2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109R and C109RT Review — Full Review of the 2008…

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Suzuki Boulevard C109R

Boldly Making the Case Bigger is Better

If you’re for absolute piston size, the cylinder squishers money can look no further than the C109R cruiser ($13,799) and touring cruiser ($14,999) These bad boys boast Suzuki claims are the largest in any landgoing, gasoline powered and they’re capable of producing a fat torque curve.

Torque does not a heavyweight bike so we spent a day riding both on the twisty roads that run the Anza Borrego desert in California. How do these fearsome pounders perform? Read on.


It’s no wonder almost modern Suzuki shows of GSX-R DNA; the company’s motorcycles (which include the have made a name for by providing reliable performance winning plenty of races. The developed on the racetrack has trickled into regular streetbikes, and the C109R and C109RT are latest of those Gixxer-bred traits.

The of the C109 is a 1,783cc liquid-cooled 54 V-twin plucked from the and modified for cruiser duty. The big has been tweaked by increasing the of the flywheel, strengthening the conrods, and the camshafts for more low-end and torque, among other A 2-2 exhaust system utilizes a for torque and sound optimization, and mated to the massive twin is a transmission.

Up front, 49mm Showa offer 130mm of wheel and are shrouded in thick, chrome covers. The rear Showa is connected to a cast and extruded aluminum swingarm. The C109RT adds two small leather a passenger backrest. and a tall

Styling is fairly predictable for a large bike, with a big framing the single headlight, flowing pipes gracing the right side, and an enormous that no doubt makes in the wool Harleyphiles snicker. The tire measures an impressive but you’d never guess it the bulky fender hovers the rubber.

Continued below.

Throw a Leg

The mighty V-Twin.

Photo © J. Nelson

You won’t quite the size of the C109 until you next to one, and even you won’t get the full effect you climb aboard. Once this big-engined bruiser, you start to realize the extent of its the tank’s width demands the Victorians might have an immodest posture, the swept handlebars offer a commanding of the controls, and the bike’s overall are far more conventional than the which requires the arms and to stretch forward.

The C109R’s is large and comfortable, and an upright position makes extended time comfortable. Floorboards are sized, though your boot will have to fit the toe and heel shifters. Though the sit relatively far apart, the riding is generally at ease and inspires a back but in-command stance.

A chrome-plated housing on top of the fuel contains a large speedometer. and off to the right is a fuel filler which is also chrome-plated. In the C109 is an imposing and well-finished though details like the radiator and somewhat clunky fender detract from its allure.

On the Road: Riding the C109

At 787 lbs dry, the C109 is by any standards, and you’ll feel the effects of gravity when you it off its sidestand. Start it up, and a surprisingly pulsing exhaust note from the two chrome pipes. The might feel a bit muted to most Harleys, but a few revs a hint of sportbike lineage.

an aggressive snarl that it the C109 an unusual characteristic, other parts of the powerband a more traditional bass that’s typically associated thumpy cruisers.

Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R

Once you get the rolling, the less intimidating it Low-end torque is astounding, and its pulls with a sense of that is inspiring and addictive. most of its competitors which out around 5,000 rpm, the power peak of 114 horsepower at 5,800 rpm.

Clutch action is light, the shifter can be a bit clunky.

Once you get the of this big bike’s road you’ll find that into turns is easier you’d think, and that power eventually translates to Think ahead, and you’ll find the C109’s handling intuitive. It’s not nimble by any of the imagination, but its seat height of 28 inches brings it low enough to the to lend it decent handling for its

Braking is linked, rear to meaning that hitting the brakes will activate the but not vice versa. 2-piston rears and 3-piston 290mm do a commendable job of bringing this to a stop.

Road’s End

The Suzuki C109R in

Photo © Brian J. Nelson

The may not need a ginormously imposing or touring cruiser (especially heavyweight bike sales been sliding as of late), but aboard the C109R and C109RT you of the joys of good old-fashioned, big riding. Do these bikes come close to a Harley? Not both variants of the C109 feel definitively Japanese, considering their sportbike-inspired to rev.

A surprisingly capable the C109 behaves itself well on the road, despite its weight. Although anti-lock would be a welcome addition, the system also works enough that you’ll never miss ABS, and at the end of the day the voluptuous torque and surprising end power make it a blast to around town.

The C109 itself better than you expect on the road, and if there’s an missing from this big picture it would have to be It’s got all the right classic cues—lots of chrome, a locomotive-like expansive chrome exhaust and the thick rear tire, but details are marred by the clunky radiator, and the too-big-for-its-own-good rear The C109’s appearance may not be enough to most buyers from for this heavyweight Suzuki, and if drawn in by its performance you’ll solace in the fact that the over the handlebars is great.

Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R

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