Cruising the Boulevard
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.