Very unreliable motorcycle.
Bought new 2019 Suzuki Boulevard ML 109r Boss with dangerous defect that causes it to randomly lose power at running temperature resulting in only being able to limp down the road at 10 to 15 mph putting the driver at extreme risk when in traffic. This has happened over 10 times in 6000 miles twice with a passenger. Both local Suzuki dealerships have not been able to fix the problem.
Purchased in April 2019.
Suzuki did not disappoint
Having owned a few Suzuki bikes from my first GSX250, Intruder250, M50 to finally M109R. Undoubtably the 2019 M109R was the best decision I ever made and could not be happier with the choice.
The great thing about this bike is it can be easily customised and given the amount of torque it is has, it wont disapoint power wise.
Suzuki has excelled itself with a robust engine and gearbox that if looked after, will happily keep going and work optimally even after 200,000km.
One thing alot of guys tend to forget is that the M109R is a cruiser and...when thrashing or high reving it always, will increase the chance of wearing down something in the engine or gearbox over time, reducing the life of it performing as expected....for that - you would be best suited for high reving street bikes. Looking after the M109R will give you years of enjoyment and always gets its fare share of looks from people around.
130,000 mls in ten yrs
I bought mine in 2009, brand new with zero miles. I started riding and canyon and track racing back in the 80's but we moved in a area where there really weren't any canyons to ride to thought I'd try out a cruiser. Now coming from a gSXR1000 was hard to find a cruiser that would somehow fulfill my need for speed. So after test driving a hand full of cruisers I decided on the M109R. The bike just look Badass! Looks like a drag bike. It became my main mode of transportation even though I had a BMW and a truck. Replaced the seat with Corbin, adde...d intake , Roadhouse exhaust , TFI fuel controller and never looked back. I never had any problem with it at all. Just oil change and that's it. But at around 130,000 miles the bottom cylinder started leaking and would've cost more to fix it then the bike was worth. So now I have another M109R. A 2019 model. Hopefully this baby last as long , if not longer, than my first bike. It is very powerful and is not for a new rider.
Purchased in May 2019 for $13,000.00.
Should I or shouldn't I
Well coming away from big dual purpose bikes that unfortunately my wife struggled to get on and off due to the height factor, it was time to go down another avenue. I have never looked at cruiser bikes over the thirty years of riding, but also now that I'm getting older (57yrs) it was time to look at something we can both enjoy. I jumped on Google and bike mag reviews and the one that stood out heads and shoulder above all others was the M109R. "Lets just get to the biggest and not fart around with mini 1400cc bikes" and the time was right, a l...ocal dealer Colemans Suzuki had a low mileage 2011 second hand model at a great price, arranged a test ride for both the wife and I, though at the time had no back rest for the wifey which turned out to be no problem at all. We hit the highway and within such a short distance found out how easy these beasts are to control. The first tightish corner was in the back of my mind, but caution was the best approach until practice makes perfect which did not take long to show the 240 rear who is boss, but like a lot of riders have noted, just be careful with the right wrist and then you will know who is boss. We got to a coffee stop to review the ride, and decided "buy it now". Best choice ever, we have covered some good mileage and only a few things came to mind. We have removable gel seats when needed, a back rest for added comfort and when you change from second to third at low speed there is a bit of vibration from the shaft, other than that, perfect for our roads and highways here in New Zealand (North Island), amazing licence losing acceleration, the bike will dictate how much acceleration you can take without spitting you out the back as if you didn't even deserve to be there in the first place, its a great experience!! It gives you confidence, reliability and yes, there is a lot of plastic, but quality condition is controlled by the owner right, and this bike is gleaming. Right hand determines fuel costs, oil is the same condition and level, if anything, funny enough is the amount of bug you need to scrap off. What is also making this purchase the right experience is the support from the bike shop, happy to help in every way. We checked out Victory, Indian and the Harley brands, but I must be honest and without being against certain brands, cost did not come into the equation (Though I could of brought two brand new M109R's), it was the style and the grin factor performance and confidence it gives that sealed the deal AND a converted cruiser rider.
Purchased in October 2018 at Colemans Suzuki for $14,845.00.
Gear Box Problems
Second gear and selectors replaced twice. first time under warranty (should have sold it then) second time at a cost of $2000. On the way out for third time now at 68000 kms. Bought this bike instead of Harley as I mistakenly thought would be more reliable. First and last Suzuki.
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A Cruiser that ticks all the boxes.
I purchased a Suzuki Boulevard M109R 2018 model about three months ago, although I was always a sports bike rider, I found with age (55) I had trouble as it was quite high for touching the ground with my feet, I was on my toes holding it up at traffic lights and junctions, Plus reversing was trouble especially if my foot hit gravel. So I bought the best reviewed cruiser on the market.
After months (and believe me that when I buy a bike i research for months first) I finally bought the Boulevard M109R which is all black with silver along the...
