A name: GSR. That’s all and it’s huge. Because with these 3 letters, the manufacturer unveils a new breed of machine in its range: that of the hot roadster. GSF and GSX, these are the names of roadsters from the manufacturer of Hamamatsu; R is sports. This new name being the association of others, we can easily imagine the concept, that of a naked machine with a sports mill..
You know the famous Bandit, an excellent motorcycle but which does not really play in the same court as the Honda Hornets, Kawasaki Z 750 and Yamaha FZ6. It lacks the aggressive side and about twenty horses. With this GSR, Suz rushes into this niche with seemingly arguments that will hit the mark. The chassis, unprecedented, would have its place on a sport of medium displacement: a beautiful perimeter aluminum frame where an enormous reinforced swingarm is anchored. So there will be watts. Those of the boiler of the 600 GSX-R 2005 with a mapping more suited to a roadster. A little more torque and roundness in lower revs and a power revised to around 100 hp. It’s in terms of design that we’ll have to make the difference. And there, it is very pleasant. From the front, we can guess behind the inspiration of the B-King salon proto (a crazy thing in Goldorak style with a Hayabusa engine equipped with a compressor). The silhouette, it gives in the stocky with the shoulders of a rugby player where the indicators are integrated and a sporty hindquarters. Under the saddle, nothing less than a typical MV-Agusta F4 exhaust system … Well, almost – The 2 flutes releasing the gas surround the lights surrounded by a ring imitating 2 other nozzles. Even the rear indicators have undergone a styling study, happily changing from the usual bits of orange plastic. The GSR has a hell of a … and hopefully a hell of a temper. The dashboard is very complete, with a bonus indication of the gear engaged (like the new GSX-Rs). Only its design lacks inspiration and character. When seen up close, it itches to go for a walk with it.
Unless you want the engine of the 600 GSX-R in a roadster at all costs, it is not the choice of engine that will make the difference against the FZ6 or the Hornet. All 3 are equipped with a 4-cylinder supersport developing almost the same power and all having the same character trait: not very full at the bottom and potato at the top … but well at the top.
This typical 600 cc trademark can vary significantly depending on the boiler. And if that of the GSR does not really stand out technically compared to the others, it gives the user a remarkable smoothness, superior to that of its rivals. Around 7000 trs, he begins to get angry; and from 10,000 to 13,000 revs, go wild and go crazy with the most severe enthusiasm of roadsters in the category. The GSX-R reputation is well and truly in its bowels. Only one bone but relatively painful: it will be necessary to review one or two parameters in the central which manages the injection. On a go-around, the engine catches the hiccup and sends it through the transmission. Pity.
Those who like to be reassured by a rigorous chassis will appreciate the imperturbable stability of the GSR. The wise values of the chassis clearly define this quality … which will reverberate elsewhere. Stability comes at a price, and on the GSR, it’s agility that pays the price. The front axle lacks liveliness and requires more authority from the pilot than the Yamaha or the Honda. Infuriating that the direction and precision of the GSR demand from the athletic user an obvious muscular will. But we may like having to rush her a bit, assert your virility on the machine ;-)))
These troublemakers of roadsters had accustomed us to a comfort approaching the Spartan. Suzuki has it all figured out and the GSR offers not only a real saddle with good foam in it, but also suspension that eats up rough roads very well, instead of throwing them in your arms and back. The new Suz scores points in terms of comfort … if only there weren’t the hiccups from the injection.
Overall, with the GSR, Suzuki does no better or worse than the benchmarks already in place. The happier engine does not have the setting completely adapted to its claims. The general comfort, above the lot, is seen scratched by the engine rendering on re-acceleration and the front brake lacking diplomacy. Surely, this will be the look that will appeal to you more than the rest.
* And even young people can ride it, because the GSR is offered in a 34 hp version.
(Text of the essay inspired by the article by V. Vallon – Moto-Journal n ° 1 692
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The technical aspect
Suzuki GSR 600 2010
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 795 mm
- Height: 1,075 mm
- Wheelbase: 1440 mm
- Dry weight: 183 kg
- Weight in running order: 208/213 kg
- Train before
- Final chain drive
- Rear axle
(67 x 42.5 mm)
at 12,000 rpm
at 9,600 rpm