The Epitome Of The ’Boulevard Bruiser’

Introduced as the bad-ass brother of Suzuki’s M109R, the Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. carries forward into 2018 with its 109 cubic inch (1,783 cc) engine. Yeah, B.O.S.S. stands for ’Blacked Out Special Suzuki’, but I’m gonna call it ’Blacked Out Super Sweet’. It might not be the fastest cruiser on the market, but it is definitely a power-cruiser and it really wants to go when you let out the clutch.

Continue reading for my review on the Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.

  • 2015 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
  • Year:
    2015- 2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54-degree V-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1783 L
  • Price:
    14999
  • Price:

Design

2015 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
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Black-out can look so much like a guy went to the hardware store and bought a can of black matte spray and did it himself; but when done right, it is elegant indeed.

I don’t usually go for blackout because it can look so much like a guy went to the hardware store and bought a can of black matte spray and did it himself; but when done right, it is elegant indeed. Carried forward without much change from the 2014 M109R and M109R Limited, the 2018 version does blackout in style. Over a dozen parts normally painted or chromed — the mirrors, handlebars, clutch and brake levers, handle switches, front fork outer tubes, steering stem head, tank cover, air cleaner cap, clutch and magneto covers, cylinder head and side covers, final gear case, mufflers, brake calipers and jiffy stand — are blacked out to give the Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. an almost sneak-into-the-night stealthy look.

Instrumentation includes LED indicator lights integrated into the top of the headlight cowl, a digital tach and gear position indicator. The analog speedometer and LCD odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge and clock are mounted on the tank. With a respectable 4.9-gallon fuel capacity, you have ample legs for around town or trips up the highway.

Chassis

2015 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
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With that 240 rear tire, there'll be no 'peg dragging' here, but plenty of straight-line stability and ample contact patch for superior traction.

The Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. takes full advantage of the Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS) to reduce engine height and lower the crankshaft position, and in turn, lower the center of gravity. Lower center of gravity means better handling and less upper body strength needed to wrestle the weight off the jiffy stand, and makes it less tippy at parking-lot speeds.

The 46 mm inverted front forks, with their race-proven cartridge internals and 5.1 inches of travel, reduce the unsprung weight of the fork components better than traditional forks. This gives you a smooth ride and reduces wheel bounce, especially in the corners where you really need it. Of course, with that fat-fat 240 rear tire, there’ll be no peg draggin’ here, but plenty of straight-line stability and ample contact patch for superior traction.

Front Suspension/Travel: 46 mm Inverted telescopic fork/5.1 inches
Rear Suspension/Travel: Twin-Sided Swing Arm with link-type, oil-damped, coil spring/4.6 inches
Wheels Composition: Aluminum
Front Wheel Width: 3.5 inches
Rear Wheel Width: 8.5 inches
Front Brake: 310 mm Dual Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake: 275 mm Hydraulic Disc
Tire, Front: Dunlop® 130/70R18M/C 63V, tubeless
Tire, Rear: Dunlop® 240/40R18M/C 79V, tubeless

Drivetrain

2015 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
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There's plenty of power off the line and ambitious roll-on anywhere in the powerband.

Powered by a 1783 cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 54-degree V-twin, the Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. utilizes the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 56 mm throttle bodies. Couple that with a dual-intake, three-piece, two-gallon airbox with dual air cleaner elements, and that will maintain optimum air velocity for smooth roll-on at even low to mid-range rpm.

The engine contains 4.4-inch pistons — which are quite huge in this day and age — in bores lined with Suzuki’s Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM). This race-proven material provides excellent heat transfer and tighter piston-to-cylinder clearances. Suzuki claims the pistons, "…are one of the largest reciprocating gasoline engine pistons being used in any production passenger car or motorcycle…" and I believe them.

Bolt this to a five-speed manual transmission and this baby is giving you a whopping 118 pound-feet of torque at 3,200 rpm. This gives you plenty of power off the line and ambitious roll-on anywhere in the powerband.

Engine: 1783 cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 54-degree V-Twin
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Valve Configuration: DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 4.41 inches x 3.56 inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5-to-1
Maximum Torque: 118 pound-feet at 3,200 rpm
Maximum Power: 128 horsepower at 6,200 rpm
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Starter: Electric
Transmission: five-speed constant mesh manual
Final Drive: Shaft Drive

Pricing

2015 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
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Suzuki gives you a lot of bike for the money in the M109R B.O.S.S.

MSRP on this bike is $14,999, same as it has been for several years. That’s a lot of bike for the money, make no mistake about it. Suzuki gives you a 12-month warranty on the new M109R B.O.S.S., which comes in two-tone colorways, Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange or Metallic Mystic Silver/Glass Sparkle Black, for 2018.

