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2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 First Ride

Monday, November 10, 2008
It was an ideal riding day in Monterey  and the M90 was a terrific bike for cruising the beach.
The 2009 Suzuki M90 has all the styling cues of the popular M109R in a slightly smaller package that is lighter and easier to handle. But don't think it's any less fun to ride.  

Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away.

Otis Redding is stuck in my head as I sit in Monterey on a picture-perfect day about to ride the 2009 Suzuki M90. The bike looks every bit as sharp as its big brother, the M109R, as the early morning sun demonstrates that Suzuki has been careful to make sure the motorcycle has its share of shiny chrome bits. The big slash-cut pipes stand out the most in the bike’s first once-over.  

Rolling through Monterey’s Cannery Row, the bike garners its share of stares. In a touristy, family-friendly area, nobody seems to be put off by the rumble of the exhaust of a dozen M90s in emission-conscious California, a testament to the job of Suzuki’s ability to temper its exhaust note to acceptable auditory levels.

Fans of Suzuki’s M-class of cruisers will be glad to know the M90 has all the styling chops of the popular M109R. A double cradle steel frame housing a 54-degree V-Twin is central to both. The nacelles vary only in a little chrome trim, but the signature trait of the cruiser is intact. You’d have to look close to realize small changes in the layout of the bodywork, little things like switching the layout of the seat lock key from the left to right side, or to notice changes to the rear brake and the moving of its fluid reservoir. When you look at it you think M109R, and I believe that this is the effect Suzuki intended.

Are you sure this thing s a cruiser  It sure doesn t handle like one.
Are you sure this thing's a cruiser? It sure doesn't handle like one.

Hiking a leg over the motorcycle for the first time I almost felt big at six-feet tall. Sure, the M90 is 2.4-inches shorter in overall length than the M109R, but that wasn’t it. Maybe it’s the fact that the drag-style handlebars are 0.8-inches closer, and the forward-mounted foot controls have been moved in 1.1-inches. And despite the fact that the M90’s seat is actually 0.4-inches higher,  it has been retailored and is a little longer than the M109Rs to give riders a little more leeway while shifting around. Unlike the way the M109R's bars stretch you out far-forward, the riding position on the M90 benefits from the reconfigured ergos in a more spine-friendly upright position.

Besides feeling more compact, the bike’s lighter curb weight is immediately noticeable as the 2009 M90 weighs in 41-lbs leaner than the larger bruiser cruiser. The 66.5-inch wheelbase along with the rider’s triangle places the center of gravity low and slightly ahead of the rear wheel. The compact frame and low COG mean the motorcycle is easily manageable at low speeds despite sporting a cruiser-class curb weight claimed at 723 lbs. A very workable clutch with a moderate to light pull gets an assist in low-speed handling, but the fact that it engages late in the pull prevents it from being totally newbie friendly. It’s great for tire-spinning action in the first few gears though.

Although the M90 gives up 321cc to the M109R, don’t think for a second this is a watered-down version of the larger mill. Torque comes on early in the powerband and the gears give generously for a long time and don’t sign off with the abruptness of other comparable V-Twins. This is a cruiser that benefits from Suzuki’s racing heritage with SCEM-plated cylinders (a proprietary nickel-phosphorous-silicone-carbide coating) and Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection.  It’s not simply a retuned version of Suzuki’s C90 cruiser either, which would have been the easy way out. The

It would have been easy for Suzuki to source the mill from its C90 classic cruiser  but it went for a more performance-oriented 1462cc mill for the M90.
It would have been easy for Suzuki to source the mill from its C90 classic cruiser, but it went for a more performance-oriented 1462cc mill for the M90.

liquid-cooled V-Twin’s camshaft housing and head cover are separated with a rubber insert, unlike the C90’s engine, where the head cover works as the camshaft housing. Suzuki also moved the mechanical damper from behind the driveshaft to the crankshaft axis and reduced the number of shafts inside the engine from four to three which shaved off a claimed 50mm. The engine’s quiet efficiency and rubber mounting keeps vibrations to a minimum and riders happy. The engine doesn’t have M109 rip-your-arms-out-of-your-sockets power, but never during the course of our ride did I fail to have enough juice at my disposal, even while executing some dicey passes on short straight stretches of Hwy 1.

