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Suzuki Boulevard Touring

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With its big beefy styling akin to a nightclub bouncer in a T-shirt, the Suzuki Boulevard is designed to bridge a niche the cruiser and sport bike But is there really a market out for a machine that has in-your-face the biggest pair of pistons in any current production motorcycle or car and enough torque to pull house over?

What’s New

The is labeled by Suzuki as its muscle and was received with mixed when it was launched in 2006. didn’t get it at all while others surprised that Suzuki had something so very different to its

The M109R is Suzuki’s bid to lure bike riders over the world of cruisers by offering a degree of engineering technology from its GSX-R, coupled to the performance of a drag bike. And on it kind of all makes sense.

are riders out there that to move out of sport bikes but are not for a regular cruiser with and a windshield. They also something with bragging a decent turn of speed and that’s, well…just a little bit For them, perhaps, the Suzuki might tick all of those

And certainly from some of the web sites we have seen is a loyal following for this with many owners big bucks on customizing them and its already powerful engine.

At the of this big Suzuki is a liquid-cooled, cc, eight-valve, short-…, v-twin that revs smoothly all the way up to There are two cams, twin and four valves per-cylinder with staggered crank and balance shafts to help vibration. And it needs it with a of massive 4.4-inch pistons, would probably be more at in a Detroit muscle car from the than fitted in a motorcycle

Suzuki has also included its valve system with bodies, a compact dry-sump reduces the engine’s height and the bike’s center of gravity. And it through a three-piece air box via a pair of air mounted on each side of the

With the M109R, Suzuki has a similar approach to that it for its GSX-R sport bike so each cylinder’s pair of plugs is controlled by separate that fire simultaneously cruising but are then staggered under hard acceleration.

All of adds up to a bike with a 109ci engine that out about 106bhp @ 6,500rpm at the wheel and a torque figure of 118lb-ft at 3,250rpm.

That big lump is squeezed into a steel, double cradle that is unique to the M109R and to a five-speed transmission, which the power, via shaft drive, to an 240mm Dunlop D221 tire.

Suzuki says it is the tire it has ever used on a motorcycle. At nearly 11-inches we’re willing to believe as the Dunlop rubber is bigger some car tires.

A Kayaba shock is mounted horizontally below the cast aluminum and its pivot adjustable for spring only with 4.7 inches of Up front the 46mm inverted (similar to the layout used on GSX-R) are not adjustable. With 5.1 of travel they are definitely on the side and even a little sprung and over damped.

on the Suzuki M109R is big. a long bike at 95.5-inches, a wheelbase of 67.2-inches; wide too at inches and weighs in at a stout

The deep solo seating at 27.8 inches tall is and flat and good enough it will allow most to put both feet flat on the at a stop. However, the heatshields on the exhaust can make your leg bend slightly outwards for this rider, it was a little There’s room for a passenger too by off some rear bodywork and with a seating pad.

Not we would recommend this as we the M109R is really just a one bike.

There are some nice detail touches the 10-inch brushed aluminum that bring the drag chrome handlebars close to the But you have to sit almost wedged up to the big 4.9 gallon gas tank if you have arms and anyone with than a 32-inch inside leg is to struggle a bit to reach the forward However, here are a ton of options out to get your bike to fit you with a big parts business for the M109R.

Like all Suzukis, overall fit and is good but there’s abundant use of on the M109R, such as both and most of the panels. The rear LED lights are enormous and take up a space on the back fender.

And the panel that houses the gas gauge and clock looks like a wrist watch from the 1980s and is out of place on a motorcycle. When you first a leg over the M109R and head out on the your eyes will be darting back and forth the speedo and the digital tach is mounted separately, along the gear indicator, on top of the headlight You’ll have to decide to opt for just watching your or the engine revs.

You simply follow both at the same

We got to test the Boulevard M109R which boasts sparkling red with flashes of white and a ton of chrome, plus you get the wheels and gear casing finished in black. For a hundred dollars you can choose the all black version of the which is a little less and would be our choice.

We’ve some unusual bikes at and the Suzuki fits right that category. For such a motorcycle that is all about power and aggressive looks it is a surprisingly refined and easy to ride.

Our initial thought on the M109R was it was going to be a difficult to at low speeds around parking But it’s deceptively agile and amble along easily although feedback through the is a little heavy. And despite its and girth it’s not difficult to haul in and out of a garage or push to park.

But it’s out on the road the starts to make some of sense. Under hard and in a straight line the big v-twin pull all the way up to 7500rpm. What’s when you do this, it will you grin like an ….

With those big pistons away underneath the wide gas the best description we can think of is under hard acceleration the sounds like someone a stick down some fence railings. And the ride light to light, providing the ahead is … straight, is a It’s sort of like a two-wheeled dragster.

There’s not the acceleration you’d expect a sport bike but instead a steady delivery of seamless that pushes you back in the It feels like the Suzuki could go on pulling and pulling, and ever.

