2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S.
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.
Engine:4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54-degree V-Twin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
"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."
|Engine:||1783 cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 54-degree V-Twin|
|Valves Per Cylinder:||4|
|Bore x Stroke:||4.41 inches x 3.56 inches|
|Maximum Torque:||118 pound-feet at 3,200 rpm|
|Maximum Power:||128 horsepower at 6,200 rpm|
|Fuel System:||Fuel Injection|
|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|
|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|
|Ground Clearance:||5.1 inches|
|Seat Height:||27.8 inches|
|Curb Weight:||764 pounds|
|Warranty:||12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty.|