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Suzuki GSX600 Gallery

The original GSX600F was launched in 1988 as a sportsbike. At that time, its specification was perfectly acceptable for a performance machine - all-enclosing bodywork, a 16-valve engine and monoshock rear suspension put it on a par with its peer group. Only the slightly bland styling marked the GSX out from its competitors.

By 1998, the GSX600F had been relegated to a more pedestrian budget sports tourer role. However, Suzuki gave it a wheels-up makeover anyway.

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1988 Suzuki GSX600F GSX 600F
  • Air/oil cooled four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
  • 86bhp @ 10,700rpm
  • 6 speed
  • Disc brakes
  • 195kg
1990 Suzuki GSX600F 1990 Suzuki GSX 600F  
1991 Suzuki GSX 600F Suzuki GSX 600F  
1991 Suzuki GSX 600F Suzuki GSX600  
1992 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana Suzuki GSX 600F Katana  
1994 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana 1994 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana  
1998 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana 1998 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana  
2000 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana 2000 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana The engine uses a combination of oil and air cooling. A high-capacity oil pump circulates engine oil through a large oil radiator to cool the engine internals, while fins on the cylinder block also remove heat. Suzuki claims this saves weight over a liquid-cooled engine, while remaining more efficient than an air-cooled design.

Compared with modern sports machines, the GSX will disappoint. The brakes are indifferent, while the low pegs reduce ground clearance and soon drag on the ground during committed cornering. The engine's lack of sophistication shows in its harsh, rewy power delivery, and it feels underpowered compared with more modern designs.

2004 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana 2004 Suzuki GSX 600F Katana  

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