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All-New Suzuki GSX-8S Features 776cc Parallel-Twin

GSX-8S Electric Equipment:A custom 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel features a legible display offering a wide array of information including: 
Riding range
Dual trip meter
Gear position
Water temperature
Ambient temperature
Freeze indicator
Engine rpm indicatorAverage fuel consumption (1&2)
SDMS mode
Instant fuel consumption
Traction control mode
Quick Shift (ON/OFF)
Fuel gauge
12-hour clock
Service reminder via Pop-Up Display
Vertically stacked LED headlights in hexagonal housings provide a clear view of the road ahead and are topped by an LED position light helping to create a bold presence.Compact LED position lights flank the headlights as they trace forward and down along the front cowl. The angled design of these narrow slits adds to the unique “mask” of the front face.Compact LED position lights, turn signals and a LED taillight help ensure clear visibility and practical durability.

GSX-8S Styling:

  • 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 direction for an exciting new generation of motorcycles ready to carry Suzuki into the future. The 2022 model GSX-S1000 established the beginnings of a modern design language featuring sharp lines and an edgy futuristic look. 
  • “Visual Structure” reflects the goal of exposing the bike’s functional parts, painting them in the new body colors, and simplifying the bodywork and graphics to put a spotlight on the visceral appeal of its structural elements. 
  • “Icon” seeks to create a unique silhouette with an iconic presence, instantly recognizable from a distance, and symbolizing the future of Suzuki design.
  • All combined, the styling creates an appealing new mass-forward, aggressive look that is slim, compact, well-balanced, and ready for action. The new GSX-8S is set to become the naked street fighter of choice for riders of all experience levels.

The GSX-8S comes in three striking colors and introduces two brand-new body colors for Suzuki. Each are created to coordinate well with the styling concept. Suzuki set the color concept as “New Impact of Blue” and is an evolution of the blue color theme long used on Suzuki’s street and sport bikes, but evolved for a new appeal to a new generation. The two new unique colors of Pearl Cosmic Blue (QU1) and Pearl Tech White (QU2) are introduced on the GSX-8S and rounded out with stealthy Metallic Matte Black No.2 with Glass Sparkle Black (KGL).

Genuine Suzuki GSX-8S Accessories: 

Suzuki has a wide range of Genuine Suzuki Accessories specially developed so riders may personalize their GSX-8S to their style and riding needs by enhancing riding comfort, utility, protection, and appearance. This comprehensive list of Genuine Accessories includes:

Soft Side Case Set:  Expandable side cases from 15L up to 20L per case, with the SUZUKI logo. A side case bracket set is required for installation. Maximum load per case: 3kg 

Meter Visor: Provide a sporty look to the gauge panel and features the SUZUKI logo. 

Single Seat Cowl:  Made exclusively for the GSX-8S. It provides a unique, sporty look.

Grip Heaters:  Heats the entire grip surface while offering three different heat level settings to help keep riders’ hands warm on chilly weather rides.

Handlebar Balancer: Bar Ends: Made of iron and aluminum with the Suzuki “S” logo. May not be used with brake and clutch lever guards

Billet Brake and Clutch Levers:  Machined from high-end billet aluminum and decorated with the SUZUKI logo. These black anodized levers provide a sportier look to the motorcycle

Brake and Clutch Lever Guard:  Made of high-end billet aluminum and resistant plastic, help provide extra security around these levers. May not be used with Handlebar Balancer Bar Ends. 

Frame Sliders: Helps reduce damage and provide an attractive look. Featuring a stylish design with the SUZUKI logo. 

Under Cowl:  Cowling for the underside of the motorcycle. It will give a unique, racier look to the GSX-8S.

Mirror Extensions: Aiding rear visibility, mirrors may be raised by 50 mm compared to stock, and adjustable up to 40 mm laterally. 

Navigation Bracket: With a damping system installed at the center of the handlebar for installing additional electronics like GPS units.

USB Socket: To help charge electronic devices through a USB connection. With a cover to protect the socket from dust, sand, etc. USB Type-A with an output of 5V/2A.

Fuel Tank Bag (Large and Small): Durable nylon material with reflective piping, eleven liters expandable to fifteen liters (Large.) Volume 5 liters expandable to nine liters (Small.) Rain cover and shoulder belt included. Requires the mounting ring for installation. 

Fuel Cap Protection Decal:  Protects fuel caps from scratches. Black or carbon-fiber look decals are available.

Fuel Tank Protection Decals:  Helps protect against fuel tank scratches in high-wear areas.

Fuel Tank Pad:  Enhances fuel tank scratch protection, featuring the distinctive GSX logo.

Its trendsetting styling fully exposes a new era of functional streetfighter beauty. The controllability, satisfying performance, and optimized comfort let you ride with confidence. The GSX-8S is ready to change your world. Unlock its potential and enjoy the ride.

Note: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION reserves the right to add any improvement to change the design or to discontinue any Suzuki Genuine Accessories at any time without notice. Some Suzuki Genuine Accessories might not be compatible with local standards or statutory requirements. Please check with your local AUTHORIZED SUZUKI DEALER for details at the time of ordering.

*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS

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  1. viktor92 says:

    The only twin 800cc I would buy is a 90 degrees V or L, otherwise give me a four cylinders…

  2. carl says:

    This is getting a little boring………

  3. David says:

    I love the engine, the technology, wheels, pretty much everything except the cosmetic style, including: headlights and housing, plastic flaps attached to the tank, the short seat section and that long stinger (rear fender?). Modern sportbike style seems to get more insectile and birdlike.
    I’m over 50 and the owner of a 1st year GSXR 1100. It’s not comfortable, but it is fun to ride and look at. Not sure if I’m biased, but I think the best looking sport-bikes are the 90s models. I wish we would go back to a more hefty style. The high or non-existent tail-end and the alien style of the front-ends of the latest bikes is not appealing. I’m not a huge fan of the new retro bikes, and wish we still had sportbikes that draw you to them in the showroom.

