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2009 Suzuki Boulevard M109R2

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Suzuki anticipated the big wave on which power cruisers will climb on and made sure that it would get on it at all costs. The Boulevard M109R2 is one of the bikes that take part at Suzuki’s evolutionary process and influences it in a very serious way even though it is by some considered as being simply an extension of the Boulevard M109R .

 

Introduction

Yet the Suzuki Boulevard M109R2 is considered being a bike of its own here at Top Speed just how the Japanese manufacturer likes to build and sell it, thankfully, to the U.S. too.

Even though a relatively new addition to the large Boulevard line of cruisers and powered by M109R’s 1783cc, 8-valve DOHC, 54 degree, liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-twin engine, the M109R2 manages to individualize itself thanks to its sleeker front end design and that’s pretty much everything. Instead of displaying that bucket-like headlight, the new bike is more aerodynamic and visually attractive when the simple one remains just this: a veritable bad boy machine.

Like on all modern power cruisers, the engine on this baby is great for accelerating rounds and highly durable as well so it needed to be mounted on a resistant frame which will properly deal with the forces exerting on it. The answer came in the form of a high-tensile double cradle steel unit that also makes for great handling. The rest of the chassis simply had to comply so the suspension equipment was done by inverted cartridge forks with 5.12 inches of wheel travel and a preload adjustable single rear shock with 4.66 inches of wheel travel. With wide, custom wheels, the M109R2 features sports-like braking equipment composed from two 310mm front brake rotors and a 275mm rear one.

History

Suzuki Boulevard M109R2

The first ever Boulevard M109R came out in 2006 and it started the mean machine revolution in Suzuki’s continuously growing lineup. The engine was the same as the one found on today’s M109R models and the colors available were Black, Silver or Violet Blue.

In 2007, they’ve chromed the cylinder head cover, secondary cover and drive unit cover and the new colors for the original model were Black, White and red.

Also, 2007 is the year when Suzuki, inspired by the hot rod frenzy, added a Limited Edition model to their lineup and that caught on to the public pretty well. The distinctive features were: a racing stripe going all over the bike’s length, checkerboard background gauge package, clear taillight lens with red LED’s and a stylish textured seat. Color combination was Blue/White.

The year 2008 finally brought the Suzuki Boulevard M109R2, a motorcycle easy to distinguish thanks to the striking styling and one that was produced in parallel with the first two models. Initially, the bike was sold as a “new special edition M109R” and featured the goodies of the Limited Edition model except the racing stripe, but as we can see, it carried on being produced and everything is still special about it. The colors of 2008 were Black and Gray.

Competition

Honda VTX1800

Although Honda keeps its VTX1800F unchanged for 2009, the bike is decently powered by a carbureted 1,795cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin engine and while apparently it seems suitable for this performance cruiser battle, it remains a custom and that says pretty much all about it including the fact that it isn’t the most appropriate competitor for the Suzuki Boulevard M109R2, but simply a well worth mentioning alternative from a notorious builder.

Suzuki Boulevard M109R2

Star Motorcycles, however, offer two muscle bikes that are among R2’s most feared competitors. The 2009 Warrior and Midnight Warrior stand as rule breaking motorcycles proving that arm-ripping acceleration can also be provided by a 1,670cc air-cooled 48° V-Twin engine fed through a twin-bore electronic fuel injection system. With a five-speed, close-ratio gearbox (and belt final drive, like on most Star models), comfortable accommodations and extravagant looks, the two Warriors are breathtaking pieces of machineries. The simple Warrior price starts at $13,190 while the Midnight Warrior adds $200 to that.

Kawasaki Vulcan 1600

There is also the 2008 Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 Mean Streak offered in two different variants, the chromed and the matte black covered one. We’re interested in this last as it is closer to the category virtually created by the Suzuki and in which the Kawi barely manages to squeeze in as it features a 1,552cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valves per cylinder, 50-degree V-twin engine. But, with a $11,299 MSRP, it manages being the cheapest solution of them all.

Exterior

Suzuki Boulevard M109R2

Getting back to the Suzuki Boulevard M109R2, we cannot abstain mentioning how great it looks, not only because that is pretty much the reason of it being created in the first place, but also the main reason of the sales charts numbers. The bike is compact and aggressive despite the massive size, making the rider look almost like being out of place as he sits in an upright riding position.

