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Suzuki PH unveils GSX-8S and V-Strom 800DE

Its two latest bikes are now in the country

The V-Strom 800DE is up against the popular Yamaha Ténéré 700. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

First unveiled at EICMA 2022, Suzuki’s middleweight GSX-8S is a naked street bike meant to go up against Yamaha’s popular MT-07/XSR700, the KTM 790 Duke, and the recently launched CFMoto 800NK. Meanwhile, the V-Strom 800DE is a more suitable update to the V-Strom line, splitting the difference between the dated 650XT and 1050 models.

Both utilize an all-new, 776cc parallel-twin engine with a 270° crankshaft and a biaxial primary balancer for enhanced smoothness. With an 84mm bore and a 70mm stroke, it makes 83hp and 78Nm.

Long travel suspension, 21-inch front wheel, and 220mm ground clearance make the V-Strom 800DE ideal for ‘budol’ trail rides. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

The V-Strom 800DE comes with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System for various riding modes including a specific “Gravel” setting. The ABS can also be disabled at the rear for more control off-road.

Adjustable front and rear suspension, generous suspension travel of 220mm for both front and rear, and 220mm of ground clearance make it a promising off-road steed. It also has a curb weight of 230kg.

Wire-spoke wheels with a 21-inch front along with Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires and their semi-block pattern further add to the off-road cred. A 20L tank, an adjustable windscreen, a radiator guard, three-piece front fender construction, and a steel frame with a lightweight aluminum swingarm complete the adventure package for P699,000.

The GSX-8S will battle some stiff competition from KTM, Yamaha, and CFMoto. PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

The GSX-8S is a naked streetfighter whose parallel-twin engine offers an upgrade from the aging SV650 while offering a different experience from the in-line-four GSX-S750 and GSX-S1000.

An all-new steel frame is used, featuring exposed seat rails and a long, 1,465mm wheelbase for straight-line stability. The suspension is composed of a KYB inverted fork with 130mm of travel and an adjustable KYB link-type rear shock. Curb weight is 202kg.

These naked street bikes are beginning to all look alike, wouldn't you agree? PHOTO FROM SUZUKI

Lightweight, cast-aluminum wheels shod with 120/70R17 front and 180/55R17 rear Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires provide sporty and predictable handling.

Aside from several drive modes, this bike also has a bidirectional quickshifter and Low RPM assist to prevent stalling at low speeds. A 14L fuel tank should be sufficient to provide a respectable range. The GSX-8S is priced at P585,000.

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.