One year after Suzuki released the GSX-8S middleweight naked bike, the company has announced a fully faired sibling for 2024. The GSX-8R sportbike joins the lineup with the same 776cc parallel-Twin, slim chassis geometry, and Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System rider aids, but with sporty ergonomics and styling that draws on the 35-year GSX-R heritage with a modern interpretation.
The 776cc parallel-Twin DOHC premiered in 2023 in the GSX-8S and the V-Strom 800DE with a claimed 83 hp peaking at 8,500 rpm and 57.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm. A 270-degree crankshaft configuration gives the engine a rumbly exhaust note, and the Suzuki Cross Balancer system allows for a compact and lightweight design.
When we tested the new engine in the 2023 V-Strom 800DE, our reviewer said, “When a twist of the throttle requests more power, the engine responds with a torquey forward rush, and the Suzuki Cross Balancer system does a great job of quelling any excessive engine vibration.”
The 8R’s has a steel-pipe frame and a cast-aluminum swingarm. The wheelbase is 57.7 inches, and the seat height is 31.9 inches. Suzuki describes the 8R’s ergonomics as “an upright, forward-leaning riding position.” The 8R has a 3.7-gallon fuel tank and a claimed curb weight of 452 lb.
The GSX-8R gets a different suspension setup than the GSX-8S to better suit sport riding. Up front is a 41mm Showa SFF-BIP fork, and out back is a Showa monoshock with a spring preload adjuster. There are 5.1 inches of travel both front and rear.
Braking comes in the form of dual 310mm front discs paired with radial-mounted Nissin 4-piston calipers and a single 240mm rear disc with a Nissin single-piston caliper. ABS is standard on both front and rear brakes, and the front brake lever is adjustable. The 8R rides on 17-inch cast aluminum wheels wrapped in Dunlop Roadsport 2 radial tires.
Like the GSX-8S, the 8R comes standard with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System’s suite of rider aids, including a quickshifter, traction control, ride modes, and more.
The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector allows riders to choose three engine power output modes called A, B, and C, with A delivering the sharpest throttle response and C providing the gentlest throttle response, and ride modes can be changed while riding with mode and select switches on the left handlebar.
The Suzuki Traction Control System gives riders four traction control options. Mode 1 has the lowest sensitivity and allows rear wheel spin best suited for good road conditions. In Mode 2, traction control engages sooner for average conditions, and Mode 3 eliminates wheel spin for riding on wet or slippery roads. Additionally, STCS can be turned off altogether, and STCS modes can also be changed while riding.
The bi-directional Quick Shift System allows the rider to shift up or down without operating the clutch or throttle, and the Low RPM Assist System increases engine speed for smoother power delivery when taking off from a stop or while riding at low speeds. The 8R also comes equipped with the Suzuki Clutch Assist system that allows a small amount of clutch slip for smooth downshifts and increases plate pressure under acceleration.
The 5-inch TFT instrumentation displays ride modes and traction control modes. It also shows speed, a gear indicator, tachometer, fuel level, and a clock. The TFT can be set to automatically shift between Day Mode and Night Mode or can be switched manually, and the brightness can be adjusted. The bottom of the display can be set to show coolant temperature, ambient air temperature, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel consumption, or riding range. The GSX-8R also comes with full LED lighting, including a stacked pair of hexagonal headlights supplied by Koito.
The 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R will be available in Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Matte Sword Silver, or Pearl Ignite Yellow with an MSRP of $9,439 and a 12-month, unlimited mileage warranty. Visit the Suzuki website for more information.