Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

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WHILE THE OTHER JAPANESE ARE BUSY courting fortysomething riders with mega-buck cruisers, Suzuki has taken a different route. With its eye on America’s youth, the Hamamatsu has unleashed its new-for-’97 Marauder

We’re looking at the young who really want to get into says Suzuki’s Mel Harris. can’t put out all that money to buy a big lookalike, but the Marauder fits their price range.

At the Marauder is a full two grand than Kawasaki’s Vulcan 800 and $500 less than own Intruder 800. Heck, bare-bones VLX 600 is just $300

Cycle World got a chance to the Marauder’s in-town capabilities at recent press introduction in Fe, New Mexico. Then, for the real-world we rode it the 1000 miles to California.

This is Suzuki’s new cruiser since the introduction of Intruder 1400. What the company so long? Simple.

The Intruder 800 and 1400 (which are available) make up 26 percent of streetbike sales, so why mess success? Since 1986, the Intruders have set themselves from other Japanese by virtue of their unique Instead of being wrapped in Harley guise, they hit the with their own brand of

Carrying on the tradition, the Marauder has of a low-rider/dragbike look.

You hear complain about Harley says Harris. We don’t to be the copycat brand. We’re to do something different here.

Suzuki almost pulled it The Marauder steers clear of the trend toward nostalgic into the past, but there are derivative touches here and Magna V-Four and Harley-Davidson’s Sportster Custom come to

Whether it’s totally or not, Suzuki’s new cruiser class and kitsch. First the stuff: slick-looking inverted cast-aluminum wheels and rich, two-tone paint. Now the campy chromed-plastic sidepanels, plastic and chrome-sheathed shocks. Up close, the has more strange shapes, moderate pace.

The 130-series, 16-inch front feels planted and the chassis stable and true until through fast, bumpy where the Marauder starts hinting that it is indeed a not a repli-racer.

Suspension action is good for a bike of this Both ends lack the quality of more expensive but deliver a respectable ride The 41mm Kayaba fork-made for the Marauder-dives minimally when the dual-piston caliper grips the 11.7-inch disc.

Combined great feel from the drum, this cruiser speed well.

While the chassis is new, its motor, from the Intruder 800, is In the makeover, it got a restyling and now comes with chain drive than shaft. The finned are done in basic black, almost everything else is

The 805cc, liquid-cooled, 45-degree still has single overhead that open four in each cylinder.

Going the Intruder’s shaft to chain Suzuki made the Marauder’s smaller and lighter since no longer house a set of secondary to drive the shaft.

The V-Twin’s has five well-spaced cogs engage with a short at the lever. For more relaxed the overall gear ratio is taller than the Intruder’s, engine rpm. To smooth the cable-operated clutch has a back-torque built into its hub.

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claims this reduces by up to 30 percent, virtually eliminating chirp during downshifts-even heavy-handed testers.

The Marauder’s motor is more compact that of the Intruder, and it’s by a smaller 10-amp, maintenance-free located under the seat. The warms quickly after a tug on the knob, located above the cylinder. The 800 zips away enough-posting a 0-60-mph time of seconds-but the motor’s flow of is interrupted by a pronounced flat in the car-buretion at around 2500

Once done hiccuping, the motor still feels a bit for an 805cc Twin, especially one from the spunky Intruder.

the motor sings a whisper-quiet its offset crankpin design a small amount of vibration through the handlebar, seat and reminding the rider he’s a V-Twin.

Dubbed a Street by Suzuki’s ambitious marketeers, the belies this moniker by a quarter-mile time of 14.16 at 91.28 mph, down a full second and 6 mph from the Top speed is 102 mph, well off the old 107-mph reading.

The CW dynamometer confirmed that the is a drag racer more in than in performance. It pumped out 41.6 horsepower and 44.2 of torque at 5500 and 4500 respectively-down 10 ponies and 6 pounds of force from the Intruder. says the motor was retuned to more torque at lower speeds, which it does. But about good of American-style

We think the Intruder’s punch in two ways, both stylistically First, its not-so-direct dual have the look, but weren’t with performance in mind; the dual airboxes lost 10 percent of their total when stuffed between the new tank and frame.

This of power-robbing cosmetic considerations is As is the case with the detuned ACE, Kawasaki Vulcan Classic and Yamaha Royal we think the Marauder would be a better ride with its model’s extra punch.

Until a bigger, badder a 1400—is thrust upon the though, we’ll make do the perfectly capable, temptingly 800. U

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