After entering the segment of enduro bikes with a 21-inch front rim (here the tests of the V-Strom 800DE and 1050DE), the Hamamatsu house is nowi launches into that of medium naked bikes with the new GSX-8S. A project developed from scratch, starting from the design: the new aesthetic course inaugurated by the older sister GSX-S 1000 evolves to make room for even more angular and sharper lines.
Engine and chassis
The steel frame supported by KYB branded suspension embraces the new in-line twin cylinder shared with the V-Strom 800DE. It is a 776 cm3 unit with a maximum power of 83 HP at 8,500 rpm and 78 Nm at 6,800 rpm of torque, more than enough values to enjoy the curves without ever getting bored. This engine adopts a 270-degree crank mechanism, a technical choice which, in addition to offering excellent grit at low and medium revs, guaranteesadequate discharge mode. The anti-hopping clutch is also standard, an essential component for optimizing engine braking and avoiding locking of the rear wheel when downshifting too quickly.
The 83 HP twin-cylinder engine is supported by a braking system with double 310 mm discs
Simple but effective electronics
The technical package relies on complete and modern electronics, starting from the 5” color TFT instrument panel which allows you to manage the control systems. In addition to two-way electronic shiftingthere are 3 engine maps to vary throttle response and handling traction adjustable on 3 levels or deactivated. As on other Suzuki models, there is also Low RPM Assist to make restarts and maneuvers in traffic easier.
How is it going
Mounted on the saddle, you are pleasantly surprised by the welcoming saddle and the slim tank, you can put your feet on the ground without difficulty. Between the legs it almost seems to have a motardbut the riding position isn’t too forward-oriented, there’s plenty of room for the knees and the triangulation of the saddle, footpegs and handlebars ensures comfort in the city and efficiency between bends.
The engine is a little shy at idle a great voice already from the low and medium revs, where it unleashes a vigorous and linear thrust. In tight mixed terrain, the solid and precise front makes you want to brush the trajectories and open the throttle without worries, thanks also to the electronic systems that are precise in their intervention and easy to manage on the road.
Between the curves, the new Suzuki GSX-8S conquers for its stable and precise chassis
Unlike what we would have expected, the engineers preferred to sacrifice some reactivity to enhance stability, as confirmed by the 1,465 mm wheelbase. The GSX-8S therefore manages to be very entertaining among the returned but, when the pace rises, it still confirms good precision. In fact, the set-up favors sporty driving, even if on bumps the suspension (especially the rear one) tends to transmit everything that passes under the wheels. When the asphalt is smooth, it proves to be stable and precise, also perfect for those with more experience and who are looking for an undemanding and a lot of fun bike.