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The last of its kind? Suzuki’s GSX-R600 returns to the brand’s 2024 sportbike lineup unchanged. Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Glass Sparkle Black paint combination shown.
The last of its kind? Suzuki’s GSX-R600 returns to the brand’s 2024 sportbike lineup unchanged. Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Glass Sparkle Black paint combination shown. (Suzuki/)

In the latest batch of returning model announcements, Suzuki revealed that its storied 599cc Gixxer middleweight sportbike would be back on the books for 2024. Some riders might be breathing a sigh of relief given the fact that other road-legal 600cc supersports have jumped ship in the face of stricter emissions controls and rising insurance premiums; Yamaha’s YZF-R6 has gone the way of the dodo, and Honda’s CBR600RR has exited the European market (with only the 2023 model listed for the US), so for the 2024 model year, we’re left with Kawasaki’s updated 2024 ZX-6R and now, Suzuki’s durable GSX-R600 in the once-mighty 600 supersport class.

The 2024 GSX-R600 adds a new Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue color scheme.
The 2024 GSX-R600 adds a new Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue color scheme. (Suzuki/)

That said, Suzuki has opted to not give the Gixxer Six any major (or even minor) updates—in fact, the bike hasn’t seen any meaningful changes since 2011 when it got a new chassis design, upgraded brakes, and minor engine revisions. In short, the 2024 GSX-R600 is running the same 599cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine stuffed into a lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame, suspended on either end by Showa components and packaged in distinctive race-inspired styling. As before, dual discs with four-piston calipers slow the midsize rocket up front, with a single-piston caliper acting on a single disc out back.

Of course, all that well-known, rip-roaring capability is still there, starting with a powerful 100-plus horsepower four-cylinder mill, electronically controlled steering damper, fully adjustable Showa Big Piston Front Fork (BPF), and twin Brembo front brake calipers with floating stainless steel rotors married to a responsive chassis all wrapped in iconic GSX-R bodywork. As before, the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) lets the rider adjust the engine’s power delivery to suit riding conditions, making this midsize supersport equally at home on the track or tackling the tarmac.

But otherwise, the GSX-R600 lacks more involved rider aids like traction or wheelie control, and sophisticated electronics like a TFT dash are notably absent; there isn’t even an ABS option.

Related: 2023 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Look Preview

This Pearl Brilliant White and Triton Blue color combo channels Suzuki’s race-winning liveries of the past.
This Pearl Brilliant White and Triton Blue color combo channels Suzuki’s race-winning liveries of the past. (Suzuki/)

Which brings us to the differences on the 2024 model year bikes. It comes down to what Suzuki is calling “three eye-catching paint schemes,” which include the new Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue combo, the Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Triton Blue scheme, and the returning Metallic Matte Black No. 2 and Glass Sparkle Black paint combination. (The MotoGP-inspired GSX-R600Z color scheme is not offered this year.)

Hardliners will probably celebrate the GSX-R’s continued lack of “interference” when it comes to onboard electronics, but when most of your remaining peers rock ABS, traction control, and quickshifters as standard features (for not much more cash), we have to believe it becomes increasingly difficult to compete in the class.

It also leads us to wonder if the GSX-R600 (and possibly its similarly unchanged GSX-R750 cousin) might not be long for the American market; the lack of updates and refinements may very well signal that Suzuki is banking its R&D bucks toward an altogether new middleweight design that’ll break cover next year.

2024 Suzuki GSX-R600 Technical Specifications and Price

MSRP:$11,899Engine:599cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16 valvesBore x Stroke:67.0 x 42.5mmCompression Ratio:12.9:1Fuel Delivery:EFI w/ SDTVClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Suzuki GSX-R600 First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/suzuki-gsx-r600-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Thu, 14 Sep 2023 10:00:01 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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