Originally posted by fritz_tc
I looked at the new GSXR 600 Suzuki yesterday. Appears to be a more user friendly bike but I'm not really keen on the style. Have you ridden one of those?
No, I don't have experience riding it, to take a ride at the dealership here, I have to first close the deal. And I have quite happy with my current ride.
But it's a general rule of thumb that most super sports don't make their power until very high up in power end, and as peak revs redlines pushed higher each year , so is the torque band.
If you look at the old dynos here:
You'll notice pretty much how the powerband has changed from older 600s to newer ones. New 600s are obviously faster, but the torque on the older 600s start earlier, with far more usable midrange on the street. They make for better street bike in my opinion, just like v-twins, triples, and standard de-tuned 4 cylinders like Bandit 1200, Z1000, and YZF600R, older ZX-6R sportbikes, etc.
06 R6 has to be one of the most peakiest 600, the 03-05 model had more usable midrange for the street.
But that's just riding preference, they're all great bikes with different characterisitics. And pretty much what you feel comfortable riding or what looks good to you.
If you go here, and download the short sample video, it will show the dyno on 06 600s at the end:
Good luck and good hunting!