The 1462cc powerplant provides the punch to the 200mm rear Bridgestone via a 5-speed constant-mesh transmission. Shifting is smooth and reliable and neutral is easy to find, which isn’t always the case. There is a little clunkiness in the first few gears, but nothing in comparison to American V-Twins. Shift shock is reduced by a friction damper fitted between second gear and the driveshaft of the tranny.

The final link to the powertrain trio is the M90’s burly pipes. A lot of R&D went into the exhaust, including quality and emotional evaluations. Don’t think an exhaust’s sound strikes an emotional chord?

Then consider that potato-potato-potato is trademarked and instantly recognizable. Suzuki worked hard to match the M90’s sound quality to M109R standards. But based on the reaction of the crowds crossing the street at Cannery Row, the exhaust note is robust but not overbearing. At a standing rev it doesn’t sound as good as when you’re at throttle and it’s bouncing off cars in traffic. As big as the pipes are, you’d expect them to really pound. A catalyzer built into the mufflers might reduce hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions but it doesn’t help when it comes time to growl.

Sitting on a dock of the bay - the blue of the bike  the blue of the ocean  and a blue sky. What a day!
Sitting on a dock of the bay - the blue of the bike, the blue of the ocean, and a blue sky. You couldn't ask for better riding weather.

Carmel Valley Road deposits us back on to scenic Hwy 1. We head south towards Big Sur where a wealth of sweepers and sharp turns await. A truck that went over the rails is a grim reminder that this is not a place to lack confidence in your brakes.  The M90’s brakes are up to the task. Unlike some cruisers, I didn’t hesitate to get on the dual disc front hard entering the turns, as they have great feel. The rear brake applies even pressure without locking up easily. Mashing hard on the rear, stopping pressure is progressive and does an above-average job of keeping the bike upright.

Overall ride quality was smooth, with the KYB coil-over rear shock and 43mm inverted fork working in conjunction with the plush padded seat to provide plenty of comfortable riding miles. It handles better than your average cruiser, benefitting from Suzuki’s choice of a 200mm rear on the back end, and can be ridden aggressively into corners until scraping a peg. But the pegs are set wide and scrape easily. Ground clearance is limited because in order to accommodate the wide dual tanks and the girth of the pipes, an ugly lower bracket had to be fobbed up to push the footpegs out wide enough for a rider to reach.  

The crescent-shaped instrument cluster of the M90 is tucked neatly above the bars inside the headlight cowl and requires a quick glance to locate the needle on the analog speedo. In the right hand corner of the speedometer readout is a small LCD panel that you can flip through an odometer, dual trip meters or a digital clock display. A small switch on the left handlebar console engages the LED turn signals, which are not self-canceling. A chrome console built onto the 4.8-gallon tank displays the minimum - signal indicator lights, a

Carousing on Cannery Row with one of my old buddies!
Carousing on Cannery Row with one of my old buddies, Johnny Law!!

Neutral light, and a hi-beam indicator.  There’s no windscreen, so wind buffeting is inevitable, but never became noticeable up until around 70mph. Nothing that couldn’t be remedied by a trip to the M90 Accessories book and the purchase of a shorty factory windscreen.

So after a day spent in the saddle of Suzuki’s newest middle-class cruiser contender, my fears that it would be a neutered M109R were assuaged. On the contrary, the laid-back riding position made it more comfortable to ride while the lower weight and the smaller chassis give it handling that defies typical cruiser categorization. Throw in an engine that will spin the tires in the first three gears and you’ve got a lot of bike for $10K.

