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    Suzuki Boulevard and Competing Cruisers

    Recently took a look at the Suzuki cruiser lineup. I have to say that the M109R really caught my eye. Need to put a couple of inches of rise on the handlebars for a better seating position and reposition the rear brake lever. I was looking at the Honda VTX 1800, but the M109R wins on every count including several thousand bucks. Any thoughts on competition in the big cruiser/sport cruiser market?
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    I was doing some surfn the other day and saw the first Victory mx. Wow it looked like something from 1945!
    They coined the term 'sport cruiser' and tried to make a v-twin sport bike.

    I am not sure how that bike worked but kawy took their idea and made it work in the mean streak, while Victory went the way of a poser drag bike, and functional bagger.

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    Don't forget kawi's own Mean Streak or Vulcan 2000!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMel
    Recently took a look at the Suzuki cruiser lineup. I have to say that the M109R really caught my eye. Need to put a couple of inches of rise on the handlebars for a better seating position and reposition the rear brake lever. I was looking at the Honda VTX 1800, but the M109R wins on every count including several thousand bucks. Any thoughts on competition in the big cruiser/sport cruiser market?
    You should check out Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine's October issue. They compare the VTX 1800, Kawasaki V2K, Suzuki M109 and the Yamaha Roadliner. This might give you some more info. Hope it helps. Oh, you might be able to get this article on line.
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    Lots of good thoughts

    I appreciate the feedback. I stopped by a local Kawi dealer and checked out the Mean Streak. It is definitely in the running. I like the hidden monoshock on the M109R, but its headlight is probably its weakest point in my opinion. I like the riding position of the stock Mean Streak, although I think that 2" risers on the M109R would fix that problem. Strangely enough, the M109R feels much "lighter" to me when you pick it up off its sidestand. I assume that it's a matter of balance and center of gravity location, but that's how it feels to me despite the dry weight data.

    Some people are looking for the sound and vibration of a single pin crank. The Vulcan 2000 has a single pin crank, but I don't know about the Mean Streak. The M109R doesn't according to what I have read. Personally, I prefer smoothness and an understated exhaust note to pulsing vibration and loud pipes. My father-in-law has had a few HD's over the years and on one bike an engine mount actually cracked from the vibration. That's not my style. I like smooth with a firm, responsive ride.

    I'll check out that magazine reference. Thanks.

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    I believe the Mean Streak is a single pin crank, but once about 20mph, there is no vibration, and it's extremely smooth at crusing speeds and above.
    Regarding the M109, I too felt it was lighter while lifting it off the kickstand. I almost fell off the other side... There are 2 new 109 models coming out shortly, http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/new...vard_cruisers/
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    single crank pin rules! Its the power pulse, feel the power, not the noise.

    A single crank pin does not have to be loud or vibrate stuff loose like some other rides.

    Thanks kawy for not being a sissy like the honda vtx

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    Motorcycle Cruiser

    Quote Originally Posted by uechi kid
    You should check out Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine's October issue. They compare the VTX 1800, Kawasaki V2K, Suzuki M109 and the Yamaha Roadliner. This might give you some more info. Hope it helps. Oh, you might be able to get this article on line.
    I tried to find this article on-line, but with no success. Any help would be welcome.

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    I need a first-person look at the M109RN. I'm not that fond of the current headlight, but it's not clear to me that the M109RN is an improvement. I believe that simply eliminating the upper "chrome" stripe from the current M109R headlight nascelle in favor of a monochrome paint job would be a significant improvement. Anyone know of am M109R with an aftermarket paint job along those lines?

    I'm not excited about the C109. I like the sporty look. It would be great if Suzuki propagated the M109R configuration across the whole Boulevard series rather than just bringing the C-look to the 109. I would welcome the option of an M50R and an M90R (the M90R in particular) as long as the new engine design on the M109R was carried across the line. I don't have much spare cash and, if an M90R existed, it would be tempting to save a couple of grand and a little weight to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMel
    I'm not excited about the C109. I like the sporty look. It would be great if Suzuki propagated the M109R configuration across the whole Boulevard series rather than just bringing the C-look to the 109. I would welcome the option of an M50R and an M90R (the M90R in particular) as long as the new engine design on the M109R was carried across the line. I don't have much spare cash and, if an M90R existed, it would be tempting to save a couple of grand and a little weight to boot.
    Closest thing to an M90R was the M95 which is a rebadged Kawasaki Mean Streak.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DZSV&MS
    Closest thing to an M90R was the M95 which is a rebadged Kawasaki Mean Streak.
    If nyou're thinking of getting the M95 you'll have to get a used one. They didn't make them in 05.
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    Note that in '04 Suzuki made the Maruader 1600 and in '05 it was the Boulevard M95 and then they switched to the M109 in '06. Do like me and find a non-Suzuki dealer that thinks he has a used Marauder 800 (made for multiple years) when he really has a Marauder 1600 on his lot. You could save thousands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMel
    I tried to find this article on-line, but with no success. Any help would be welcome.
    I also look and couldn't find it either. Sorry.
    Last edited by uechi kid; 12-07-06 at 10:07 AM.
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    Request for October issue of Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine

    Does anyone have a copy of the October issue of Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine with the article comparing the VTX 1800, Kawasaki V2K, Suzuki M109 and Yamaha Roadliner? I'd be glad to pay for the magazine as well as shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingMel
    Does anyone have a copy of the October issue of Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine with the article comparing the VTX 1800, Kawasaki V2K, Suzuki M109 and Yamaha Roadliner? I'd be glad to pay for the magazine as well as shipping.
    I can photo copy that article for you and send it to you. Email my with your info.
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