It started at racetracks far from Suzuki’s Hamamatsu, Japan headquarters. A group of dedicated Suzuki engineers on an overseas fact-finding mission wandered through paddocks and spectator parking lots, looking at motorcycles and watching races.
The racers at these events didn’t have factory contracts, and were not paid to race. They came because they loved the competition, the sport, and they rode motorcycles they bought themselves.
The race classes were defined by engine size, rider skill level and allowable modifications. The grids for 1000cc machines were packed with GSX-R1000s. The grids for 750cc machines featured row after row of GSX-R750s. But the 600cc grids were no longer completely filled with GSX-R600s. After years of trying, the middleweight competition had finally caught up, again.
The engineers worked stopwatches, talked to riders and mechanics, filled notebooks with observations and comments. They compared what they had seen at these regional races to what was happening in the World Superbike and AMA and other national Superbike series, and with the results from endurance series in Europe and the U.S.
By the time they returned to Japan, the engineers had a clear plan: Take everything Suzuki has learned from building and racing the dominating GSX-R1000 and use it to again leapfrog the would-be 600cc competition.
Apply the cutting-edge technology inherent in Genuine Suzuki Engineering, and build a new middleweight machine that defines the concept, The Top Performer.
In other words, produce a racer replica that delivers "the outstanding power-to-weight ratio, powerband and throttle response". A sportbike that also establishes the 600cc state-of-the-art in terms of throttle response, suspension performance, braking power. A motorcycle with the type of overall handling that inspires rider confidence and leads to quicker lap times. A machine infused with lessons from the racetrack.
The 2006 Suzuki GSXR 600 is said to be the most advanced sports motorcycle ever made! The GSXR is Suzuki’s best-selling motorbike, and the model for 2006 is lighter, faster, more powerful, and fizzing with innovative technology. Scaled down in size but with a significant increase in power, the 2006 Suzuki GSX R 600 is now 15mm shorter in overall length, and 25mm shorter in overall height. The seat is 15mm lower than before, and the footpegs can be moved into three different positions within a 14mm horizontal and vertical angle. Read a Suzuki GSXR 600 brochure and allow yourself to be amazed at the advanced, high quality components and the improvement in overall ability, speed and handling.
Built for minimal weight and maximum speed, the 2006 Suzuki GSXR 600 motorcycle has a 5% improvement in aerodynamics, with an outstanding power-to-weight ratio, wide powerband, and instant throttle response. This is a supersports bike with massive attitude and unrivalled charisma.
The Suzuki GSX R 600 is a motorcycle with the type of overall handling that inspires rider confidence, based on cutting edge technology and modifications made after months of research at the racetrack. If you’re interested in buying some Suzuki GSXR parts or accessories it could boost your riding experience even more, pushing the maximum.
Whichever way you look at it, the 2006 Suzuki GSXR 600 is the top performer in the new middleweight class, defining the concept and standing as a benchmark, against which, all others are compared.
All new ultra-compact and lightweight 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine designed to be narrower and lighter with increased performance and responsiveness
Improved electronic fuel injection system features Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system - with dual fuel injectors per cylinder for smooth throttle response and high torque output
New cylinder head features titanium intake valves and exhaust valves utilizing a narrow valve angle for a compact combustion chamber and a 12.5:1 compression ratio
Forged aluminum-alloy pistons feature short skirts with cutaway sides. New reshaped stronger chrome moly steel connecting rods are shotpeened to improve strength
Valve bucket diameters are increased to work with more aggressive camshaft specifications
The crankshaft and transmission shaft positions are revised to make the crankcases more compact front to rear and the engine has been rotated forward in the chassis for maximum performance
Ventilation holes located between the cylinder bores are now larger measuring 39mm for reduced internal pumping pressure and reduced mechanical losses
New larger trapezoidal shaped radiator increases cooling capacity without increasing frontal area, plus compact cooling fan design further improves efficiency
A new back torque limiting clutch helps make quick downshifts smoother working in conjunction with an six speed transmission with updated internal gear ratios and redesigned shift forks providing better acceleration and superb shifting performance
All new stainless steel Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System utilizing an innovative under engine layout for optimum aerodynamics and improved mass centralization
Suzuki Exhaust Tuning system is built into the mid-pipe using a servo-controlled butterfly valve to tune the exhaust system to match engine rpm and improving low end torque
New forged steel crankshaft features increased inertia by 16% to optimize traction while cornering
All new aluminum-alloy frame utilizing five cast sections is engineered to deliver the ideal balance of rigidity for improved handling and less weight
New aluminum alloy swingarm is more rigid with a larger 25mm swingarm pivot and the swingarm assembly is 38mm longer for improved suspension feedback and rear wheel traction
New rear suspension linkage features a forged aluminum alloy link and one piece forged aluminum alloy link rod designed to increase traction and reduce side loads
Inverted 41mm Showa front forks are fully adjustable for rebound, compression and preload settings with updated rake and trail dimensions for improved cornering performance
Showa rear shock utilizes a 46mm piston and a larger 16mm rod and is completely adjustable for rebound, compression and preload
Bridgestone tires mounted on new cast aluminum wheels featuring thinner spokes are optimized to reduce unsprung weight
Radial mount four piston front brake calipers with larger 310mm rotors and a new lightweight single piston rear brake caliper
New adjustable footpegs can be moved into three different positions with a 14mm horizontal and vertical range
More compact overall chassis dimensions including a shorter fuel tank, narrower width, lower seat height and shorter overall height for improved rider comfort and mobility
The compact lightweight instrument cluster features a step motor controlled analog tach, LCD speedometer, dual tripmeters, clock, fuel reserve and all new gear position indicator
Warranty: 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Engine: 599cc,4-stroke,four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 16-valve
Bore & Stroke: 67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Retio: 12.5:1
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive: #525 chain
Overall Length: 2040mm (80.3 in.)
Overall Width: 715mm (28.1 in.)
Overall Heigh:t 1125mm (44.3 in.)
Seat Heigh:t 810mm (31.9 in.)
Ground Clearance: 130mm (5.1 in.)
Wheelbase: 1400mm (55.1 in.)
Dry Weight: 161 kg (354 lbs) CA Spec: 162 kg (357 lbs.)
Suspension Front: Cartridge-type, coil spring, fully adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression damping
Suspension Rear: Link-type, gas/oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Brakes Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front: 120/70-ZR-17
Tires Rear: 180/55-ZR-17
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 liter (4.5 gal.)
Color: Blue/White, Red/White, Black/Matte Black, Blue/Black