Price wise, the M90 is the second-most affordable cruiser compared to other motorcycles in the 90-cubic-inch range. Only Honda’s VTX1300 comes in cheaper, with a MSRP of $9,899. Yamaha’s VStar 1300 rings in right above the M90 with a sticker price of $10,290. The American manufacturers top the charts, with a base model H-D Dyna listing at $11,999, while a Victory Vegas 8-Ball is priced at $13,799.

 While entertaining the thought of building a motorcycle to compete in the $10,000, mid-sized cruiser range, Mel Harris and the crew at American Suzuki Motor Corporation thought that providing a technologically-sophisticated motorcycle with proven styling for a great value would be a winning formula.  To get a cruiser with almost 1500cc of power that handles like the M90, all for $9,999, I think they’re on to something. Keeping it under that magic five digit threshold in tough economic times is key. Suzuki performance and reliability only help seal the deal. 

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2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 Specs
The 2009 M90 has all the styling essence of its big brother in a more user-friendly package.

Engine: 1462cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled 2-cylinder
Bore/Stroke: 96mm X 101mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Ignition: Fully Transitorized
Transmission: 5-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive: Shaft Drive
Overall Length:  94.1 in.
Overall Width: 34.3 in.
Overall Height: 43.3 in.
Seat Height: 28.2 in.
Wheelbase:  66.5 in.
Curb Weight:  723lbs.
Front Suspension: Inverted telescopic, coil spring
Rear Suspension: Link-type, oil damped, coil spring
Front Brakes: 290mm dual discs, 2-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: 275mm disc, 2-piston calipers
Front Tire: 120/70ZR18M/C (59W), tubeless
Rear Tire: 200/50ZR17M/C (75W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.8 gal.
Color: Black, Blue, Red
MSRP: $9,999


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Bryan -Tom Torske  August 22, 2010 11:19 AM
Yup Tom when I rode the bike for the first time I thought the steering head was loose or the drive shaft was out of whack. Dealer went through it and assured me it was ME.....never thought about that. I was (am) riding an inline four also, that I can shift at nearly any speed, the M needs to be rung up a little more in the r's. Just the nature of the V twin engine I guess is the "shake". in the right rpm range/gear the ride is smooth. This bike has alot wider gearing than my ZRX so I am still getting used to that.

A side note, you angry Harley riders that think you're made in the USA entirely......do a little research. Oh yah I dont buy a bike to "fit in" or resell, I ride mine. My '99 Kawasaki ZRX1100 has 49,000 miles on the clock,and has had only the fuel line changed, brakes, oil and tires! Happy fixing angry man!
Bryan -Love the M90  August 22, 2010 10:53 AM
I took my girlfriends VLX600 for a test ride before she bought it and that was the first cruiser I had ever ridden. When I got back I knew I wanted one. I ride a ZRX1100, and now after looking at the M109, the Vulcan 900 custom, Raider and Worrior, I found the M90 to be the perfect blend of price and power and looks. I have owned mine for a week now and am absolutely in love with this bike. I have no regrets in my purchase. Sure I cant put a half gallon of milk under the seat like I can on my ZRX, but who cares! This thing is bad ass! Clunky from first to second but handles like wow. pegs drag easy, but that just makes the ride sound more fun! Hot dog! Cant wait to fire it up for a ride tomorrow! My Cortech soft bags will lift off my ZRX and fit my M90 perfectly too. I also got the rear cowling in the deal, this makes the bike look alot better than the rear seat does.
JaysSV1000S -I like what I see in this review  August 13, 2010 06:32 PM
Therefore Ill be checking this bike out next week, if its a nice ride ill get it for my wife to ride. Ive riden harleys and they dont even come close to jap bikes, dont care if theyre not worth anything after a few years because they are so much more enjoyable to ride and much more reliable, dont think Ive ever had one of my jap bikes leak oil or gas, you'll be fixing your status symbol, Ill be riding my jap bike.
Tom Torske -Suzuki M 90  August 5, 2010 12:42 PM
Reading the comments on the M90 I did not see anything about my problem with a recently purchased M90. Going thru the gears there is a vibration/chatter/shutter of sorts immediately when releasing the clutch. It goes away when the speed increases. Only one magazine reviewer mentioned that there was a "bit of a chatter", which I say is a "bit of an understatement". Magazine reviews are mostly BS as they hesitate to be critical for fear of losing future business. If they do show concern it will be about some mundane feature which does not amount to a "hill of beans".

