Suzuki’s Boulevard lineup may be admired thanks to models such as the C109R or M109R, but until you get to those, the S40 is most likely to become your dearest friend, especially if you’re a short person or a girl. With a very low seat height (only 27.6 inches from the ground) and a docile engine, the S40 makes for the perfect cruiser to start on and continue riding for quite some time.
It may not look massive, weigh a tone and handle like a tractor, but do you really need all that from your first cruising motorcycle? The 2010 Suzuki Boulevard S40 is just an entry-level starters bike powered by a 652cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, OHC, single-cylinder engine that is economical and easy to maintain. While all other Boulevard models feature shaft final drive, the S40 is satisfied with a belt drive, which is very still and easy to replace.
Weighing only 381 lbs, there was no need for a second disc brake up front and a single one at the rear instead of the still efficient drum.
With custom handlebars, tear drop fuel tank design and a one-piece saddle, the smallest Boulevard is very attractive although a V-Twin engine would seem more appropriate for it now that it has come such a long way.
The Suzuki Boulevard S40 is an entry-level cruising motorcycle derived from the LS650 Savage, the first chopper manufactured by a Japanese builder in 1986. Equipped with a single cylinder 647cc engine, it wasn’t even a Harley imitation, but it caught up to the public very well. The idea was to create a lightweight motorcycle which would be adequate for cruising and easy to handle, suitable for beginners and people with short legs. With a seat height of only 26.0 inches, the bike had clearly reached its goal and the beginning of the story was marked.
The decades didn’t bring virtually any changes apart from some facelifts. The air-cooled 652 cc SOHC single-cylinder, 4-valves, TSCC developing 31hp at 5,400rpm and 50Nm at 3,000rpm, remains the same.
In 2004 the Savage had to leave the scene but it did it in style as it featured new rear view mirrors, similar to VL800 Volusia, standard 4-way emergency flasher and high-beam passing switch as well as multi-reflector turn signals.
2005 saw the introduction of the Savage in the Boulevard line of cruisers, which was just born. The rest is anything but history.
Suzuki’s cruisers have always competed with Honda’s and this model had to have some stiff competition coming from its threatening opponent. In order to meet the market’s requests, Honda launched the Shadow VLX, a cruiser equipped with a 583cc V-twin motor which was to compete with the single-cylinder S40. The Shadow VLX is a unique cruiser in Honda’s line-up. Its old-school hardtail-style rear suspension, the classic teardrop tank and low seat height are all attractive features.
Kawasaki also presents an excellent motorcycle for first-time buyers seeking entry to the cruiser lifestyle. With a low seat height, friendly power delivery and an affordable purchase price, the Vulcan 500 LTD makes it easy to develop those all-important riding skills.
Although I previously mentioned the V Star Custom as a competitor for the S50, it is a stronger opponent for the bike’s smaller sibling, the S40. The long and chopperesque V Star Custom is the lightest of the Stars, which means great handling and performance are along for the ride, too.
2010 Suzuki Boulevard S40
The Boulevard S40’s design is very attractive and influenced by larger Boulevard models. In fact, this model looks like an S83 in miniature only that with a single-cylinder engine.
It has custom flat handlebars which provide it with a clean, sporty appearance and combine with the low seat height, making it appropriate for shorter riders or beginners. The Boulevard S40 has all it takes to accommodate its rider in the best riding position.
The fuel reservoir has a tear drop-shape and it features flush-mounted speedometer. The gasoline in that very same fuel tank feeds the engine and the energy results into two beautiful spinning polished standard spoke wheels just like on bigger cruiser models.
Good looks are given by the black engine case and cylinder with polished cylinder head fins for a finished appearance and also by the zinc-plated cylinder mounting bolts that indicate high quality finish, resists to corrosion and blends with the black engine color for a more detailed appearance.
As you could already notice, it is all about the finishing touches and the fork brackets make no exception. These are polished and now feature an attractive and durable clear coat finish which goes very well with the custom-style rear view mirrors similar to larger Boulevard models.
If there was any doubt that Suzuki practically dedicates the Boulevard S40 to female riders, the Red (almost pink, if you ask me)/White color scheme will vanish it. Apart from that, there are other two paintjobs available, a Black/White one and a simple Black one.
Overall, the appearance is excellent and the turning of heads will be guaranteed as you admire yourself and the bike in the windows of shops while riding along the city streets.
"Although it feels a bit out of breath at 65 mph, the S40 doesn’t shake with anything like the ferocity of an unbalanced 650cc single. If you don’t plan to cruise at 75 mph, there is enough power." – motorcyclecruiser
"The S40 is a 650cc air-cooled single-cylinder 4-stroke. It is an updated version of the old Savage. I was surprised at how smooth the single cylinder engine ran, even when pressed hard. The power was more than ample to scoot away from stop lights and traffic, and it will cruise comfortably at 70 mph" – motorcycle-usa
"If there is any bike that deserves recognition for minimalist perfection, it is the Suzuki Boulevard S40. The bike does what a motorcyle purist wants, and does it well. It can handle highway speeds with ease, and serves a fantastic daily ride for commuting. Fuel Economy is in the 46-52 MPG range." – essforty
Your initiation in the bad boy lifestyle can be made on this reliable package offering handling, comfort and enough speed for your next step in motorcycling for and MSRP of $4,899. Because it is build to be ridden, the Suzuki Boulevard S40 comes with a 12 months unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Dreaming to become a Hell’s Angel but you don’t have the skills or the bike? Try to work your way up and the Suzuki Boulevard S40 will help you make the first and very important step to reaching your goals. But if you don’t aim that high and you’re only looking for a great solution to ride across town, the Suzuki can also be the alternative and the solution to your necessities in this matter. It all depends on how you see things and how far do you want to extend this side of yours.