2010 Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

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Suzuki is set to write long history pages with the help of two Boulevard models that have been launched a couple of years ago, but only now achieve the notoriety they truly deserve. Meanwhile, the C109R and C109RT have carried on as 2010 model years, but remain the same massive bikes with great road performance and will most likely change only color schemes in the future as they do now. A little more special, the new Touring model gets white wall tires and passenger floorboards to mark the pass.

 

Introduction

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

In their attempt to create the absolute modern cruiser, Suzuki engineers have taken the power plant from the M109R and retuned the camshafts for more low-end and mid-range torque over horsepower and so deliver a classic piece of machinery, not only in style, but in attitude as well. The 1783 cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54-degree V-Twin sets the Boulevards C109R and C109RT up against the best in the business, so a GSX-R-derived electronic fuel injection system seems like a great solution for the two models. And so does the wide-ratio five-speed transmission.

Like the engine and gearbox, the chassis was built for the long haul. With a high-tensile double cradle steel frame and Showa suspension working on both ends (49mm forks deliver 130mm of wheel travel and a rear monoshock linked to an aluminum swingarm), these bikes are meant to offer first class accommodations.

But stopping an 838 lbs or 900 lbs (touring model) curb weight is never an easy task. That is why Suzuki uses a combined braking system. So when applying only the front brake lever, two pistons out of three will provide the needed braking power, but when applying only the rear brake, this last will be used at full capabilities and the front will intervene with a single piston. You can imagine what happens when you hit both. This may not be extracted from the world of races, but it gets the job done proudly.

The Boulevard C109RT offers a plus of comfort thanks to a tall windscreen and passenger backrest, but also decent carrying capacity thanks to a pair of leather saddlebags. The bad boy image is enhanced by the studded seat while the new for 2010 white wall tires give it a retro look as well.

History

Suzuki launched the Boulevard cruiser lineup in 2004 and consecrated the name by manufacturing middleweight classic cruisers and big, class-leading muscle-bikes such as the M109R. Eventually, this would have inspired Suzuki to create a high-end cruiser, the C109R, and a corresponsive touring version, the C109RT.

The first model years were 2008s. Colors available for the C109R were Black and Maroon while the C109RT was Blue/White, Black/Gray colored.

Competition

By the time Suzuki spotted the amazing importance of building big bore cruisers, Harley-Davidson and the rest of the Japanese crowd were already gaining a lot from this segment

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

The Softail Deluxe and Heritage Softail Classic are both powered by Harley’s 96-cubic-inch, air-cooled, Twin Cam 96B engine, which is electronically fuel injected so as they fully satisfy the market’s requests. The Heritage Softail Classic adds a tall windscreen, passenger backrest and saddlebags, improving onboard comfort and practicability.

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

Star Motorcycles is probably the most offering competitor. With four more than decent alternatives to the two Suzuki models, Star makes it hard on a potential buyer to walk out from the dealership with nothing new to ride.

The Road Star and Road Star S are both part of the classic crowd and with a fuel-injected, 102-cubic-inch, air-cooled, 48-degree V-Twin, they make for great rides. Also, the models address to the fans of belt drive. Their touring siblings are the Road Star Silverado and Road Star Silverado S .

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

Kawasaki doesn’t miss this battle as it relies on the Vulcan 1700 Classic and Vulcan 1700 Classic LT to make an impression and if that doesn’t work, there are always the Vulcan 2000 models to keep fans close to their favorite manufacturer. The Vulcan 1700 Classic is backed up by a potent 103.7-cubic-inch, liquid-cooled V-Twin engine and it doesn’t weight that much either (760.7 lbs). The Vulcan 1700 Classic LT features that same wonderful engine, but the ride is improved by the addition of a windshield, passenger backrest and leather saddlebags.

Honda VTX1800

Honda sticks to carburetion so at least you know what to expect from the 1,795cc, liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-Twin engine on the VTX1800N and VTX1800T , which are the competing models for the C109R, respectively C109RT.


Exterior

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

Although the engine is taken from a muscle bike, the Boulevard C109R and C109RT are entirely different looking bikes which stand out thanks to the smooth flowing lines as well as the multitude of chromed units. Yet, the cast alloy wheels offer a touch of modernity in slight contradiction with the classic style. On the touring model, the white wall tires and the studded seats compensate for that.

The front end is dominated by a headlight worthy of being mounted on a lighthouse, but the 150mm front tire and the chrome fork covers look massive too. The also chromed wide handlebars follow the gas tank’s lines. This brings us to the unit of great importance on the C109 models, the 5-gallon tank. Suzuki surely took its space with this piece of great visual importance and that also provided room for the instruments. It hugs the frame and it is very low positioned, but you’ll still be able to spot the source of that two-into-two exhaust, the 108.8-cubic-inch V-Twin.

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT


It would seem that the classic cruiser look is completed (despite the radiator, which seems a little off the scene), but there’s plenty more of it. The seat is positioned at only 27.8 inches from the ground and with a stylish rear fender and taillight on top of that 240mm rear tire, you’re ready to hit the streets in big boy style. Colors available for the simple model are Black and Blue.

But if the interstates are most likely the places where you’ll travel, the Suzuki Boulevard C109RT is a more appropriate choice for the implicit riding demands. As mentioned before, this distinguished through the retro white wall tires, studded seat, windshield, backrest and leather saddlebags as well as thanks to the Black/Grey color scheme.

