despite winning the 2011 BSS title.
So unless you’re going to race, it makes much more sense to buy the GSX-R750 for just a few quid more. It’s basically the same bike with an extra 150cc, so it corners, steers, brakes and screams like a 600, but it has a nice dollop of extra grunt so you’re not up and down the gearbox.
Both the dealers and you say the main reason the GSX-R600 isn’t as popular as it could be is because the 750 exists. You even say that superbikes are just as attractive now, packed with electronics that keep you safe. You also tell us that nine grand is stretching it for a bike with limited technology. The GSX-R600 comes riding modes, but there’s no traction control, ABS or a quickshifter in sight. No ABS, whatever next?
There’s also that perception that 600 supersport bikes are tiny, rev happy machines, but the GSX-R600 is as roomy as a superbike and has most of the grunt of a 750.
Lots of you agree and adore your GSX-R600S. You love its featherlight weight, the way it makes you smile and acknowledge that a 120bhp-plus 600cc inline four-cylinder engine is more than enough power for most.
The Suzuki never fails to surprise and impress. It’s nothing special on paper compared to its rivals and it’s even down on power compared to most of them (except the Honda), but it manages to deliver such easy grunt you honestly have to keep checking you haven’t jumped on a 750 by mistake.
Three-way adjustable footpegs guarantee generous legroom, the clip-ons aren’t too much of a stretch and the seat isn’t a pain in the rear. It’s just as adept at summer touring through Europe as it is hooning around a track.
And talking of which, practicalities aside, this is still a supersport brawler. It begs to be abused and shrieks with delight when you dip the rev needle into the red. It’s completely stable and even on track you’d be hard-pushed to get it anywhere near out of shape.
There’s nothing like hammering a 600, but when you’re not in the mood the GSX-R600 is your flexible friend.
‘ It makes much more sense to buy the GSX-R750’
The only gizmo on the GSX-R is riding modes