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GSX-8S

MSRP
$12,990 Ride away
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Flaunt the future

The GSX-8S is a brand-new model engineered from the ground up to shine as a fresh realisation of naked street fighter performance, featuring trendsetting naked sportbike looks combined with winning performance, confidence-inspiring controllability, and optimised comfort.

2023 Naked Bike of the Year

MCN Awards, 2023 motorcyclesports.net

  • Performance:  61kW/8,500rpm maximum power
  • Torque: 78nM/6,800rpm
  • Weight:  202kg
  • Ground clearance: 145mm
  • Seat height:  810mm
  • Fuel tank: 14l

 

“Comes pretty darn close to checking all the right boxes”

“It’s a harmonic blend of power, price, stability, comfort, and fun.”
Rider Magazine, 2023

“It just does everything right, it’s a sweety”

“This is for the Learner looking to make the step to the next bike. The ABS is amazing. The clutch control, the torque control, the different settings, it’s very easy to ride this bike.

Even someone who hasn’t had a bike for 20 years, this is their bike too. You get the feel of an old-school bike.”

“Belter of an engine and delicious quickshifter”

“It’s just so well rounded, does everything well and is totally confidence inspiring.”
MCNews.com.au, 2023 

FEATURES

ENGINE CHASSIS CLUTCH BRAKES WHEELS & TYRES ELECTRONICS ELECTRONICS ELECTRONICS ELECTRONICS

ENGINE

776cm3 parallel twin DOHC

Delivers a fine balance of smooth, controllable power from low rpm through to the high end.

CHASSIS

Robust steel frame

Engineered to provide excellent straight-line stability, delivers more agile and stable handling.

CLUTCH

Bi-directional Quick Shift System

Switchable quickshifter so you can don't have to use the throttle or clutch when shifting gears.

BRAKES

Twin disc front, single disc rear

Radial mount front brake callipers with twin 310mm discs, rear single piston callipers with a 240mm single disc.

WHEELS & TYRES

Enhanced grip and high performance

Dunlop RoadSport radial tyres mounted to cast aluminium wheels

ELECTRONICS

Full LCD Instrument Panel

5-inch colour TFT LCD, multifunction instrument panel.

ELECTRONICS

Intuitive Handlebar Switches

Ergonomic, easy access to control S.I.R.S modes and settings

ELECTRONICS

LED Headlights and Position Lights

Vertically stacked hexagonal LED headlights, compact LED position lights.

ELECTRONICS

LED Rear Combination Light

Sporty design, integrated with an LED license plate.

ENGINE

776cm3 parallel twin DOHC

CHASSIS

Robust steel frame

CLUTCH

Bi-directional Quick Shift System

BRAKES

Twin disc front, single disc rear

WHEELS & TYRES

Enhanced grip and high performance

ELECTRONICS

Full LCD Instrument Panel

ELECTRONICS

Intuitive Handlebar Switches

ELECTRONICS

LED Headlights and Position Lights

ELECTRONICS

LED Rear Combination Light

 

Creating the naked street fighter for a new era began with designing a brand-new engine. Suzuki’s engineers sought to design a slim, compact powerplant that would expand the possibilities for overall design flexibility and help realize the most effective chassis geometry for performance gains, including the optimum riding position

A New Engine for a New Era

Suzuki has designed a brand-new parallel twin 776cm3 DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine for the GSX-8S. It features a long-stroke configuration that delivers a fine balance of smooth, controllable power from low rpm and the pleasant feeling of free-revving performance through to the high end.

776cm3, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, Parallel Twin Engine

Suzuki Cross Balancer

All modern parallel twin engines with a 270-degree crank layout employ a primary balancer to suppress vibration.

Suzuki created a new biaxial primary balancer, which is the first on a production motorcycle, to position its two balancers at 90° to the crank Shaft.*  

Developed specifically for the 776cm3 parallel twin engine, this patented* biaxial primary balancer suppresses vibration and contributes to smooth operation. Balancer No.1 cancels the primary vibration generated by the piston of the first cylinder, while balancer No.2 cancels the primary vibration of the second cylinder. Furthermore, placing the two balancers at 90° to the crankshaft with each positioned equidistant from the crankshaft cancels primary couple vibration, it also helps realize a lightweight powerplant that is more compact from front to rear.

