Creating the naked street fighter for a new era began with designing a brand-new engine. Suzuki’s engineers sought to design a slim, compact powerplant that would expand the possibilities for overall design flexibility and help realize the most effective chassis geometry for performance gains, including the optimum riding position.
Radial mount front brake calipers mated with 310mm outer diameter floating-mount dual discs provide sure stopping power and controllable braking performance. The rear brake has a 240mm outer diameter disc and uses a single-piston pin-slide caliper
KYB inverted front forks with a 130mm stroke deliver a plush, controllable ride and feature stable damping characteristics that make them suitable for both sports riding and long-distance runs. The dedicated link-type mono-shock KYB rear suspension is set up to contribute to straight-line stability and agility, even when carrying a passenger. The mechanical preload adjuster is particularly useful when heading out to ride two-up.
In engineering a brand-new model from the ground up, the goal was to design a compact, lightweight chassis engineered to maximize agility, comfort, utility, and reassuring riding pleasure. Every aspect was focused on achieving great handling and control whether riding solo or carrying a passenger.
The development of the chassis layout began with devising the core structure of the new frame and swing arm. The resulting frame is strong and highly rigid. The swingarm, designed exclusively for the GSX-8S, was optimized to perform ideally on the street. Other layout considerations covered everything from achieving the right riding position to the selection of the wheels, tyres, and suspension settings. And it extended to striking a harmonious relationship between the chassis, the new engine, and the advanced controls of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.).
The GSX-8S’s custom 5-inch full-color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel features a clearly legible display , richly populated with information. Not only does it keep the rider fully aware of all the bike’s systems and settings, it also supplies critical real-time operating status information. The look is one of high quality that helps instill pride of ownership.
LED indicators flanking the display include the left turn signal indicator, MIL (Malfunction Indication Light), neutral indicator, master warning indicator, high-beam indicator, right turn signal indicator, TC (Traction Control) indicator, low oil pressure warning indicator, ABS indicator, low voltage warning indicator, and coolant temperature warning indicator. All are designed for easy recognition.
The screen features a custom display with exclusive graphics, including blue background lines that add extra style and convey the appeal and spirit of the Suzuki brand identity. It also offers manual or automatic switching settings for the day (white) and night (black) display modes that improve visibility at any hour and in any riding situation.
The vertically stacked pair of hexagonal LED headlights employ a bright mono-focus LED light source that provides the rider with a clear view of the road ahead. In terms of design, the vertical orientation of the thin, compact headlight assembly creates a sharp look with unique character that makes the front end look light and ready for action.
LED Position Lights
Compact LED position lights flank the headlights as they trace forward and down along the front cowl. The angled design of these narrow slits add to the aggressive styling of this street fighter.
LED Rear Combination Light
The LED rear combination light with integrated LED license plate light features a new design introduced for the first time on a Suzuki motorcycle. Mounted on the slim rear fender, this new light contributes to a sporty new design that makes the GSX-8S look even shorter and slimmer in the rear.
Handlebar Switches Designed for Intuitive Operation
The ergonomic switch layout maximizes operating ease and efficiency, allowing the rider to access controls while remaining focused on the road ahead. Selecting modes and making settings and adjustments for each of the advanced electronic control systems simply involves operating the MODE and UP/DOWN switches on the left handlebar with either long and short presses.
ENGINE4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
TRANSMISSION6-speed constant mesh
FRONT SUSPENSIONInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
REAR SUSPENSIONLink type, coil spring, oil damped
FRONT BRAKESDisc, twin
FUEL CAPACITY14 L
TYRES – FRONT120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
TYRES – REAR180/55ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
3 Year Unlimited Kilometre (2 Year Std + 1 Year Bonus)