Suzuki launches mid-capacity assault with two new models

Suzuki has used the 2022 EICMA motorcycle show to unveil two new mid-capacity motorcycles, in the form of the GSX-8S and V-Strom 800DE. Both bikes are set to arrive in Australia in July and August next year, respectively.

The GSX-8S, which will take its place in the already popular Suzuki GSX-S family of street fighters, combines stunning naked sports bike looks with brilliant performance, confidence-inspiring handling and optimised comfort.

The brand new 776cc parallel-twin powering the GSX-8S (and the V-STROM 800DE) is a quantum leap forward too. The engine has a 270-degree crankshaft and introduces the patented Suzuki Cross Balancer for smoother operation and a lightweight design.

- Advertisement -
Suzuki V-STROM 800DE

Maximum power output is 61kW, with 78Nm of torque, providing a level of flexibility and accessible mid-range power that makes for an extremely involving ride. Electronic throttle bodies help achieve a linear throttle response and superb mechanical grip too.

Other key pillars of the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) include multiple ride modes, three-stage traction control (plus off), ABS, a bi-directional quick shifter and Suzuki’s Easy Start system.

The two-into-one exhaust system has a dual-stage catalytic converter inside the collector which helps satisfy Euro 5 emissions standards, and the striking design features a short new muffler – the shortest ever mounted on a Suzuki motorcycle.

2023 Suzuki GSX-8S
2023 Suzuki GSX-8S

Just like the parallel-twin engine, the steel frame in the GSX-8S is a completely new design, contributing to comfort, stability and nimble handling. A unique aluminium swingarm, KYB suspension, and Nissin radial-mount monobloc brakes also feature.

Cast-aluminium wheels with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 rubber complete the package. The 14-litre fuel tank features a stunning slim design unique to the GSX-8S, and the electronic equipment includes a 5.0-inch TFT multi-function dash, and all-LED lighting.

There are three liveries: Pearl Cosmic Blue and Pearl Tech White, both created exclusively for the GSX-8S, and Metallic Matt Black No.2/Glass Sparkle Black. The GSX-8S will be priced at $12,699 plus on-roads, or around $14,190 ride away.

Joining the GSX-8S, and taking maximum advantage of advancements and engineering benchmarks on the recently announced V-STROM 1000DE, the V-STROM 800DE boasts the longest suspension travel and highest ground clearance in V-STROM history.

Powered by the same 776cc parallel-twin as the GSX-8S and boasting a rugged steel frame, aggressive styling, Showa suspension, wide tapered aluminium handlebars, and a 21-inch front wheel, the 800DE features an upgraded electronics package.

That adds further off-road credibility and promotes a higher level of safety and rider satisfaction when travelling off the beaten path. Electronic rider aids include a special gravel traction control mode in addition to three standard settings.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Riders can also switch off ABS at the rear, while the SIRS platform incorporates an electronic throttle, bi-directional quick shifter, a quick-press easy start system and Suzuki’s low rpm assist to maintain engine idle speed for smoother and easier starts.

The bike has a highly efficient cooling system, two-into-one exhaust system with dual-stage catalytic converter, and clutch assist which helps to reduce fatigue on long rides and contributes to smoother shifting.

The air cleaner, positioned under the seat, is a massive six litres and is optimised to maximise torque production at low rpm. The V-STROM 800DE is also the first member of the V-STROM series that comes fitted with a radiator guard.

Suspension travel from the fully adjustable Showa suspension is 220mm at the front and rear, which is the same measurement for the ground clearance – another fresh Suzuki adventure benchmark.

Made from sturdy steel pipe, the V-STROM 800DE’S steel frame is engineered to provide all the strength needed for negotiating even the toughest terrain, and that also holds for the seat rails, which feature a narrow profile that helps riders better control the bike.

There’s a sizeable 20-litre fuel tank, and the wire-spoked wheels – 21-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear – have a corrosion-resistant coating. The V-STROM 800DE is shod with Dunlop Trailmax dual-purpose rubber.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE

Suzuki has maintained the distinctive V-STROM ‘beak’ on the 800DE, but it’s now positioned higher to convey the model’s exceptional ability to handle gravel roads and tough trails.

The short three-way adjustable windscreen is designed to maximise visibility off-road, as well as protect the rider from buffeting at high speeds. Grab bars and a rear carrier provide passengers with a firm grip, and the latter doubles as a mount for the optional top case.

The V-STROM 800DE also has a 5.0-inch colour TFT screen with night and day modes, and there’s a USB port in the meter cluster. The lighting and indicators are all-LED, including the vertically stacked headlights.

The V-STROM 800DE will arrive in three liveries: Champion Yellow No. 2, Glass Matt Mechanical Grey, or Glass Sparkle Black. It’s priced at $16,980 plus on-roads or around $18,590 ride away.

Customers who order either bike online via the build your bike function on the Suzuki Motorcycles website will receive a bonus 38-litre alloy top case and bracket for their V-Strom 800DE, or a bonus meter visor and single seat cowl for their GSX-8S.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Social Media

- Advertisment -
2022 Aprilia Tuono 660

Hottest Reviews

- Advertisment -

Trending Now

- Advertisment -
BMW S 1000 RR Launch


Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest car and motorbike news and reviews, in your inbox, every week.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

- Advertisment -
Honda CB750 Hornet
- Advertisment -
Royal Enfield Interceptor 650