2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Limited Edition
Consider the 2011 Boulevard M109R Limited Edition as a two wheeled version of the Shelby GT500. Just like the hyper-thyroid Ford, the Boulevard M109R Limited Edition is long, low, impressive, fast, throaty, mean and faintly retro. Oh, and the cream white paint job with the big blue stripe running right up the middle is a big tip-off too.
From its aggressively forward canted headlight cover fairing to the "heck, passengers can't hold on anyway" swappable micro pillion everything about the Boulevard M109R Limited Edition screams street warrior, or better yet Boulevard-ier warrior.
You get more than a hefty blue tire track paint job when you shell out for the Boulevard M109R Limited Edition, as the seat boasts the Boulevard logo, the rear and turn lenses are clear, and various bits feature polished metal surfaces. However, little of this matters since this motorcycle is so ungawdly fast that bystanders will only see a white and blue blur, a la Smallville.
Some components of the Boulevard M109R Limited Edition are lifted from Suzuki's GSX-R line, such as the radial-mounted opposed-four-piston front brake calipers and the dual-piston rear brake caliper which haul the 764 pounds to a halt in a rousing fashion. Although the 130/70R18M/C 63V front tire could be considered to be a bit on the scrawny side when shifting all that hulking bulk forward in a hard braking maneuver onto the inverted front forks, no one is ever going to call the 240/40R18M/C 79V rear tire anything but Sir. There are fuel dragsters out there with smaller rear tires than this gigantodonut.
After the demise of the gargantuan Kawasaki Vulcan 2000, the Boulevard M109R Limited Edition can proudly boast that its 112 mm forged aluminum alloy pistons are the largest in motorcyclingdom. As the ol' skool boys loved to say, there aint no substitute for cubic inches, and at a jaw-dropping displacement of 109 (1,783cc) the M109R's mill is considerably larger than the average European car engine.
Fed by a dual throttle valve fuel injection system, the DOHC vee spins the Earth with truly flamboyant authority when you crack the throttle and it will quickly serve to establish you as the local drive-in's burnout king. You'll be going through so many 240 rears that your local tire dealer will send you a cake on your birthday.
On the down side, the white bodywork especially in the triple tree - rad area has too much of an Imperial Stormtrooper look to it, and the chromed sliced mortadella mufflers can be turned 90 degrees to double as Peterbilt 379 Monster Stacks. But all of this won't matter to the riders who can afford the 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Limited Edition and have the cojones to ride it: They'll be just a smile and a blur.
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2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Limited Edition At A Glance
Base MSRP: $16,799
Engine Displacement: 1,783 cc
Engine Type: Water cooled 4 stroke DOHC v-twin
Bore & Stroke: 112 mm x 90.5 mm
Ignition Type: Electronic (Transistorized)
Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
Transmission Type: Five-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive Type: Shaft
Front Tire: 130/70R18M/C
Rear Tire: 240/40R18M/C
Wheelbase: 1,710 mm
Saddle Height: 705 mm
Curb Dry Weight: 347 kg
Fuel Capacity: 19.5 L
* Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released