2011 Supersport Shootout - Track [Video]

Can Suzuki's new Gixxer spoil the 600cc party?

Conclusion

So What’s It Going To Be?

If it isn’t clear by now, the new GSX-R600 is a home run, especially when compared to the model it’s replacing. Its improved power spread and outstanding brakes have given it a legitimate shot at taking 600 honors for 2011. But is it really better than the Kawasaki?

In terms of power felt from the saddle, the two bikes are neck and neck down low and in the middle. Top-end horsepower may favor the Kawasaki, but the margin is assuredly slim. Brakes, again, are a wash. Both units are impeccable pieces of kit that leaves the rider wanting little by way of improvements.

So the deciding factor then lies in the chassis, and in that race we have to give the edge — albeit by the slimmest of margins — to the Suzuki. Its razor-sharp handling was immediately adored by the four of us. The Kawasaki is by no means an under-performer, but when splitting hairs, sometimes the smallest of niggles decides the winners and the losers.

2011 Supersport Shootout - Track

So there you have it, the 2011 600 Supersport shootout is in the books and we have a new racetrack king of the hill in this class. With the Yamaha and Honda getting a little long in the tooth, it’s only a matter of time before each of them come back stronger than ever with fresh contenders for the Supersport crown. To that we say, bring it on!

Now we know there’ll be a few of you who will point out that the majority of sportbikes never see the racetrack. Don’t worry; we’ve got a street review coming, too. Stay tuned.

2011 Supersport Shootout Comparison Specs Chart
  Honda CBR600RR Kawasaki ZX-6R Suzuki GSX-R600 Yamaha YZF-R6
Engine 599cc (67.0 x 42.5mm) inline-Four, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder; 12.2:1 c/r 599 (67.0 x 42.5mm) inline-Four, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder; 13.3:1 c/r 599cc (67.0 x 42.5mm) inline-Four, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder; 12.9:1 c/r 599cc (67.0 x 42.5mm) inline-Four, DOHC, 4-valves per cylinder; 13.1:1 c/r
Frame Aluminum frame; alum. swingarm Aluminum frame; alum. swingarm Aluminum frame; alum. swingarm Aluminum frame; alum. swingarm
Suspension 41mm usd fully adjustable fork; Fully adjustable shock 41mm Showa BPF fully adjustable fork; Fully adjustable shock 41mm Showa BPF fully adjustable fork; Fully adjustable shock 41mm fully adjustable fork; Fully adjustable shock
Rake, Trail, Wheelbase 23.5°, 3.8 inches, 53.9 inches 24.0°, 4.1 inches, 55.1 inches 23.5°, 3.8 inches, 54.5 inches 24.0°, 3.8 inches, 54.1 inches
Tires 120/70 x 17 and 180/55 x 17 120/70 x 17 and 180/55 x 17 120/70 x 17 and 180/55 x 17 120/70 x 17 and 180/55 x 17
Brakes Dual radial-mount 4-piston; 310mm rotors Dual radial mount 4-piston/4-pad; 300mm rotors Dual radial-mount 4-piston Brembo; 310mm rotors Dual radial mount 4-piston calipers; 310mm rotors
Seat Height 32.3 inches 32.1 inches 31.9 inches 33.1 inches
Curb Weight 410 lbs 421 lbs 412 lbs 417 lbs
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal 4.5 gal 4.5 gal 4.5 gal
Base MSRP $11,199; (ABS $12,199) Electronically controlled steering damper as standard $9999 Ohlins steering damper as standard $11,599 Electronically controlled steering damper as standard $10,690 Black or Blue/White; $10,890 Red No steering damper as standard.

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