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2009 Suzuki Boulevard M50/Special Edition

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When it comes to cruisers, most of us still imagine towering, apparently hard to maneuver motorcycles that are most likely powered by big V-Twins. So how does the power cruiser concept apply to an 805cc motorcycle that weighs 584 lbs?

Suzuki seems to have reached the annals of this problem and deliver to us their beloved Boulevard M50 and the Special Edition model so the least we can do is share our impressions with you.

 

Introduction

The “spark” behind the Boulevard M50 models was to offer beginners the possibility of making their dream of riding a performance cruiser come true without these being necessarily needed to gain experience along several years of docile riding. In order for that to become reality, Suzuki created this light, versatile and easy to live with cruiser and gave it the shape of a veritable mean machine.

It all started with the soft-tail-style frame which gives the bike its radical look and which has all to do with the 27.6 inches seat and comfortable riding accommodations.

And it’s not just the shape. The 805cc V-Twin engine, with the cylinders positioned at a 45-degree angle, is liquid-cooled and fuel-injected so it keeps riders well enthusiastic about their bike long after they’ve learned how to ride. Also, the five-speed constant mesh transmission is easy to live with while the shaft final drive requires almost no maintenance and it can go on forever.

History

Suzuki Boulevard M50/Special Edition

Before Suzuki introduced their Boulevard line in 2004, the M50 was called the VZ800 Marauder. The engine and chassis were the same and the bike would have previously been identified as a custom rather than a cruiser. Brighter color schemes covered the identically shaped body while the water-cooled, 805cc, SOHC, 8-valves, 45-degree V-Twin was capable of a decent 50 hp at 6,500 rpm and 64 Nm at 5,000 rpm. The top speed was a more than decent 100 mph so the potential was there to be exploited.

The rebranding that took place in 2004 brought not just some new color schemes and a cooler name, but also the benefits of a fuel-injection system: 56.00 hp at 6,000 rpm and 69.00 Nm at 4,000 rpm. That’s also when people started considering it a power cruiser due to Suzuki’s more aggressive approach.

Competition

Other manufacturers simply comply with classic looks and carburetion so I guess it is kind of a “been there, done that” situation for Suzuki.

Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2

Honda’s alternative is the 2009 Shadow Spirit 750. With classic cruiser style, a low 25.7 inches seat and a 745cc, liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-Twin; SOHC, three valves per cylinder engine this one may very likely be the choice of those who at some point considered buying the Suzuki. And the $6,999 MSRP doesn’t have much to do with that as the M50 is as close as you can get to that and offers much more.

Suzuki Boulevard M50/Special Edition

On the other side, Kawasaki creates a Special Edition (Ebony) of their 2009 Vulcan 900 Custom a motorcycle which compensates the lack of fuel injection with a little bit more cylinder capacity (that always works). So the engine is the same 903cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valves per cylinder, V-Twin as on the normal version, but the $8,099 doesn’t beat Suzuki’s Special Edition which is much cheaper, as you will later see.

With Star motorcycles, it’s either the 2009 V Star 650 Custom (too cheap) or the 2009 V Star 1100 Custom (too pricey). They’re well worth mentioning, but not the perfect competitors for the M50.

Exterior

Suzuki Boulevard M50/Special Edition

As you very well know, Suzuki offers two Boulevard M50 models, the simple and the Special Edition one. While the first is Black painted, the second lightens up the scene with its Black/White, Orange/Black color schemes, but both are as “angry” as they get as you’ve most likely concluded by reading and viewing the competition.

Based on the soft-tail-style frame, the M50 manages to look long, low and sleek despite the not so permissive dimensions. With a sharp front fender and bob-tail rear one, the bike is a great reminder of the Marauder and so are the cast aluminum three-spoke wheels even though now black painted.

The gas tank follows the same sinuous lines which introduce us to the wide, almost flat rider seat and the pretty high positioned passenger one. Even though the fuel filler includes indicator lights for turn signals, high beam and low fuel, the speedometer is mounted on the handlebar and fills in the space above the multi-reflector headlight. All of these last pieces are chromed and so is the exhaust, airbox and the V-Twin’s cooling wings which create a great contrast with the matte black engine and tranny.

