Suzuki has revealed two all-new models, with a new GSX-8S and V-Strom 800DE revealed at Eicma in Milan, Italy.
We finally see the new parallel twin 776cc motor that will eventually replace the old V-twins. It’s powering this new naked streetfighter GSX-8S as well as a new V-Strom 800, and it makes around 82bhp. Nothing too earth-shattering then, but a decent upgrade on the old SV650 lump and a rival to the new Honda Hornet 750 and current Yamaha MT-07 and Kawasaki Z650 middleweights. Steel frame for low costs, 202kg kerb mass, decent set of mid-range electronics, roadster brakes and suspension. Will do a solid job we reckon…
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Here’s Suzuki’s summary points:
- Both models use a brand-new 776cc, DOHC, parallel twin engine with 270° crank, designed to deliver punchy torque and a flexible character, while four valves per cylinder enable a free-revving nature.
- For strength and agility, the V-Strom 800DE and GSX-8S use an all-new steel frame, with each using a bespoke subframe, swingarm, and suspension components for unique ergonomics and a tailored riding experience.
- As standard, each comes with a five-inch full-colour TFT dash, a three-mode traction control system, bi-drectional quickshifter, selectable power modes, and a slipper clutch.
- The V-Strom 800DE adds an off-road-focussed G (gravel) mode to its available traction control settings, and an ABS package that offers two modes – for greater or less intervention – and the ability to disengage rear ABS completely.
We’re looking forward to taking these out for a spin! More to follow…
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