The headlight seems like hand molded as well as the instruments housing, radiator and front fender and if it wasn’t for the smooth flowing lines, you’d even expect to find a fairing on it. But, as we’re dealing with a cruiser, the flatten-out gas tank introduces us to the 27.8 inches high seat. Remove the number plate, taillight and the rear signal lights and that rear fender covering a 240mm wide rear tire looks exactly to what you would find on a dragster bike so at least you know what you’re dealing with if the double exhaust doesn’t impress you.

Underneath the stylish gas tank, the 1,783cc V-Twin motor looks shiny and powerful and despite being liquid-cooled it features classy cooling fins in an attempt to blend the old with the new.

Colors available for 2009 are Black and Red while the chromed pieces are still abundant (headlight and instruments housing, handlebar, exhaust, cylinder head cover, etc). Add a pair of cast aluminum alloy wheels and you’re ready to hit the roads in style.

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M109R2 Test Ride

 

Price

For a class leader, the $13,099 MSRP of the 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M109R2 is $100 cheaper than the simple Warrior, which justifies the enormous fan club built behind the M109R series. 

Conclusion

The fact that a product, in general, doesn’t need any improvements can only mean that it was properly manufactured from the very beginning and in the case of the 2008 model year, in particular, we weren’t wrong when writing up the unique features.


SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine and Transmission

 

Suzuki Boulevard M109R2

Displacement: 1783 cc (108.8 cu. in)
Type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54-degree, V-twin
Bore Stroke: 112.0 mm (4.409 in) x 90.5 mm (3.563 in)
Compression Ratio: 10.5 : 1
Fuel System: Fuel injection
Lubrication: Semi-Dry sump
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Shaft Drive

 

Chassis and Dimensions

 

Suzuki Boulevard M109R2

Suspension Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front: Disc brake, twin
Brakes Rear: Disc brake
Tires Front: 130/70R18M/C 63V, tubeless
Tires Rear: 240/40R18M/C 79V, tubeless
Overall Length: 2450 mm (96.5 in)
Overall Width: 875 mm (34.4 in)
Overall Height: 1185 mm (46.7 in)
Seat Height: 705 mm (27.8 in)
Ground Clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1710 mm (67.3 in)
Curb Weight: 347 kg (764 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.5 L (5.2/4.3 US/Imp gal)

Features

 

Key Features

 

  • A streamlined headlight cover carrying a unique trapezoidal shaped multi reflector H4 halogen headlight and a maintanance free LED tail light built into the tailsection
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    Engine Features

     

  • 1783cc, 8-valve DOHC, 54 degree, liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-twin engine designed for strong throttle response and quick acceleration

  • Massive 112mm bore and 90.5mm stroke utilizing huge 112mm 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 creates a compact cylinder head design and reduces overall engine height and creates a lower center of gravity

  • Each bore is lined with Suzuki’s race proven SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) for optimum heat transfer, tighter piston-to-cylinder clearances and reduced weight

  • 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 features carefully selected gear ratios for comfortable cruising in a variety of riding situations

  • Three piece airbox uses dual intakes with 9.5 liters of internal volume working through a pleated fabric air cleaner element

  • The 2-into-1-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

  • Electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 56mm throttle bodies - maintains optimum air velocity for smooth low- to mid-range throttle response

  • A new Idle Speed Control (ISC) system improves cold starting and stabilizes engine idle speed in various conditions

  • Dual spark plug per cylinder ignition system is controlled by the powerful 32 bit ECM for improved combustion efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions
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    Chassis Features

     

  • High-tensile double cradle steel frame is built to comfortably handle all the power and torque while delivering agile handling and a plush smooth ride

  • Spiral spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels measure a 3.50 x 18 inch up front and a massive 8.50 x 18 inch rear tire wearing a huge 240mm rear Dunlop radial tire

  • Front brake system includes radial mounted four piston front calipers and 310mm front brake rotors. Rear brake system includes a dual piston caliper and 275mm rear disc

  • A sleek wide fuel tank with 5.2 gallon fuel capacity that flows into integrated side covers, a comfortable low seat and stylish radiator cowl.

  • A handlebar mounted digital tachometer and LED indicator lights flow nicely with the tank mounted analog speedometer and LCD odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge and clock

  • Inverted cartridge forks with 46mm stanchion tubes proved an aggressive front end look with 5.12 inches of wheel travel

  • A cast aluminum alloy swingarm works with a progressive shock linkage and a preload adjustable single rear shock delivering 4.66 inches of wheel travel working through a shaft drive system

  • Single seat cover is standard equipment and emphasizes the beautiful flowing lines of the M109R2


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