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2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 First Look

Monday, October 6, 2008
The 2009 Suzuki M90 has all the class of the M109R in a more-efficient package.
The 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 features a 4-stroke, liquid-cooled OHC engine with a five-speed constant mesh transmission tucked neatly in a steel-tube frame.
With economic stability hanging on a precarious balance and gas prices higher than ever, the bigger and better trend has hit its apex. The displacement race is over, with the quest for efficiency and affordability taking the spotlight. These criteria have not gone unnoticed by Suzuki, who is now offering a scaled-back version of its popular M109R power cruiser. That is, if you consider almost 1500cc of adrenalin-inducing V-Twin power scaled back.

Stylistically, it's hard to tell the two apart. It all starts up front with the signature headlight cowl. The M90 lacks the chrome trim on the front of the nacelle, but does have a splash of chrome on top that houses a cleanly-integrated instrument cluster. The motorcycle's lines are mirror images; only the M90's stretched fuel tank is slightly smaller in capacity (4.8 vs. 5.2 gal.) but looks every bit as wide as its larger family member. The liquid-cooled cruiser has a boxy radiator up front, and plenty of chrome accoutrements, including engine, air cleaner and swingarm pivot covers. Burly equal length, slash-cut mufflers jut off the right side of both.

And while it would have been easy to simply slap the engine from the C90 (a model it already has in production) into the new package, American Suzuki's Communication Manager Glenn Hansen assures us that it's an all-new engine. At the heart of the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin are pistons churning in a 96mm bore at a stroke of 101mm. With a compression ratio of 9.5:1, Suzuki aimed to increase combustion and fuel efficiency with dual spark plugs assigned to each combustion chamber. The plugs fire at the same time during low rpm but are set to fire at staggered intervals at high rpm. The bores are coated with Suzuki's Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) that has been tested in its racing platforms and is said to help reduce piston friction and increase heat transfer. The M90 is also tuned to bring on the power early and often, with a claimed peak torque at only 2600rpm.
Twist the throttle and unleash 1462cc of power from the 54-degree V-Twin.
Twist the throttle and unleash 1462cc of power from the 54-degree V-Twin.

Riders will appreciate the low-vibe ride from its rubber-mounted engine. A big comfy-looking leather seat has a little extra stretch to allow riders to move forward or backward because buns can become a little numb after hours of riding in the same position. The rider's triangle includes forward-mounted foot pegs and a fairly short reach to the drag-style chromed handlebars with a flat bend. The riding position will have riders leaned slightly forward, and the low-riding cruiser features a 28.2-inch seat height.

The stretched 4.8 gallon tank and claimed 44mpg should provide for plenty of riding in between fill-ups.
The stretched 4.8 gallon tank and claimed 44mpg should provide for plenty of riding in between fill-ups.
The 2009 M90 rolls on cast aluminum-alloy wheels equipped with Bridgestones specifically designed for the model. Riders should be able to attack corners aggressively thanks to a 120mm front and 200mm rear. The Bridgestone rubber gives it power cruiser appeal but isn't so wide that it will totally sacrifice sharp handling.

The newest member to Suzuki's Boulevard family comes in black, blue, and red. With a claimed 44 mpg and an MSRP of $9,999, the newest cruiser from Suzook adheres to its higher effieciency, affordable price mantra it emphasized during the intro. Fans of the M109R need not fear, because it is back as well in '09. We're hoping to throw a leg over it when invites to the intro go out, so stay tuned for MotorcycleUSA's First Ride article coming in the near future.

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Tom Torske -Suzuki M90  August 24, 2010 04:37 PM
Have 400 miles on my M90. It looks good and has super power but the shutter/vibration when going thru the gears is a major problem. Seems to me that Suzuki could do better. Had I been able to ride a demo which had the shutter problem would never have purchased. Has anyone been abvle to solve this problem? The dealer says they will check it out when I bring it in for the 600 mile check. They play dumb about the shutter/vibration--as if they never heard of the problem.

