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Suzuki PH launches GSX-8R and GSX-S1000 GX

More additions to its parallel-twin and in-line-four lineup

Suzuki believes there's still a market for middleweight sport bikes. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

It was only a matter of time before Suzuki Philippines revealed the sport bike version of its latest parallel-twin platform.

First unveiled as a sport naked in the GSX-8S and as an adventure bike with the V-Strom 800, the sport bike is called the GSX-8R and wears aggressive fairings and more committed riding geometry.

The bike uses a 777cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine with a six-speed transmission. The familiar lines of the sport bike aesthetic are given some pop in the Suzuki by splitting the sides of the fairing into a large bottom panel and a smaller top panel—almost as if the latter had been transformed into a wing.

Track days will be a lot of fun with the GSX-8R. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Suzuki’s stacked LED headlamps also distinguish the bike from the usual single-unit design.

The clip-on handlebars are mounted to the top of the triple clamp, giving the bike a more forward geometry compared to the upright stance of the GSX-8S. Showa provides the suspension, while Nissin supplies the braking system. A full LCD dash, ride modes, ABS, and traction control are standard equipment.

It’s priced at P679,000 and is available in Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Matte Black.

Metallic Triton Blue.
Metallic Matte Black. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

For those who like very powerful big bikes for touring, Suzuki now has the GSX-S1000 GX.

Dubbed as a “Supreme Sport Crossover,” it’s supposed to be a sportier ride than the GSX-S1000 GT. It uses the same 993cc liquid-cooled in-line-four rated at 152hp. Equipped with standard riding aids like ABS, ride modes, and traction control, its real attraction is with its electronically adjustable suspension.

The GSX-S1000 GX combines superbike performance with touring comfort. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Called the Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension, the suspension provides 150mm of travel for both front and back wheels. The SAES uses a custom-tuned version of Hitachi Astemo’s Showa EERA-series suspension, automatically adjusting damping force on the fly to match the riding conditions and create a more stable ride.

Other goodies include the Suzuki Clutch Assist System to mitigate the effects of engine braking, a 4-2-1 exhaust system for a delicious engine note, along with an upright riding position and fairings to let you enjoy superbike performance without the need for extreme flexibility.

Metallic Triton Blue.
Glass Sparkle Black. PHOTOS FROM SUZUKI

It’s priced at P969,000 and is available in Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black.

Both the GSX-8R and the GSX-S1000 GX were unveiled at the Makina Moto Show.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.