Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals
This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011+), which is the current model.
The Suzuki GSX-R600 is a 600cc supersport that needs almost no introduction. It is a cult classic among “gixxer” fans, and has been a formidable weapon on the supersport circuit.
The 2011+ model is the latest evolution of the GSX-R600, and is sometimes referred to as the seventh generation. Suzuki managed to redesign the engine again, giving it even more power at the wheel (85 kW up from 81 kW, or 115 hp up from 110 hp @ 13,000 rpm), and a slight bump of torque (1.4 Nm/1 lb-ft) at its peak at 10500 rpm, 500 rpm higher in the range
If you like the GSX-R600’s sportiness but want something more street-oriented… allow me to introduce you to the Suzuki GSX-S750.
Or alternatively, if you want even more torque all through the powerband, try Suzuki’s stablemate the GSX-R750.
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What you need to service your Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7
Some parts change through the years, but some parts are common to all Suzuki GSX-R600s. I’ve done the research for you — see below for parts unique to the 2011+ GSX-R600.
|Part||GSX-R600 spec (2011+)|
|Engine oil||Suzuki generally recommends JASO MA or a recent API spec oil. The latest oils e.g. Motul 300V or Motul 7100 are more than capable.|
|Oil filter||Same for all years — Hiflofiltro HF138RC.|
|Air filter (2011+ only)||K&N air filter part SU-7511.|
|Spark plug||The NGK CR9E is the standard spark plug for all GSX-R600s. Some owners prefer the iridium CR9EIX.|
|Chain maintenance||Use either Motul chain paste or a full Motul chain care kit.|
|Brake/clutch fluid||You need DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid for all model years.|
|Brake pads (2011+ only)||Front brake pads you need two pairs of EBC brake pads FA447HH, and for the rear brake pads you need one pair of FA436HH.|
|Cable lubricant||Keep your cables lubed! Use Protect all cable life.|
|Grease||You always will need lithium soap-based grease and silicone grease on hand for everyday greasing of external pivot points, bearings, etc.|
Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011-2021) Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011-2021)
- Observe the earlier of the distance-based or time-based intervals. Some items have distance intervals only (e.g. valve clearances), and some time intervals only (e.g. brake fluid).
reading, whichever comes first.
- I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary.
- R= Replace
- T= Tighten
|mi x 1000||0.6||4||7.5||11||14.5|
|km x 1000||1||6||12||18||24|
|Engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)||R||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter||R||–||–||R||–|
|Air cleaner element||–||I||I||R||I|
|Engine Coolant (Super Long Life)||–||–||–||–||R||Replace every 4 years or 48,000 km (29,000 miles)|
|Radiator hose / cooling system||–||I||I||I||I|
|Brakes (including pads)||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake hoses||–||I||I||I||I||Replace every 4 years|
|Brake fluid (level, condition) (Castrol DOT 4)||–||I||I||I||I||Replace every 2 years|
|Throttle cable play / condition (Protect All Cable LifeB)||I||I||I||I||I|
|Throttle valve synchronization||I||–||I||–||I|
|Clutch cable play||–||I||I||I||I|
|Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolts||T||–||T||–||T|
|PAIR (air supply) system||–||–||I||–||I|
|Exhaust control valve||I||–||I||–||I|
|Evaporative emission control system (CA only)||–||–||I||–||I|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T||T|
|General lubrication (lithium soap-based grease)||Lubricate every 1,000 km (600 miles)|
Maintaining your Chain on your Suzuki GSX-R600
Maintain your chain regularly. Either use a good-quality (and affordable) chain lube like Motul Chain Paste, or use a full on Motul Chain Care Kit to clean and restore a chain.
Suzuki recommends that you maintain your chain regularly according to the following schedule.
|Chain maintenance item||Every|
* Correct tension / slack (20-30mm / 0.8-1.2 inches at loosest point)
* Adequate lubrication
* No excessive wear / damage
|Ride (pre-ride check)|
|Clean and lubricate chain||1000 km / 600 miles|
Damage includes loose pins, damaged rollers, dry or rusted links, kinked or binding links, excessive wear, and improper adjustment.
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011-2021)
For a long time, Suzuki has specified the same front and rear tire size/pressure for the Suzuki GSX-R600.
In 2011, Suzuki changed to tubed tyres… just kidding.
|Wheel||Tire size||Tire pressure (cold)|
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C 58W||36 psi/250 kPa/2.5 bar|
|Rear||180/55 ZR17 M/C 73W||42 psi/950 kPa/2.9 bar|
Suzuki specified various Bridgestone Battlax tyres, but frankly for most people a sport-touring tyre is probably more appropriate.
Interestingly, in earlier manuals Suzuki recommended the same tyre pressure front and rear. This changed to different pressures in later years. Do some experimentation and see what works for you.
About the Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011+)
The Suzuki GSX-R600 is Suzuki’s entrant into the 600 cc class of sport bikes, a dying breed.
In 2011 Suzuki released its current, most recent incarnation of the venerable Suzuki GSX-R600 sportbike.
It’s unlikely another one will be released — it’s a diminishing class of motorcycles as emissions controls and aggressive speed limit monitoring make it just harder to flog sportbikes on public roads.
In addition, they’re just becoming less popular. Though who knows, like sport touring with the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, supersports may enjoy a resurgence.
The all-new-for-2011 redesigned Suzuki GSX-R600 has a lighter chassis and shorter dimensions (a 15 mm shorter wheelbase), meaning it’s 9 kg (20 lb) lighter than the previous model overall. That’s a huge difference in a class where every pound or kilogram counts.
The suspension and braking was improved too, with Showa Big Piston forks (BPF), Brembo monoblock radial front brake calipers, a re-designed lighter frame and swingarm, and a 15 mm shorter wheelbase.
The new GSX-R600 was a force to be reckoned with in its day, and will still give many bigger bikes a run for their money. Whether you’re street riding or trying to get your knee down on the racetrack, the GSX-R600 is a lot of fun to ride way up past 10000 rpm.
The motor is a 599cc 4-cylinder engine with an oversquare design, made to rev high. The camshaft profiles have an aggressive valve-lift curve, developed using Suzuki race team engine technology on a production bike.
The engine peaks in power at 93 kW (125 bhp) at a sky-high 13500 rpm — that’s with maximum ram air applied. Even peak torque is only reached above 1000 rpm — at 11500 to be precise, making 68 Nm or 50 ft-lb.
The GSX-R600 does make peak torque between around 10500 and 12500 rpm, but it has a fairly broad spread of torque between 6000 rpm and the redline where it’s making around 80% of peak torque. So while it may feel uninspiring below 6K, it doesn’t have to be wound up to infinity to have fun. That’s why it’s fun to ride.
Manual for the Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011+)
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki GSX-R600 Gen 7 (2011+), consulting various years to ensure they’re consistent.
You can download it from Suzuki’s official website here.