Also, the ride is bumpy and to adjust you have to remove the rear tire and use a "special tool".

I would never buy a Harley after observing my neighbor spend his weekends fixing and/or transporting his newer Harley to a dealer, not to mention paying twice the price to purchase and when buying parts.

Anyone else have the vibration/chatter problem?
Tony Myers -NO HARLEY ZONE  July 8, 2010 02:33 PM
Iv'e drove and owned harleys in the past.MMM i found myself working on them. Then one day i seen a M90 and the rest was history. I don't care about the Image thing. and all the hype and bull that goes with harley. Im Suzuki all the way M90 ROCKS.
Mike -comments  March 15, 2010 03:41 PM
I have owned a 2002 Suzuki Volusia 800, 2003 Suzuki LC1500, 2006 Sportster 1200, and a 2006 Harley Road Glide. By far the best bike for the money was the Suzuki LC1500. As far as comfort and reliability. I am way to old to get into the kid games about having to have a Harley been there done that. Suzuki makes a good product for a good price. The reason I was looking is because I am thinking of buying a M90 and after reading the reviews I will own one this week. Thanks for your help.
djr -Suspension  October 26, 2009 06:39 PM
richard hughes - You're supposed to get service @ 600 miles. Have your dealer tune this for you - it takes a special tool. They changed some of my foot controls and stuff for me. Your dealer ought to do this for free at that 600 service.
DanMan -HMMMMMM  October 20, 2009 06:33 PM
well was thinking about getting the m109 but after comparing price and stuff figured i would get this m90. sounds like it will be a great bike. and still have plenty of power to pull my 185lbs and my girlfriends 115lbs. bike looks awesome to! can't wait think i'm going to the dealership tom!

richard hughes -suzuki m90 intruder  October 14, 2009 12:30 PM
hi can some one tell me is the suspention on the m90 is it very hard and have you got to take the back wheel off to change settings thanks from uk
milwaukee mike -djr  October 12, 2009 09:46 PM
djr, you are full of it! You just feel intimidated by riding a real man's bike, and are better off riding a little girlie bike. Harleys are for the men.
djr -M90  October 12, 2009 05:40 PM
Got 1K on mine. 3rd bike, 2nd Suzuki (they are damned reliable and inexpensive). If I had $20K to spend, I'd probably come back with this same bike. It is unreal on power and command. I tried the 109, it was just a little over the top for me.

One complaint - the bars are about 1" too far away. When my wife is on my back (spare me the jokes), my hands get tired of carrying the load (forward).

