2009 Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

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Classic cruisers are less likely to go out of fashion and implicit out of production as long as there are enough guys that prefer classic jeans, leather jackets and helmets instead of leather interiors and fancy onboard computers. That’s what Suzuki reckons and some of the best proofs of this fact are the 2009 Boulevard C90 and C90T models which keep on going in the style that consecrated the VL 1500 Intruder more than a decade ago.

 

Introduction

Following an easy to anticipate existence, the 2009 Suzuki C90 and C90T models uncover their Boulevard DNA from the very first time you lay your eyes on them or on their specs sheet. They may look like refined locomotives (which isn’t necessarily bad), but the engine is a fuel-injected 1,462cc, air-cooled, OHC, 45-degree V-Twin so there’s plenty to expect from that. Like on any two-wheeled long hauler, there is a five-speed constant mesh transmission and shaft drive so our expectations are met successfully.

Also, by featuring a double-cradle steel frame, linked suspensions and dual-disc front brake, the C90 shows even more reasons why Suzuki had to offer two models based on this platform. The Touring stands out due to the additional equipment consisting mainly in a custom windshield, passenger backrest and roomy saddlebags, but you can always go for the Classic model and accessorize it as you’re heart demands.

History

Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

In 1998 Suzuki introduced the VL 1500 Intruder LC, a touring cruiser motorcycle which was to develop into Boulevard and which at that time was powered by the same air-cooled, 1,462 cc, 45-degree V-Twin engine only that carbureted. This formula extracted 67 hp at 4,800 rpm and 114 Nm at 2,300 rpm from the newly debuting engine and despite the entire bike’s weight was 644 lbs, the power to weight ratio was a decent one for those with a free spirit.

The gearbox and final drive are the exact same units as the ones found on it today. The front brake relied on a single 300mm disc.

Although considered by its manufacturer a “Legendary Classic”, the Intruder looked more like a Marauder, but that didn’t bothered nobody. In the late 1990s, they used bright dual-tone color schemes and starting with the new millennium they became more serious about the colors of choice.

The year 2002 brought twin disc brake at the front so this Intruder’s braking performance stopped being a thing worthy to be put under the question mark.

For its final year of manufacturing under the VL 1500 Intruder LC name (2004), the bike got four-way emergency flasher and high beam passing switch, multi-reflector turn signals, hydraulic valve lash adjusters, hydraulic clutch and back-torque limiter for smoother downshifting.

In 2005 Suzuki came out with a totally new cruiser with a new name (Boulevard C90) and a corresponsive touring model, the Boulevard C90T. The engine’s torque and acceleration were increased by the GSX-R-derived electronic fuel injection system with Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System and Auto Fast Idle System while the Suzuki Composite Electro-chemical Material ensured a longer engine life (not that the Intruder engine broke down easily). Performance figures now were: 66 hp at 4,800 rpm and 115 Nm at 2,800 rpm.

Suzuki continues to use this formula with great success today. Only color schemes and other styling cues change as the years pass.

Competition

Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

There’s plenty to deal with on the cruiser market so if you’re considering buying the Boulevard C90 or the C90T we suggest you to take in consideration great alternatives such as the V-Star 1300 and V-Star 1300 Tourer. Both models are powered by a comparable and fuel-injected 1,304cc, liquid-cooled V-Twin; SOHC, four-valves per cylinder engine. There is also a five-speed transmission, but the belt final drive is one of Star’s characteristics and it can also be found on their biggest V-Star models. With timeless looks and affordable prices ($10,290 for the base model and $11,290 for the Tourer) the difference between a Star and a Boulevard consists pretty much in the customer’s tastes.

Honda VTX1300

Honda offesr almost equally priced competing models, the VTX1300R ($9,999) and the VTX1300T ($11,299), but none features fuel injection. The engine is a 1,312 cc, liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-Twin and the retro looks are also there so these bikes are well worth being mentioned under this heading.

Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

Kawasaki also offer their Vulcan 1500 Classic as powered by a carbureted, 1,470cc, liquid-cooled; SOHC, four-valve per cylinder, 50-degree V-Twin engine mated to a five-speed tranny and featuring shaft final drive. But this doesn’t feature a touring sibling. Still, it features the smallest MSRP: only $9,699 for the standard painted model.

Exterior

Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

Technically, the Suzuki Boulevard C90 has evolved, but visually it is almost the same harmoniously built cruiser that was first presented as the Intruder back in 1998. It is long, low and massive despite not being the largest in the lineup, but the C109R similarities are definitely there. Start with the massive front wheel and headlight, the thick fork and handlebars and if you’re not convinced, probably that 3.7 gallons tank and two-into-two slash-cut exhaust will make a difference.

But thinking things over, you’ll come to realize that the C90 actually inspired the creation of its bigger sibling, the C109R, and that’s even better news. I mean, this bike featured custom-styled aluminum wheels, spacious and yet low seat (27.6 inches) a decade ago. The fenders could have been more rounded, but I guess this is the only way they fit the 150mm (front) and 180mm (rear) wide tires without reminding of the custom style.

Colors available for the 2009 Boulevard C90 are Black and Gray.

The 2009 Boulevard C90T stands out furthermore thanks to a tall windshield, leather saddlebags, studded seat and backrest as well as the dual-tone paintjobs (Black/Gray, Orange/Black) and the white wall tires. Also, the touring model is 292mm longer than the simple one and weighs 19 kg more.