The Suzuki Boulevard M109R has a lot of torque gear changes are almost not required the bike pulls like mad it is a serious machine the bike is quite heavy and not all dealerships are keen on replacing the huge rear tyre the fit and finish of.the bike is quite good.
The best cruiser ever made, without doubt.
I bought my 2006 109 boully in 2012, it had 18000 k on it. It now has 90,000 k on it and the only problem was a clutch cable. I am 63 years old and weigh 70 kg, and I can throw this beast around and mix it with any cruiser out there. I have ridden it from Perth to Melbourne and back, Perth to Port Hedland and back and many wheat belt rides around the state. I just cannot fault the bike in any possible way. Good lights, good brakes, comfortable seat, uses 6 litres per 100 k, and I like to fill up at about 250 k intervals. I have a ...240 mitchy on the back, usually get 22000 out of it and avon on the front. The power is awesome, just roll that power on (Bob Seger). I change the oil and filter every 6000 k. and never check it between changes. It doesnt use a drop. Change the coolant every 20000k. If you don't know how to ride it, the clutch shudder will give you grief, but let the clutch out till it takes the weight, a bit of power then the rest of the clutch and no probs. Truly a magnificent bike. I honestly expect it to do 200,000 k before I touch the engine. Suzuki definitely hit the jackpot with this one.
m109r clutch cable
When I first got my 109 I noticed every time I'd accelerate I could see the clutch leaver move. e.g tighten told kesner suzuki but they said all is normal. If the cable was not correctly adjusted e.g not enough slack it would break the cable. Had my 09 m109 le for a year now and loving it.
I love my M109R
I bought my M109r last year after exhaustive research of reviews. I have owned MANY bikes over the years. I am totally satisfied with my M109r. I also have a super sport bike (Honda CBR 1000rr). I can't decide which is more fun! The sport bike is more nimble and super fast, but the M109r nearly as quick and super comfortable. I was interested in the VMAX but the M109 is much more easy to maneuver and nearly as fast, and the styling is better. I get comments every day about my M109r. I traded a Harley for my m109r,super choice - the Harley was so lame. The M109R is the perfect sport cruiser for me
Quality finished muscle cruiser
Test rode the 2016 M109R BOSS (blacked out Suzuki special) This bike has serious torque and pulls smoothly from low revs in any gear. 5 speed box is fine for this bike as a result of amount of torque. Gearbox is slick and easy to change smoothly. Brakes are top notch radial mount but no ABS (if that bothers you). Handling is direct and cornering ground clearance is better than a HD and normal for this style of bike. No detection of frame flex. Turns in without problems even with the 240mm rear tyre. Great stock engine/exhaust/induction sound, t...hese bikes sound ordinary with open pipes and nothing like a big vtwin should. Instruments and switchgear are great. The finish of this bike is great. Blue/black paint looks great too. I intend to buy one of these bikes as soon as I can offload my HD Fat Bob. RRP is around the 20k + but great bargains can be found 2nd hand. Still value in comparison to other brands.
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great cruiser more than enough power.
I bought this bike about a month ago and was the best thing i ever did even though it is a 2007 model it still looks like new. It's more comfortable than my last bike and you can customize it as much or as little as you like. It is great on fuel as well almost as good as my old 950 i had.
2" extensions on stock risers.
Boys said it all! Have nothing else to add. 4 out of 5 for the earlier mentioned reasons such as, need 6th gear and ABS. Other con's can be fixed. Wouldn't ride any other cruisers if given a choice. I saw some comments about 2" risers and cables. As a matter of fact, no need to replace any of the cables to fit 2" risers. However, having said that, top tree on the fork needs to be removed to divert clutch and controls cables behind the fork and placed back. Works well, enough slack for full L\R turns. I got it done on mine. Any Q?, happy to help.Take care.
Great cruiser with grunt
Purchased my M109R in August 2014. Have completed the usual mods - pipes, intakes, fuel controller.
- The price!
- Good amount of power
- Handling capability and balance of the bike
- Shaft driven
- 5 speed gearbox, why not 6? also need to work on the 2nd gear.... ...
Good bike but not awesome.
Have my M109R since Nov 2014. Its a black and yellow 2014 model. Power is awesome. After you got used to the size it actually handles ok.
-enough power to be fun, in spite coming from a GSXR1000 I dont feel it lacks in power. But then again dont expect it to be rocket like the gixxer or R1.
-sounds good even with stock parts
-handles very good - once you use to it.
-For a big cruiser the tank is way to small -- about 250km on a tank if you ride sporty ...
I purchased a 2007 M109R LE about 7 months ago and would recommend it to anyone coming off sportsbikes and wanting a cruiser.
I am 56 and the bike looks good, goes hard and is inexpensive to maintain.
The 109 does everything I ask of it.