I road HD for a day in CA - it's not for me on the long haul. I felt like I was on a tractor after a while.
skeeter -Wake up and smell the coffee...  October 10, 2009 10:16 AM
Real men ride Harley-Davidsons. If you want to ride your metric garbage because you feel inferior, go right ahead. The reality is that you will NEVER get the same repect by society as Harley does. I go to motorcycle rallies all over the east coast and midwest. Why are there so many guys riding metric bikes while wearing Harley t-shirts? Could it be envy? Whatever floats your boat. We don't care about you silly latte-drinking yuppies anyway. Just stay out of our way, and get over the fact that we kicked your a**es back in high school.
david -m90  August 15, 2009 06:50 PM
i don"t know what to get. m90-1200 nighster.or xr1200. help me out .i am 5-10 145lbs.i just want to run with the big boys. i don"t want to be way back in the line.
Kyle -M90  July 29, 2009 11:37 AM
Just passed 100 miles on my new M90. LOVE it. One small issue, after warming up, sometimes shifting from first is a bit tricky, almost like the clutch isn't fully disengaging. Will be having dealership look at this.
Super Dave -Zuks  June 20, 2009 02:25 PM
I have a 2006 C50T; my first non-dirt bike. I love it! Stock it could use a bit more power but w/ a PC and pipes; all will be well. But this M90 is smokin' hot! You can't go wrong w/ Suzuki; they make great bikes across the board. This M90 looks perfect for us smaller guys though. Not too much of a beast, but more than enough in every area. A little lighter and a tach would be nice (maybe the tach will come in 2010). It's my next bike for sure!
Big Daddy -metric vs harley  June 18, 2009 08:15 AM
I have ridden bikes since 1961, I have owned metrics and harleys. Both have their pro's and con's. You can get parts for any metric or harley, you have to be persistent and look close to home first. Any older bike will require looking. If you own the popular older metric bikes (V65or45, Viragos, KZ's, Intruders, etc) about all the parts can be purchased from a dealer new. Presently I own Harley's, I can't get enough of the feel, the road attitude a harley has. But, when I want super fast, smooth, carnival ride, I jump on my VZ1600. Let's show respect and live and let live. Live to Ride. Big Daddy
BIGBUB -MILWAUKEE MIKE  May 26, 2009 11:06 PM
I have what older guys call a crotch rocket,we get clowned a lot buy the older riders,but that's cool,now i have a 1998 honda cbr 900rr ,we were on are way to NY CITY,it was abuot 300 of us,but there were more HARLEY'S ,and wouldn't u know it before we got there,1st Harley was leaking gas,2nd Harley was leaking oil,3rd Harley just just broke down,the same with the 4th Harley,now my honda has over 14k,and the only thing my bike has ever needed was brakes and routine maintenance,we all have sport bikes in my club ,and that's r only needs,it will never happen with a Harley ,there overrated american built bikes,just like foreign cars engines run forever,and american cars,when u get to 100,000mi u panic,u don't sweat that with a foreign car,so never compare a Harley 2 a foreign bike ,jap bikes last Harleys,u r always putting money into them and they still break down on u.
TERRY -BIKE  April 6, 2009 07:13 AM
H -M90  March 11, 2009 04:42 PM
Everyone has the right to express their opinion about the M90. No comparison should be made because the bike is totally different from any other bike I ever seen. The bottom line is: I got one and if you want to measure the sucess of any bike by turning heads just try. I get more compliments with this bike with any other four bikes I have. Depreciation: Do not fall for a salesperson pitch telling that the "other" bike would loose the value more rapid than the other. THEY ALL LOOSE THEIR VALUE NO MATTER WHAT!!! Buy what you like and not what other people say it would hold the value more in the future. ENJOY LIFE RIDING THE BIKE THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! AND TURNS SOME HEADS TOO!!! THE M90 IS AN AWESOME BIKE!!!
andy -WOOOW...  February 27, 2009 04:58 PM
....thats one freaking ugly motorcycle...lol...even if they would pay me I wouldn^t swing a leg over that...no way!!
milwaukee mike -response to Travis  February 24, 2009 07:52 PM