Price

Suzuki latest technology and classic style are the defining features for both these models and the key to their successes. But maintaining the prices at a competitive level is always an inspired solution and especially now that the economical downturn will send more and more people on two wheels. So the MSRP for the 2009 Suzuki Boulevard C90 is $10,699 and the one of the C90T is $11,699. Keep in mind that we’re talking about class leaders here!

Conclusion

However things may evolve in the world of cruisers and tourers, the Boulevard C90 was a trendsetter when it first came out in 2005 and riders are most likely to stick to that. And in this case, the few more bucks at the starting price reflect the build quality and innovative features, not unjustified demands of a recently affirmed Japanese maker.


SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine and Transmission

 

Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

Displacement: 1,462 cc (89.2 cu. in)
Type: 4-stroke, air-cooled, OHC, 45? V-twin
Bore Stroke: 96.0 mm (3.780 in) x 101.0 mm (3.976 in)
Compression Ratio: 8.5 : 1
Fuel System: Fuel injection
Lubrication: Wet sump
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Shaft Drive

 

Chassis and Dimensions

 

Suzuki Boulevard C90/C90T

Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front: Disc brake, twin
Brakes Rear: Disc brake
Tires Front: 150/80-16M/C 71H, tubeless
Tires Rear: 180/70-15M/C 76H, tubeless
Overall Length: 2525 mm (99.4 in)
Overall Width: 1000 mm (39.4 in)
Overall Height: 1130 mm (44.5 in); 1422 mm (56.0 in) of the Touring model
Seat Height: 700 mm (27.6 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm ( 5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1700 mm (66.9 in)
Curb Weight: 320 kg (705 lbs); 339 kg (747 lbs) of the Touring model
Fuel Tank Capacity: 14.0 L (3.7/3.1 US/Imp gal)

 

Features

 

Key Features (only for the Touring model)

 

  • Custom-designed windshield provides classic styling and full wind protection - includes unique chrome garnish with Boulevard emblem

  • Attractive studded seats, plus matching touring-style backrest with unique pivoting backrest pad for increased passenger comfort

  • Large capacity, textured leather saddle bags with Boulevard emblems and convenient twist-lock fasteners

  • Large white-faced speedometer

  • Stylish white-wall tires - 150/80-16 front and 180/70-15 rear tire mounted on custom-styled machined aluminum wheels
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    Engine Features

     

  • Fuel-injected, 90 cubic inch, 6-valve, air/oil-cooled engine designed for maximum low/mid-range torque and acceleration

  • 45 degree phase, dual-pin crankshaft minimizes vibration, plus added flywheel mass enhances low/mid-range power

  • Electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV) - maintains optimum air velocity in the intake tract for smooth low-to-mid rpm throttle response and high torque output - includes Auto Fast Idle System (AFIS)

  • 32-bit ECM provides precise control of ignition timing and multi-hole-type injectors ensuring quick startup and excellent drivability under all conditions

  • SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electro-chemical Material) cylinder plating is durable, minimizes cylinder size & weight and improves heat dissipation

  • Efficient SACS air/oil cooling system with additional piston-jet cooling and engine oil cooler

  • Hydraulic valve lash adjusters eliminate valve adjustment maintenance and ensure quiet engine operation

  • Silent operation cam chains with automatic tensioners reduce engine noise and maintenance

  • Hydraulic clutch with back-torque limiter ensures smooth downshifts

  • Smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission with-low maintenance, low-torque-reactive shaft final drive - gear ratios set for low engine rpm at cruising speed

  • Right-side-mounted exhaust system with slash-cut-style mufflers tuned for low-rpm power and a throaty exhaust sound

  • Pulsed-secondary air-injection system introduces air into the exhaust ports to ignite unburned hydrocarbons and reduce emissions - CA. spec. model is equipped with a catalyst for further emission reduction
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    Chassis Features

     

  • Long 1700mm wheelbase chassis with 32? rake angle set-up for low seat height with comfortable seating and control positions

  • Wide handlebar and seat design, plus wide/low fuel tank shape add to C90’s low-slung look

  • Double-cradle steel frame is made of large diameter steel tubing for strength and rigidity - bolt-on sections use painted mounting bolts and caps for a detailed look

  • Dual-disc front brake system and single disc rear with 4-piston caliper for strong braking performance

  • Link-type rear suspension with preload adjustment combined with 41mm front forks provide a comfortable, compliant ride

  • Fuel filler located below a locking cover to maintain sleek appearance with fuel tank mounted below the seat for a low center-of-gravity

  • Electronic speedometer with LCD fuel gauge, odometer & twin tripmeters

  • Powerful multi-reflector headlight housed in an attractive case with stylish headlight rim - headlight switches off during startup to reduce load on battery

  • Standard 4-way emergency flasher and high beam passing switch

  • Bright, multi-reflector turn signals designed for high visibility and attractive appearance

  • Large floorboard-type footrests

  • Wide 150/80-16 front and 180/70-15 rear tire are mounted on custom-styled machined aluminum wheels
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    Optional accessories

     

  • Windshield

  • Light Bar

  • Saddlebags

  • Engine Guards

  • Custom Seats

  • Billet Aluminum Items

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