Suzuki GSX-8S Overview
With Rennie Scaysbrook – Photographs Julien Lacroix
It’s truthful to say Suzuki may use a bit of fine publicity in the intervening time. The Hamamatsu big has been within the information for the incorrect causes these previous 12 months, primarily centred round its determination to wind down its factory-backed worldwide racing program, which noticed the demise of that beautiful blue GSX-RR MotoGP bike.
However Suzuki is altering tact as a model and as an organization. Racing doesn’t pay the payments anymore and the massive S is redoubling its efforts into creating a brand new line of road bikes that share DNA to decrease prices and enhance what has develop into a fairly stagnant line-up.
Suzuki has thus targeted its consideration on one of many hottest segments of the worldwide motorcycling market, that of the mid-capacity nakedbike, an space that’s seen large development over the previous decade.
This new GSX8-S will go up in opposition to class stalwarts just like the Yamaha’s MT-07, Honda CB650R, KTM 790 Duke, and Kawasaki’s Ninja 650, all of that are on the lower-end of the value level, and, equally, all of that are excellent fashions for first timer/new riders, with sufficient pep to maintain extra skilled pilots .
Coming in at $14,190 trip away, the 2023 Suzuki GSX8-S is on the upper facet of the class value vary however it’s by far the latest for these wanting the newest vivid and glossy trip. This machine is an enormous departure from the earlier styling employed by Suzuki in that its gone for modern and slim relatively than cumbersome and broad, like on its different larger capability nakedbike within the GSX-S1000.
Funky stacked LED lights are flanked by place lights both facet and provides the GSX8-S an offended look to it, which is simply accentuated by the attractive all blue paint scheme for the bodywork and wheels of our testbike. You too can get the GSX8-S in white or black however, bugger that, go for the blue.
The 776cc parallel twin-cylinder motor working a 270° crankshaft has been developed and shared with the V-Strom 800DE, thus making certain Suzuki will get probably the most bang for its improvement buck, and pumps out a claimed 83 horsepower at 8500 rpm, and 78 Nm of torque at 6800 rpm.
There’s three using modes—a moist C-mode, commonplace B mode and the total home A mode; three-stage plus Off traction management and a factory-fitted up and down quickshifter, placing it forward of the Yamaha and Kawasaki.
The motor is fascinating in that it (like KTM with the 790), makes use of twin counter balancers to kill the undesirable vibrations inherent with a parallel twin, in comparison with the only balancer many of the competitors makes use of. Dubbed the Suzuki Cross Balancer, patented by Suzuki and used for the primary time on a manufacturing bike, the system works by working a vibration-killing balancer for every cylinder working at 90-degrees to one another, beneath and in entrance of the crankshaft.
Suzuki feels the additional complexity with a twin-balancer system that helps kill off as most of the first and secondary vibrations as doable is value it regardless of the burden drawback. The result’s an engine that’s exceptionally easy at low-to-medium rpm. Fact be informed, it’s easy all the best way to redline, however the very best efficiency is discovered when the revs are located beneath 8000 rpm.
The crank fires at 270° and 720°, which extends the time between the facility pulses to provide the rear tyre a relaxation whereas invoking emotions of a extra strong V-twin. The stumpy little exhaust present behind the rider’s proper boot offers a good little bark, kinda like a medium measurement canine that’s imitating its larger mate.
For a lot of the take a look at I circulated in B mode, which gave a creamy easy throttle response whereas nonetheless giving sufficient efficiency to maintain me joyful. This engine has been designed first as a streetbike — you’ll not discover any “derived from racing” stickers, or no matter corporations say to justify their racing packages, on the GSX8-S.
That is in the beginning about being a bike nearly anybody can hop on and revel in, which the B mode definitely offers.
Nonetheless, stick it in A mode and that’s the place the engine reveals its greatest efficiency. The throttle turns into peppier, and also you’ll end up climbing the rev ranges with a bit extra zest. You may cost up the rev vary and make associates with the higher energy ranges however I discovered the very best efficiency to be sub-8000 rpm.
Peak energy is claimed at 8500 rpm, nonetheless, preserve it singing across the 4-7000 rpm vary and that’s the place probably the most jollies are discovered. There’s a fairly substantial over-rev because the rev limiter doesn’t kick in till practically 11,000 rpm, however at that time all the great things is gone. Nonetheless, it does recommend there could be a reasonably broad scope for some aftermarket fettling if one was so inclined.
The place the GSX-8S’s motor shines is round city and in site visitors. You could be lazy and lug this little twin round city. Sub 5000 rpm torque is exceptionally easy (that phrase once more, particularly in B mode) – you may depart it in a better gear than you’d usually anticipate and simply let the motor pull you from level to level, as we did within the countless site visitors of the French Riviera. It’s a tough job, I do know.
