2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 Motorcycle Spotlight Rider Magazine

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Suzuki Boulevard 400

2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90

Story by Gabe Ets-Hokin, by Brian J. Nelson

[This Suzuki Boulevard M90 First is a web-only special]

2009 Boulevard M90

Find a need and it!

That’s the central tenant of (and dentistry), no? In 2004, gave its cruisers the “Boulevard” and instituted a militaristic nomenclature, the cruisers with either a “C” classic styling) or “M” (for followed by displacement in cubic In the M lineup, the M50 came first, by the brutal M109R.

The resulting between the 805cc M50 and 1783cc will be neatly filled in by the “middleweight” M90 for 2009 . I had a chance to a few hundred miles riding the new at Suzuki’s Monterey, California introduction.

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The new ride shares few components its brother C90. The 52-degree has the same 96mm by 101mm figures as the C model, but it’s a whole new design, according to product planner Ken Nagata. designer Kenta Suzuki (no came from the racing/sportbike of Suzuki’s house, resulting in cooling, four-valve heads, aluminum slipper pistons and high-performance traits.

But it’s not all Racer: heavy flywheels, crankpins and low-end tuning are to give the rider a thumpy yet cruiser-riding experience.

The chassis is all-new. Focus groups of U.S. consumers were queried by Suzuki and shown drawings through the entire process. Smooth, flowing were desired, leading to the bulbous, swoopy look, in the widest-in-class 200mm rear The front end gets dual brake discs, although sliding-pin calipers are paired them to save a buck or

The 43mm inverted fork is a unit (albeit non-adjustable), and the rear shock works a linkage. Like all the Boulevards the prehistoric S40 nee Savage), final is shaft. The bodywork is indeed and flowing, a 9/10ths-scale M109R.

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723 pounds of heft, a big back a 66.5-inch wheelbase and drag “flickable” wasn’t one of the moto-journo I expected to trot out. But was my immediate impression as we left the lot. Maybe it’s 18-inch radial front but more likely it’s the of careful engineering during the long development process.

Whatever it is, the M90 really does easily, predictably and precisely, as as any cruiser I’ve ridden, the 40-pounds heavier M109R. its big brother, the M90 is also Lusitania while heeled over.

The cliche, “arm-wrenching torque” is more anticipated. What I expect–recalling the 2007 M109R’s low-RPM fuel-injection–was how smooth and the motor feels. It’s and friction-dampered, so buttery (yet with the burly low-rpm big-bore cruiser owners that it’s easy to which gear you’re in and you’re in fourth at 80 mph.

The of a tachometer doesn’t help! And not just smooth; the FI is seamless and power is as stunning as you’d from a liquid-cooled 1462cc Top-gear passes, even are no trouble at all, with the lunging forward like a gear or two lower.

Less-experienced riders will the light clutch and ease-of-use the torquey bottom end, and the will enjoy winding ‘er out closed-course conditions, naturally) to into triple-digit territory.

Suzuki Boulevard M90 engine

Going really fast the bike’s faults. Condemned by ergonomics, the M90 isn’t for high-speed Wind protection is good up to 80 but faster then that into a marathon yoga as I struggle to hold on, straining my back to reach the short bars and sticking my legs out to get them on the freeway pegs. The while wide and well-padded, feels hard, as most of a weight is focused on the tailbone.

There is an accessory gel seat–as as two different windscreens–to address issues. But closer bars and would make the bike more comfortable, especially for riders: after all, knows there are plenty of who want to trade in their bikes for something with gravitas .

And when you’re going fast, don’t be in a to stop. The M90′s two-piston, front calipers are adequate on a SV650. but add a few hundred pounds of V-Twin and effort required to is greatly increased. The rear though a four-pot unit, requires a manly shove on the big pedal.

It’s a cost-cutting but maybe we could just less chrome instead?

Still, priced at $9999, the M90 is a middleweight alternative to the M109R and big power cruisers like the Harley-Davidson V-Rod or $13,190 Star Warrior. Think of it as the to the M109R’s GSX-R1000 and filling gap makes perfect sense.

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