This patented** mechanism excels at realising a smoother ride, while its design makes it possible to create a lighter powerplant that is more compact from front to rear.

** Patent granted in Japan for biaxial primary balancer that positions its two balancers at 90° to the crankshaft.

Highly Efficient Cooling

The radiator boasts high cooling capacity to support the parallel twin engine’s powerful output. A cooling fan helps stabilize the coolant temperature.

Cooling water inlet control contributes to early stabilization of water temperature during engine warm-up. Since a thermo valve located at the inlet of engine cooling circuit, adjusts the temperature, before the coolant enters the engine, there is less temperature fluctuation during warm-up. This helps stabilize combustion and contributes to cleaner exhaust gas.

The GSX-8S is also equipped with a lightweight, compact liquid-cooled oil cooler that helps keep lubrication temperatures cooler for even smoother and reliable engine operation.

Distinctive Short Muffler Design

The GSX-8S features a short new muffler design that, barely peeking out as it rises from the right side of the engine, contributes greatly to the mass-forward image of this new street fighter. It is part of a new 2-into-1 exhaust system engineered to produce a pleasing note befitting the new parallel twin engine.

Better yet, the two-stage catalytic converter inside the collector helps limit emissions to a level that satisfies Euro 5 standards, while at the same time maximizing power output and overall performance.

 
  • Air Cleaner Box

    The air cleaner box and intake pipe designs are optimized using CAE analysis to maximize power
    output characteristics and torque production at low rpm. To contribute to the realization of a slim and compact chassis design and enhance the freedom of rider movement, the box adopts a compact design and is positioned under the seat. Even so, the intake is optimized, using different lengths for the left and right pipes, which helps secure adequate flow to derive maximum power output.

  • Ride-by-Wire Electronic Throttle Bodies

    Each of the two cylinders are fed by a pair of linked 42mm bore electronic-controlled throttle
    bodies. APS (Accelerator Position Sensor) play is optimized to deliver the best balance of
    performance for both everyday use and the demands of sporty runs.

  • High-Pressure Fuel Injectors

    The GSX-8S employs 10-hole, long-nosed, 343kpa high-pressure-feed fuel injectors that
    maximize fuel atomization for better combustion efficiency and lower fuel consumption.

  • Transmission

    The six-speed transmission adopts gear ratios that deliver smooth shifting and exciting
    acceleration, whether shifting normally or using the standard-equipment Bi-directional Quick
    Shift system to shift without clutch operation.

 

Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S)

The new GSX-8S adopts the latest version of Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S), a robust collection of electronic systems designed to optimise performance characteristics to match the needs of the moment. Inludes:

  • Bi-directional Quick Shift System
  • Ride-by-Wire Electronic Throttle System
  • Suzuki Traction Control System
  • Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS)
  • Low RPM Assist
  • Easy Start System
  • ABS

The rider can freely choose the settings for each system to best suit their level of skill and experience, making the GSX-8S more controllable, predictable, and less tiring to operate.

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS)

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) fully leverages the electronic throttle control system to offer a choice between three modes that deliver different power characteristics — especially when turning the throttle grip between a slightly open position to when it reaches the top of the mid-speed range under acceleration — to match the conditions of the riding scene, surface conditions, or preferred riding style for any given outing.

The settings for each mode were custom-tuned and thoroughly tested to maximize the GSX-8S’s capabilities as a top-performing street fighter, to build in the flexibility to adapt well to changing weather, road, and riding conditions, and to make the overall riding experience more enjoyable.

  • Mode A (Active): Provides the sharpest throttle response as the throttle is opened. Settings for torque characteristics are tuned to deliver exciting acceleration and fully leverage the engine’s power. It is well suited for enjoying aggressive runs on winding road surfaces in good weather.
  • Mode B (Basic):  Reaches the same level of maximum output, but features a more linear curve with softer throttle response. Planned as an ideal setting for touring, this mode aims to make the bike more controllable and instill confidence in the rider when accelerating. A good fit for a wide range of riding styles and road conditions.
  • Mode C (Comfort): Provides the softest throttle response and more gentle torque characteristics, which makes the GSX-8S more obedient and controllable as the throttle is opened. This is particularly beneficial when touring for long distances, when riding with a passenger, when riding on wet or otherwise slippery surfaces, when road conditions are bad, or even when the rider wants to relax and enjoy a ride home after a long outing.

Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS)

STCS for the GSX-8S enables the rider to better control the bike in diverse and varying conditions, whether riding alone or with a passenger, or riding in inclement weather. The rider can select from 3 modes or turn the system off. The higher number the mode, the faster the control takes effect and the more proactive the system is in limiting wheel spin. 

  • Mode 1: For sport riding with minimal intervention from the system.
  • Mode 2:  Offers a balance that is ideal for city riding and regular road conditions everyday riding.
  • Mode 3:  Well suited to wet or otherwise slippery road conditions.

Bi-Directional Quick Shifter

The Bi-directional Quick Shift System enables the rider to shift up or down without operating the clutch lever while in motion. As standard equipment on the GSX-8S, this distinctive feature is one the rider will find enhances the riding experience the minute they try it. And they will immediately feel the benefits of reduced fatigue and not missing shifts.

When activated, the system automatically interrupts power delivery when accelerating and maintaining steady speed just long enough to unload the transmission gear dogs, thereby
producing a smoother ride and almost uninterrupted acceleration when the rider shifts up. When decelerating the system automatically opens the throttle valves just enough to increase rpm and match engine speed to the next-lower gear ratio without manually blipping the throttle or using the clutch. This hands-free automatic blipping function combines seamlessly with engine braking to create a highly satisfying experience. While the ECM is programmed to control the electronic throttle valves and ignition timing to match the engine’s operating speed and enable smooth shifting at any RPM, the gear shifting mechanism is optimized to provide a solid click with each shift that assures the rider a satisfying feeling that the gearbox has responded immediately to
their action.

Ride-by-Wire Electronic Throttle System

Suzuki’s electronic throttle control system uses the ECM to control the action of the throttle valves and make it possible for adjustments that more finely control the relationship between throttle action and engine output characteristics. One benefit is that individual settings can be tuned and tested to match each of the SDMS modes resulting in throttle action that responds accurately to the rider’s intention at each mode setting.

 
  • Antilock Braking System (ABS)

    The antilock braking system (ABS) contributes to more stable braking by helping prevent the
    wheels from locking up, even under hard braking. The system is programmed to monitor wheel
    speed and match stopping power to the available traction. The ABS control unit features a
    compact, lightweight design that contributes to making the bike nimbler.

    Note: ABS is not designed to shorten the braking distance. Please always ride at a safe speed for road and weather
    conditions, including while cornering.

  • Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS)

    The assist function leverages precision-engineered ramps to force the clutch boss and pressure plate together and efficiently transfer torque to the rear wheel under acceleration, all while using softer clutch springs. The slipper clutch partially disengages when downshifting under deceleration to mitigate the effect of engine braking. By helping to prevent the rear tyre from hopping and providing smoother deceleration, this function enables the rider to shift down with greater confidence and maintain better control.

  • Low RPM Assist

    Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist function monitors engine rpm, gear position, throttle position, and clutch switch data as the rider releases the clutch lever to pull away from a standing start, or when riding at low speeds. It is programmed to help prevent engine speed from dropping excessively as the rider launches the bike to ensure smoother starts. It also promotes more confident riding by helping counteract drops in engine speed when riding in stop-and-go traffic, or when doing Uturns.

  • Suzuki Easy Start System

    This system lets the rider start the motorcycle with one quick press of the starter button. There is no need to pull in the clutch lever when the transmission is in neutral, and the starter motor automatically disengages the instant the engine fires up.

    Controller Area Network (CAN bus)

    The GSX-8S’s robust CAN bus reduces the number of wires required by the harness, contributes to reducing overall weight.

  • Engine Control Module (ECM)

    A dual-core processor ECM provides optimal engine management that contributes to the operation and optimization of critical systems, including those to comply with Euro 5 emissions
    standards.

In engineering a brand-new model from the ground up, the goal was to design a compact, lightweight chassis engineered to maximize agility, comfort, utility, and reassuring riding pleasure. Every aspect was focused on achieving great handling and control whether riding solo or carrying a passenger.

