The 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S also comes with Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) with a three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, the four-mode Advanced Traction Control System, ABS, and Suzuki’s Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems.
New exposed seat rails are engineered to support the rider and, when combined with the 3.69-gal fuel tank with a narrow rear section that flows into the seat, contribute to the GSX-8S’ slim appearance and stripped-down look
.Suspension is provided by a KYB inverted fork with a 130mm stroke with stable damping characteristics in the front that make the bike suitable for both sports riding and long-distance rides and dedicated link-type mono-shock KYB suspension with mechanical preload adjuster in the rear.
Stopping power comes from Nissin radial-mount 4-piston front brake calipers mated with 310mm outer diameter floating-mount dual discs. The rear brake has a 240mm outer diameter disc and uses a single-piston pin-slide caliper.
The cast-aluminum wheels feature a new lightweight design and are shod with a new generation of Dunlop RoadSport 2 radial tires (120/70ZR17 in the front; 180/55ZR17 in the rear), and Suzuki says the tapered aluminum handlebars provide a “sporty yet comfortable upright riding position and feature a wide enough grip to contribute to positive control when steering.” And at a height of 31.9 inches, the seat has been designed for solid support for the rider toward its rear edge.
Three riding modes are on offer—A, B, and C (for “Active,” “Basic,” and “Comfort”)—each with a different throttle map to alter the power delivery. There’s also a trio of traction control settings with different levels of intervention, and standard ABS, although these systems don’t have the IMU needed to make them lean-angle sensitive. There’s full LED lighting, as you’d expect in 2023, and a 5-inch, color TFT dash with a choice of modes.
Additional technologies include Suzuki’s Easy Start System and Low RPM Assist System, which increases engine speed to smooth the power delivery when leaving from a standing start or riding at low speeds. As previously mentioned, a bidirectional quickshifter comes standard.
- Advanced Traction Control
- All New Chassis
- Digital Clock
- Digital Display
- LED Headlights
- LED Indicators
- LED Rear lights
- Quick Shift System
- Rider Mode
- TFT Colour Display