Based on the information published to Suzuki’s website, the House of Hamaamatsu has carried over the following from their popular GSX-8S:
776cc parallel 2-cylinder engine punting out 81.8hp @ 8,500rpm and 57.5lb-ft of torque @ 6,800rpm
Steel tube, backbone style chassis
Dunlop’s Roadsport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 front + 180/55ZR17 rear)
ABS-equipped** NISSIN® radial-mounted 4-piston brake calipers with dual 310mm front brake rotors
Electronics (TFT screen, etc.)
Here, however, is where Suzuki has been smart about tweaking the rest; the GSX-8R’s wind tunnel-tested fairings have been joined by “separate handlebars suitable for sport riding” (Suzuki), while suspension has been moved from KYB units to SHOWA.
An SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) inverted fork with 41mm inner tubes carrying 5.1” / 130mm of travel is aligned with a rear link-type suspension showing off a SHOWA-supplied mono-shock, the same 5.1”/130mm of travel and a very nice cam-style spring preload adjuster.
The whole caboodle has the bike sitting lower, putting aerodynamics at a greater advantage compared to the GSX-8S.
Here’s a list of the GSX-8R’s Features, according to Suzuki:
(Suzuki Drive Mode Selector)
Able to choose from 3 different power output characteristics
(Suzuki Traction Control System)
Limits power output when wheel spin is detected
Ride By Wire
Bi-Directional Quick Shift System
Able to shift up/down without clutch and throttle operation
Suzuki Easy Start System
Can start engine with one quick press of the button without clutch operation