    • viktor92 says:

      Totally agree, the new bikes, with few exceptions, are ugly and a mix of alien and transformer. We are many that think that ’90 bikes are the best looking ones. I’m 60 and owner of a ZX11 D and I love the style and the rounded and aerodynamic lines.

  4. Jim says:

    Now we just need Kawasaki to bump their P-twin to 700-900 and join the club.

  5. todd says:

    800; the new 650. Progress marches on.

  6. yellowhammer says:

    The motor is cool. The right size & wt. I didn’t read all the article – what is the purpose of those crab-like pincer/wing thingies that stick out from the sides of the gas tank and wrap up around the fork? Does form follow function or is it a manga/origami fashion statement?

    • Mick says:

      The pincers are there to emulate the radiator shrouds on a dirt bike. Much like the “beak” that a lot of guys whine about is there to emulate a dirt bike fender on an adventure bike. I guess they feel that by adding dirt bike elements, they can get the dirt bikers to overlook the fact that these things still weigh as much as two dirt bikes.

      That’s not happening. Most dirt bikers see street bikes as Frankenstein steam punk engineering atop Flintstone suspension components. And, for the most part, they are right. The speed sensitive suspension the Yahama started equipping their dirt bikes with in 2006 has yet to make it onto a street bike for instance. Dirt bikes gained only seven pounds when they were suddenly equipped with a battery and electric start. And they have since lost that seven pounds and more. Meanwhile street bikes have steadily gained even more weight. 500 being the new 400 pounds while many are closer to 600 or more. 400 pounds is still ridiculously heavy to a dirt biker. Recognizable radiator shrouds or fake supermoto fenders aren’t going to change that.

  7. Mrpokey says:

    Either that rider is very large or the bike looks very small.

  8. Trent says:

    So is Suzuki really pulling the plug on the GSXR-1000 in Europe and Japan?

  9. Neal says:

    To my eyes it looks likes it has been designed to have a faired version. Nice tech features, should be a winner if priced right.

  10. Tom R says:

    Okay, now use this engine and emulate a retro chassis akin to the GS850 from the 80s with a NICE WIDE FLAT SEAT.

  11. wncmcrider says:

    Been a Suzuki fan since racing an X6 in the late ’60. My question is, if I were to take my best girl out for a weekender on this bike, where would we carry our toothbrushes?

    • Motoman says:

      You would carry your toothbrushes in another bike or your car. Because you knew when you bought this bike that you wouldn’t use it for over-nighters without buying some accessories.

      With all the motorcycle options available today why is this question regularly asked?

      • Mick says:

        So many bikes on the market now days are openly hostile towards utility.

        What’s sad is that these designs aren’t bringing any benefits. Here’s a new parallel twin, which should be lighter. It’s in a paired down chassis, which should be lighter because anything that isn’t there is weightless.

        But does it weigh less than a twenty year old open class sport bike from the same company? Well, no. It weighs a considerable percentage more.

        Some storage for a couple of toothbrushes isn’t really a lot to ask. One gets a bit tired of getting so much nothing from the onward march of technology.

      • JohnB says:

        Toothbrush How about a six-pack of thongs for milady.

    • SVGeezer says:

      “where would we carry our toothbrushes?”


    • cw says:

      I think that’s what those various luggage accessories with the Suzuki logo on them are for.

  12. cw says:

    For the life of me, I can’t remember this Pokemon’s name…

    and…why not “S8” if putting this in the GSX family?

  13. Dave says:

    Looks like the new Hornet has some direct competition. Both should be less than $1k more than an MT07, Z650 or SV650 for arguably a lot more bike. This thing does have a small fuel tank for a 750+cc engine. I prefer the Honda’s looks. Looking forward to reading the ride reviews and seeing them in person. Might have to let go of the ol’ VFR.

  14. Dave says:

    Looks like the new Hornet has some direct competition. Both should be less than $1k more than an MT07, Z650 or SV650 for arguably a lot more bike. I prefer the Honda’s looks. Looking forward to reading the ride reviews and seeing them in person. Might have to let go of the ol’ VFR.

    • Artem says:

      SV650 is discontinued. May be I’m wrong.

      • Dave says:

        Is it? Shows current 2022 on their website. I wouldn’t be surprised if they let it sunset with this new bike coming.

        • Fred N says:

          On the UK press launch, the Suzuki Guy said that the SV650 would run in tandem with the 8S next year. He expressed a view that the SV650 would be the lower priced bike and the GSX-S 1000 the upper priced bike. The 8S in the middle.

          • Dave says:

            It would make sense to let the SV650 go. It’s almost 24 years old now and Making a v-2 is more expensive than a p-2 and also harder to package. I won’t be surprised if a 500-600cc version of this new engine doesn’t emerge in the next year or two.

  15. SparkyK says:

    God, what is with all of these fugly bird-beaked looking bikes coming out? KTM is not who Honda, Kawasaki, and Suzuki should be emulating when it comes to style.

  16. Curly says:

    I like it. The price is right, it’s well equipped, big brakes, the stance is good and the power plant should be like a stronger MT-07. Throttle by wire will allow cruise on a touring version.

  17. motomike says:

    Huh, a bug with the stinger in front. At least it’s something new from Hammatsu.

  18. Nick says:

    Definitely state of the art: Finite Element design (of the pistons) has now advanced to Infinite Element design! But then, what would the marketing dept know about such things?

    Naturally, no prizes for style.

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