This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki GSR600, made between 2006-2010.
The Suzuki GSR600 is a middleweight streetfighter (or sport standard) based on a 599 cc 16 valve inline-four engine that came from the 2004 GSXR-600.
The GSX-R600’s engine is re-tuned for more usable midrange power as well as higher torque, but of course (like most upright standards), this comes at a cost of top-end power — though not as much as you’d think! The Suzuki makes a claimed 68 kW (90 bhp), peaking at 12000 rpm.
The GSR600 was succeeded by the GSR750, which was based on a later model GSX-R750.
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What you need to service the Suzuki GSR600
If you’re servicing the Suzuki GSR600, you’ll need basic motorcycle maintenance tools (torque wrenches, etc.).
But aside from that, here’s what else you’ll need. This is according to the service manual.
|Part||Suzuki GSR600 Spec|
|Engine oil||The service manual recommends 10W-40 motorcycle engine oil of API SF/SG rating or higher, with JASO MA rating. A good choice is a synthetic blend like Motul 5100 10W-40.|
|Oil filter||Use an aftermarket high quality oil filter like the HifloFiltro HF138RC.|
|Spark plug||Standard spark plug is an NGK CR9E.|
|Coolant||Suzuki recommends Suzuki branded coolant, which you can buy from dealers, but you can use any motorcycle coolant compatible with an aluminum radiator, i.e. is silicate free. A good choice is Pro Honda HP Coolant.|
|Fork oil||Use G-10 or an equivalent fork oil.|
|Brake fluid||The manual calls for DOT 4, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.|
|Air filter||You can use a K&N air filter, part number SU-6006.|
|Brakes||A good aftermarket choice is EBC. Part numbers are FA158HH for the front and FA419HH for the rear.|
|Chain maintenance||Maintaining your chain regularly is important — cleaning it and lubing it. A Motul chain care kit is a good investment.|
|Cable maintenance||To lube your cables you can use engine oil or a high-quality product like Protect all cable life.|
|Grease||Use a lithium soap-based grease for general external lubrication|
Suzuki GSR600 Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki GSR600.
- Maintenance intervals on the Suzuki GSR600 are every 3500 miles or 6000 km.
- Some intervals have a time component (e.g. replacing fluids) — observe those as necessary.
- I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary
- R= Replace
- T= Tighten
- (California model only) and (CA. only) means that the items or the maintenance interval is to be applied only for the California model.
|km x 1000||6||12||18||24|
|mi x 1000||4||7.5||11||14.5||Periodic|
|Air cleaner element (SU-6006)||I||I||R||I|
|Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolts||–||T||–||T|
|Exhaust control valve||–||I||–||I|
|Spark plugs (NGK CR9E)||I||R||I||R|
|Evaporation emission control system (CA only)||–||I||–||I|
|Engine oil (high quality synthetic blend e.g. Motul 5100 10W-40)||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter (HF138RC)||–||–||R||–|
|Throttle cable play||I||I||I||I|
|PAIR (air supply) system||–||I||–||I|
|Throttle valve synchronization||–||I||–||I|
|Engine coolant (super long-life kind e.g. Pro Honda HP Coolant)||–||–||R|
|Clutch cable play||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain (Motul chain care kit)||I||I||I||I||Clean and lubricate every 1,000 km (600 miles)|
|Brake hose||I||I||I||I||Replace every 4 years|
|Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)||I||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T|
|Lubrication (use lithium soap-based grease)||Lubricate every 1,000 km (600 miles)|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki GSR600
The manual recommends Bridgestone Battlax tyres front and rear for the GSR600, but of course you can use what you like.
The manual also recommends the following tyre sizes and pressures:
|Wheel||Tire size||Tire pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR17 58W||250 kPa (2.5 bar, 36 psi)|
|Rear||180/55 ZR17 73W||290 kPa (2.9 bar, 42 psi)|
About the Suzuki GSR600
The Suzuki GSR600 is a great sports motorcycle that doesn’t force you to compromise too much from its stablemate the GSX-R600.
Youa re down on power, of course, especially considering the “ram air” benefit which is a little harder to measure on a dyno.
But thanks to the retuning (with milder camshafts and different fuel injection), the peak torque of the Suzuki GSR600 comes below 10,000 rpm — so it is still a fun, revvy motor, but with an accessible powerband. It’s just rare to hit over 12,000 rpm in everyday riding (but when you do, it’s great fun!).
The motor in the GSR600 isn’t as peaky as the Yamaha FZ6, for example, which was hardly detuned from the R6 at all (which is both praise and a complaint, depending on who you are).
You can ride the GSR600 from just 3000 revs in multiple gears in the powerband. It has a really nice sweet spot of tuning for low-end torque and high-end power.
The suspension is decent, with preload adjustable conventional 43mm front forks and the rear mono shock with both preload and rebound damping adjustment. It’s not full adjustability, but at the time it was class leading for middleweight standards.
Brakes on the GSR600 are via 2 x 320mm discs, and twin four-pot calipers.
The instrument panel on the Suzuki GSR600 includes a huge central analog tach and LCD digital speedometer, along with LCD digital gear position indicator, odometer, duel trip meters, fuel gauge and clock. This is a motorcycle from my favourite era of dashes, before LCDs took over the entire display, and definitely before touch TFTs became standard. It’s functional, elegant, and extremely clear. Having the tach front and centre reminds you that this is a race bike!
Pretty much the only thing you can complain about regarding the Suzuki GSR600 is that it isn’t the most handsome thing. The Hornet 600 (a.k.a. the Honda 599) was the looker of the day, and the FZ6 was the upright racebike. But that said, if you find a GSR600 in good condition, it’ll serve you well for many years.
Manual for the Suzuki GSR600
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki GSR600.
You can download it from here.