Suzuki’s Sports Lineup For 2017: GSX-R600, GSX-R750 & Hayabusa
Suzuki have already made a song and dance about their new GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R for 2017, but what else do they have up their sleeves? There is no doubt that the liter class GSX-Rs have stolen the limelight, but that doesn’t mean that Suzuki have left the rest of the sports class alone for the New Year. The updates might not be as comprehensive as many of our readers will have hoped for, but there’s still enough going on to keep them interesting. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 2017’s GSX-R600, GSX-R750, and Hayabusa. There’s not too much to say, since there aren’t a hell of a lot of upgrades…but we’ll take a look at them all the same. (We’ll also put a quick list of Suzuki’s other 2017 models at the bottom, just so that all the information is in one handy place.)
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R600
Suzuki’s classic 600 is back for 2017, sporting the usual engine configuration: a 599cc inline four that ticks all of the right boxes. Featuring MotoGP inspired valve-lift profiles for the cam shafts, and Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection technology that utilizes eight injectors for improved fuel atomization and combustion, you can be sure that the 600 is just as good – if not better – for 2017.
The engine is held in place by a twin spar aluminum-alloy frame that consists of five individually cast segments, for ultimate strength, durability, and weight reduction. The swingarm is also a cast aluminum unit, and the subframe is a multi-piece affair that’s easily adaptable to a wide range of purposes…notably, for racing.
The suspension duties are handled by Showa Big Piston forks at the front, with fully adjustable preload, rebound, and compression damping. The rear shock is a single Showa unit, with externally adjustable rebound, compression damping, and a handy adjustable ride height. The brakes are powered by radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers, and 310mm floating discs. The Brembo braking system provides ample stopping power to the three spoke, cast aluminum alloy wheels.
Other goodies include an electronically controlled steering damper, adjustable footpegs, and an adjustable gear lever. The instrumentation is comes with an analog tacho and an LCD speedo. The LCD screen also displays your odometer, trip meter, coolant temperatures, gear position, lap times, and all of the usual readouts that we’re accustomed to. And the price? The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R600 has an MSRP of $11,199. Now see if you can spot the very small difference between the 600 and the 700…it took us a moment…
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R750
Despite fears that the classic 750 wouldn’t be making the cut for 2017, Suzuki have decided to stay true to their iconic past and release a new GSX-R750 for the New Year. Unlike most manufacturers, who prefer to go without a stepping stone between the super sport orientated 600c segment and the liter class, Suzuki’s 750 has always been a staple in their lineup. If you want more grunt without sacrificing the nimbler handling of a more compact machine, then the 750 has always been the perfect compromise.
Like the GSX-R600, the GSX-R750 comes with the same Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection system for its 750cc inline four engine. Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector also gives the rider a selection of two race spec engine maps at the push of a button, delivering the best riding experience depending on the conditions. The engine is practically unchanged for the 2017 edition, and in fact, the bike really doesn’t benefit from anything new save for new graphics.
The frame is the same (mentioned above for the GSX-R600), and the onboard instrumentation and rider aids are also untouched. The price has been set at a very attractive price of $12,299.
The 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa
Suzuki’s Hayabusa is definitely an opinion splitter: some people think it’s a little too large and a little too curvaceous, where as many others consider it to be the “Ultimate Sportsbike.” No matter which side of the fence you’re sitting on, there’s no doubt that it’s undoubtedly fast, offering instantaneous response, furious acceleration, and unparalleled aerodynamics. The 2017 edition of the ‘Busa retains all of those qualities.
The liquid cooled, 1340cc, DOHC, 16 valve, inline four engine comes with the same Dual Throttle Valve technology seen on the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750; however, this is the big boy version. The throttle bodies are equipped with two separate 12-hole injectors, rather than eight 8-hole units. The ‘Busa comes with the same Drive Mode Selectors as the 600 and 750, but it also comes with Suzuki’s Clutch Assist System that provides smoother downshifts.
The rolling chassis is based around the same twin spar aluminum-alloy arrangement, but the suspension duties are different for the ‘Busa than those you’d find on the GSX-Rs. The front forks are inverted KYB cartridge units, with Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coatings on the stanchion tubes to reduce the overall friction. Both the front forks and rear shock come with fully adjustable, preload, compression and rebound damping.
As you could probably guess, the brakes are radially mounted Brembo Monobloc calipers at the front, with dual floating rotors – and the brakes are controlled by the Hayabusa’s Antilock Brake System, and of course, the ABS comes as standard. The price for the 2017 Suzuki Hayabusa will be $14,599.
If the new GSX-Rs and Busa don’t grab you, don’t worry! Suzuki’s full 2017 range for the US includes:
- 2017 Suzuki Boulevard – featuring their muscle cruisers (M109 B.O.S.S, M90, M50), the “classic” styled crusier models (C90 B.O.S.S, C90T, C50, C50T), or their more retro-styled entry level single: the S40.
- 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 & 650 XT
- 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 & 1000 XT
- 2017 GSX-S750 & GSX-S750Z
- 2017 GSX-S1000 & GSX-S1000F
- 2017 Suzuki Burgman Scooters (200cc – 650cc with ABS)