Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window…
Harley-Davidson…I became intrigued with a bike I would never have considered previously, in fact took the piss out of those who did have them. But then Rob bought one, and I read the book I previously critiqued, and suddenly my desire to own one (well before I could afford one!) came bubbling to the surface. I was always going to get one, that was a given, but now the determination to get back in the saddle sooner than later. Rob, new owner of a 1450 even tried to talk me off the Harley but it was never far from my mind.
So there I was, a couple of weeks ago with time to spare between meetings, and happened to be close by a bike dealer, a Suzuki dealer no less. My last four bikes have been ‘Zukis, and the one I wanted to own more than any other was the M109T (or M109R with more funds). And possibly the only bike to kill my want for a Hog. A demo model (R) was in the shop so I left details to call me on the price, but by the time the call came through, it was sold, but the salesman said he would keep me abreast of others, as well of second-hand SV1000Ss which cannot be bought new anymore due to Californian emission laws. Then he convinced me to pop in to consider a couple of others… C series or M90.
After looking at the two, no contest. The M90 is the one…but I didn’t commit to a ride straight away, I am methodical (despite my impulse tendencies) in my approach so will work through a series of bikes, hence this post, the first of a few as I narrow them down.
Suzuki Boulevard M109T/R
|…shame about the face!|
I found the riding position difficult. I’m hardly tall, so reaching (read stretching) forward to hold the bars got a bit much, but custom bars ($$$) could be added
- The dash layout is a bit, well, crap really. And with the silver/chrome plate on the headlight, just not right…
- The gear change – I found changing through the gears, especially up, to be lumpy and required effort. However, in saying that, this was a demo barely run in (1000kms), so it could well be that. Besides, that much torque coming from the 55 degree twin could be partly to blame…small price to pay for a bike that had people turning heads everywhere I went
|Special Edition, but black is so much cooler.|
I will look to test ride this bike again this time round…