The Top Performer In Its Class, Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016
It wasn’t by accident that the original GSX-R redefined the high-performance Supersport and shocked the motorcycle world when it was introduced in 1985.
It was a product of integrated design, a talented group of Suzuki chassis, engine and electrical engineers making history by working together to build a more compact and lighter 600cm3 Supersport.
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.
EFFICIENCY BY DESIGN
Combustion efficiency is a measure of how completely an engine burns its fuel.
Better combustion efficiency can increase power and torque output across the rpm range; improve throttle response, acceleration and fuel mileage; and reduce emissions.
Mechanical efficiency is a measure of how much of the power and torque produced by an engine actually reaches the rear wheel.
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.
A LIGHTER, MORE COMPACT CHASSIS
The Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 model features completely chassis design, based on a more compact, lighter twin-spar aluminum frame with a 15 mm shorter wheelbase.
The Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016’s wheelbase now measures 1,385 mm.
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.
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 Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 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.
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 Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016’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.
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 Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 uses lighter, more durable forged pistons designed with the same Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology used to develop MotoGP racing engines. Shorter and narrower skirts, narrower wrist pin bosses and shorter wrist pins help make each piston assembly 78 grams lighter. The lighter piston assembly translates into less reciprocating weight, reducing mechanical losses while improving throttle response, acceleration and engine output reaching the rear wheel.
The Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016’s titanium intake valves measure 27.2 mm in diameter, while the titanium exhaust valves measure 22.0 mm in diameter. New camshaft profiles produce a more aggressive valve-lift curve to improve throttle response, mid-rpm torque and peak engine output while also preventing valve spring surge at high rpm. The cam profiles were designed using advanced technology developed by Suzuki engineers working on ultra-high-revving MotoGP racing engines. The Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 is the first production Suzuki motorcycle to benefit from this proven MotoGP racing technology.
On the racetrack, that translates to better drives out of corners and higher top speeds. On the street, it means that the Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 doesn’t have to be revved as much to accelerate briskly away from a stop.
Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016s 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.
The Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 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 advanced BPF design eliminates the separate internal cartridge assembly inserted into each fork leg and instead uses a single, 37.6 mm piston riding against the inside wall of the 41 mm inner fork tube. The larger BPF piston and valving shims produce more effective, more accurate and more linear damping performance. The more controlled compression damping is especially noticeable during hard braking and at corner entry, delivering better feedback to the rider.
More compact and lighter instrument cluster installed on the Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 now comes standard with a built-in lap timer/stopwatch and a programmable, sequential engine rpm indicator system. Both those features can be useful at track days or during club-racing weekends.
The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) system built into the ECM allows the rider to use a button mounted on the left handlebar switch module to select one of two engine control maps, regulating the fuel injection, secondary throttle valve and ignition systems. The two maps are designated A and B, with Map A delivering full power and acceleration and Map B producing more moderate acceleration.
The S-DMS system allows the rider to select a map to suit various riding conditions and personal preference on the road, for example choosing one map for highway cruising and the other map for tight country roads.
The Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 come with 310 mm fully-floating front brake discs and radial-mount, four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers. The 32 mm caliper pistons are staggered to promote even pad wear, the trailing pistons offset relative to the pad centerline. The monoblock design of the calipers makes them lighter, and their more rigid construction and increased piston area improve braking performance by providing the rider with more consistent power and better feel at the lever.
THE ORIGINAL GSX-R, AND THE 600cm3 TOP PERFORMER
For some riders, The Original GSX-R’s combination of 750cm3 power in a compact,nimble, 600cm3 – size chassis is what a Supersport should be. If that rider is you, the GSX-R750 is ready. For other riders, the ideal Supersport is The Top Performer in the 600cm3 class.
If you are that rider, your Suzuki GSX-R 600 2016 is waiting.
Suzuki GSX-R600 2016 Specifications
Metallic Triton Blue (YSF) *MotoGP replica
Pearl Vigor Blue / Pearl Glacier White (AJP) *GSX-R30th anniversary special color
Pearl Mira Red / Metallic Mat Black No.2 (ARB)
Overall length: 2,030 mm (79.9 in)
Overall width: 710 mm (28.0 in)
Overall height: 1,135 mm (44.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,385 mm (54.5 in)
Ground clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in)
Seat height: 810 mm (31.9 in)
Fuel tank: 17.0 L (4.5 US gal)
Curb Mass: 187 kg (412 lbs)
* Includes gasoline, lubricants, coolant, battery fluid and all standard equipment for normal use of the vehicle (tools included).
Engine Type: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC
Bore x stroke: 67.0 mm x 42.5 mm
Displacement: 599 cm3 (cc)
Ignition System: Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh with slipper clutch
Compression ratio: 12.9: 1
Power: Electronic injection
Starting system: Electric
Change: 6 speed takes constant
Transmission system: For string
Front suspension: 41mm SHOWA inverted Big Piston Type forks (BPF) with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload, oil damped
Rear suspension: Link type, SHOWA with fully adjustable compression (High & Low Speed), rebound and spring preload, oil damped