2018 Suzuki GSX-R600

Suzuki GSX-R600

The Suzuki GSX-R 600 is another 600cc super-sport motorcycle you can still buy in 2018. Although the current model hasn’t changed for over a year a indicates that it’s still a competitive package for the motorcyclist that likes a bit of a race bike style ride and who want to go production motorcycle racing. That said only Yamaha has updated their 600cc Super sports.

In terms of design the GSX-R600 looks good in a traditional  sports bike style.  In fact it is virtually identical to the GSX-R750 but that shouldn’t be surprising and neither design have changed for a couple years. One of the reasons for that is the 600cc sports bike class in 2016-2017 has experiencing a significant drop in popularity.

In terms engines and technical features, there is nothing new or revolutionary. Many also attribute the lack of technical progress in the last two years is caused by stricter emissions laws that come into effect next year and that doesn’t just effect the GSX-R600 but every other 600cc spots motorcycle.

Historically Suzuki Motorcycles have always been sportier than it’s competitors as a road motorcycle. They always had harder suspension, more power at the top end of the rev range as the specs shows. If you are that sort of rider then this the GSX-R600 is for you and I did have one for many years.

Once again nothing further I can add to my impressions of the 2018 Suzuki GSX-R600. The best selling point of the GSX-R600 is the price. As I write this the GSX-R600 sells for under $14,000 on the road and even when not on sale is still priced well for a Super Sports 600c  in Australia.

Suzuki GXS-R 600 Key Specifications
Engine: IL4 cylinder 16V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 599cc
Power/Torque: 92.5Kw @ 13,500RPM 65 Nm @ 11500RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 187Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 810 mm
Dimensions: L2030 x W710 x H1135
Recommended Retail Price: $13,790 Ride away Clearance (2017)
$14,990 (2018)


Suzuki DR-Z400E and DR-Z400SM

Suzuki DR-Z400E

The Suzuki DR-Z400E is a trail bike worth a look regardless if you are a learner or fully licensed motorcycle rider.  The DR-Z400 has been around for years and hence proven mechanically reliable and with plenty of help on the internet is something goes wrong or if you’re into modding. Interestingly there was the virtually identical Kawasaki KLX400 but it is not unusual for the two manufacturers to share models.

In terms of design the DR-Z400’s trail bike look is completely standard except for the additional enduro style radiator protectors and it does look a little old. The stereotypical design means it will get confused to other brands and larger bikes except for KTM of course but it doesn’t really matter as despite age it still looks good. There is also the Super Motard version of the same bike called the DR-Z400SM, so it has road tyres rather than dual purpose ones.

In terms of the mechanicals there is certainly nothing new at the time of this post in 2017, so a large capacity single cylinder ‘thumper’ engine. The only throwback is the lack of EFI relying on CDI carbs which is annoying but at least the LAMS restrictions can be removed at a later date. The fuel tank is only 10 litres which is also a flaw but in all honestly after riding it for 100kms you’ll probably want to have a break from all the fun you’ll probably be having.

There is nothing further I can add to the review of the Suzuki DR-Z400E. It is another great choice for anyone contemplating a dual purpose motorcycle that’s under the $10,000 AUD price that’s less common on the road than the ubiquitous Kawasaki Ninja’s for LAMS and certainly different type of motorcycle for those wanting it for a commuter. Mind you you need to have long legs…

Suzuki DR-Z400E Key Specifications (2017)
Engine: 1 cylinder 4 valve DOHC (Carbs)
Capacity: 398cc
Power/Torque: 35.8Kw @ 9000RPM 40Nm @ 4500RPM
Gearbox: 5 speed
Kerb Weight: 138Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 10 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 935mm
Dimensions: L2310 x W825 x H1235
Recommended Retail Price: $8,740 (2017) for the DR-Z400E
$9,990 (2017) for the DR-Z400SM