2009 Suzuki M90 Boulevard 1500cc
- Make: Suzuki
- Model: M90 1500
- Price: Not Defined
- Year: 2009
- Engine: 1500
- Colour: Burgundy
- Mileage: 16000
- Current Location: UK.
UK REGISTRATION:GX58 TBY
In stunning condition throughout.
This Cruiser Packs a Punch!
1500cc fuel injected motor!
Plenty of POWER for 2-UP riding or just beating up on some Harleys riding by yourself!
Awesome sounding Cobra Exhaust.
Optional tinted windshield.
Brand new tyres front and rear.
INDEPENDENT REVIEW BELOW.
Struggling to beat Harley-Davidson in one of its strongholds, metric cruiser manufacturers have turned to performance cruisers, a segment in which The Motor Company’s response is the odd V-Rod models and the juiced-up CVO family with their engines pushed closer to their mechanical limits to produce 110hp. By contrast, Japanese brands are using efficient, more modern engines that achieve much higher levels of performance than the standard Harleys.
Suzuki jumped on the bandwagon in 2004 with the introduction of the M95 — their own interpretation of Kawasaki’s Mean Streak 1600. The result was a punchy, high-character machine, with a powerplant that lived up to the Kawasaki Engine-Above-All motto.
M90 — a Suzuki through and through
Barely two years later, the M95 was replaced by the Boulevard M109R, a pure Suzuki that displayed striking looks and crunching power. Truth be told, this machine was a bit over the top from a performance and pricing standpoint. Suzuki remedied the “problem” with the new M90, the true successor to the 2004-2006 M95 and a model that works at bridging the gap between the 805-cc M50 and the bad-ass 1,783-cc M109R.
The Suzuki M90 borrows some sexy lines from the incredible M109R but adds a slightly different fork head, a smaller fuel tank (-1.5L) and not-so-flashy cladding around the radiator. The overall package is attractive and well executed, except maybe for the passenger seat — divinely comfortable but excessively wide.
The liquid-cooled, 8-valve V-Twin is arguably the highlight of the new M90 despite a small 14-percent loss in displacement over the M109R. While the latter boasts an oversquare (Greater bore than stroke) engine, engineers altered the personality of the M90 engine by going undersquare (bore < stroke). The short stroke of the M109R favors high revs and maximum output, while the longer stroke of the M90 provides better crankpin leverage and favors torque. The oversquare M109R also uses bigger intake and exhaust capacity for more power, while the smaller manifolds of the M90 deliver more low-end torque for a smoother, more pleasant riding experience.
With this configuration, the 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 achieves peak torque at 2,650 rpm and the slightest throttle input above 2,000 rpm translates into strong accelerations up to 5,000 rpm. The M90 does not like high-revving action; it prefers a smoother, more flowing operation, which is what most cruiser fans look for in the first place.
The robust 5-speed transmission requires little effort from your left foot. The lower ratios are chosen for easy use in town, while also taking advantage of the engine’s torque with nice wide ratio spacings. This is even more true with the longer step between fourth and fifth, for better mileage, less noise and vibrations, enhanced comfort and, let us not forget it, less pollution at highway speeds. On top of that, both the engine and transmission utilize six rubber mounts for minimum vibrations.
The M90 gets a new frame, 60mm shorter than that of the M109R, as well a 20mm shorter wheelbase and 20kg less weight than the larger sibling.
On the road, the M90 handles pretty much like the heavier bike, as it remains stable and friendly for the rider thanks to the still impressive wheelbase and a low center of gravity. The riding position is a bit too stretched for me, though, and longer-limbed riders will feel more at ease, especially given the generous seat.
The M90 likes to play in corners and it’s easy to see why: the bike is lighter and the rear tire is more reasonably-sized and easier to lean over than the 240-millimeter wide rubber used on the majority of performance cruisers. It can also lean over further thanks to more compact footpegs and/or floorboards than the competition.
Big bike enthusiasts will be glad to see the massive, 43-millimeter inverted fork and the wide, dragster-style handlebars borrowed from the M109R — giving you the impression of owning the road aboard the M90. As for the brakes, the dual floating discs and dual-piston calipers up front (borrowed from the V-Strom) team up with a precise, nicely-positioned rear brake pedal to deliver enough stopping power and control to modulate the front and rear effectively while making the loaded, 425-kg beast come to a full stop in a hurry. Overall, the effectiveness of the M90 braking system is superior to the average cruiser.
Great wind delector
The instrumentation, mounted on the fork head, proves easy to read, in addition to doubling up as a small but effective wind deflector. As an added plus, the bulging tank allows you to tuck your legs behind it (no need to squeeze) and benefit from the additional protection against the elements.
Once you get familiar with the M90’s… er, plump physique, you find a competent tourer that’s more nimble than big cruisers, like the 109 or the competition from 1800cc and above, yet powerful enough to put a smile on your face all day long. This Suzuki is equally suited for physical, exciting rides with your former track buddies, as for a relaxed downtown cruise in search of a good restaurant. With a smart overall package, well-executed styling and competitive pricing, the M90 will no doubt appeal to a growing number of sports cruiser fans.