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Suzuki Boulevard S40 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Suzuki Boulevard 400

Suzuki Boulevard S40

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History [ edit ]

The Savage was produced from 1986 to 2004. For 2005 it was renamed to the Boulevard S40 and production continues to this day. Apart from some slight cosmetic changes, the LS650 remained unchanged until 1993 when it undertook the most noticeable change going from 4 to 5 speeds. Motorcycles with single-cylinder engines continue to be good for beginners; with its easy handling and a curb weight of 381 lb.

Suzuki touts the S40 as an entry-level model to the cruiser line. [ 15 ] More experienced riders may find that its Easy Rider layout, and its ease of maintenance, put the S40 right up their street. With a seat height of less than 28inches, the Savage was deemed to be a friendly motorcycle for shorter people (including women) but riders taller than five-foot-ten can be comfortable on it, too, especially with the flatter handlebar of the Boulevard S40. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] [ 16 ]

The LS650/S40 engine is contemporaneous with the entire line of Suzuki DR650 engines, but these two single-cylinder engines were designed and developed separately. On the other hand, a smaller 396 cc version of the LS650 engine was produced for some markets. The LS400 Savage is nearly identical to its larger sibling, although the smaller bike uses a chain rather that a belt final drive. Suzuki also used this 396 cc single in a standard motorcycle. the ST400 Tempter .

Competition [ edit ]

The LS650 Savage was the first cruiser manufactured by Suzuki in 1986, and by 2013 had outlasted nearly all of its competitors, including the Yamaha SR500. The Kawasaki Vulcan 400 entry-level cruiser with a V-twin engine was introduced the same year as the Suzuki Savage, and the Vulcan 500 LTD with a parallel-twin engine was introduced in 1990.

One of the few small cruiser motorcycles available with a shaft drive as an alternative to either chain or belt final drive, the Yamaha Virago 535 was introduced in 1987. Honda launched the Shadow VLX. with a 583 cc V-twin for the 1988 model year to compete with the single-cylinder Savage. The Savage’s persona was a bike that stayed out of harm’s way, with a torquey engine (although underpowered for its displacement) that made few demands on the rider. [ 4 ] [ 17 ] [ 18 ] [ 19 ]

Compared to the discontinued Buell Blast. which had a 30 c.i.d. single-cylinder engine with somewhat heavier vibration, the S40 is a more versatile and less expensive entry-level motorcycle. [ 20 ]

The Boulevard S40 fills the gap between less powerful 250 cc entry-level cruisers and more powerful twin-cylinder 500-650 cc cruisers. The S40’s smaller competitors currently are the Yamaha V-Star 250 and the Honda Rebel 250. Although some consider the S40 too powerful for a novice motorcyclist, the bike’s light weight and low seat height make it ideal for beginners who feel that 250 cc bikes are just too small.

The S40 has larger shaft-driven rivals in the Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom. as well as the Honda Shadow Spirit 750. which boasts its super-low 25.7-inch seat height. Similarly, the Sportster XL883L Low, and later SuperLow, are Harley-Davidson’s starter bikes. [ 5 ] [ 21 ] [ 22 ] [ 23 ]

Performance [ edit ]

Large single-cylinder engines like this one are sometimes affectionately referred to as a one-lunger or thumper . in the tradition of high-performance ‘Big Singles’ from the British post-war era such as the Velocette Venom and Thruxton models, or BSA Gold Star and B50. Classic British motorcycles also inspired the design of the legendary Yamaha SR500. which preceded the Suzuki LS650 by eight years. [ 24 ]

Suzuki’s ‘Big Single’ is a 40 c.i.d. (652 cc), four-stroke. air-cooled. single overhead camshaft power plant, incorporating a Twin-Swirl Combustion Chamber (TSCC) cylinder head design first used in the Suzuki GSX series motorcycle engines. This engine runs quite smoothly for a single, thanks to a balance shaft ; its middling output of 31 horsepower is more than enough for stop-and-go traffic (specs for individual model years vary from 30 to 33 horsepower). At 60 mph the engine is spinning at a moderate 3940 revs, and the Boulevard S40 cruises comfortably at 70 mph. [ 5 ] [ 20 ]

In 1996 Motorcycle Consumer News measured 24.6 horsepower at the rear wheel of an LS650 Savage, and a rear-wheel torque of 30.5 pound-foot. The LS650 registered a quarter-mile time of 15.3 seconds at a speed of 81.1 mph, and an average fuel mileage of 50 mpg. [ 3 ] In a 2006 road test, Motorcycle Cruiser magazine ascertained that a Boulevard S40 could do the quarter mile in 16.35 sec at 77.2 mph. Average fuel milage for the S40 was 52.9 mpg. [ 5 ]

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