Press Reviews

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

"With GSX-R1000 technology at its disposal, Suzuki engineers used similar downdraft intake ports for the C109R’s mill. Which is a good thing, because not only is the 1783cc engine Suzuki’s biggest effort in the class to date, but it’s got monster 112mm aluminum-alloy pistons..." – motorcycle-usa

"With greater top-end rpm than other monster twins and strong response down low, the C109R has an exceptionally wide powerband, largely because it continues to rev well beyond the rpm where most big V-twins go blah. Throttle response is smooth yet crisp throughout. Fuel mileage ranges from about 29 to 36 mpg. The fuel warning light generally comes on at around 130 miles from the last fill-up." – motorcyclecruiser

"Once you get the hang of this big bike’s road presence, you’ll find that leaning into turns is easier than you’d think, and that banking power eventually translates to turning. Think ahead, and you’ll probably find the C109’s handling dynamics intuitive. It’s not nimble by any stretch of the imagination, but its seat height of only 28 inches brings it low enough to the ground to lend it decent handling for its weight." – motorcycles.about

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

"At the end of a long day riding the C109R and C109RT, we felt little fatigue and no saddle soreness-though we would have appreciated more wind protection from the RT’s windscreen. In spite of the weight you feel during low-speed maneuvers, planning your apexes in advance results in smooth, poised handling. It’s a testament to Suzuki and modern shock technology that a bike so heavy can move so deftly." – popularmechanics

Price

In these past few years, Suzuki Boulevard models stood out as among the most appreciated cruisers made by a Japanese manufacturer and the good quality-price ratio always helped. For example, the MSRP for the Boulevard C109R starts at $14,799 and the one for the C109RT at $15,999.

Conclusion

Being a great overall product itself – in both its forms, the R and RT – the 2010 Suzuki Boulevard C109 is here to enjoy the notoriety of a class-leader (if we exclude the Harleys) in the days when big engines are fading like flowers. Great! This means that bad boys can turn back on them and accountants can return on 250cc bikes.


SPECIFICATIONS

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

 

Engine and Transmission

 

  • Displacement: 1783 cc (108.8 cu. in)
  • Type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54? 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

 

  • 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: 150/80R16M/C 71V, tubeless
  • Tires Rear: 240/55R16M/C 86V, tubeless
  • Overall Length: 2580 mm (101.6 in)
  • Overall Width: 985 mm (38.8 in)
  • Overall Height: 1150 mm (45.3 in); 1473 mm (58 in) of the Special Touring model
  • Seat Height: 705 mm (27.8 in)
  • Ground Clearance: 135 mm (5.3 in)
  • Wheelbase: 1755 mm (69.1 in)
  • Curb Weight: 380 kg (838 lbs); 408 kg (900 lbs) of the Special Touring model
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.0 L (5.0/4.2 US/Imp gal)

 

Features & Benefits

Suzuki Boulevard C109R/RT

 

Key Features

 

  • Innovative and classic design combines the clean, sweeping good looks of a classic cruiser with high performance provided by Suzuki advanced technology
  • New for 2010, white wall tires and passenger floorboards
  • Special Touring model featuring a custom designed windshield, an attractive studded seat, beautiful leather saddlebags, comfortable passenger backrest, Light bar and engine guards.
  • 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 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
  • Crank inertia for the C109R is increased by 20% 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 features carefully selected gear ratios for comfortable cruising in a variety of riding situations
  • Three piece airbox uses dual intakes working through a pleated fabric air cleaner element
  • Electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 52mm 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
  • 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
  • New cast alloy wheels feature 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 tyre wearing a huge 240mm radial tyre
  • New combined braking system utilizes 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 feature 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 feature 130mm of wheel travel
  • Link type aluminum swingarm creating a rigid tail look with light weight and high rigidity
  • New spacious floorboards for increased rider comfort and control
  • New classic design brings combines the clean, sweeping good looks of a classic cruiser with high
  • performance provided by Suzuki advanced technology
  • The 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

 

Engine Features

 

  • 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
  • 1783cc, 8-valve DOHC, 54-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-twin engine designed for strong throttle response and massive torque output
  • A compact dry sump lubrication system SASS (Suzuki Advanced Sump System) provides reduced engine height, a lower crankshaft position and lower center of gravity
  • The Idle Speed Control (ISC) system improves cold starting and stabilizes engine idle speed in various conditions
  • Crank inertia for the C109R is designed for increased torque delivery at low speed and for reduced vibration across the rpm range
  • Dual spark plug per cylinder ignition system is controlled by the powerful 32 bit ECM for improved combustion efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions
  • 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
  • Electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 52mm throttle bodies - maintains optimum air velocity for smooth low-to-mid range throttle response
  • Five speed transmission features carefully selected gear ratios for comfortable cruising in a variety of riding situations
  • 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
  • Three piece airbox uses dual intakes working through a pleated fabric air cleaner element
  • 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

 

Chassis Features

 

  • 49mm front forks feature thick chrome covers for a stylish new look and feature 130mm of wheel travel
  • Cast alloy wheels feature a 10 spoke radial design for a clean and classic look. The 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
  • Combined braking system utilizes 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.
  • 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
  • Link type aluminum swingarm creating a rigid tail look with light weight and high rigidity
  • Spacious floorboards for increased rider comfort and control
  • Stylish and wide fuel tank design is built highlight the classic lines of the C109R with a large 19.0 L (4.2 Imp gal) fuel capacity for maximum rider enjoyment
  • Stylish pull back type handlebars feature a deep chrome plated finish and a beautiful wide design for a massive look

2 comments:

Don’t you think that this bike is best for countryside driving.

I just love to drive my motorbike like this, one long trips on country side can be very enjoying even if your just running max of 50mph.

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