Now, the Japanese bike marque has already added another bike with the same platform.
Meet the newest addition to Suzuki’s GSX line: The GSX-8S.
Formed from the need to “create superior performance and value by focusing on rider needs,” the GSX-8S has a slim, compact, well-balanced build showing off user-friendly electronic aids, cushy styling and banging performance as standard, with a purported ‘smart pricing,’soon to be announced.
And then we get under the hood.
As in the V-Strom (‘P’-Strom) 800DE/DE Adventure, the GSX-8S runs on the new parallel-twin 776cc DOHC engine, complete with new pistons developed using FEM (Infinite Element Method) analysis, SCEM cylinder bores, and a 270-degree firing order for strong torque production and Suzuki’s new Cross Balancer system – the first ever on a production bike.
The spaced pulsing of the engine also allows better traction in tight spots – a benefit if you’re an urban dweller like myself, and one that syncs up very nicely with the addition of the two ten-hole, long-nose, 49 PSI (343kpa) high-pressure-feed fuel injectors and a newly configured Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) in the throttle bodies.
Suzuki’s Clutch Assist System (SCAS) also works to streamline performance, with the addition of a Bi-directional Quick Shift system making things all the more easy to manage.
For suspension, we’ve got KYB units doing the honors, making starts and stops a cushy breeze – and speak of the latter devil, Suzuki’s also outfitted this bike with ABS-equipped** NISSIN radial-mounted 4-piston brake calipers with dual, floating brake rotors.
We’ve also got a lot in the electronics department (a clever move, considering the Team Red-saturated market at the moment). According to Roadracing World, the new Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) comes with a “three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector and the four-mode Advanced Traction Control System* plus Suzuki’s popular Easy Start & Low RPM Assist systems.”
As for other perks of this particular build, we’ve got the following:
New, short muffler design
High-flow, dual-stage catalytic converter in the exhaust system
Durable iridium-type spark plugs that increase spark strength, combustion efficiency and longevity of performance
Large-capacity radiator with thermostatically-controlled cooling fan, reducing exhaust emissions
Dunlop RoadSport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 at the front; 180/55ZR17 at the rear)
14L (3.69 gals) tank capacity
Custom 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel
Vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings
Suzuki’s Genuine Accessories, created specifically for the GSX-8S
The whole heart-and-mechanics package sits in a new frame, with a more mass-forward aesthetic thanks to the surrounding bodywork. Expect to see this particular machine in the following liveries: Pearl Cosmic Blue, Pearl Tech White, and Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Sparkle Black.
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