Cruis­ing the Boule­vard

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorbikes -

IF BIG­GER is bet­ter then Suzuki’s M109RZ is as good as it gets. The Boule­vard walks its own walk with a style that, un­like many ri­vals, doesn’t try to copy clas­sic cruiser. That makes it in­stantly iden­ti­fi­able in a seg­ment where you of­ten have to check the badge to de­ter­mine ex­actly what you’re look­ing at. The unique black and orange color scheme on the 2010 model doesn’t hurt, ei­ther. The stand­out fea­tures are the 1783cc — that’s 109-cu­bic-inches in the old lan­guage — V-twin en­gine and the 240mm-wide rear tyre that trans­fers all that grunt to the road. The ride height is a low-slung 705mm, which lets you plant both heels on the ground to keep the 347kg ma­chine sta­ble at the lights. Once un­der way, that huge rear rub­ber acts as its own sup­port. It takes off like a star­tled rhino and doesn’t slow down as you flick through the five-speed gear­box. The big Boule­vard is quick enough to change di­rec­tion, but will scrape its pegs in tighter turns and as the cor­ners tighten, you be­come in­creas­ingly aware of how much mass you’re man­han­dling. The RZ sells for a $500 pre­mium on the reg­u­lar model at $19,490.

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