I suggest that you not purchase the M90.
JohnD -C90 - Is it here yet?  July 30, 2010 11:19 PM
My opinion - Suzuki Cruisers are all good mechanical, the M109 has a nice stylish good looking Tank, but the bike is a tad big for me, the M90 tank doesn’t have the same good looking appeal as the M109. The C109 tank is wide, flat looking, lacks style. A M109 style tank on a C109 if it fits would look fantastic. There is one bike missing from this great Suzuki range of cruisers and that’s the C90, for those that like a more traditional cruising position and foot boards in a manageable size (not 2 big or 2 small - just right). I'm sure there is a huge market out there for a Suzuki C90, so come on guys get the C90 off the drawing board and into production, With a M109 stylish shaped tank and C50 style taillight and guards. It will sell like hot cakes, boost sales, profits and make ME and others very happy
J.D.-M90 -1500cc Of Raw Bike  May 27, 2010 09:00 PM
What a beautiful bike, Sportbike power - Cruiser ride. Can't go anywhere without getting plenty of compliments. Price is easy on the pockets.
Jw -M90  March 8, 2010 03:10 AM
I have this bike and I have to say I don't think that it vibrates at all like an earlier post suggests. Maybe if you run the revs down way too low. It is a heavy bike so if your a smaller rider (under 5'6") I wouldn't recomend it unless your a very experienced rider and even then you will probably want to lower it and add risers to the bars. There's a lot of people to give opinions or to ask questions about this bike and the after market stuff available at it's owners group. Www.m90.ca
Megan -M90  January 30, 2010 03:31 PM
my mistake... I can lower the M50 from 27.6 to 24.6. The M90 is 28.2 and the only lowering bones I found can only lower 2 1/8th inch.
......Correction from the subject below.
Megan -M90  January 30, 2010 03:19 PM
I am 4'11 and only 120lbs but I really want a bike. I was looking at that M90 because I really like the style. The new M50 2010 is the same style but is not out in the US yest. I know that I can lower the M90 from 27.6 to about 24.6... I was wondering if anyone could give me any feedback. Thank You
kenny jack bonano -6096807952  December 16, 2009 11:47 AM
have 01 harley sportster with work. 10,000 miles. I WANT A SUZUKI M90

Earl -m-50  December 15, 2009 10:17 AM
hi men& ladies I bought a 07 m-50 so far pleased with the way it rides and handles.I also have a 1985 suzuki GS450L with 6.500 miles on it.I just had the carbs cleaned 2 new tire's oil changed and new plugs.any one out there interested in this bike asking 1.200 dollars for. you can email me at earltoni@hotmail.com in the subject line put GS450L otherwise I will just delete it.bike is located in Pa just 2 miles from NY border.30 miles west of binghamton ny 15 miles east of Elmira Ny
Joe -m90  October 11, 2009 07:17 PM
I am thinking of buying an m90 but would like to know if it is the right size for me. I am 5' 4" is there anybody that has ridden one and that can tell me the experience?
gostrider -M90  October 10, 2009 06:38 AM
Listen,everyone seems to give this bike the thumbs up,but in fact I have one-yes it looks the business and has the power too,but its one of the roughest rides I've ever been on.Forget about town(30mph)riding the bike feels like its going to konk out unless u stay in first gear-and all the way up to 55mph thru the gears she vibrates like hell.the other thing is no matter how much you adjust the single shock you feel every single bump.
so all in all,if someone has similar experiences please blog.
Thanks,
"G"
Moe -First Bike Suggestions..  August 29, 2009 10:48 AM
Hey guys, I'm planning to buy my first bike in a month or so. I am in love with the Boulevard M109R. But I'm a bit worried the bike would be too powerful (188cc) as a first bike for a beginner. That's why I thought about the 1500cc M90. But to be honest, my heart still beats for the M109R. What do you guys think? I would really appreciate any feedback.
Matt -M90  August 12, 2009 08:01 PM
Just bought this bike 2 days ago. My first bike was a ninja 650. I only road at a handful of times... I was stuck up my ex's rearend(girlfriend at the time) Anyway, guess you can say this is my first, in a way. I love the bike already. Cannot complain. I am 5'7" and 148 pounds. I'm muscular and have a fairly large frame for my size. The bike is no problem to handle or to stand up. People say it's not a good choice for "pretty much" my first bike.