The downside to all this performance comes when the starts to get twisty and whilst that big rear wheel and combination make the Suzuki mean it doesn’t contribute to high speed cornering. not a disaster, providing the road is smooth and flat, but throw in a or two and it can momentarily unsettle the M109R.

For a big bike you can make it lean in the curves but with all that it’s hard work if you to ride in a really aggressive We found the best approach to the Suzuki was to be slow into the and then power out hard. all riding smoothness is the key to being and safe.

We’re not suggesting the doesn’t handle. It’s a heavy motorcycle on fat tires a lot of torque. If you’re looking for a sport bike experience don’t even glance at the

It doesn’t even come If on the other hand you’re for a smooth, across-town ride will make you smile a lot the lights, the M109R has that in bucket loads.

It stops too. A loose dog in the road and traffic is never the best to find yourself in on a motorcycle, but we impressed at how well those four piston Tokico and twin 310mm discs and rear worked bringing the big to a swift halt.

There was no snatching or locking up of fat rear wheel and the dog, the and this rider lived to another day. ABS would made an even bigger and slowed the bike down faster but that’s not available.

riding is a bit of a chore on the M109R and a five-speed gearbox it really do with a sixth gear as It rides alright on the concrete and its suspension setup soaks up the well, but it’s not designed as a distance cruiser and with bike your best bet is to get off the and find the side roads to get to destination.

With a 4.9-gallon gas you should be able to get upwards of 180 before refueling the M109R. Suzuki doesn’t issue any or mpg figures for its bikes so we’re that on average we were around 35mpg.

The Suzuki is an odd bike, and that is perhaps of its charm. You either like the way it and get the fact it’s basically a with a massive engine is good for cruising around on, or you don’t. Nobody is ever to be on the fence with this

Performance wise there are and more agile bikes out But for simple straight-line power are few motorcycles that come to the experience of riding the M109R full throttle in a straight It really is a lot of fun.

The color. The edition red with white is too shiny and sparkly for a motorcycle lays claim to be a muscle Stick to the less expensive and discreet black version.

The instrument setup is not to our liking, analog with digital and in two different locations. The riding although in the classic cruiser with your legs out, for us it took time to get to, as this is a big, long and motorcycle.

Suzuki Boulevard Touring
Suzuki Boulevard Touring

Suzuki thinks the will appeal to some wanting to get off their sport but are not yet ready for the entire cruiser We’re not so sure.

For a heavy bike the Suzuki well, is comfortable and is an interesting But there are a very small of sport riders who are going to look out the M109R as their fulltime bike. We kept when riding it ‘who is going to buy this bike?’

Others Say

“The styling is and the wires, cables and hoses are all tucked out of sight. The L.E.D. is well integrated into the rear fender-seat unit. abounds; the sparkle from the chrome headlight housing is visible to cosmonauts orbiting the

“The high-performance big-twin segment is still emerging and It will be interesting to see how competitors to Suzuki’s potent entry in the but for now the Boulevard M109R is the sweetheart of the — The New York Times

“The Boulevard M109R brings a of energetic liberation to the cruiser genre. Certainly, the idea of a cruiser is not a new one-for maximum and straight-line acceleration, put a performance in a stretched out frame with ergonomics. Initially, that was by hot-rodding existing cruiser and dealing with the inherent with engines designed for rather than speed.” — Motorcycling

The Price

If a muscle really is your thing you could go down the route of an exorbitant amount of money for a built motorcycle that have even more than the Suzuki. On paper at Plus the chances are you will a lot of your cash when you to sell it and it will undoubtedly

At $14,799 the red and white Suzuki M109R Limited Edition is a version of a muscle bike and for you get Suzuki build quality and a For $500 less you can opt the less black version.

There’s not out there that rivals the You could consider Harley V-Rod range starting at for the V-Rod Muscle or the Night Rod at $15,449. But in terms of power, lag behind the M109R with and 87lb-ft respectively ,and the H-D motors look positively compared to the big 109ci of the Suzuki.

The Verdict

There is no sane or reason to the Suzuki M109R. Yes it has interesting sport bike and is well built and has heaps of styling. But there’s no luggage capacity and you are not going to find people wanting to be a passenger on the

So you’ll be riding alone. You won’t want to do hundreds of with it on the freeway.

It’s the ideal second or third for someone that already has a bike or a touring bike and is by the proposition of owning something as as this big Suzuki. We can also see who have Detroit muscle in their garage and are looking for equivalent in a motorcycle. Big engine, pistons and over the top looks.

The would fit right in.

Is the Boulevard then a bad motorcycle? Absolutely

It is though a bike fitted an engine that is completely In a straight line this will hurl you up the road in a way probably only a roller ride can replicate. It’s an experience.

But what we think is more extraordinary is that a manufacturer like Suzuki to offer today a bike the Boulevard M109R and for that alone it deserves to sell one it makes.

RideApart Rating .

Helmet: HJC RPHA Max ($414,

Gloves: Racer USA Guide ($109, highly recommended)

Suzuki Boulevard Touring
Suzuki Boulevard Touring
Suzuki Boulevard Touring
Suzuki Boulevard Touring


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