High tech performance, classic styling, Japanese reliability and an affordable price has meant the M109R has stood the test of time and spawned a new era of hyper-cruisers... Review: Jeff Ware
The M109R Boulevard is an iconic model from Suzuki. First introduced in 2006 for $18,990 + ORC, the Boulevard was a hit. The wild side and performance pretty much blew every other cruiser off the road. Now available for $19,790 Ride Away, the M109R is still a top bike.
I first rode one back in January 2007. Revisiting the machine 13-years later, I’m even more impressed. Not just because I’m 44 now either! The bike is still fast, fun, stylish and eye-catching. It is basic, with no ABS (I know!), no ride modes, and a really old school dash. But the price is the same on the road as it was in 2006 and the quality is outstanding. Check out the video below to watch the full review…
2020 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Video Review…
2020 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Tech Talk
Suzuki’s Boulevard M109R features a 1783cc 54-degree V-twin powerplant producing 160Nm of torque and 123hp and includes Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material cylinder bore lining or SCEM, as well as Suzuki’s Advanced Sump System (SASS) and the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with dual 56mm throttle-bodies. A two-stage cam drive system also ensures a compact head design and lower centre of gravity, with dual spark plugs per cylinder and a 32-bit ECM.
The engine includes black out engine covers, a large 9.5L airbox with dual intakes and a wide ratio constant mesh five-speed gearbox includes an overdrive style fifth gear ratio. A shaft final drive offers minimal upkeep requirements and transfers drive to the rear wheel.
A high tensile steel double-cradle frame is mated to a cast aluminium swingarm with progressive linkage and rear monoshock with preload adjustability. Forks are USD 46mm cartridge items with 130mm of travel and are blacked out.
Braking is taken care of by dual 310mm front rotors with four-piston Tociko calipers and a rear 275mm rotor with dual piston caliper from the same brand. Amazingly, there is no ABS on the M109R. Flat-bend drag-style handlebars are mounted via a pull-back riser to bring them back to a more manageable location for riders, with a low 705mm seat height.
The fuel tank holds 19.5L of fuel, and mounts an analogue speedometer which requires a glance down, and includes an LCD odometer, tripmeters, fuel gauge and clock. A forward mounted instrument cluster includes a digital tacho and gear position sensor, and sits behind the headlight cowl.
2020 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Black Edition Specifications
Price: $19,790 Ride-Away
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited kilometre
Colours: Pearl Glacier White & Pearl Blue, Glass Sparkle Black & Candy Red
Claimed power: 92kW [123hp]@6200rpm
Claimed torque: 160Nm[118ft-lbs]@3200rpm
Wet weight: 347kg
Fuel capacity: 19.5L
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 54-degree V-Twin, four-stroke, DOHC, 1783cc, 109cu, 112 x 90.5mm bore x stroke, 10.5:1 compression ratio, eight-valve, SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material), SASS (Suzuki Advanced Sump System), dual 56mm throttle-bodies (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system – SDTV), two-stage cam drive system, dual spark plug per cylinder ignition, 32-bit ECM, 2-into-1-into-2 stainless steel blacked-out exhaust, SET (Suzuki Exhaust Tuning), shaft final drive
Gearbox: Wide-ratio, constant-mesh five-speed
Clutch: Wet multi-plate
Frame: High-tensile double cradle steel frame, cast aluminium-alloy swingarm with progressive linkage
Suspension: Blacked-out Kayaba 46mm USD forks, 130mm travel, Kayaba Monoshock, preload adjustable, 120mm travel
Brakes: Dual 310mm rotors, four-piston Tokico radial-mount calipers, 275mm rear motors, Tociko twin-piston caliper – no ABS.
Wheels: 130/70 – 18in front, 240/40 – 18in rear
Overall length: 2480mm
Seat height: 705mm
Instruments: Digital tachometer, gear position indicator and LED indicator, tank-mounted analogue speedometer and LCD odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge and clock
2020 Suzuki M109R Boulevard, Black Edition, Gallery
The Verdict | Video Review: 2020 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Black Edition