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seruzawa 02-12-2004 02:46 PM

Re: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600 Track Test
When I started riding the most powerful bikes got about 60HP. Today an SV650 with more than that is considered a beginner's bike. People don't realize how much fun a less powerful bike can be.

Some of the most fun I ever had was riding an RD350 with a mere 37HP. Or storming around Tujunga Canyon on a 25HP Yammer YDS3 250 with 20:1 premix leaving a cloud of smoke. I could really wring it out and push it's limits (Remember to bring a pocketful of plugs). Especially considering how poor the tires were.

I bet one of those new Suzi GS500F's would be a real hoot.

It's more fun to go fast on a slow bike than to go slow on a fast bike.

GSXRWolf 02-12-2004 02:58 PM

Re: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600 Track Test
Wow! That's really interesting.

Nplateau 02-12-2004 03:06 PM

Re: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600 Track Test
The Ninja 250 is a ridiculously fun bike. It only has 27hp but weighs about 300 lbs or so. Not to mention a fun 14000 rpm redline. The suspension sucks though.

Flickmeister 02-12-2004 04:10 PM

Re: 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 600 Track Test
I don't think the 750 will offer the best of both worlds. It probably will offer the quicker handling of the 600, though I would suggest the Thou' handles damn quickly especially if the steering damper is removed (trust me, for any sane street riding, it doesn't need it, though I haven't noticed the heavy steering at slow speeds some of the magazines have griped about). However, the 750's motor will probably be more like a 600 on steriods than have the torque of the 1000. Trust me, you get fabulous handling with any of these bikes but if you really want a MOTOR, the Thou' is the only way to go. I view the 750 as the bastard of the group (as has the AMA and WSB folks). The 600 offers a huge amount of performance for $8100, but you have to spin it to really make it go. The GSXR1000, at $10,600, has a motor that pulls hard from 3000 RPM. On the other hand, the 750 is priced at $9600. If it is like the previous GSXR 750's, the 600 will still marginally out handle it. The previous 750s were a bit faster than the 600s, but you still had to ride it like the 600, i.e.: rev the hell out of it to make it haul tail. For a measly $1000 more, the GSXR1000 offers a whole new world of engine performance. Some riders like to rev it up and grin like an idiot. If so, the GSXR600 may prove to be the best bike in it's class for you. On the other hand, if you like the torque of a BIG MOTOR, the Thou' is your only real choice. To me, the 750 doesn't have the benefits of a 600 or a 1000. For that reason, I can't justify the price difference. Understand, all of my criticism of the 750 is based on the price differential between the 750 & 1000. If the 750 cost $ 9000, I might be singing a whole different tune.

The fact of the matter is that 90%+ of us mere mortals would ride the 600 better and faster than the 750 or 1000, but being as old and lazy as I am, give me the monster motor every time.

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