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New Suzuki GSX-8S Priced Under $9,000; V-Strom 800DE Pricing Also Announced

Suzuki, which has been short on all-new models as of late, has announced U.S. pricing for the 2023 models utilizing the new 776cc parallel-twin engine. These include the GSX-8S and the Adventure Touring models, the V-Strom 800DE and the DE Adventure (with standard bags).

The naked GSX-8S carries a U.S. MSRP of $8,849 with its standard quick-shifter and TFT display, while the V-Strom models have pricing that begins at $11,349. The V-Strom models are more feature rich with fully-adjustable suspension, for example, while the naked model makes do with only rear spring pre-load adjustment.

Here is the press release from Suzuki:

BREA, CA – With the new year upon us, the all-new Suzuki V-STROM 800DE and GSX-8S are already making strong first impressions for 2023. 

All-new from the ground up, both models are equipped with advanced features at an affordable price point. Including the new 776cc parallel-twin powerplant, TFT display, Bi-directional Quick Shifter, and modern inverted suspension, the GSX-8S and V-STROM 800DE are positioned to capitalize on the growing interest in the mid-size motorcycle market.

Expected arrival for the V-STROM 800DE and DE Adventure is set for May, while the GSX-8S will hit dealers shortly after in June.

The advanced, new 776cc parallel-twin engine with 270-degree crankshaft configuration provides exciting power delivery while producing a unique and exciting exhaust note, and helps to define a compact, purposeful new addition to Suzuki’s iconic line of products. 

With riders’ eager anticipation of this exciting new naked sportbike, the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S is priced at $8,849. Click here for more details on the 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S.

The all-new 2023 V-STROM 800DE will be priced at $11,349 while the V-STROM 800DE Adventure comes in at $12,999 and includes quick-release black 37L aluminum side cases, plus a rugged accessory bar and aluminum skid pan for true off-road touring capability. For an adventure seeker who already plans on adding these welcomed accessories, the V-STROM 800DE Adventure provides a strong, accessorized platform up front. Both models offer incredible adventure touring performance and value. Click here for more details on the 2023 Suzuki V-STROM 800DE and the 2023 Suzuki V-STROM 800DE Adventure.

39 Comments

  1. frank moore says:

    Said motor made in mexico…susuki makes excellent transmisions.

  2. Anonymous says:

    They modeled the 8s front on a large salad fork. I’m not a fan of the styling although I might buy one.

  3. SparkyK says:

    I wish they didn’t make the front so damn ugly. About the only thing uglier is a KTM. Why couldn’t they make it look more like an SV650?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wish they offered the GSX-8S with a half fairing for sport touring especially since they offer luggage.
    Compared to my 2003 SV 650S the bump in in horsepower from 70 to 82 and torque from 45 to 57 should be nice
    even though the weight is up a little from 437 to 445 lbs.

  5. C.J. says:

    The V-Strom 650 has been one of the best ADV bikes ever made. I am excited to see how the 800 performs!

    • todd says:

      I wonder as well. Considering that the 650 Strom is 10x more popular and preferred over the 1000/1050 because of the better handling and more enjoyable engine, it will be interesting to see if a heavier bike with a less enjoyable engine will attract buyers. Since the 650 will be discontinued, we may never know how sales compare.

      • ORT says:

        The 2023 V-Strom 650XT Adventure is still on the U.S. Suzuki website.
        I would buy that before I ever wasted money on the gnu Pee-Storm 800.

        The cast wheel version of the 800 is better (to me) but I still think these two new 800 bikes are KTM fuuuuugly, but hey…Beauty and fugly are both in the eyes of the beholder. Those that like it will buy it and it may just sell! The V-Stroms are weird looking too but not “KTM weird”. 😉

        ORT

  6. Anonymous says:

    I kind of like the GSX. Not really what I’m in the market for, but I could see me riding one.
    The V-Strom is hideous, and I say that as a previous owner of a first-generation V-Strom 1000.

  7. My2cents says:

    I already posted but it seems to have disappeared? Is there something I’m doing incorrectly?

  8. Ed says:

    It’s amazing to me how Americans “just discovered” that a 750cc motorcycle is the perfect machine. Sigh.

  9. My2cents says:

    The DL 800 is still going to be a great motorcycle regardless of the name. Still needs to be tubeless tires which can be done with spokes, just ask BMW, Moto Guzzi, or Honda. Oddly the spoke wheeled DL 1050 has a tube front and tubeless rear, this has some merit considering 80% of flats occur on the rear tire, I would won over but such a comprise. The one fact that seems to be overlooked is that the DL 800 has a longer stroke than the DL 1050. This should create a linear torque curve making for excellent riding in all conditions. I have a DL 650 with about 127 k on it and it’s been a excellent motorcycle and is still a daily rider. I definitely will be test riding the DL800.

  10. Michael says:

    I’m gonna try the black 8S, already have my name on one at my local shop, should be a decent back road scratcher, hope someone makes a nice pipe/slip-on that’s not obnoxiously loud but enough to ramp up the rumble these 270’s make, maybe Zuki will put a decent sounding exhaust on it from the factory.

