Introduced in 2006 as Suzuki’s flagship V-Twin cruiser, the Boulevard M109R is in style for 2015 with the M109R B.O.S.S. (VZR1800). I don’t know what B.O.S.S. stands for, but my guess would be Blacked Out Super Sweet. 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.

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

2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. High Resolution Exterior
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Carried forward without much change from the 2014 M109R and M109R Limited, the 2015 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 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. High Resolution Exterior
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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. On the rear, Suzuki mounted a Dunlop 240/40R18M/C 79V tire. At 8.5 inches wide, it’s the widest tire Suzuki has put on a motorcycle to date. That’s a comparably huge contact patch, giving you excellent traction.

Drivetrain

2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. High Resolution Exterior
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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.

Pricing

2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S. High Resolution Exterior
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MSRP on this bike is $14,999. That’s a lot of bike for the money. Color choices are Pearl Bracing White and Glass Sparkle Black or Candy Daring Red and Glass Sparkle Black. I’m not partial to white bikes — looks too much like law enforcement — but the easy choice here is the black and red. The red paint accenting the top lines of the bike don’t disturb that I’m-stalking-you, blacked-out design.

He Said

My husband and fellow writer, TJ Hinton, says, "This definitely looks like a multi-purpose bike. The power from the engine easily makes it comparable to sport bikes, 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 offered paint schemes. They look a little too ’Power Ranger’ for my taste."

She Said

"This is a ballsy bike. With 118 pound-feet of torque, it easily compares to the Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide or any of the other models equipped with the Twin-Cooled, Twin-Cam, 110-cubic-inch engine. Though the CVO line offers plenty of features over the Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S., Suzuki offers a nice package for a fraction of the price. With a seat height of almost 28-inches, I’ll have to ride pillion, but that’s okay. I’ll feel like I’m a moll to a good second-story man on this blacked-out beauty."

Specifications

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
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
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.9 gallons
Color: Pearl Bracing White / Glass Sparkle Black, Candy Daring Red / Glass Sparkle Black
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
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
Warranty: 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty.
Price: $14,999
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