What is the real power of the Suzuki GSX-8R?

We have already seen all types of motorcycles pass through the CycleWorld power bank on other occasions. As you well know, one thing is the power declared by the manufacturer, which is delivered to the crankshaft, and another is the power that ends up reaching the wheel. Let's say that one is the “pure power” that the propeller is capable of offering and the other is what we receive on the ground after passing through the transmission.

This time it is the Suzuki GSX-8R that passes through the expert hands of the specialists, and they are going to show how much power it has and how it arrives. It must be said that the GSX-8S also passed through the bank at the time, as did the V-Strom 800DE. And if they all have something in common, it is that they use the same twin-cylinder engine in parallel, so the result should be the same. Or not?

To clear up doubts, there is no better way to do it than by seeing what the 2024 Suzuki GSX-8R is capable of offering. A motorcycle that, on the other hand, has three power modes and also traction controls. In the same way, practically the entire 8R is almost identical to the 8S in terms of brakes, tires, chassis, swingarm, geometries…. The only notable change is that the suspensions are different, with the Suzuki GSX-8R riding Showa while the GSX-8S uses KYB.

The Suzuki GSX-8R on the dyno

Once the introductions have been made, the important thing is to know how far the GSX-R goes and after the relevant warm-up, it is time to increase the laps until reaching the ignition cut-off.

That's when the 776 cc twin-cylinder gives its best, gaining power as the revs rise and reaching a peak of 72.75 HP at 8,120 rpm. In addition, it shows a very progressive and continuous power curve and at the same time a maximum torque of 70.13 Nm at 6,630 revolutions per minute.

In general terms, both the figures and the behavior of the curve are almost the same in the 8R as in the 8S and the V-Strom 800 DE. We must not forget that even if two motorcycles come off the same production line and one after the other, there can always be variations.

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