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How Did the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600 Lose 20 lbs?

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Perhaps a bike that hasn’t gotten enough press after its debut at Intermot, the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600 managed to shed roughly 20 lbs from its supersport design, making Suzuki the 600cc class leader once again, at least on paper. Suzuki was the only Japanese manufacturer to update its Supersport line for the new year, and instead of a casual redesign (although 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 might remain a little vanilla, we sure do like that spec sheet coming from Suzuki. Tipping the scales at 413 lbs wet (shazzam!), the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600 makes the same 123hp at the crank as the previous model, but presumably with better components (note the Brembo monoblocs and Showa Big Piston forks). Continue past the jump to see Suzuki America’s Derek Schoeberle explain where Suzuki made improvements to the GSX-R 600.

The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600’s Diet List:







  • Lighter Frame – 3 lbs
  • Lighter Swingarm – 2 lbs
  • Lighter Front Forks – 1.9 lbs
  • Lighter Wheels, Brakes, and Rear Suspension – 4.5 lbs
  • Lighter Bodywork – 7 lbs
  • Lighter Exhaust System – 3.7 lbs

Source: Motorcycle.com







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