Warranty: 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Colors:
2015: Pearl Bracing White / Glass Sparkle Black, Candy Daring Red / Glass Sparkle Black
2016, 2017: Pearl Vigor Blue/Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray
2018: Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange, Metallic Mystic Silver/Glass Sparkle Black
Price: $14,999

Competitor

2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
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2015 - 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
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It's pretty clear that Suzuki is taking a stab at the U.S. market, which means a stab at the reigning king, Harley-Davidson.

With its bullet fairing and sweepy looks, it’s pretty clear that Suzuki is taking a stab at the U.S. market, which means a stab at the reigning king, Harley-Davidson. The MoCo just underwent a huge shakeup this year and resurrected its old FXRT as one of its 2018 Softail models, and I think its a good fit for the B.O.S.S.

Instead of a bullet fairing, the Sport Glide mounts a mini-batwing up front, and I’d be lying if I said I preferred it to the outlaw bullet on the B.O.S.S.. Both lead the way with inverted front forks that not only look strong, but actually are stronger than the old standard forks and make these rides look like serious business. The Sport Glide’s Softail frame necessarily gives it some very dated lines that the B.O.S.S. can’t quite match, but there’s only so much you can do against the look of the Softail’s clever swingarm arrangement.

Though all modern and inverted and such, neither bike offers any sort of adjustments at the front suspension in spite of the fact that I know Suzuki has adjustable stems sitting on a shelf. Shame. Adjustable preload at the rear end is the only adjustment for the rear end across the board, but ABS protection comes standard on the Sport Glide alone with no such option on the B.O.S.S.

One place Suzuki really gets it right is in the engine department. Yeah, it’s mainly hidden behind the fat exhaust pipes and water-buffalo radiator, but the size is right with a 1,783 cc V-twin driving the thing with 118 pounds o’ grunt. That’s right sports fans; a twin cylinder import that, inch-for-inch, puts out more torque than Harley’s new, 108 pound-foot Milwaukee-Eight engine, even if it doesn’t look as cool doing it. Will that difference register on the heinie dyno? Barely, but there it is anyway.

Of course, price is Suzuki’s biggest strength against the $18,599 tag on the Vivid Black Sport Glide, and that advantage increases by another four Benjamins if you go for one of Harley’s two color options. In the end, the B.O.S.S. will probably make an OK alternative for someone trying not to buy a Harley.

He Said

My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, "This definitely looks like a decent multi-purpose bike that could handle grocery-getting missions as well as light touring. The power from the engine easily makes it comparable to sportbikes, but the relaxed rider position created by the forward controls affords a more laid-back posture and style of riding. I don’t care for the black/silver paint schemes, they look a little too ’Power Ranger’ for my taste," but the black w/ orange trim is absolutely bitchin’.”

She Said

"This is a ballsy bike. With 118 pound-feet of torque, it just wants to go. You don’t even need the throttle, just let out the clutch and the bike leaps out of the gate. It is a very wide bike, at least that’s how it feels. I felt like I had my legs wrapped around a barrel. Maybe taller riders won’t notice it so much. The sound from the stock pipes is surprisingly nice and throaty."

Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 1783 cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 54-degree V-Twin
Valves Per Cylinder: 4
Valve Configuration: DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 4.41 inches x 3.56 inches
Compression Ratio: 10.5-to-1
Maximum Torque: 118 pound-feet at 3,200 rpm
Maximum Power: 128 horsepower at 6,200 rpm
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Starter: Electric
Transmission: five-speed constant mesh manual
Final Drive: Shaft Drive
Chassis:
Front Suspension Type: Inverted telescopic fork
Front Suspension Size: 46 mm
Front Suspension Travel: 5.1 inches
Rear Suspension Type: Twin-Sided Swing Arm with link-type, oil-damped, coil spring
Rear Suspension Travel: 4.6 inches
Wheels Composition: Aluminum
Front Wheel Width: 3.5 inches
Rear Wheel Width: 8.5 inches
Front Brake Type: Dual Hydraulic Disc
Front Brake Diameter: 310 mm
Rear Brake Type: Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake Diameter: 275 mm
Tires Front: Dunlop® 130/70R18M/C 63V, tubeless
Tires Rear: Dunlop® 240/40R18M/C 79V, tubeless
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Length: 95.5 inches
Overall Width: 34.4 inches
Wheelbase: 67.3 inches
Ground Clearance: 5.1 inches
Seat Height: 27.8 inches
Curb Weight: 764 pounds
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.9 gallons
Details:
Model ID: VZR1800
Warranty: 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Color:
2015: Pearl Bracing White / Glass Sparkle Black, Candy Daring Red / Glass Sparkle Black
2016, 2017: Pearl Vigor Blue/Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray
2018: Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange, Metallic Mystic Silver/Glass Sparkle Black
Price: $14,999

References

2018 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide
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See our review of the Harley-Davidson Sport Glide.

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