Suzuki is pleased to announce that the new V-STROM 800DE is the proud winner of Europe's largest and most comprehensive motorcycle comparison test, the Alpen Masters.

The prestigious event, conducted by independent German Motorcycle Magazine MOTORRAD, includes a test lap of around 155 kilometres, covering the entire diversity of the mountain world: the narrowest hairpin bends, the worst faults, slippery surfaces, the steepest ascents and descents. For good measure this year, 16 motorcycles from a variety of manufacturers, price points, and specification, were put through their paces on the world famous Stelvio Pass, loaded up with gear and a pillion.

The testers were unanimous in their verdict

“It came, saw and won: There is no other way to sum up the triumph of the V-Strom 800DE. The new 800 in-line twin is a well-tuned drive that is in an equally well-tuned chassis. Another reason for the march through: that the 800cc is very, very close to the formula 80 hp, 800 cc and 180 kg for a perfectly balanced country road motorcycle.” commented one Journalist. 

Equally at home  commuting from A to B,  as it is taking intrepid off-road adventures, this all new model is the most well equipped V-STROM ever made for a very competitive price of just $18,590 Ride Away. As an adventure tourer, the 21-inch front and 17-inch wire wheel combo ensures safe straight-line stability on loose surfaces, while fully adjustable SHOWA suspension front and rear  provides an ample 220 millimeters of travel to tackle even the roughest roads. The standard equipment includes a plastic bash plate and hand guards, hexagonal LED headlights, a three-stage height-adjustable windshield and a five-inch color TFT-LCD multifunction instrument in the dash. Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) includes a G (Gravel) mode for the Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS), which allows controlled slip on the rear wheel, as well as the two-stage ABS support the rider in everyday life.

“The verdict of the test editors reads like an accolade,” says Alexander Hild, General Manager Sales & Marketing Motorcycle at Suzuki Deutschland GmbH. The title of ‘Alpen-Masters Winner 2023’ is proof of the outstanding quality of our new bike – and at the same time proves that there is more to everyday life than mere performance, expensive suspension technology and endless equipment options. The GSX-8S completes the impressive Suzuki result and shows that we are on the right track.”

GSX-8S achieves top 5 scorecard

The  8S,   Suzuki’s new middleweight street fighter, was also on test and achieved a strong 5th place finish in the same test. This accolade shows just how potent and desirable the new 776cc parallel twin cylinder engine is with it’s characteristic 270 degree firing order and long-stroke design.