The Suzuki Boulevard M109R goes by many names, some call it an Intruder M1800R, some a Suzuki VZR1800, but after riding the awesome cruiser for three days, I think I'll just call it the meanest, fastest, most powerful, yet best-behaved, best-looking V-twin cruiser I have ever ridden. The 109 simply stands for 109-cubic-inches (for the Americans - they're still in the stone ages with their inches).

Suzuki's M109R is an incredible combination of cruiser styling and renowned Suzuki power and handling. By injecting the M109R with a potent shot of race-proven technology developed for the championship-winning GSX-R sport bikes, Suzuki has literally redefined the concept of a cruiser. I mean... I had the needle past 220 kph! Are cruisers supposed to be that fast? Although I must add, that at that speed, sitting the way you do with forward-mounted foot-pegs and straight, wide drag-bars, you literally have to hang on (can't ride fast sitting like that for too long).

The Boulevard M109R's exhilarating performance begins with it's potent 1783cc, fuel injected, water-cooled V-twin motor. It's tuned to produce massive torque all the way from idle to 'Redline', which translates into acceleration that you have to feel to believe, and makes this the most powerful cruiser Suzuki has ever produced. To reward every one of your senses, the big V-twin also produces a throaty, aggressive exhaust sound designed to let the world know they're looking at - and listing to - one of the hottest cruisers on the road.

Like Suzuki's sport bikes, the M109R balances performance with (lets call it) stable handling (for a low cruiser) even at speeds up to 220 kph, thanks to a technically advanced chassis and suspension, matched by world-class brakes, although don't try to lean the thing over too much, especially to the right, as you will have the exhaust and the peg scraping on the deck, while you can get the left side over a bit more before the peg starts touching. And when it comes to wrapping that performance package in cruiser styling, well just have a gander at the bike again and tell me that doesn't look grand. Check out it's sleek, flowing lines and GSX-R inspired styling touches, and you'll realize that the Boulevard M109R is one mean mother of a bike, which proves that cruising can be incredibly exciting.

clean, uncluttered lines with oodles of chrome. Just love that wide, low-profile rear wheel

well styled headlight, rev-counter and the radiator covers

The 1783cc, 4-valve DOHC, 54 degree, liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-twin engine is designed for strong throttle response and quick acceleration.

Massive 112 mm bore and 90.5 mm stroke, utilizing huge 112 mm forged aluminum alloy pistons with short skirts and cut away sides riding on chrome-moly-steel connecting rods.

Each bore is lined with Suzuki's race proven SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electro-chemical Material) for optimum heat transfer, tighter piston-to-cylinder clearances and reduced weight. Unique new two-stage cam drive system creates a compact cylinder head design and reduces overall engine height while creating a lower center of gravity.

A compact dry sump lubrication system SASS (Suzuki Advanced Sump System) also helps provide reduced engine height, lower crankshaft position as well as loweing the center of gravity, while the Idle Speed Control (ISC) system improves cold starting and stabilizes engine idle speed in various conditions. Dual spark plug per cylinder ignition system is controlled by the powerful 32 bit ECM for improved combustion effeciency and reduced exhaust emissions.

Three piece airbox uses dual intakes with 9.5 liters of internal volume working through a pleated fabric air cleaner element.

The 2-into1-into2 stainless steel chromed exhaust system features Suzuki's digitally controlled SET (Suzuki Exhaust Tuning) system for optimum engine performance and powerful V-twin sound. Electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 56 mm throttle bodies - maintains optimum air velocity for smooth low-to-mid range throttle response.

Front brake system includes radial mounted four-piston front calipers and 310 mm front brake disc, while the rear brake system has a dual piston caliper and 275 mm rear disc.

it's a long bike, drawing lank stares wherever it went

The Suzuki M109R get top marks for it's beautiful, flowing lines

High-tensile double cradle steel frame is built to comfortably handle all the power and torque while delivering stable handling and a plush smooth ride.

Spiral spoke cast aluminum alloy rims measure a 3.50 x 18 inch up front and a massive 8.50 x 18 inch rear, wearing a huge 240 mm rear radial tyre on the back rim.

The M109R sure has style, with the wide 19 litre fuel tank flowing into integrated side covers, a comfortable low seat and stylish radiator cowl, a streamlined headlight cover carrying a unique trapezoidal shaped multi reflector H4 halogen headlight and a maintenance free LED tail light built into the tail section had people gawking at her lustfully wherever she went.

A handlebar mounted digital tachometer and LED indicator lights flow nicely with the tank mounted analogue speedometer and LCD odometer, dual trip-meters, fuel gauge and clock finish off the style of the Suzuki.

Inverted cartridge forks with 46 mm stanchion tubes proved an aggressive front end look. A cast aluminum alloy swingarm works with a progressive shock linkage and a preload adjustable single rear shock, working through a shaft drive system. Five speed transmission features gear ratios for quick acceleration or relaxed cruising.

great butt, check the size of that rear tyre, a 240/40R18M/C

high-tech cruiser, with upsidedown forks, radial brakes and and and...



1783cc (109 cubic inches), four-stroke, liquid-cooled, V-twin, DOHC, 4-valves

Bore Stroke:

112.0mm x 90.5mm

Compression Ratio:


Fuel System:

Fuel injection


Semi-Dry Sump





Final Drive:


Overall Length:

2450mm (96.5 in.)

Overall Width:

875mm (34.4 in.)

Overall Height:

1,185mm (46.7 in.)

Seat Height:

705mm (27.8 in.)

Ground Clearance:

130mm (5.1 in.)


1710mm (67.3 in.)

Dry Weight:

315kg (694 lbs.)

Suspension Front:

Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Suspension Rear:

Link type, coil spring, oil damped, 7 way adjustable spring pre-load

Brakes Front:

Dual hydraulic disc

Brakes Rear:

Single hydraulic disc

Tires Front:

130/70R18 M/C 63V

Tires Rear:

240/40R18 M/C 79V

Fuel Tank Capacity:

18.5 liter (4.9 gal.)


The M109 is no slouch, capable of indicated speeds over 220 kph

(couldn't get a decent photo at those speeds... too busy hanging on)


Thanks to Adam Butchart and the guys at Suzuki South Africa for the ride,

the Suzuki Boulevard M109R is one very lekker motorcycle.