Suzuki reveals the GSX-8S naked, V-Strom 800DE ADV at EICMA
Suzuki has unveiled two new 800cc class models at the EICMA show in Milan - the GSX-8S and V-Strom 800 DE - and while both borrow their individual design cues from their bigger stable siblings, namely the GSX-S1000 and the V-Strom 1050DE (sold abroad), what's notable here is that both come powered by a new 776ccDOHC parallel twin motor. The newly developed lightweight parallel twin engine makes use of Suzuki Cross Balancer is the first of its kind on a production motorcycle because it positions two balancers at 90° to the crankshaft in order to suppress vibrations. The motor puts down a healthy 82PS @ 8,5000rpm and 78Nm @ 6,800rpm.
Suzuki says that its latest middle-weight naked, the GSX-8S, was developed with an aim to offer riders of all ages and skill levels limitless possibilities in enjoying all sorts of riding. Every detail of its styling, from the flat panel surfaces and sharp lines right down to the distinctive new short muffler design, looks slim and appealing. Its compact design an mass-forward aggressive stance instantly conveys its performance potential. Both the GSX-8S and the V-Strom 800DE share a 5-inch color TFT LCD multifunction screen which displays a rich variety of information. S.I.R.S (Suzuki Intelligent Ride System) is equipped with systems including SDMS (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector) with three different output modes, traction control system also with three modes selection, and bi-directional quick-shifter. The bike also gets Suzuki's low rpm assist - features we loved with the latest Katana model we got our hands on. The lightweight aluminium swingarm contributes to nimble handling.
The new steel frame chassis of the GSX-8S is what it shares in common with the V-Strom 800DE, but the difference here is the suspension from KYB at both the front and rear. Also, the swingarm is unique to this model and is designed to lighten the bike's feel and improve agility. When it comes to braking, 310mm dual discs at the front and a 240mm rear disc are in charge. As you would expect, the Suzuki also comes with quality Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tyres running shoes on with 120/70 section treads at the 17-inch front wheel and a 180/55 on the 17-incher at the back.
The V-Strom 800DE
The V-Strom 800DE was developed as an adventure bike that can also easily handle long tours and even daily commuting. The bike's balance and control is said to be enhanced thanks to narrower seat rails which allow greater leg grip while off-road. Also special attention has been paid to make the bike ergonomically sound for city usage as well with the bars being are wide and tapered, while the footpegs come with rubber covers. The new V-Strom's comes equipped with S.I.R.S system to tackle various riding conditions and the bike even has a G (gravel) mode in the traction control system, and cancellable ABS for the rear brake, so riders can control riding over gravel roads according to their preferences. The V-Strom 800DE comes with a bi-directional quickshifter and Suzuki's low rpm assist. Adjustable front and rear suspension units, the 21/17-inch wheel setup, and semi-block pattern Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour on the front and rear are also adopted. While carrying on the tradition of the V-STROM series, the lines of the body work are made sharper with bold accent color parts at the tip of the front cowling and below the fuel tank.
The fully-adjustable Showa suspension units at both ends offer a generous 220mm of travel, which will work out well with the 220mm of ground clearance.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see these bikes in India? We'd certainly love to seeing as Suzuki currently doesn't have the litre-class models of either of these bikes on the menu out here. Let us know in the comments' below.
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