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Used Test: Suzuki GSX-R600 review

Fashion may have consigned the GSX-R600 to history with its now dated bulbous looks, but it is still an utter ripper of a bike, and a bargain at that

In the fashion-conscious, 'latest is greatest' biking world we live in these days, it's easy to dismiss some older bikes, especially in the sportsbike class.

But the more discerning among you will realise that though age might dent the image of a particular bike, its actual performance is still good enough to make it an appealing buy.

A used Suzuki GSX-R600 is a classic example of this, and one you can very much benefit from.

Issues like it not having the raciest styling, sporting carburetors rather than fuel-injection, and conventional forks instead of inverted ones, don't matter a jot. The simple fact is, the Suzuki is still a bloody good bike. And one that's worth a fair deal of consideration. Get the right one, and you feel you've got a bargain. That's how we felt after trying a 2000-spec model from a dealer.

In fairness our bike was very good example in brilliant condition and with just 4000 miles on the clock. But anyone shelling out the typical dealer asking price of £4395 will quickly consider it money well spent.

There's no doubt that the GSX-R looks a bit dated these days. Its shapes and lines didn't alter much since it was launched in 1997. But underneath that fairly big and bulky architecture lies a more than very capable banzai sportsbike.

The handling of the Suzuki is its very best feature. The chassis is very, very impressive. And blasting down your favorite backroad on a Sunday morning is an experience and a half. Riding it on track is even more fulfilling.

It's a big bike physically and at first gives the impression it might be a bit ungainly. But that's far from the case. Steering is quick and light thanks to short and steep geometry, making chucking the 600 around a less than a laboured affair. And though it's a few kilos heavier than the latest class-leaders you won't notice that too much. High-quality suspension gives exemplary feel and feedback. Finding the limits of the GSX-R round corners isn't easy, but the forks and shock give you a much easier and safer chance of trying to discover them. Few bikes offer this much control and confidence while swinging round corners at speed. If you can get it over far enough to touch down the pegs, consider yourself a hero.

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