There’s a whole new category in town and manufacturers are filling it with high quality and affordable sports hardware. Snag rides the new $14,990 Suzuki GSX-8R.

Middleweight sports bikes are hot showroom property at the moment. While adventure is still the big game in town, that sector is pretty well saturated with all sorts of hardware and manufacturers have sniffed the air looking to feed we masses ever more product. Indeed, conquest marketing is the big buzzword in bikes these days. Enter Suzuki’s GSX-8R.

The keen eyed among us will remember Snag’s launch review of the naked version of the bike, the GSX-8S (watch here). This one uses most of the same componentry, with a full sports fairing to boot.

Suzuki GSX-8R review Australia

The bike utilises the compact 776cc parallel twin engine also used in the V-Strom 800DE, but chassis dynamics sees Showa suspension getting the nod over the KYB items of the GSX-8S. A big improvement Snag reckons.

In short, this one offers good degree of tech with a comfortable riding position at a competitive price. Lots to recommend it right there.

So… Our man jumped aboard to bring us the full rundown. Is there a new middleweight king in town?

Watch the vid and find out here.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R pricing and specs

The GSX-8R builds on Suzuki’s new parallel-twin platform that debuted with its V-Strom 800 adventure bike and GSX-8S naked bike, but is distinguished by a full fairing and racey ergonomics befitting its sporty positioning.

The fully faired GSX-8R is priced from $14,990 rideaway, placing it slightly above the GSX-8S naked bike which checked in last year from $14,190.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

Motivating the bike, which tips the scales at 205kg with its 14-litre tank filled, is a familiar 776cc parallel-twin engine generating 61kW and 78Nm.

The GSX-8R should boast improved handling characteristics thanks to a sharper forward-leaning riding position, optimised Showa front-and-rear suspension (compared to KYB of GSX-8S), a new aluminum swingarm and a narrow sports seat.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

Also new is 17-inch wheels shod in Dunlop RoadSport 2 tyres, forged ‘separate’ handlebars and a unique front-end with a snub windscreen and stacked LED healights.

A 5.0-inch TFT dash carries over from its stablemates, as does a ride-by-wire electronics system, an up/down quickshifter, Suzuki’s one-press ‘Easy Start’ ignition system, its take-off-aiding Low RPM Assist and stabilising Clutch Assist System.

2024 Suzuki GSX-8R

The electronics package does not include a six-axis IMU, but does offer three power mapping options.

The 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R is available in four colours: blue, yellow, silver and black.

Its main rival will likely be the Yamaha R7 ($15,649), which is similarly positioned as a soft middleweight sportsbike with a parallel-twin engine. For reference, the R7 draws power from a 689ccc mill outputting 54kW and 67Nm.

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