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.
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.
Looks good when new but that's where it ends.
When I first got this bike it looked great and drove well. The burnt orange candy colour is eye catching. After about a year the chrome finish started peeling away even though the bike was babied and garaged. The engine performance then went downhill accompanied by vibration under acceleration and increased fuel consumption. Then came the clutch shudder and grabbing at take off, I almost collected an oncoming car on many occasions. The bike had all the recommended services only at authorized Suzuki dealers and even though a factory recommended ...modification was done this did not solve the clutch problem. I mentioned the decreased performance increased vibration and fuel consumption on many occasions but no mechanic could find any fault. What a disappointment this bike has been. Good torque, stable at highway speeds even in high winds. Has not broken down....yet. Poor build quality, chrome plating starts to peel away after 1 year. Clutch shudder and grab to the point it is dangerous in traffic, this is apparently a known design flaw. Lots of vibration under acceleration. 10 minute ritual just to check oil and have to strip bike down just to check coolant. Uses 8 liters/100 km on the highway. No colour code to match paint.
This is the most dissapointing bike i have ever owned. No matter what Suzuki dealer i take it they tell me that this behaviour is normal for this model of bike, one dealer said you are lucky you didn't but the m109c
Lack of power, surging in traffic, and clutch shudder, and what is the other half of the throttle for.
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Questions & Answers
G'day, I have a 2019 M109R. On group rides I am often told my bike is too quiet - particularly when overtaking other riders. Is there a simple way to increase the exhaust sound without fitting new pipes, or compromising the ECU? I've seen a video where extra holes are drilled into the end of the exhaust but am not sure if this will make a worthwhile difference. Another video mentioned removing baffles. I don't want it to sound like a jumbo jet taking off. Am I asking for the impossible? Cheers, Nige
Yes, It's well worth the standard exhaust modification. You need to use a hole saw to open the baffles (there are two per pipe, one is easily reached, the other is set deeper and needs a longer hole saw stem), then drill 8 evenly spaced 12mm holes in the pipe endcaps (lots of YouTube how to online). Better sound, not too aggressive, but suitable for the M109R appearance and better exhaust breathing. Hope this helps. Ray
I have 2007 M109r when I start it I see petrol coming from the air filter I changed pipes it became better but I still see the petrol.
I had to refit the temperature sensor to my 109R because the gasket had a slow leak. The sensor is situated between the cylinders. Some water was lost when re-fitting. I am concerned there is now an air bubble in the cooling system which will affect the performance of the cooling system. Should I wait to see or will the engine take up the water lost thru take up from the water overflow bottle or should I refill via the radiator run the engine, refill, run the engine until the air (bubble) has gone.
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