It's fast, has a ton of torque and gets 20 kms to the litre. The only mods I have are a full Vance and Hines Longshot system and a Fi2000 Cobra fuel management system.
I plan on getting some 2" risers fitted once I save up for the longer cables and brake line.
I just replaced the rear Pirelli Night Dragon ...
Love My 109R
I've had my M109R for a little over 6 months and I love it. Handles well through windy bends as well as straight freeway riding. The 1800cc engine packs plenty of punch and has a good sound even with the standard pipes. Not only does it have great performance it has a stylish look.
Power & acceleration, handling, value for money
Not a huge selection of custom parts.
What a bike!
I have had my 2011 model M109R for a bit over a year and have 5000 Ks on the clock. I love it! I have had all sorts of bikes over the last 40 years and this is, without doubt, my favourite. It is very comfortable and smooth and has heaps of power. I have previously owned sports bikes and it took me a little while to learn to ride the Boulevard without scraping the hero knobs, but after a bit of practice, I can ride it quickly and smoothly through corners. Don't get me wrong, it is no sports bike, but powering out of corners is a real buzz. I ri...de two-up with my wife quite a bit and we both love it. Anyone who has been riding sports bikes and would like some comfort and style should consider getting a M109R. I go riding as often as I can and I have the choice of a sports bike, trail bike and the Boulevard, I would pick the Boulevard every time! The power and the on-road presence Nothing....it is perfect
M109R for touring
I got my 109 in 2009 as I wanted a comfortable ride to do some touring on around Australia, wow, what a great choice . I have put 2" bar risers on it with a national screens touring screen (a fantastic screen if anyone wants a great touring screen) , genuine Suzuki panniers, half cut touring seat , rack and sissy bar. the beast just eats up the miles with me in comfort. the engine wants for nothing and not to thirsty on the juice considering the bikes size , weight and engine size. I fitted a timing retard eliminator with gear indicator, anothe...r great bit of gear every one should have , nothing worse then selecting first instead of second heading down a steep hill in the wet, just don't go there and get a tre with indicator . I ride with the FarRiders in Australia (same as iron butt in the USA) and there are a lot of 109's getting into the club as Harley owners give up and want to ride and get to and from the destination . well done Suzuki , you got this ride one spot on the engine torque and weight, cross winds dont both me and the look of the ride suzuki could have done better work on the shock absorbers and springs fnt and rear
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Questions & Answers
The airfilter keeps coming loose from the bracket due to vibration, what can fix the problem?
I know this must not be a beginner bike, but I just love this unique look, can this be my first bike for my daily commute? (mostly highway and a bit bumps and hills in the city)
It's a great commuter, but I wouldn't recommend it to be your first bike. It's big, heavy,and very powerful. There's more to riding then sitting there going straight on a freeway. Roads curve ,people driving like idiots, etc. Get a small cheap bike to learn the basics then work your way up in bike size. Being on a bike is not a game. There's no do overs. Its life or death and survival. Most accidents are due to people thinking they can just jump on a bike and ride.
There's a video on youtube where a young man did what you're wanting to do. He bought an M109R for his first bike and he recorded his first ride. It shows him enjoying the ride then a car goes on his lane going toward him.Now an experienced rider had enough time to avoid the car, but this was his first bike.and you could hear him say "Oh crap" I think 3 times. The it took for him to say those words could've been used to avoid the on coming car. He hit the car head on and died. His mother posted the video. If you're young then what's the rush? You have your whole life ahead of you to enjoy riding. You don't want it to possibly end all because you don't want to take the time to learn. If there's a track near you do some track days. Get a used small ninja 300 and learn to race, or the very least, learn to maneuver the bike. Lastly, opening the throttle and going fast is addicting, and also EASY. Much like what most of the idiot kids on the road that ride crotch rockets do between cars. Skill comes when you can negotiate a hard turn with speed. Do some track days and learn to drag your knees. Just my 2cents.
As noted by the other comments, it's not a first time bike, bumps can have you losing control if riding experience is limited, at the twist of the throttle you will quickly be in three digits, the shear weight and the 240 rear tyre also come into play. Yes once on the go, it gives you confidence, but unless your riding skills are limited, there are definitely better suited bikes (even cruises) that will give you confidence especially in the wet. Good luck on your journey
Is it a good riding position for your back?
It's an aggressive drag style seating so it's a little forward but not too much. It helps with this much torque . Keeps u from being thrown back. It's not a laid back position nor is it a beginners bike. Its big with overwhelming power. I've ridden over 500 miles in one day and no problem.
For me, I'm 6'1" so it gives me a relaxed feel and a slightly forward stance which I like now that I am in my older years. I feel in control, sit in the bike rather than on like a Harley, can ride longer with less pressures on the back and arms, fell seat helps for longer rides. Most importantly when you crack the throttle open and say bye bye to whoever you are leaving behind, the seat keeps you planted without being shot off the bike. Hope this helps.
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