Well, my defense, I grew up riding everything. I am 22 and have had 4 different dirtbikes and 5 different atv's over my lifetime. Started on an atv at age 10, then it was dirtbikes for years. Then back to sport atv's-starting with a suzuki z400, then a yamaha raptor 700R, then my most recent(which I traded to get this bike), kawasaki kfx 450R.

I have had plenty of riding experience and can operate and/or drive just about anything, from heavy equipment, to big trucks..
Sorry for my life story, but I tell you, it's all in the rider. I have a good head on my shoulders, always have. I figured out that you can baby this bike.Coming to a stop on this thing, feels like I'm coming to a stop on a 450 pound bike. Center of gravity is so low, and obviously my own center of gravity is low as well.

I feel everyone's excitement(who has posted) on here about this bike. Best of everything to everyone! Be safe, have fun!
Rob L -M90  August 8, 2009 11:03 PM
I just baught the bike in May and love it. I just put on Cobra Swept pipes and a Fj2000R and the bike not only sounds better but it makes more power and lost about 35pounds. It pretty much beats any Harley on the road including my friends Rocker C. God I love this bike.
BILL -109RT  July 16, 2009 07:07 AM
My wife and I bought the 08 109RT. Wouldnt change it for anything. It handels very well, and is very comfortable on short and long rides. It has plenty of power to get you out of trouble or into haha. when it is time for a new one it will be the Boulivard 109 or biger.
Slate -M90  July 9, 2009 12:03 PM
Mine is a week and half old. Still haven't rode, have to get permit and take the MSF course. Only has 5 miles on it. It doesn't seem heavy to me at all and I way 180lb. May sneek it out around the neighborhood. It's sitting in the garage waiting to be ridden. Welcome to the club folks.
Juan -M90  July 4, 2009 09:14 AM
I own a M50 and looking to up grade to bigger bike I felt in love with the M109 when it came out until I saw the M90 not only it looks just like the M109 but the price is 3K less. I love my black M50 I get so many complements I really thought about not trading it in for a bigger bike but maybe keeping it and have two suzuki bikes.... Any more feedback on the M90 would be greatle appreciated
Rib -Great Bike  July 2, 2009 10:04 AM
I purchased an M90 after many people trying to talk me out of it due to my weight 185lbs, the size of this bike and the fact I never ridden before. I am so happy I didn't listen. This is a great bike and easy to handle for its size....it rides low and has a low center of gravity. There is certainly plenty of power but of course it is the rider that controls it. I was a bit disappointed the back passenger seat cover wasn't included with the bike but rather an option. Overall a super bike and a good price.
Ken L -M90  June 16, 2009 08:12 PM
Had a chance to go for a test ride today. Guys at HB Cycle in Lindsay Ontario are awesome. I was out for over an hour on the best ride ever. Felt great, cornered real smooth, and sounds awesome. Can't wait to pick it up next week.
James-Melb, Aust -M90 Boulevard  June 3, 2009 05:40 PM
Just bought this bike and love it. I have spent 2 years thinking about what to upgrade to (from a ZZR 250), and this 'middle weight' sports cruiser is spot on. Loads of torqey power, good, precise handing (for a power cruiser), ability to commute (just), and ability to both cruise and do some touring. I recently was in the US touring on a Harley Street Glide and besides the comparable power (90cu foer the M90 and 93cu for the HD), there is no comparison - the M90 is MUCH sportier and more responsive on the throttle. Everyone - even my girlfriend - absolutely loves the looks too (mine's black). I'm also happy with the exhaust note - a nice deep rumble.
Tony -M-90  May 11, 2009 08:20 PM
Just taken delievery 1 week ago, still catching my breath. Only set back is the bike is not as easy to split the traffic as my old 1100 Virago.
Laurie -M90  May 9, 2009 04:49 PM
I took a M90 out today at the local bike shop on a Suzuki test drive day. (Thank you Suzuki)I couldn't believe the torque this thing had!What awesome power! Only dislike is the width of the tank. I am 6'1 and still found my legs were sprawled off too much for my liking. I returned to the shop and jumped on a M109 only to notice the tank is a bit longer and not as wide. To me it just felt better. Thank you
