Suzuki GSX-S1000GX and GSX-8R

Suzuki has unveiled two exciting new motorcycle models for 2024 at the Eicma event in Milan, Italy. These additions to their lineup include the GSX-S1000GX, a sports crossover machine with advanced electronics, and the GSX-8R, a middleweight sports bike.

The GSX-S1000GX is a significant step for Suzuki as it marks their entry into the sports crossover segment. It boasts a range of cutting-edge features, including electronic suspension from Showa, IMU-governed ABS, anti-wheelie, Roll Torque Control, traction control, cruise control, selectable power modes, a bi-directional quick-shifter, and smartphone connectivity via a 6.5-inch color TFT screen. Powering this beast is a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine, delivering 152PS and 106 Nm of torque. With a price tag of £14,999, early buyers can expect to have this machine in time for Christmas.

The GSX-8R, on the other hand, is built on Suzuki’s 776cc parallel twin platform, offering a punchy drive throughout the rev range. It features new Showa suspension, lower handlebars for a sportier riding position, and GSX-R-inspired angular bodywork. Standard features include selectable power modes, traction control, and a bi-directional quick-shifter, all displayed on a 5-inch color TFT dash.

The GSX-S1000GX sets a new standard for Suzuki with its advanced electronics, including the Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension (SAES) system, which offers four selectable modes for suspension setup. It also introduces Suzuki Road Adaptive Stabilisation (SRAS) to smooth out uneven road surfaces, providing enhanced comfort and ride quality. Riders can easily customize their suspension settings and choose from various preload options.

The bike incorporates the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS-α), offering three riding modes: active, basic, and comfort. Furthermore, the GSX-S1000GX debuts Suzuki’s Roll Torque Control system, which optimizes power output during cornering, resulting in a smoother and more controlled ride.

A comprehensive suite of electronics includes ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control, lean angle-sensitive ABS, Slope Dependent Control, and more. All of these functions are accessible through a 6.5-inch color TFT screen, which also provides smartphone connectivity via the Suzuki mySPIN app.

Under the hood of the GSX-S1000GX is a 999cc inline four-cylinder engine known for its abundant low-end and midrange power. This power plant is housed in a twin-spar aluminum frame with a race-proven aluminum swingarm and lightweight subframe. The bike features LED lighting, hand guards, and a spacious luggage rack, with the option to increase luggage capacity with 36-liter panniers.

The GSX-8R, on the other hand, showcases its “R” element with a full fairing designed for enhanced aerodynamic performance and rider weather protection. It features a 776cc parallel twin engine with a long stroke, 270° crankshaft, and a DOHC design. Peak torque is 78 Nm, with peak power at 82.9PS. The bike’s 270° crankshaft design provides a unique power delivery and character reminiscent of Suzuki’s V-twin ranges.

A suite of electronic systems in the GSX-8R includes a bi-directional quick-shifter, engine power modes, traction control, low RPM assist, and easy-start function. The bike offers excellent handling characteristics, thanks to Showa suspension, Nissin four-piston calipers, and Dunlop Roadsport 2 tires.

Both models promise a thrilling riding experience and come in a variety of attractive color options. The GSX-S1000GX is priced at £14,499, and the GSX-8R is expected to hit dealerships in early February 2024.

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