Travis....are you a complete boob? You say the best bike that you've ever owned was a 2003 Marauder. Well Travis the 1500 Marauder was not built by Suzuki, rather it was a dirivitive of the Kawasaki 1500 Mean Streak. Now I won't ask you what you paid for it, but please look at the current resale value (do an internet search). I'm quite sure that resale value will make you wonder why you didn't do a bit more research on the model. The Kawasaki Mean Streak has a substanstially greater residual value and it is virtually the same machine. Now go to your local dealer and see if they will work on a six year old machine that is no longer in production. I gaurantee the respose will not make your day. Yes, most newer HD dealers will not work on older models like the shovelheads, but their are so many shops that appreciate the bussiness. I have several old HDs as well as a 05 and an 08. I can get virtually any part I may need for my 57 panhead and I ride it more than any bike I own. Do you know anyone that rides a 1957 Suzuki? Are there in fact any Suzukis from the fifties? The oldest Suzuki I can recall was a sixties 250cc two stroke. But a 250 smoker versus a classic Dresser is like comparing apples to oranges. Go ahead Travis, enjoy your Suzuki while you can.
9.68@146mph -harley vs metric  February 22, 2009 07:45 PM
the comment by milwaukee mike is real nice. Co-worker has a 2008 low rider he bought new and it has never started reliably. he has had it back to the fancy clothing boutique that all harley dealers are now, several times and they still can't find and haven't fixed the problem. Take your shovelhead to a dealer and see if they will work on it. not a chance. my dad has a 20 year old yamaha virago that you can still get parts for at the local dealer. If you are such a follower that you have to have the harley name, go ahead and waste your money. Make sure you get your name brand jeans and sunglasses to go with your gold neckless and your driveway jewelry so you can impress the neighbors. poser.. I'll take the M90. I actually like to ride rathe than pose
Travis -Suzuki the Real Cruiser Bike  February 22, 2009 04:47 PM
Suzuki's ARE the Cadillac's of motorcycles, The best bike i have ever owned was a 2003 Suzuki Maurder absoulutly amazing bike i would take a suzuki over any oil leaking ugly pan head. why not invest in a bike that you'll be able to ride for more than 1000 miles before you have to fix it!
milwaukee mike -what a stupid bike  February 13, 2009 05:36 AM
Yeah, it cost less than a Harley, but it is just another metric toy. In two years it will be worth next to nothing,....but it's your money, lose it at your own risk. And lets say that you keep it a few years longer and something breaks. Do you take it to a dealer? What happens when they tell you that parts are no longer available? Think I'm kidding? My cousin bought a 700cc Suzuki Madura in 1984, and in 1988 he needed service. All the dealers in Chicago told him that since they were no longer produced, they would no longer service that bike. Parts were not available and he should check the M/C junkyards for the needed parts. A four year old bike that dealers would nolonger support. Check the Kelly Blue Book to find what a three year old M109 is worth, it will shock you. Just buy a Harley.
yeh -I own it  January 27, 2009 10:18 AM
I own this bike and it hauls balls and handles great gears are super high 1st gear she hums till 25 mphs srsly!
Richard -M109R -Not selling enough Bikes  December 5, 2008 08:03 AM
I believe this is an attempt to sell more bikes, they did a good job modeling the M90 after the M109R. Everyone I have talked to likes the M109R but did not want to spend that much when they could buy a Harley for a few thousand more. With changing some of the options have made the cost more appealing to someone who did not want to spend that much.
M109 rider -M109 rider - Can't wait to get my hands on it  November 26, 2008 06:34 PM
There is a tach. it is in the nacelle, thy power to weight, if you cared to take a look, will make this thing scoot, and as to handling, it should be less of a beast than my M109.
James -Suzuki M90  November 13, 2008 04:53 PM
Love this bike and the mullet is awesome! Rock on Harley...
Harvey Connection -Big Bikes  November 13, 2008 12:18 PM
Big men need big bikes. I am 6' 4" 260lbs (work out muscle not fat). I ride a Vulcan 1600 it's weight is over 800lbs. The bike still looks small when I ride it. I ride about 10,000 miles per year. I ride the Vulcan because it is big and comfortable. I don't ride a crotch rocket because I don't need to get from one point to the other faster than anyone else and ride bent in half. I enjoy the ride to my destination. There are plenty of small bikes out there, pick one but don't discourage any manufacturer from making big bikes because they are too much iron for you. There are plenty of big guys like me that need a big bike.
