Suzuki has revealed its new GSX-8S at the EICMA motorcycle show this evening, presenting a new middleweight naked bike motivated by a parallel-twin motor and familiar streetfighter styling.
Pricing for the GSX-8S starts at $14,190 rideaway, with units expected to hit Australian showrooms in August in three colour schemes: Pearl Cosmic Blue, Pearl Tech White and Metallic Matt Black.
The new Suzuki GSX-8S was unveiled alongside the new V-Strom 800DE adventure bike, both of which sport the same 776cc parallel-twin engine generating 61kW and 78Nm, signalling a move away from the brand’s long-running L-twin to a new Euro5 friendly twin-cylinder platform.
This new powerplant is supported by a ride-by-wire system with “multiple” rider modes, three-stage traction control (as well as ‘off’), an up-down quickshifter and Suzuki’s one-touch engine start system.
Key equipment for the GSX-S8 includes an aluminium swingarm, KYB suspension, Nissin monobloc brakes and aluminium wheels with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres.
Other tech features include a 5.0-inch TFT dash, and full LED lighting with vertically stacked headlights to complete the ‘GSX-S’ streetfighter look.
The Suzuki GSX-S8 should be positioned to compete against the likes of the Honda CB750 Hornet, and Yamaha MT-07 ($13,599).
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