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Is this the fattest Suzuki GSX-8S in the Netherlands?

August 24, 2023

New parallel twin

What makes the new Suzuki GSX-8S special? As one of the first new Suzukis, it features a new 776cc DOHC four-valve parallel-twin. This is a special power source, as the 270° crankshaft configuration guarantees a smooth ride with an abundance of torque – even in lower rev ranges. In addition, this two-cylinder produces a very pleasant rumble. The engine character and sound is even comparable to that of a V-twin.

Vibrations a thing of the past

The bike also features the Suzuki Cross Balancer system, a new balancing system that contributes to the smoother engine character and also plays a role in the GSX-8S’s nimble handling. The crankshaft mechanism – in which two balance shafts are at a 90° angle – eliminates vibration and contributes to the smooth engine character. Also, this configuration allows the power source to be constructed lighter and more compact.

Suzuki GSX-8S 2023

Power Suzuki GSX-8S

The maximum output of the parallel twin is 82.9 hp and the block has a maximum torque of 78 Nm at 6,800 rpm. A 35 kW variant is also available for A2 license holders. By the way, the machine weighs 202 kilograms, so even the novice motorcyclist can get along well with the Suzuki GSX-8S.

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS)

Through the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS), the character of the new 776 cc parallel-twin is customizable through three driving modes: A (active), B (basic) and C (comfort). Each driving mode delivers the maximum power output. What are the differences? Simple: each mode affects the fine-tuning of throttle response and torque characteristics when accelerating. Position “A” is quite sharp, even on the slightest throttle you get a lot of reaction. In mode “B” you choose the golden mean, as far as we are concerned the finest driving mode. Electronic ride-by-wire throttle control improves control and provides reliable throttle response.

Suzuki GSX-8S 2023

Fine position for hips

The frame geometry of the new Suzuki GSX-8S allows you to position your hips further forward. In this way, the rider can bring his or her body weight forward more easily. This makes the GSX-8S even easier to control and so you can steer it through sharp turns even better. And you notice this in practice. Because from the very first ride, this Suzuki gives you exceptional confidence.

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At the heart of the GSX-8S’s chassis is a strong and very rigid frame designed specifically for the GSX-8S. The lightweight aluminum swingarm is tuned for street use. Thanks to its frame geometry, this machine has good straight-line stability, as well as light handling combined with a comfortable riding position.

Serious hardware for Suzuki GSX-8S

For the euros you invest, you get a more than complete motorcycle with serious hardware as well. Suzuki equips this new naked streetfighter as standard with a 5-inch TFT display, an up & down quickshifter and an upside-down KYB front fork with 130 mm of suspension travel, among other features. This fork is characterized by fine damping, even when the roads of worse. In addition, the Suzuki GSX-8S has a KYB monoshock.

Suzuki GSX-8S 2023

Wide rear tire!

The lightweight cast aluminum rims are wrapped with Dunlop RoadSport 2-radial tires, specially tailored to the character of the GSX-8S. The 180/55 rear tire – meaning nice wide rubber – guarantees maximum grip and fun. The wide tread features a new silica compound that improves grip in wet conditions. Dunlop also promises optimal longevity.

Is this the fattest Suzuki GSX-8S in the Netherlands?

Room to personalize the Suzuki GSX-8S is plentiful. That’s because there are several packages available, such as the Street package and the Street Extreme package. The Street Xtreme pack includes a flyscreen in color of the bike, Suzuki LED turn signal set, designer side mirrors, a short license plate holder, a duoseat cover, bobbins, frame sliders that look like winglets and – finally – a deluxe saddle. The machine we tested is a full-option example, including a highly recommended Arrow exhaust system with carbon trim cap and end cap. The machine also has a matching lower fairing and decal package. In short: a blissful GSX-8S to behold.

Suzuki GSX-8S 2023

Why buy?

If you are looking for a middleweight naked motorcycle, you should definitely consider the new Suzuki GSX-8S. The Japanese have managed to put together a fantastic overall package at a reasonable price. With some options, make it even more attractive. In addition, the new parallel-twin has proven to be an extremely smooth and torquey block that allows you to not only have fun but also drive economically. Also nice: 6-year warranty is standard on a Suzuki Motorcycle. So definitely worth the test drive.

Basic specifications Suzuki GSX-8S