54strat -Middleweight?  November 12, 2008 01:31 PM
Gotta argee with Nick, 732-lbs is way over 1/3 of a ton; on two wheels that's damn heavy. Considering how much pig-iron V-twins are composed of, why doesn't anyone use the engine as a stressed frame member? Oh, yeah, I forgot; crusier folk are traditionists, as evidenced by the Harley V-Rod's poor sales numbers. In the end, I just don't get the cruiser mind set. Too heavy, under powered, bad handeling, little ground clearence, hours and hours spent polishing chrome: considing an that, it's hard for me to see the up-side.
My First LOVE -M90  November 12, 2008 12:05 PM
I've wanted this bike since day one. I saw one early this morning (Austin,Tx) that was Burnt Orange and living in Texas, Burnt Orange is king! I'm sure the fella had it custom painted. I loved the sound of the exhaust and it's cool looks. I wasn't the only person staring although I knew what it was from the beginning..
Nick -M90  November 12, 2008 10:31 AM
723 pounds is NOT a middleweight. Not even close. It is an extra-large bike. It wasn't too long ago that a 650 was considered a big bike. Now this one, a 1500, is a middleweight? Is everybody on crack?
Rion -M-class  November 12, 2008 08:46 AM
M-class doesn't mean it technically is a PC (performance cruiser), thus it doesnt have to have the tach, I doubt this bike is meant to go fast (for a cruiser that is). its just suppose to look like the M109, not be it. That being said I do agree they should have brought the weight down more, but compared to my V-star 650 this bike looks like a dream come true. to bob= cruisers are suppose to be high displacement low RPM, at 2000 RPM this bike is moving faster then sport bikes (at equal RPM), but as this one tops out the sports do go faster. Number one advantage is it makes them more fuel efficient. Which suzuki was thinking when they made this.
Carl -sounds right  November 12, 2008 04:56 AM
Hey Glenn that makes sense about the speedo but I would still have liked to hear that it lost a little more weight and I would have paid the extra $100 for the tach. I own a classic cruiser without one and that’s fine but if I were to buy a “muscle” cruiser that would be something I would look for. Anyway thanks for the info.
VtownMac -M90  November 11, 2008 07:13 PM
bob, Smaller engines need lots of revs to put out the torque a big twin does. There's something to be said about just comfortably chugging along on meaty low end torque. You can't have the best of both worlds unless you park them next to each other in your garage, Bobby Agreed. Tank seams are a big turn off. Funny cuz some aftermarket companies sell chrome accents for those tank seams!
bob -M90  November 11, 2008 05:29 PM
Why do almost all cruiser type bikes have an enormous engine, with low power output? Is there an unwritten law out there that I am not aware of? And why do they rarely publish power numbers? Shame? embarrassment?
Bobby Baum -M90  November 11, 2008 05:06 PM
These suzuki M bikes are great looking. My only fault with them is the huge tank seam that just stares back at you.
Mohand -Not thing imposiable  November 11, 2008 03:48 PM
Hay, You guys have not seen the new MAH, this bike is absolutly nothign comapered to MHA, if u realy have not heard about this new otor cylcle you realy need know
Glenn -Details  November 11, 2008 11:56 AM
Just a response to Carl on the speedo - the picture you may have seen of the analog speedometer was on a European spec bike, showing the gauge range up to 200 kilometer per hour. The US spec bike does not go up to 200 miles per hour. And while a tachometer might have been a nice addition, it only adds to the cost of the final product. The M90 is as much about value as about features and power-to-weight ratio, etc.
Carl -Boulevard M90  November 11, 2008 10:01 AM
Nice looking bike but I think it should have lost more weight. The power to weight ratio went down compared to the M109R. It doesn't show in the pictures but I don't understand what Suzuki was thinking when they gave it a speedometer that goes up to 200mph only half of it will ever be used! It's also missing the tachometer that it's bigger brother has – a real muscle cruiser should have a tach! Suzuki as always offers a lot for the buck, I can’t wait to see it in person.
Sport Tourer -M109R  November 11, 2008 09:12 AM
Still my favorite cruiser style bike. Why anyone would by a $20,000 Harley I will never know.