2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109R and C109RT Test Drive: Bargain Power Tourers…

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Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R


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DESERT LODGE, CA Crunch? What fuel Suzuki’s new C109R is an unapologetically motorcycle with a 1,783cc that, according to Suzuki, itself on having the largest of any road-going gasoline-powered vehicle. A dry of 787 lbs makes the C109R about as to a two-wheeled Hummer as you’re to get. But in a nation that’s obsessed with heavyweight and all things double-XL, the C109R fits right in.

And this $13,799 price tag ($14,999 for the C109RT) is a relative bargain to some Milwaukee-bred American that cost nearly as much. To see how it stacks up against established Midwest players, we the plus-sized, muscle bike the empty roads of the wide-open desert. Basem Wasef

The Specs

The C109 comes in two the cruising-focused C109R, and the touring-oriented which adds a windscreen, backrest, and saddlebags.

The chassis the engine with three mounts. Large 49-mm forks are shrouded in even 90-mm fork tube and a single-shock Showa rear has 7-way preload adjustabilityhelpful conditions range from a rider to a two-up with full scenario. The Suzuki linked brakes, so applying the brake lever triggers two of the three front calipers.

But when only the rear is applied, all three rear are activated, as well as two of the front When both front and brakes are applied, all six calipers stopping power.

At the heart of bike is a 109 cubic inch derived from Suzuki’s power cruiser. The re-tuned puts out 117 hp and even more than the M109R, opting for low-end grunt over power. The result is smoother but slower acceleration. A smaller diameter within the dual valve system enhances range power delivery.

Also aiding low-end is a valve fitted into the system, which switches at a engine rpm to offers a smooth, note.

The Ride

There’s no the C109R’s heft when you aboard. Lift the bike off its and it takes a serious push to this nearly 800 lb monster to On the other hand, its large, seat sits only inches above the groundso the doesn’t have too far to lift.

Suzuki Boulevard C109R
Suzuki Boulevard C109R

at idle, the engine produces torque that you don’t to twist the throttle in order to off the line. Just give the grip a tiny nudge, and the acceleration is so strong that difficult to keep from the speed limit. The C109 is a swift ride. Thankfully, at speed, the bike becomes manageable.

Turning still requires a of momentum, a bit of lean angle, and a lot of forethought. So this ain’t a bike.

Clutch effort is light, in contrast to the shifter, can be clunky. It takes a bit more effort to invoke the brakes. But again it was also next to to lock them up intentionally, due to the system.

However, we still have liked to see an ABS option on the all it takes is a panic braking on a rain-slicked road for a bike to and even Harley-Davidson has recently anti-lock Brembo stoppers on a portion of its lineup.

At the end of a long day riding the C109R and we felt little fatigue and no soreness-though we would have more wind protection the RT’s windscreen. In spite of the you feel during low-speed planning your apexes in results in smooth, poised It’s a testament to Suzuki and shock technology that a so heavy can move so deftly.

The Line

Fuel-sipping scooters and cruisers are the rage these Despite that, its still fun to ride a massive cruiser cylinders the size of beer There may be no substitute for Milwaukee-built but if you’re in the market for a heavyweight that handles its heft it’s hard to beat the

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

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