The development of the chassis layout began with devising the core structure of the new frame and swing arm. The resulting frame is strong and highly rigid. The swingarm, designed exclusively for the GSX-8S, was optimized to perform ideally on the street. Other layout considerations covered everything from achieving the right riding position to the selection of the wheels, tyres, and suspension settings. And it extended to striking a harmonious relationship between the chassis, the new engine, and the advanced controls of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.).

A reliable new frame

Designed around the new engine platform and made from rugged steel pipe, the frame was engineered to provide excellent straight-line stability. The layout contributes to nimble handling and assures excellent performance in the city and at highway speeds. This includes providing solid handling stability when riding two-up or with luggage. The new exposed seat rails are engineered to support the rider well, and also to contribute to the GSX-8S’ slim appearance and stripped-down look of functional beauty.

Wheels and Tyres

The cast-aluminium wheels feature a unique new lightweight design that looks great and contributes to nimble handling and sporty performance. They are shod with a new generation of Dunlop RoadSport 2 radial tyres (120/70ZR17 at the front; 180/55ZR17 at the rear) designed to perform optimally and provide sure grip on the GSX-8S. The custom-engineered internal construction features a carcass and belt layer tuned to achieve the right level of rigidity to match the weight and performance characteristics of the GSX-8S, and to deliver the right combination of nimble handling and stability. 

Sure Stopping Power

Radial mount front brake calipers mated with 310mm outer diameter floating-mount dual discs provide sure stopping power and controllable braking performance. The rear brake has a 240mm outer diameter disc and uses a single-piston pin-slide caliper.

Optimized Front and Rear Suspension

KYB inverted front forks with a 130mm stroke deliver a plush, controllable ride and feature stable damping characteristics that make them suitable for both sports riding and long-distance runs. The dedicated link-type mono-shock KYB rear suspension is set up to contribute to straight-line stability and agility, even when carrying a passenger. The mechanical preload adjuster is particularly useful when heading out to ride two-up.

Uniquely Shaped Lightweight Aluminium Swingarm

The GSX-8S adopts a highly attractive new aluminium swingarm with a unique shape that is engineered to perform optimally. It achieves the right amount of vertical, lateral, and torsional rigidity to provide sure handling stability and contribute to greater ride comfort. Mounting the handlebars 12mm closer to the rider vastly improves comfort and reduces fatigue, particularly when touring or taking other long rides. It also enhances handling when enjoying a sporty ride by giving the rider better feedback  from the front  end and by better supporting the rider’s posture to improve stability  under brakes.

An Icon for a New era of Functional Beauty

In developing the styling for the new GSX-8S, Suzuki’s design team set a goal based on the three keywords, “New Era”, “Visual Structure”, and “Icon”.

“New Era” reflects the goal of creating a thoroughly modern design that sets a trend for an exciting new generation of motorcycles ready to carry the brand into the future. The 2022 model GSX S1000 established the beginnings of a new design language featuring sharp lines and an edgy futuristic look. And now the GSX-8S is ready to take the ball and carry it a step further down the road. The design also takes clues from close observation of the latest trends that European riders find most appealing.

Exposed mechanical features

One key element involves minimizing the size of cosmetic panels to expose parts such as the engine and seat rails, thereby highlighting the mechanical appeal of functional beauty. It then extends to making the lines of the bodywork sharper with flatter surfaces to create a tough yet sophisticated look.

Highlights include details such as painting exposed parts such as the seat rails and aluminium wheels. They also include newly developed components such as the shortest muffler ever mounted on a Suzuki motorcycle and the compact new rear combination light mounted on the slim new rear fender.

Comfortable, Practical Seating

The rider’s seat is designed for comfortable sport riding. Delivering solid support for the rider toward its rear edge, the seat is shaped to offer freedom of movement and is covered in a skin that provides positive grip.

Featuring a slim design, the smoothly rounded edges of the seat also make it relatively easy for the rider to plant their feet on the ground when stopped. The separate pillion seat includes a hand strap for the passenger.

