The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600 has managed to shed roughly 20 lbs (about 9 kg) from its supersport design, making Suzuki the 600cc class leader once again. Or, at least on paper that is.

The only Japanese manufacturer to update its Supersport line for the new year instead of a casual redesign (though the GSX-R 600 doesn’t stray far from its predecessor’s aesthetic), the Hamamatsu-based company made a number of technical changes that focused around massively lowering the bike’s sprung and un-sprung mass.

While the styling remains a tad little vanilla, we sure do like that spec sheet, tipping the scales at 413 lbs, the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600 makes the same 123hp at the crank as the previous model, but presumably with better components.

The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600′s Diet List comprises of:

  • Lighter Frame – 3 lbs (Approx. 1.36 kg)
  • Lighter Swingarm – 2 lbs (Approx. 0.91 kg)
  • Lighter Front Forks – 1.9 lbs (Approx. 0.86 kg)
  • Lighter Wheels, Brakes, and Rear Suspension – 4.5 lbs (Approx. 2.04 kg)
  • Lighter Bodywork – 7 lbs (Approx. 3.18 kg)
  • Lighter Exhaust System – 3.7 lbs (Approx. 1.68 kg)

Apart from weight, the GSX-R 600 also has an assortment of other improvement, Suzuki America’s Derek Schoeberle explains them:


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