Suzuki Intruder C800 / Boulevard C50

 

 

 

Make Model.

Suzuki Intruder C800 Intruder / C50 Boulevard

Year

2009 - 10

Engine

Four stroke, 45įV-Twin, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

805 cc / 49.1 cu in
Bore x Stroke 83 x 74.4 mm
Compression Ratio

9.4:1

Cooling System Liquid cooled

Induction

Mikuni BDSR 34 carburetors

Ignition

Digital transistorized

Starting

Electric

Max Power

36.4 kW / 50 hp @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

65 Nm / 6.6 kgf-m / 47.9 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

Clutch

Wet, multi-plate

Transmission

5 Speed 

Final Drive

Shaft

Front Suspension

Conventional telescopic fork, oil damped, coil-sprung

Rear Suspension

Link type, mono-shock,7-way adjustable

Front Brakes

Single 300 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

180 Drum

Front Tyre

130/90-16 M/C 67H

Rear Tyre

170/80-15 M/C 77H

Dimensions

Length: 2395 mm / 94.3 in
Width:    890 mm / 35.0 in

Wheelbase

1655 mm / 65.2 in

Seat Height

700 mm / 28.0 in

Ground Clearance

140 mm / 5.5 in

Dry Weight

246 kg / 542 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

15.5 Litres / 4.1 US gal / 3.4 Imp gal

Review

Motorcycle News

As the early morning sun bursts through the valley, the fir trees a vibrant green against a cloudless blue sky, some of the mountains seem cold and dark in shadow, contrasting sharply to the sun bathed slopes. Remnants of last nightís frost linger on the ground, rooftops steam, and each crisp breath of air brings a positive energy for the day ahead. I am attending the Suzuki Cycle Fest at Copper Mountain, Colorado, and waiting for me, a shiny new Suzuki C50 Boulevard is full of fuel and ready to ride. All I have to do is decide where to take it.

Lady luck steps in, as seems to happen so often during motorcycle adventures, and a chance coffee stop sees me in the company of world famous motorcycle adventurer Dr. Gregory Frazier. Having never met the iconic travel writer before, it is a motorcycle career highlight as he gives me some advice on where to ride for the day as Aspen is only a few hours ride over Independence Pass.

Thatís if I get my finger out and get riding. So, with an invite to a steak dinner in Denver later that evening, I climb on board Suzukiís new 800cc cruiser and roll up highway 24. A route that will take me through the historic town of Leadville, before US 82 leads me into Aspen.

New for í05, the Boulevard is not really that new, as itís basically a re-badge of last yearís popular Volusia. I have to confess this was a model that slipped by me completely, and a little research was needed to bring me up to speed here. I am extremely familiar with Suzukiís Intruder line, and sold plenty of the 700/750/800 range while working in the retail end of the motorcycle industry. Fast, attractive and reliable, used Intruders never sat on the floor long.

For í01 the Intruder got a serious face-lift to become the Volusia, with some mechanical changes to boot. Where the Intruderís headers exited on either side of the bike, style dictated the Volusiaís both exit from the right-hand-side of the bike. To facilitate this, the rear cylinder head was reversed, and a single carburetor employed in place of the Intruderís dual set up.

Suzuki then introduced the Marauder, but that has also gone the way of the Volusia with the introduction of the Boulevard line. As a move that has seen much rhetoric, both positive and negative, Suzuki has now brought all their cruisers under one banner with a new system to classify all the different models. It all gets a little lengthy, so lets just deal with the C for cruiser, 50 for fifty cubic inches, and that explains the bike on test here.

What is new for this year is the fuel injection, and starting my ride somewhere around 10,000 feet above sea level, any problems it may have arenít going to take long to surface. Hitting the starter button, the bike bursts immediately to life, quickly settling into a smooth idle. Pulling away is a breeze, and within minutes the C50 is pulling strongly up a steep mountain pass as we leave Copper Mountain behind: Strongly for a bike that only displaces 805cc, without taking into account any power loss the altitude is most certainly causing.

