Three 600cc bikes India needs to get!

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As we’ve been saying since sometime now, Indian bike market is slowly but surely coming of age. From the times when the most powerful bike officially on sale in India used to be a 223cc, single cylinder offering with less than 20bhp on tap, to present day, when the Kawasaki ZX14R, arguably the most lethal production-spec motorcycle in the world, is available in the country, Indian bike aficionados are fast getting spoilt for choice! However, while we do have many high performance motorcycles on sale here, there still exists a gap in the line up of performance bikes on sale in the country. As most of you would have guessed it, it is the 600cc bikes that have remained conspicuous by their absence in India. Here, we’ve come up with a small list of three 600cc bikes India needs to get. Check it out-

Three 600cc bikes India needs to get-

Yamaha YZF-R6

Arguably the best 600cc bike ever, the Yamaha YZF-R6 also tops our wish list here. Powering the Yamaha YZF-R6 is a 599 cc, DOHC, 16 valve, 4 cylinder motor that has a max power of 121.9 Bhp @ 14,500 Rpm and peak torque of 65.7 Nm at 10,500 Rpm.

Kawasaki ZX-6R

While the Kawasaki ZX-14R and the Kawasaki ZX-10R are already here, Indian homologation process for bikes in 600-800cc category ensures that Kawasaki has been wary of bringing its highly appreciated 600cc supersports contender to us. Powering this bike is a 636cc, four cylinder engine that has a max power of 132 Bhp @ 13,500 Rpm and peak torque of 70.5 Nm @ 11,500 Rpm.

Suzuki GSX-R600

Easily among the most successful supersport bikes in the world of motorsports, the Gixxer 600 offers an amalgam of precision associated with track focused bikes and the thrills that come from an inline-four faired motorcycle. Powering the bike is a 599cc, 4 stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that has a max power of 124 Bhp @ 13,500 Rpm and peak torque of 69.11 Nm @ 11,500 Rpm.

Suzuki GSX600R Specifications

Engine Type4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90°V-Twin
Bore x Stroke81.0 mm x 62.6 mm (3.2 in x 2.5 in)
Engine Displacement645 cm3 (40.2
Compression Ratio11.2 : 1
CarburetionFuel injection
Oil Capacity (overhaul)3.0 L (3.2 / 2.6 US / Imp qt)
Starter SystemElectronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication SystemWet sump
Transmission6-speed constant mesh
Primary Reduction Ratio2.088 (71 / 34)
Final Reduction Ratio3.133 (47 / 15)
Rake/Trail26°/ 110 mm (4.3 in)
SuspensionFrontTelescopic, coil spring, oil damped
RearLink type, coil spring, oil damped
BrakesFrontDisc, twin
TiresFront110/80R19M/C 59H
Rear150/70R17M/C 69H
Fuel tank20.0 L (5.3 / 4.4 US / Imp gal)
Overall length2,290 mm (90.2 in)
Overall Width835 mm (32.9 in)
Overall height1,405 mm (55.3 in)
Wheelbase1,560 mm (61.4 in)
Seat height835 mm (32.9 in)
Curb mass214 kg (472 lbs)

Kawasaki ZX-6R Specifications

  • Engine: 636cc liquid-cooled Inline Four, DOHC
  • Bore x Stroke: 67.0 x 45.1mm
  • Compression Ratio: 12.9:1
  • Fueling: Fuel-injection, 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
  • Transmission: Six-speed cassette-type
  • Clutch: Wet, F.C.C. w/ cable actuation
  • Final Drive: Chain; 16/43 gearing
  • Front Suspension: 41mm Showa BP-SFF with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 4.7 in. travel
  • Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak equipped gas-charged shock with spring preload, compression, and rebound damping adjustment; 5.3 in. travel
  • Front Brakes: 310mm petal discs, radial-mount monobloc-style four-piston Nissin calipers
  • Rear Brake: Single 220mm petal disc, single-piston Nissin caliper
  • Tires: Bridgestone Battlax S20 120/70R17, 180/55R17
  • Curb Weight: 424 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 54.9 in.
  • Rake: 23.5 deg. Trail: 4.0 in.
  • Seat Height: 32.7 in.
  • Fuel Tank: 4.5 gal.
  • MSRP: $11,699 ($12,699 with ABS)
  • Colors: Pearl Flat Stardust White; Flat Ebony Metallic Spark Black; Flat Ebony Lime Green

Yamaha YZF-R6 Specifications

Type599cc liquid-cooled inline 4-cylinder; DOHC, 16 titanium valves
Bore x Stroke67.0 x 42.5mm
Compression Ratio13.1:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection with YCC-T and YCC-I
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission6-speed w/multiplate slipper clutch
Final DriveO-ring chain
Suspension / Front41mm inverted fork; 4-way adjustable, 4.5-in travel
Suspension / RearSingle shock; 4-way adjustable, 4.7-in travel
Brakes / FrontDual 310mm floating disc; radial-mount 4-piston calipers
Brakes / Rear220mm disc; single-piston caliper
Tires / Front120/70-ZR17 58W
Tires / Rear180/55-ZR17 73W
Length80.3 in
Width27.8 in
Height43.1 in
Seat Height33.5 in
Wheelbase54.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle)24°
Trail3.8 in
Oil Capacity (with oil filter change)2.75 qt
Fuel Capacity4.5 gal
Fuel Economy**40 mpg
Wet Weight***417 lb
suzuki gsx600r india launch 3
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  • Dipam Mondal says:

    Honda cbr 600 rr and suzuki gsxr 600 when launched in india.

  • ashish says:


  • ravi says:

    HI all .

    I have been hearing this bullshit form yamaha,kawasaki,suzuki and honda that they will launch their 600 cc four cylinder bikes in india since 2011 and till now they are not able to do,feel ashamed to be in a such a big county where,we dont have options to buy a 600 cc sports bike,where as small countries like thailand,malasiya have all the catogeries of bikes..I think these compannies have to think and do something to launch as trumiph has already come up with daytona 675r model,but its a three cylinder..

  • Well, I wanted this post to include just three supersport machines. In retrospect though, the 600RR should have been there.

  • Bikewala says:

    Hey Dude!!!!!
    Did you missed Honda CBR 650F I-4 shown in auto expo’14. I love that Motorcycle.