Still, the decently sized radiator is a clear indicator that the cooling wings are just for design purposes. Also, it stands as a reminder of the engine’s capabilities. Which reminds us of our

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 Test Drive

Price

Suzuki definitely knows how to build their cruisers, but another key factor for their notoriety is also their marketing knowledge. For instance, the 2009 Boulevard M50 comes with a Base price of $7,199 and the Special Edition model of $7,399. Considering that Suzuki is the only one to offer the closest thing to an 800cc power cruiser, they’re very good at the selling part too.

Conclusion

Although nothing changes apart from colors (and only on the Special Edition) and prices, these bikes feature a continuously growing success as they wait for the competition to catch up.


SPECIFICATIONS

 

Engine and Transmission

 

Suzuki Boulevard M50/Special Edition

Displacement: 805 cc (49.1 cu. in)
Type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, OHC, 45? V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 mm (3.268 in) x 74.4 mm (2.929 in)
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
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 M50/Special Edition

Suspension Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front: Disc brake
Brakes Rear: Drum brake
Tires Front: 130/90-16M/C 67H, tubeless
Tires Rear: 170/80-15M/C 77H, tubeless
Overall Length: 2395 mm (94.3 in)
Overall Width: 920 mm (36.2 in)
Overall Height: 1125 mm (44.3 in)
Seat Height: 700 mm (27.6 in)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1655 mm (65.2 in)
Curb Weight: 265 kg (584 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 15.5 L (4.1/3.4 US/Imp gal)

 

Features

 

Key Features

 

  • New dual spark plugs on each cylinder for better combustion and lower emissions (on the Special Edition model)
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    Engine Features

     

  • Fuel-injected, 50 cubic inch, eight-valve, liquid-cooled, 45 degree V-twin engine tuned for exceptional low rpm power and torque

  • 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

  • Crankshaft designed with 45? offset crank pins to reduce engine vibration without a counterbalancer for a more comfortable ride

  • Five-speed transmission features a high fifth gear ratio for relaxed highway cruising

  • Low-maintenance shaft final-drive system is clean-running with low torque reaction

  • Custom-styled exhaust designed for a deep rumbling sound and tuned low rpm power

  • 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

     

  • Soft-tail-style frame creates a continuous flowing line from the headlight, through the fuel tank, seat and rear fender

  • Sharp-edged-styled front fender adds to the clean look of the front end, while the bob-tail rear fender adds to the flowing lines at the rear

  • Long, wide 4.1 gallon fuel tank flows smoothly back to the seat -attractive raised fuel filler includes indicator lights for turn signals, high beam and low fuel

  • Handlebar-mounted speedometer styled for a clean appearance and positioned for good visibility

  • Wide, comfortable seat with low seat height - passenger seat can be removed for a bobbed rear fender appearance

  • Low-rise handlebars mounted on pull-back risers provide a comfortable reach for the rider and increased comfort around town or on the highway

  • Inverted, 41mm front fork for a performance look and comfortable ride - the only model in the class with an inverted fork

  • Link-type rear suspension connects to a truss-style swingarm and a single shock absorber with 7-way spring preload adjustment

  • Large LED-type taillight with a clear lens provides a modern custom look

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

  • Bright bullet-style turn signals designed for high visibility and attractive appearance

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

  • Black cast aluminum rims carry a wide 130/90-16 front tire and 170/80-15 rear tire

  • Single front disc brake with large 300mm rotor for strong braking performance
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    Optional accessories

     

  • Windshield

  • Light Bar

  • Saddlebags

  • Engine Guards

  • Custom Seats

  • Billet Aluminum Items


  • 1 comments:

    i have an 08 limited edition m50 and with a cobra fi2000 programmer and cobra drag pipes and a k&n oem air filter you can get about 145 out of this bike excellent mid-range and top end

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