The air is fresh through the vents in my jacket and in the distance, up above the tree line, muscular shouldered mountain peaks dominate the view. Standing proudly against their sharp blue backdrop, they are more perfectly isolated than a subject in a studio photograph. Sunbursts reflect off the chrome as the road flicks left and right, climbing, twisting and falling, the Boulevard making the perfect viewing platform for the constantly changing panorama unfolding before me.
Responsible for the smooth flow of power, Suzuki has borrowed from their GSX-R sport bike range for the fuel injection system. Utilizing a Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV) optimum air velocity is maintained throughout the engineís range with one valve for low rpm and one for high. A powerful 32-bit Electronic Control Module (ECM) takes readings from a gearbox position sensor, as well as the water and air intake temperatures. This allows for precise fuel delivery, any time, any place, anywhere. And, crossing Independence Pass at 12,093 ft it is certainly earning its money as it is performing flawlessly. It doesnít give me any problems as we descend through a tight, technical section some miles before Aspen either. The throttle response remains smooth as I come back off a trailing throttle and there is no popping and farting with the throttle closed.

The brakes also do a pretty good job with the steep descents, just donít ask too much of them. With just a single disc up front and a drum rear they ainít the most powerful set up on the market. The front has a fairly healthy looking 300mm rotor; it is just let down some by the two-piston caliper. There is still enough brake to have the forks flexing if you get on it too hard, but simply put, I prefer dual disc systems.

Parking up for lunch gives me a chance to reflect on the bikes looks, which there is no denying are very pleasing. Lustrous paint, complimented by plenty of gleaming chrome, make the C50 very easy on they eyes. My test mule is wearing a windshield, back rest and saddle bags, which make it look even more the part, and physically the bike looks a good bit larger than a mid sized cruiser. A move that was no doubt deliberate by Suzuki.

The front end is typical cruiser, the beefy front forks looking like something from the Motor Companyís line up. These arenít adjustable and are set up on the soft side. Adding a passenger, or luggage, to the mix will have you hunting down some pre-load spacers to help the stock springs. The forks are suitably complimented by the large multi-reflector chrome headlight, which can also be used to when applying Chap Stick in the thin air if needed. I canít comment on its night-time abilities, but am sure it will be just fine.

Moving down, the 16-inch spoke front wheel gets a 130/90 series tire and an attractive skirted fender. Sitting behind them, the radiator sits unobtrusively in front of the frameís down tubes. The 45-degree V-twin uses blacked out cylinders with faux cooling fins for the air-cooled look and are nicely set off by chrome engine cases. Chrome header pipes run to their own individual slash cut chrome mufflers and have a nice note for a stock system. More chrome accents are to be found on the rear frame rails and backrest.

The rear wheel is a 15-incher, wearing a fat 170/80 series IRC tire on its spoke rim, and a single pre-load adjustable shock keeps the ride smooth. Taking the engineís power to the rear wheel is a five-speed gearbox and a low maintenance shaft drive. No surprises with the floorboards and the heel/toe shifter, or any complaints with the way it operates either. Up at the handlebars, a light clutch nicely compliments the slick shifting gear change. The lever is not adjustable, but the front brake lever is, and it only requires the lightest pull to get the pads grabbing the front rotor.

Sitting on the bike, the seat is a low 690mm from the floor and this is going to make the bike a very attractive proposition for shorter riders. The 17-litre fuel tank is also not too wide, which makes the riding position a whole lot more comfortable, and along with the broad, firm seat, long distances should be a breeze. The tank also holds a chrome instrument panel with a large, round speedometer, which is nice and easy to read on the move.
Lunch over; itís time to point the Suzuki C50 Boulevard toward Copper Mountain. I donít have much time so need to make a little haste and stay in the saddle. No worries, I have a full tank of fuel, a comfortable perch and a willing engine. Add in some of the most breathtaking scenery America has to offer, and it looks as if I am in for a great afternoon.

If you are looking for a great mid-sized cruiser but donít want to spend a Kingís ransom then cruise on down to your Suzuki dealer and check out the new C50 Boulevard. At $11,790 it is certainly one of the best deals going around in the mid-capacity cruiser class.

Source
MCNews.COM