2006 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Rider Test Rider Magazine

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Suzuki Boulevard 400

2006 Suzuki Boulevard Rider Test

I immediately had the that this baby kick the sorry behind of other stock bikes in of torque and power, yet out in the twisties it was a hoot.

Photo Credit: Hirko

About a year ago I one of those big V-twins made by a alternative or “clone” manufacturer, a with about 100 horsepower, like an earthmover and a rear wider than the ones on my At idle it would sit there rump-rump-rump, and you could feel the in the frame.

When you let out the clutch and got on the gas it gather itself up and flat off the line, yanking your straight and squirming the tire as the welled up around you. the new Suzuki Boulevard M109R me of that experience—a lot.

Suzuki Boulevard M109

In the of the Big Four cruisers from Suzuki has long played the one company that failed to full advantage of the huge cruiser wave that’s cresting for the past two decades. the other guys were container loads of big-inch Star and VTX V-twins, Suzuki’s line was dated by comparison and the were rather modularized, and not as easily customized. When you out the metric division at the local bike show, Suzukis conspicuous by their absence.

For Suzuki decided that it was to start rumbling in a new and more direction, so it not only consolidated its cruiser line under the Boulevard, but also updated models. To relate them to the American market, Suzuki now it cruisers by their cubic-inch rather than by cubic and attached the prefix S (for C (for classic) or M (for

The LCD tachometer atop the bar looks an evil robot head.

And does this 109-cubic-inch have muscle! Your hint of this bad boy’s intent is that 8.5-inch-wide, rear tire. My confirmation of the power occurred in just it up to speed for the first time on the

I immediately had the impression that baby could kick the behind of most other bikes in terms of torque and yet out in the twisties it was also a hoot.

To its cruiser flagship, Suzuki a new liquid-cooled, 1,783cc (OK, V-twin with dual cams, dual crankpins and a vee angle of 54 degrees—that’s to keep height manageable. Inside is a of big 112mm forged-aluminum pistons wear fashionably short as they slide up and down a short 90.5mm … at speeds.

They’re helped in by Suzuki’s Composite Electrochemical (SCEM) cylinder coating been used in its GSX-R and offers optimal heat and a tighter fit between the pistons and The use of a 10.5:1 compression ratio that the big Suzook must sup on a of 90-octane fuel. A company stated that one reason for the was to appeal to older Suzuki who had owned GSX-Rs and wanted to down and cruise—but not slow too much.

To power its cruiser Suzuki designed a new liquid-cooled, (OK, 109-cubic-inch) V-twin dual overhead cams, crankpins and a wide vee angle of 54

While the more classically cruisers tend to have an open, upright stance, the looks massive, hulking, thick and mean, with a forward thrust. The neat fairing with its chromed houses a clear-lens headlight, and is at the back by that plastic that may be used in place of the rear seat. All lines on the wide, dished-out rider’s

That chromed air-cleaner is wedged between massive with their polished which in turn are bookended by the radiator at one end and the side covers—not light gets through dense machine.

Park fanny in the wide seat and that the tank is wide, but the forward has that distinctly look of a custom bike. The speedometer is placed in a chromed on the tank, while up on the chromed nestled between those clean, 9-inch brushed risers, is the businesslike LED tachometer in a chromed pod. The only way to it cleaner would be to route the and wires through the handlebar.

To it all together Suzuki has utilized a double-cradle, tube-steel frame a male-slider cartridge fork large 46mm stanchions and 5.1 of travel.

The key resides down by the left thigh, and thanks to fuel injection with its new Speed Control system, starting and idle speed are automatically with no need for a control. Get ’er idling and what a sound, a hollow, thumping that seems to well up the rider and may well annoy the Most big-inch cruisers their power in the basement, blast it

briefly till it off at a redline of around 5,500-6,000 Suzuki, on the other hand, has through its comparatively short-… to move the M109R’s power up into the rev range. It doesn’t building significant torque about 2,500 rpm, and is an unusually lofty (for a cruiser) 7,500 rpm.

Radial-mounted front calipers aggressive stops.

