2015 Suzuki Boulevard S40
When Suzuki began building lightweight cruisers in the mid 80’s, the bike was christened with the name “Savage.” That name lasted until 2004 when Suzuki decided to give it a clean slate. Part of that clean slate was renaming the bike, which of course led to it now being called the Boulevard S40.
Whatever name it goes by, the Boulevard S40 has stood the test of time, largely because it gave customers a chance to experience multiple styling and handling segments in just one bike.
In a lot of ways, the Boulevard S40 carried that versatility with it proudly. Some folks refer to it as an entry-level cruiser, and while its lightweight characteristics does lend some fact to that belief, the Boulevard S40 also has that classic retro Americana look that fits right in with those hulking cruisers of yesteryear.
Performance-wise, it’s not the fastest and most powerful bike in the world. Far from it, really. But what it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in a lot of things.
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2015 Suzuki Boulevard S40
Engine:4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, OHC
Since adopting the Boulevard S40 name, Suzuki has largely kept the design of its entry-level cruiser the same. Sure, minor tweaks here and there were made to aid in improving the bike’s handling and aerodynamics, but for the most part, the 2015 Boulevard S40 still carries the same design spirit as the bike that was introduced in the 80’s.
That’s not really a bad thing because you have to understand the Boulevard S40 caters to a market that puts a premium on the classic American cruiser image. That’s something the Boulevard S40 had with it for better or for worse. Tampering with that somewhat timeless design would’ve rid the Boulevard S40 of one of its main selling points.
That said, time evolves and technology usually comes with it. In order to keep the Boulevard’s retro looks intact, Suzuki had to come with ways to integrate modern amenities to keep the bike from falling out of favor with younger markets. So while the laid-back stance and the broad saddles remain in the bike’s design, Suzuki mixed it up with some modern design amenities, neatly painted steel front/rear fenders and side covers, a rear reflector that’s integrated with the taillight, and hazard and passing light switches.
Overall, the Boulevard S40 manages to keep pieces of multiple eras in its design, creating a really unique look that also has the credentials to cater to a lot of markets.
|Overall Length||2180 mm (85.8 in)|
|Overall Width||720 mm (28.3 in)|
|Wheelbase||1480 mm (58.3 in)|
|Ground Clearance||135 mm (5.3 in)|
|Seat Height||700 mm (27.6 in)|
|Curb Weight||173 kg (381 lbs)|
|Color||Candy Daring Red, Pearl Moon Stone Gray|
There’s not a lot of pertinent additions to the bike’s frame that are really worth noting. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t spend any time talking about what you can expect from the Boulevard S40’s mechanical features. For one, the bike only weighs 381 pounds, justifying its label as a lightweight entry-level cruiser. That svelte appearance aids in making the bike easier to handle.
Speaking of handling qualities, the Boulevard S40 also received a pair of different-sized tires - a slim 19-inch front tire and a wide 15-inch rear tire - to emphasize its classic cruiser look. The tires wrap themselves around polished spoke wheels that also conveys the same retro message, only this time, a polished upper fork bracket was also put in place, dressed in a noticeable clear coat finish.
Complementing the wheel-and-tire combination is a brake system comprised of a hydraulic front disc brake and a drum-type rear brake. Both were put in place to provide the kind of strong and reliable braking performance that the Boulevard S40 will need when it’s on the road.
|Suspension Front||Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension Rear||Swing arm type, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes Front||Disc brake|
|Brakes Rear||Drum brake|
|Tires Front||100/90-19 M/C 57H, tube type|
|Tires Rear||140/80-15 M/C 67H, tube type|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||2.8 US - Including Reserve|
|Ignition||Electronic ignition (transistorized)|
The Suzuki Boulevard S40 is powered by a 652 cc single-cylinder air-cooled four-stroke engine. It’s not all that powerful so don’t expect the bike to have any kind of mind-blowing speed. What you can expect, at the very least, is its capability to provide strong low-end power and torque. Take it for what it’s worth, guys.
Fortunately, the Boulevard S40 does have an electric starter with an automatic decompression system and a precision electronic ignition system that provides quick and easy engine starting.
Also, don’t sleep on that five-speed transmission. The Boulevard S40 may not be a rocket on two wheels, but it still has power and that power us sent to the rear wheel through that smooth-shifting 5er.
|Engine||652cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, OHC|
|Bore x Stroke||94.0 mm x 94.0 mm (3.70 in x 3.70 in)|
|Fuel System||MIKUNI BS40, single|
|Transmission||5-speed constant mesh|
|Final Drive||Belt drive|
The Suzuki Boulevard S40 sells for $5,499 and has a 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Of all the things that have been mentioned about the Boulevard S40, it’s biggest calling card has to be its price. It’s cheap and affordable. It also has the capacity to tap into more than just one market, making it one of a few bikes that riders of all shapes, age, and sizes can buy and enjoy.