  11. Jeremy says:

    I like the designs of both bikes quite a bit.

    • Motoman says:

      So do I Jeremy.

      My only gripe is on the naked version. I would have paid a few buck more for fully adjustable suspension.

      • Jeremy says:

        Well, for more than a few bucks, you can still get that from the aftermarket. And frankly end up with much better suspension than if Suzuki would have added the clickers as stock. 😀

        • Motoman says:

          Certainly true. Some of the stock suspension is valved pretty good these days but I do always end up replacing. Suppose my comment is more about the fork as the shock is pitched. The fork with no damping adjustments would be a problem though.

        • Motoman says:

          For sure. I suppose my comment was mainly related to the fork which would be a problem with no damping adjustments.

  12. motorhead says:

    At my age I’ll just buy the GSX-8S and save several thousands and 60 lbs. vs the V-Strom 800DE Adventure. Just put street knobbies on the cheap one and steer around the larger boulders and deeper holes.

  13. Nathan says:

    The 8s looks like a near carbon copy of a KTM.

  14. YellowDuck says:

    I guess I always misunderstood what the V in V-STROM meant…

  15. ORT says:

    So the gnu V-Strom ain’t a “V”. So is it the “P-Strom”? How about “Pee-Strom” cuz it ain’t no “Wee-Strom”?

    Regardless, it is both physically and phunctionally phugly and worth neither my money nor my riding time. At least they gave it triple disc brakes to offset the cheapass tubes in the wheels of the sAdventure models.

    I bet Mick says it is tooooo heavy for him and that bikes of 60 years ago and were made of pot metal, had screens for oil filters and required pre-mix (Hey, it’s lighter and righter sans oil 2-smoke injectors/mixers!) are more his cup of pee…Strom.

    ORT

    • Mick says:

      Nope didn’t. Already posted.

      I have given up on the street bike industry. It has proven itself incompetent. Kind of like Dorna. I will just comment on the weirdness of it all. Since I have found Kramer Motorcycles, I have a source of competant motorcycle manufacturer. They’re in Fargo running their wives through the chipper. Nice bunch of guys.

      You’re going to have to find something new to complain about. Sorry to let you down.

      • Motoman says:

        “You’re going to have to find something new to complain about.”

        Oh the irony.

        Ps: If you analyzed the MotoGP attendance figures you previously mentioned, you should notice the nuances (due to things like a pandemic) that make your blanket statements sound misinformed. For instance, attendance started picking up as the year progressed and comparing the British races in MotoGP and WSBK that occurred months apart during this time is misleading. My experience over the years shows it is very easy to manipulate data and even easier when the person reading it already has an established opinion.

      • Dave says:

        “ Since I have found Kramer Motorcycles…”

        You have continued to misrepresent what they are and what they make. Race bikes can be light because of all of the things they don’t require to be street bikes. Race bikes that aren’t super light are so because there are reasonable rules in place to limit the cost to compete.

        Put your money where your mouth is. Acquire a Kramer, make it a useable, street legal bike and tell us what it weighs in the end. I promise you’ll be disappointed.

    • TimC says:

      Last paragraph is gold, esp given the cheese/crackers/whine fest elsewhere in the comments.

  16. Nick says:

    These just look like Chinese generics, but perhaps they are. Not at all pretty and lacking in character.

    I don’t think they’ll sell many of the blue/yellow V-stroms in Russia but Ukraine might be keen if they didn’t have other issues to deal with.

  17. John S D'Orazio says:

    Why do Japanese motorcycles have to look like bugs? I don’t get it at all.

  18. Mick says:

    There certainly has been a lot of buzz about these bikes. I find the pricing and content a bit off putting. For about $2500 you get the rest of the tail section and adjustable, maybe even higher quality, suspension. But then you get saddled with ‘look mom I’m a dirt biker’ wheels, with street rubber.

    Too bad you can’t mix and match. Pay extra and get the whole tail section and actual higher quality suspension along with the 17 inch wheels.

    I really get a kick out of the touring model. For 1500 bucks you get a bash plate with your panniers. Like the first thing anybody does when they are going to do some serious case bashing off roading is toss on a set of panniers.

    It’s really too bad that they killed road racing. That dirt bike racing is still popular is evidenced by dirt bike looking elements for sale at extra cost. But you can’t pay extra and get a better street bike. They already put an S on the street bike. So an upgrade would have to be something silly like an SR.

    • TimC says:

      MotoGP is racing supercross stadium tracks starting this year?

    • Dave says:

      I think they’ve correctly assessed the markets for these two versions of these bikes. While the ADV version is significantly more expensive than the street version, it’s inexpensive compared to the more premium bikes from other brands. Same for the street bike. The market is pretty small here in the US, hard to find space for things.

      Road racing has dwindled in popularity here in the US. I’d be interested to know how healthy dirt bike racing really is. It seems stronger than ever at the professional level.

  19. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    I like the white and blue one. Hope it is big enough for a full scale guy.

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