Another in the bike’s high-rpm powerband is the M109R inhales through a of unusually large 56mm bodies, but the dual throttle system (SDTV) is designed to optimal air velocity from low midrange rpm. SDTV in concert with the tuned two stainless exhaust system, and two plugs per cylinder to promote burning. It works; check the figures.

Suzuki fitted the with a cable-actuated clutch, and exhibited unusually notchy for such a high-end bike. It and snarled at times going first gear, and was also in other gears. However, it got into gear it stayed Clutch lever effort is, we say, manly.

With the belting out its lumpy idle we it into gear and, rolling, holy mother of did that thing pull! it heavy throttle low in the rev range, and the shudders and pounds through the like a built bike, but as as it crosses about 2,500 rpm the smoothes out and remains so up to redline. crankpins, along with six engine mounts, assure “character” stops short of vibration.

Gone are the days cruisers were automatically as one of the least comfortable bikes The big Boulevard’s seat is a dream—broad, and with just the right and compliance of foam. It floats the 27.8 inches off the pavement.

The wide, flat bar and forward-placed bend the rider forward and a reach, but at 6 feet in height I did not inordinately stretched. Shorter however, may feel a bit pretzeled by the position.

The M109R is fun in the curves; off when your heels to drag.

We’ve watched interest over the years as the builders, in cooperation with the have introduced bikes ever-wider rear tires. The tire was a sensation six or eight ago, and now the market is salivating 330-series and larger rear These translate to wheel of from 8-11 inches or

The Boulevard M109R, with its Dunlop Sportmax 240/40-R18 carries one of the widest stock tires going. By the way, the 40 in the size refers to the tire’s ratio, and indicates that it is 40 percent as high as it is wide. The question is how well it works in with its 130/70R-18 front with its aspect ratio of 70.

Suzuki Boulevard 400

its 67.3-inch wheelbase, 31.15 of rake and 4.9 inches of trail no one this incredible hulk to crisp handling. Its narrower tire allows the bike to the turn well, but once over the wide, somewhat profile of the rear tire the bike to want to stand up. turns the rider must some pressure on the handlebar to the lean and keep the bike

Meanwhile, if you get a little too frisky and too far your heels will be the pavement. A bike with an impressive engine must controllable performance, and thank Suzuki has given its biggest both suspension and brakes to The cast aluminum alloy is hooked to a progressive link-type absorber that’s adjustable for preload only, and delivers 4.7 of travel.

It’s quite well and it wasn’t until we had the bike heeled over and pushing in the turns that we started for more rebound damping. non-adjustable, the 46mm male-slider is likewise well damped and

The M109R’s front brakes are discs based upon used on Suzuki’s race-proven sportbikes, with radial-mounted opposed calipers grasping rotors. In the rear is a single with a two-piston, pin-slide and a single 275mm disc. is sure and very controllable, but at 765 wet, this is a heavy and it also demands a manly on the brake lever.

Fortunately, the flatter profile of the rear helps make the big bike to roll up and hoist off the sidestand.

this tire make my look skinny?

If you want to your honey for a ride, new Boulevard comes with a standard passenger seat and a cowling. We found the rear firm, wide enough, and the position a fairly roomy for the passenger. Switch to the cowling, and room underneath for perhaps a of gloves.

Like previous cruisers, the all-of-a-piece modular of the biggest Boulevard does not itself to easy bolt-on In fact, Suzuki’s Web site not show a single bolt-on for the and Suzuki says that some windscreens, bags and are in the works. Apparently you’d really like the style of the as it comes from your as it’s not going to change unless you spend some bucks with a customizer.

As for the M109R’s styling, you can judge for We liked the swoop of the front the wide rear tire, the LED and those impressive exhausts. the tank has that flowing, look of a stretched, custom its bottom flange betrays the that it’s a mass-produced

It holds 5.2 gallons (4.9 for models), and our test bike 36.4 miles per gallon. Of part of the reason for this low is that it’s just so much fun to twist that

Want one of the meanest, most cruisers on your block? The is the message with the biggest It’s fun, it’s and when you crack the throttle it plaster a 109-inch grin on face.

Just be prepared to with the neighbors.

2006 Boulevard M109

Base $12,399

Warranty: 1 yr. unltd.

Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse

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