Tapered Aluminium Handlebars

The tapered aluminium handlebars are designed to provide a sporty yet comfortable upright riding position, and feature a wide enough grip to contribute to positive control when steering the GSX-8S.

Front Fender

The front fender features a bold upright strut that extends upward toward its leading edge. This helps create the visual impression of weight distribution being brought toward the front and contributes to an overall look of balance and sporty performance.

Fuel Tank

The 14L fuel tank is designed to deliver the right balance between riding range and slim,
compact looks that heighten the appeal of the GSX-8S’ sporty styling.

Full-colour 5-inch TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel

The GSX-8S’s custom 5-inch full-colour TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel features a clearly legible display, richly populated with information. Not only does it keep the rider fully aware of all the bike’s systems and settings, it also supplies critical real-time operating status information. The look is one of high quality that helps instill pride of ownership.

LED indicators flanking the display include the left turn signal indicator, MIL (Malfunction Indication Light), neutral indicator, master warning indicator, high-beam indicator, right turn signal indicator, TC (Traction Control) indicator, low oil pressure warning indicator, ABS indicator, low voltage warning indicator, and coolant temperature warning indicator. All are designed for easy recognition.

The screen features a custom display with exclusive graphics, including blue background lines that add extra style and convey the appeal and spirit of the Suzuki brand identity. It also offers manual or automatic switching settings for the day (white) and night (black) display modes that improve visibility at any hour and in any riding situation.

LCD readouts include:
 

  • Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Riding range
  • Odometer
  • Dual trip meter
  • Gear position
  • Water temperature
  •  Engine rpm indicator
  • Service reminder
  • Average fuel consumption (1&2)
  • Instant fuel consumption
  • SDMS mode
  • Traction control mode
  • Quick Shift (ON/OFF)
  • Fuel gauge
  • 12-hour clock
  • Voltmeter
 
  • LED Headlights

    The vertically stacked pair of hexagonal LED headlights employ a bright mono-focus LED light source that provides the rider with a clear view of the road ahead. In terms of design, the vertical orientation of the thin, compact headlight assembly creates a sharp look with unique character that makes the front end look light and ready for action.

  • LED Position Lights

    Compact LED position lights flank the headlights as they trace forward and down along the front cowl. The angled design of these narrow slits add to the aggressive styling of this street fighter.

  • LED Rear Combination Light

    The LED rear combination light with integrated LED license plate light features a new design introduced for the first time on a Suzuki motorcycle. Mounted on the slim rear fender, this new light contributes to a sporty new design that makes the GSX-8S look even shorter and slimmer in the rear.

  • Handlebar switches designed for intuitive operation

    The ergonomic switch layout maximizes operating ease and efficiency, allowing the rider to access controls while remaining focused on the road ahead. Selecting modes and making settings and adjustments for each of the advanced electronic control systems simply involves operating the MODE and UP/DOWN switches on the left handlebar with either long and short presses.

Body Color

Metallic Matt Black No.2/Glass Sparkle Pearl Cosmic Blue Pearl Tech White
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Specs

  • Displacement

    776cc
  • Engine

    4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
  • Transmission

    6-speed constant mesh
  • Front Suspension

    Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Rear Suspension

    Link type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Front Brakes

    Disc, twin
  • Rear Brakes

    Disc
  • Length

    2115mm
  • Width

    775mm
  • Height

    1105mm
  • Wheelbase

    1465mm
  • Seat Height

    810mm
  • Fuel Capacity

    14 L
  • Wet Weight

    202kg
  • Tyres - front

    120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
  • Tyres - rear

    180/55ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
  • Warranty

    3 Year Unlimited Kilometre (2 Year Std + 1 Year Bonus)
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  • Displacement

    776cc
  • Engine

    4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
  • Transmission

    6-speed constant mesh
  • Front Suspension

    Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Rear Suspension

    Link type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Front Brakes

    Disc twin
  • Rear Brakes

    Disc
  • Length

    2155mm
  • Width

    770mm
  • Height

    1135mm
  • Wheelbase

    1465mm
  • Seat Height

    810mm
  • Fuel Capacity

    14 L
  • Wet Weight

    205 kg
  • Tyres - front

    120/70ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless
  • Tyres - rear

    180/55ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
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