rob -m90  May 6, 2009 04:54 PM
what a great bike just bought on the other day they have great power a lot better then the quacker custom they have done them selves proud
Robin -M90 Saskatchewan Canada  March 25, 2009 08:06 PM
Awsume bike, too cold right now, but did get a chance to get the thrill for a short time. rides great, looks great and lots of power. Just waiting for warm weather.
H -M90  March 12, 2009 07:10 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!!!
Mike - M90 -M90  March 1, 2009 06:50 AM
I purchased a M90 4 weeks ago. I traded in my Kawasaki Ninja because I wanted to go to a cruiser. Boy am I glad I did. Not only is the M90 a great looking bike, it also handles extremely well. It has plenty of power and great handleing. It is almost two bikes in one, sport bike and cruiser. I would definetley suggest buying one.
Carl -Red 2009 Suzuki M90  February 17, 2009 04:12 PM
I bought the red one in January 09. My wife who hates that I bought a motorcycle period thinks its a good looking machine. I rode last week (Richmond VA.) when the temp was around 65 degress and the ride was great. One thing to consider is a windsheid if think you will be going over 60 MPH. Get the dealer to throw in the windsheild (detachable of course) with your purchase. Other than that the bike is great looking as is.
Johnny -M90  February 8, 2009 08:58 AM
I am looking forward to buying and M90 this spring. This will be my first bike. I have done all the research between the M90 and the M109. I rerally like the M90 for the price and the size but the radiator looks a little funky is there a cover for this thing.
Q -m90  January 11, 2009 02:12 PM
I've recently purchased a blue m90 the day after Thanksgiving. I live in Houston,TX. This is my first bike ever and I absolutely LOVE it. The first day I drove it to work I was in the parking lot 3 hours or more trying to go home soaking up complimets. I cannot wait to spend the $3000 or more in accessories that was saved by not buying the m109. Anybody that's planning to buy the m90 will be happy they did.
sabbir -first bike  January 4, 2009 07:21 PM
which one would you recommend m90 or m50 as my first bike
John M50 -M90  December 17, 2008 12:02 PM
I was told by two local dealers that its not available til Jan/Feb
Darron -m 90  December 16, 2008 02:48 AM
I have a M90 and love here in Virginia it's been warm enough to ride and this bike is a blast.
ixm -jealous  December 12, 2008 10:19 AM
Nice Nyke ive been googling the m90 for weeks now just trying to get some owner reviews besides the firstride reviews, I will be purchasing the m90 early next year, black of course. p.s the the m90 was weighedwet, fluids and oil and all that good stuff, the m109r is weighed in dry without any liquids for all those questioning the weight. i will be purchasing the m90 instead of the m109r because it has better handling so ive read in my research and i rather throw the 2k i could have bought a m109r with and use it for some after market parts hopefully the radiator shroud and lowering kit if any one makes one.
Nyke -M90  December 9, 2008 09:58 AM
I just recently purchased a M90. I live in Chicago and I hate but love that I bought it in the middle of winter. Can't ride it for a while but when the weather was warm enough a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to take it out for a spin. This thing rides great coming from a Kawi 650r the difference is night and day. Its like going from a honda civic to a 700 series BMW. Really wish I could ride it more but hey I already have my christmas present!! See you on the road in spring Ha!!
Mike 109R -M90  November 12, 2008 09:16 AM
The M90 weighs 723lbs. My 2007 M109R is listed at 704lbs. what the heck did Suzook add to the 2009 M109R to make it so much havier? All I have to say is before I bought my 109R I spent many a hour complaing to my sales guy why in the heck is there nothing between the M50 and the M109 kind like a M90. Just ask Noel from CT power and sport!!
Suzy -M90  November 8, 2008 10:05 AM
From what I hear, the M90 weighs somewhere around 30 lbs. less than the M109, yet will obviously have much less hp. Is this a dog before it even leaves the pound???
Casey -M90  November 7, 2008 12:51 PM
I'm absolutely impressed with the looks of the M90 and also the M109. I'm looking to purchase one. Any feedback on the M90? Thanks, Casey.