The GSX8-S is accompanied by its up and down quick-shifter, in order that’s a plus. It’s slightly just like the one discovered on the Triumph Avenue Triple 765 vary in that up-shifts are easy as silk however it doesn’t love excessive rpm bashing again by the gears. The system likes you to take it straightforward and never rush your down-shifts, and if you happen to accomplish that, you’ll by no means miss a gear each time.
Aesthetically, it’s a compact little engine that has pockets of free area across the tubular metal body. The engineers have moved the airbox from the highest of the motor as per typical knowledge to between the tubular metal body rails, which has allowed the engineers to make the 14 litre gas tank slim and lengthy.
This, together with the 810 mm seat top, affords fairly a rangy using place when compared to one thing like an MT-07, so it’ll be useful for taller riders like me at 193 cm.
That remark I discussed concerning the round city efficiency additionally pertains to the chassis. The tubular metal body is mated to non-adjustable inverted forks and a KYB shock on the again that solely comes with pre-load adjustment.
At 86 kg earlier than I throw on using gear, that rear spring was simply too delicate for me and had the back-end sinking as quickly as I touched the throttle in any type of anger, so two steps on the pre-load collar have been instantly so as.
Regardless of this, trip consolation is sweet, with out being uncomfortable for almost all of using conditions, however hit the mountains with any actual vigour and also you’ll quickly attain the boundaries of the suspension. However, once more, for round city, Suzuki’s accomplished fairly properly for a base suspension set-up, at this value level.
The brakes come within the type of Nissin four-piston calipers up entrance clamping on twin 320 mm discs and a single piston Nissin caliper biting a 240mm disc on the rear, backed up by ABS. There’s no lean angle Cornering ABS on this dangerous boy — the category and value level see to that — however the brakes work fairly properly and I didn’t expertise any fade over a fairly spirited run again down the mountain from our taking pictures level.
A span adjustable brake lever not less than offers some adjustment for these whose hand measurement differs from the Suzuki take a look at rider’s, which might be all of us.
The ABS can’t be switched off by way of the five-inch TFT show, an space that — hallelujah — Suzuki has lastly paid some consideration to (don’t get me began on the GSX-S1000 sprint).
You may regulate the Suzuki Traction Management System (STCS) to one in every of three ranges (trace: simply put it in degree one and depart it), in addition to the three using modes and the standard stuff like gas mileage and mileage journeys, so that you received’t get misplaced within the system such as you would on a Honda Africa Twin DCT, which has extra choices than a bloody spacecraft.
With Suzuki’s arrival within the mid-size nakedbike class, the grid is now full with a full illustration from the massive 4 of Japan. There’s additionally the Euros like KTM, BMW and, if you wish to stretch that far, and Ducati with the admittedly larger capability Monster.
However whereas the Euros appear to be extra concerned with preventing it out for 1000 cc-plus supremacy, Japan is creeping again market share with mid-capacity nakeds, which may truly be used with out feeling like your licence is on loss of life row each time you enterprise out on the street.
Suzuki’s first try at this courageous new world, now the SV has gone to god, is an excellent one certainly. It’s not a nakedbike pretending to be a racer, it’s a correct streetbike that has a little bit of angle to it whereas nonetheless being accessible by nearly any form of rider, which might be what all of us want proper now.
For extra info try the Suzuki Bikes Australia web site (hyperlink).
2023 Suzuki GSX-S8 Specs
|2023 Suzuki GSX-8S Specs|
|Engine||4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore x stroke||84.0 mm x 70.0 mm (3.3 in. x 2.8 in.)|
|Displacement||776 cm3 (47.4 cu. in.)|
|Compression||12.8 : 1|
|Claimed Energy||83 hp (61 kW) at 8500 rpm|
|Claimed Torque||78 Nm at 6800 rpm|
|Induction||EFI, 2 x 42mm throttle our bodies, Rbw|
|Lubrication system||Compelled feed circulation, Moist sump|
|Transmission||Six-speed fixed mesh, elective two-way quick-shift|
|Suspension Entrance||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension Rear||Hyperlink sort, coil spring, oil damped, preload adjustable|
|Rake / path||25° / 104 mm (4.1 in.)|
|Brake||Twin 310 mm rotors, radial four-pot calipers (F), 240 mm single-pot caliper (R)|
|Tyres||120/70ZR17 (F), 180/55Z (R)|
|Gasoline capability||14 L|
|General size||2,115 mm (83.3 in.)|
|General width||775 mm (30.5 in.)|
|General top||1105 mm (43.5 in.)|
|Wheelbase||1465 mm (57.7 in.)|
|Floor clearance||145 mm (5.7 in.)|
|Seat top||810 mm (31.9 in.)|
|Kerb mass||202 kg (445 lbs.)|
|RRP||$14,190 Trip Away|