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October 10, 2005, 01:31 AM

From http://www.mcnews.com.au/

Suzuki have been lacking a serious power cruiser in their armoury but they aim to make up for that with an extremely impressive new machine dubbed the Boulevard M109R.

At the heart of the matter is an all new 54-degree v-twin featuring huge 112mm diameter pistons sliding through a relatively short 90.5mm stroke to produce an overall capacity of 1783cc. This is where the 109 in the name M109R is derived from as that capacity correlates to 109 cubic inches in the old scale. The pistons are of the short skirt variety as seen on Suzukiís GSX-R line of sportsbikes and with four large valves per cylinder, liquid cooling and a fuel injection system featuring a pair of huge 56mm throttle bodies it is clear that Suzuki has decided it is time to get serious. The fact that the bore measurement is larger than the stroke is something quite rare on a cruiser and it suggests that the new motor will rev reasonably hard and make good power. Most cruisers up around this capacity sign off around 5000rpm but the bore/stroke ratio on the M109R suggests a redline closer to 8000rpm for the new dry sump motor. Suzuki have offset the crankpins to achieve the perfect primary balance afforded by a 90-degree V and the engine is rubber mounted to help isolate the rider from any vibration.

The four-piston calipers are lifted directly from the GSX-R1000 sports weapon and are radially mounted to 46mm inverted forks. Big heavy cruisers (the M109R weighs in at 315kg) need a powerful rear brake and Suzuki have slotted in a 275mm disc rotor at the back along with a two-piston caliper to handle duties at that end of the machine.

Transferring drive to the incredibly fat 240mm rear tyre is a five speed transmission and sealed shaft drive system.

The M109R rolls on a lengthy 1715mm wheelbase which along with a long 32-degrees of rake and 130mm of trail suggests Suzuki have not been quite as aggressive with the handling as they have with the motor but then again corner scything prowess isnít too far up the list of priorities of most cruiser buyers so that certainly shouldnít hold the model back.

On the practical side of things the M109R sports an easy to use sidestand that sports a generous footprint which along with the low 700mm seat height should make the machine a practical mount around town. Country strops will certainly not be out of the question either as the seat looks wide and supportive while the 19 litre fuel tank is more generous than that found on some of the opposition.

Of course the cruiser market also strives for look and image and these first press shots of the new bike suggest that the new machine will win plenty of admirers. It has a look that is both attractive and aggressive and the vital statistics suggest it has the goods to back up that look.

Suzuki Boulevard M109R
Engine: 1783cc, 54-degree v-twin, Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 4-valve
Bore x Stroke: 112 x 90.5mm
Compression: 10.5:1
Induction: Fuel injection, 56mm throttle bodies
Starter: Electric
Transmission: Five speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 1,490mm
Dimensions (L x W x H): 2460 X 940 X 1180mm
Seat Height: 700mm
Dry Weight: 315kg
Fuel Capacity: 19 litres
Tyres: Front _ 130/70-18; Rear _ 240/40-18
Suspension: Front _ 46mm inverted forks; Rear _ Preload adjustable single shock
Brakes: Front _ 310mm discs, radial mount four-piston calipers; Rear _ 275mm single disc, twin-piston caliper
Price: TBC
Warranty: Two years, unlimited kilometres

I think it's too lumpy in the front and rear. Suzuki trying too hard to be Arlen Ness.

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October 10, 2005, 07:48 AM

and it's fucking bitchin. I still like the Rocket III better.

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October 10, 2005, 07:52 AM

Pretty hot... I dont really dig that front light setup. The rest of the bike is very V-rod-esc.

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October 10, 2005, 08:37 AM

I kinda like it. The funky headlight should act as a decent wind deflector

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October 10, 2005, 08:54 AM

sexy, but agree with Nate, I don't like the front light
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October 10, 2005, 10:34 AM

I like it!!!!!!!
I might wanna get one when I get too old for my GSXR!!!

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