Suzuki adds a monster to its Boulevard line of power cruisers with the intention of increasing the range of motorcycles offered to their customers. The Boulevard C109RT is a massive touring machine ready to show you the loneliest roads out there.
This unique motorcycle uses good looks and great riding experience to change your opinion about cruisers. The new Suzuki Boulevard C109RT combines classic cruiser styling with renowned Suzuki V-twin power in such a striking way that is establishes a new standard for the class and completes the Suzuki Boulevard line of cruisers.
Suzuki launched the Boulevard C109RT as a touring cruiser slightly improved from C109R but none of these motorcycles were previously produced as they were introduced this year as 2008 models. You shouldn’t doubt the quality and comfort of the two models because they benefit of the latest technology applied at the GSX-R and there is plenty of history and development there.
C109RT appeared after Suzuki’s decision to increase the number of models going out the Boulevard line of production. Did they succeed? There’s only one way to find out!
2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109RT and Yamaha Road Star Midnight Silverado
When cruisers enter the scene everybody become surprised of their V-Twins motors and start wondering how big will the engine’s get as everybody know that the law of cruisers is “the bigger, the better”. Suzuki decided to enter the scene and steal everybody’s crown with this massive 1783cc engine mounted on a tourer which competes with Honda VTX1800, Yamaha Road Star Silverado and Midnight Silverado but (I kept the best at last) Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 Classic LT is the class leader an he’s here to stay. Laws are made to be broken but in this case they should probably stick with them.
2008 Suzuki Boulevard C109RT and Honda VTX1800 tourer
Each motorcycle established its own identity with its styling and the C109RT makes no exception as it has pullback handlebars, floorboards that let you kick your feet out, a spacious, relaxed riding position and its own slash-cut mufflers.
New classic design combines the clean, sweeping good looks of a classic cruiser with high performance achieved with Suzuki technology.
The C109RT is a touring version so the bike features a standard windshield, an attractive studded seat, beautiful leather saddlebags, and a comfortable passenger backrest for maximum open-road comfort but being a cruiser it also features a lot of chromed elements like the exhaust and intake cover, front fork and mirrors.
The 2008 model is available in two paint schemes which help the bike individualize: blue and white or black and gray.
Suzuki built the Boulevard C109RT as a reliable touring machine ready to invite you on its seat at any given time and I have to tell you that the temptation is big, almost as big as that V-Twin which despite its size doesn’t produce any perceptible vibration.
Out on the never ending interstate, the subject of my test drive felt in its domain as it carried me, my passenger and our luggage without any inconvenience whatsoever although I had to think for a second time before wide opening the throttle because the GSX-R technology doesn’t do miracles when it comes to this kind of machines. Ok, I won’t criticize a bike that I know that will carry you around in the near future and I have to recognize that the Suzuki performs as any other monster out there.
Don’t get me wrong! It performs the same when it comes to horses and torque but it exceeds any expectation when it comes to handling. The aluminum frame is very rigid but once on the move the bike is quite easy to be played with and it leans in corners surprisingly well for its class and especially for its size.
A weak point that attracted my attention is that, although it is a cruiser and I expected it to be heavy, it feels a bit heavier that I expected but it starts to lose weight once on the move and I believe that future models will be a bit lighter.
I really enjoyed the combined braking system which utilizes three pistons per caliper for the dual disc front braking system but they are all used when both front and rear brakes are applied. Pretty clever!
Overall, the bike offers a true riding experience but you really have to put the miles into it and then you’ll have some stories to tell your grandkids.
If you are interested on buying a Suzuki Boulevard C109RT you should probably know that the bike is being offered for a MSRP of $14,999 with 12 months unlimited mileage limited warranty (quite a important aspect as such bikes accumulate impressive number of miles in a single year).
Suzuki created the C109RT as the king among classic cruisers and it did the job spotless as we are used to. The final product is a unique motorcycle with true touring abilities and good engine performance.
Engine: 1783cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, V-Twin, 4-valves
Bore x Stroke: 112.0mm x 90.5mm
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Semi-Dry Sump
Final Drive: Shaft
Chassis and Dimensions:
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front: Dual hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear: Single hydraulic disc
Tires Front: 150/80R16 M/C 63V
Tires Rear: 240/55R16 M/C 79V
Overall Length: 2565 mm (101 in.)
Overall Width: 985 mm (38.8 in.)
Overall Height: 1,165 mm (45.9 in.)
Seat Height: 710 mm (28.0 in)
Ground Clearance: 138 mm (5.4 in.)
Wheelbase: 1755 mm (69.1 in.)
Dry Weight: TBD
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19 liter (5.0 gal.)
Color: Blue/White, Black/Gray
The key to the C109RT’s performance is its 109-cubic-inch engine with Suzuki fuel injection, the same basic powerplant used by the awesome M109R, which traces its technological heritage to Suzuki’s championship winning GSX-R supersport bikes. One ride on the C109RT and you’ll notice that it boasts its own power characteristics, with more torque down low for extraordinarily acceleration.
In order to perform the way it looks, the new C109RT was extremely well engineered and it received an impressive number of features such as:
Its 1783cc, 4-valve, DOHC, 54 degree, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-twin engine designed for strong throttle response and massive torque output.
112mm bore and 90.5mm stroke utilizing forged aluminum alloy pistons with short skirts, and cut away sides riding on chrome moly steel connecting rods.
Unique new two-stage cam drive system which creates a compact cylinder head design and reduces overall engine height, creating a lower center of gravity.
20% increased crank inertia for increased torque delivery at low speed and for reduced vibration across the rpm range.
A compact dry sump lubrication system SASS (Suzuki Advanced Sump System) provides reduced engine height, a lower crankshaft position and lower center of gravity.
Five speed transmission featuring carefully selected gear ratios for comfortable cruising in a variety of riding situations.
Three piece airbox using dual intakes which work through a pleated fabric air cleaner element.
Electronic fuel injection system witch features Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 52mm throttle bodies maintaining optimum air velocity for smooth low-to-mid range throttle response.
A new Idle Speed Control (ISC) system improving cold starting and stabilizes engine Idle speed in various conditions.
Dual spark plug per cylinder ignition system controlled by a powerful 32 bit ECM for improved combustion efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions.
The fact that each bore is lined with Suzuki’s race proven SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) for optimum heat transfer, tighter piston-to-cylinder clearance and reduced weight.
2-into1-into-2 stainless steel chromed exhaust system features Suzuki’s digitally controlled SET (Suzuki Exhaust Tuning) system for optimum engine performance and powerful V-twin sound.
As we could expect, the C109RT also received a new chassis which features unique characteristics like:
High-tensile double cradle steel frame, build to comfortably handle all the power and torque while delivering agile handling and a plush smooth ride.
New cast alloy wheels featuring a 10 spoke radial design for a clean and classic look. The new cast wheels measure a 3.50 X 16 inch up front and a massive 8.00 x 16 inch rear tire wearing a huge 240mm radial tire.
The new combined braking systems, utilizing three pistons per caliper for the dual disc front braking system. When applying the front brake lever two pistons work at the front. When using the rear brake pedal both front brake and rear brake systems are combined using the rear brake and the middle piston of the front brake calipers through a delay valve.
New pull back type handlebars with a deep chrome plated finish and a beautiful wide design for a massive look.
49mm front forks feature thick chrome covers for a stylish new look and 130mm of wheel travel.
Link type aluminum swingarm creating a rigid tail look with light weight and high rigidity.
Stylish and wide fuel tank design highlights the classic lines of the C109RT with a large 5 gallon fuel capacity for maximum rider enjoyment.
New spacious floorboards provide the rider with increased comfort and control.