It doesn’t really matter if you are into cars or motorcycles, everyone is familiar with Suzuki. Since the company’s humble beginnings, this Japanese automotive company has created impressive products for its home market as well as those around the world. No doubt Suzuki offers incredible lines of cars and other vehicles, but it does amazing things with its first love, motorcycles and dirt bikes. That brings us to discussing the 2008 Suzuki GS series. This particular line of bikes has been on the market in the U.S. since 2004 and has gained a great deal of attention from racing enthusiasts in any of its incarnations. The GS is available in two styles, the 50 and the 500. NatUrally, the 500 is the larger and more powerful of the two and finds its way into competitions and races all over the world. As with most of the other offerings from the Japan based Suzuki, the GS series is well built and features all of the extras in terms of engineering and precision the company is known for. While the GS series isn’t the most expensive or fastest sport bike available, it holds its own for those looking for a moderately priced motorcycle to get started on.
The one thing expected from a sport bike is good looks and the 2008 GS series certainly has that. This bike features the streamlined body design one would expect from this type of bike with its capabilities. The front fender is small and set close to the tire for aerodynamic excellence. The single headlight is large for the design and should come in handy for riding at night. The gas tank is set low and doesn’t feature the raised spine many models do, making it much more comfortable to lay across on the track or road. Of course the seat and handlebars are designed to allow the rider to lay across the bike comfortably for efficient handling and safety at high speeds and around tight corners.
Every rider hopes their bike keeps up in terms of performance and handling. To help meet the needs of its fan base, Suzuki equipped the 2008 GS series with a single cylinder engine in the 50 models and parallel twin for the larger models. Respectively the gearbox for this series is the four-speed manual or six-speed manual. The fuel economy for these bikes is efficient, though a smaller bike or scooter is going to get better mileage. You can be sure it uses less fuel than one of the massive cruiser or touring models on the market. Of course, the main purpose of the GS series isn’t to save on gas it’s to have a lot of fun riding on the track or road. That isn’t to say these bikes can’t handle riding around town or on the daily commute. They do just fine in either situation. The solidly built Suzuki gearboxes make shifting easy and smooth. Overall the 2008 Suzuki GS is a good choice for anyone looking for their first sport bike.