SUZUKI INTRUDER M1800R REVIEW
OVERVIEW & FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Launched back in ‘85’s Suzuki planned to make a typical all metal cruiser that intended to compete the already roaring and screaming “American” cruiser and choppers by Harley Davidson or Indian Motorcycles or the Japanese Kawasaki Vulcan series motorcycles and some other manufacturers like the highly framed Moto Guzzi.
The main intentions were just to replace the rattling and spine soaring cruiser image to a very refined and technically advanced cruising right through the Japanese style. Talking about the history, there’s a lot to tell, but, let’s just come to this present heavy metal warship the M 1800 R. The bike is a milestone in the cross country heavy cruiser bikes and defeats one the already set up and renowned “Harley Davidson” brand.
Before I started I just stood and looked at it. All those curves were something to behold in my eyes, atleast I was trying to swallow the beauty and size of this Japanese at once. All shiny chrome parts, from handle bars to the tail section. And that headlight section is amazing, I mean just look at it! Have a walk around and you will find everything, every part of the motorcycle just simply perfect. The fit and finish is typical Japanese and you won’t find something like a Moto Guzzi or Triumph level of fit but still it isn’t any less as it may sound.
Motorcycle is just simply huge, HUGE…. At 374 kg (dry) with a 19.5 Lt Capacity tank and 240mm wide rear tyre, this Suzuki is a surety to turn heads on the road, make wind stop and people pause to just have a glance of it. It causes chaos and riot wherever it goes. The motorcycle is literally a “beast” between one’s legs! Enough said. Sit on it and it certainly shows how heavy it is (at 374 kg I think it is pretty much for a human to hold on). I have been riding my Enfield since past 3 years and it weighs 193 kgs dry, I thought it was pretty heavy cruiser, until I got on to this. A wide handle bar, wide set rear view mirrors, front controls, large 1800cc V Twin under your thighs, all black and chrome everywhere, it just simply grows on your mind as you grow on it! The bike certainly demands respect and the size already whispered into my ears “take care”. This might sound scary, but, Mr Anup, the proud owner of this motorcycle find the bike very comfortable in terms of maneuverability and ergonomics.
Talking of the engine, Suzuki specially manufactured this V-Twin unit differently from the earlier V series Intruder motorcycles and used special parts such as the crank shaft and connecting rods from their highly appreciated and renowned GSXR 1000 litre class sports motorcycle. Modifying components, Suzuki made a 54 degree 1800 cc V-Twin with a compression ratio of 10.5:1 and made the electronic fuel injection suitable for the pumping fuel duty. Also found out the way was a big oil cooling system which ensure that the rider didn’t burn down to death in the city traffic!
Switch on the ignition through the key, situated right under your left leg under the fuel tank and between the neck of the V-Twin and a small digital check to ensure that the tachometer and the separate analog speedometer are working fine. Switch on the engine kill switch and press the electric start, the engine comes alive with a heavy bass full grown tone. Rev it and it just gets tasty with it. Light and precise accelerator, nicely placed and adequately wide rear view mirrors, frontal placed digital tachometer with gear indicator to ensure you didn’t forget which gear are you in, forward controls, light and nimble rear brake pedal and at last the large mammoth sized tank all combined compromise of this heavy cruiser by Japan.
Press the ultra light clutch (very light than a Harley 48 I had ridden just sometime back) and release the clutch with the most minimal acceleration and you would notice all the hefty torque pouring in. At just very low rpms like 3000 the bike would make you feel about all the torque she’s got. Twist the throttle in any gear and it will just move forward in a very fast momentum, that, you may even leave your body parts behind. Torque is what cruisers are made for and this motorcycle ensures you didn’t miss any of it at any of the rpm values. Keep accelerating and soon you reach 8ooo rpm that tells you either you upshift or get ready to fly. The day I took it for spin was a hell lot of windy day and past 160 kmph was just something you need to have a metal body to face those ultra strong nuclear powered wind blasts. Wish it had a front wide windscreen or a front body cover like a Harley CVO. Cruising is effortless and you can do 60 kmph in 5th gear and also 180 kmph, it just won’t let you feel any difference. The engine is super refined and something that a cruiser guy like me could dream of, it’s just orgasm to ride this motorcycle in straight highways.
240mm of the rear tire is manufactured to kill roads and it just simply does, the balance it creates is ballistic and very inspiring in every ways. No vibrations at any speed (even the Harley 48 rattles at times although it’s a sportster category American cruiser). Suspension has been tailor made for every road conditions and undulated roads are settled very calmly. Suzuki has worked very well with the chassis and balance combination, despite being so large (2.4 mts in length is XXL size) the motorcycle just oozes and gulps the highways in a matter of no time. Speed bumps, undulated roads, off roads, throw anything and it will tackle. High ground clearance is something Suzuki did brilliantly without affecting the dynamics of the bike.
340mm twin discs from TOKICO at front wheel and a 240mm single disc at the rear worked pretty well for a cruiser motorcycle. This Suzuki takes no time to come to a sudden halt from three digit speeds, something that every rider for every bike would want.
Apart from the performance, the user friendly-ness of this bike was something that took my heart and would do the same for everyone whosoever rides this. You can maneuver it through and city road and can cross any speed breaker (some are just not meant to be crossed they are made to jump or die). Handling is also a characteristic that would simply blow your mind of despite being such a heavy bike under you. Turning radius is very good and you can easily make a U turn without making a sweat full effort that is needed in other similar capacity cruiser motorcycles.
Power to weight ratio is kind off similar to a KTM RC 390 (although it have a hefty ratio similar to an Aston Martin DB9) this makes the power very suitable and adequate for the size and weight of the bike.
Come to the cornering of this bulky ship at high speeds and the wide 240mm would make you counter steer, yes the counter steer is so much that you would find yourselves just pushing the handle opposite to the apex in order to keep yourselves alive! Although cruiser motorcycles aren’t made to corner hard but enjoy the road! High ground is not high enough when you try to become a little bit more enthusiast more than you should and you would find yourselves/bike dragging over the corner.
All in all, Suzuki has manufactured a machine that can outlaw the rules of roads and sometimes even physics!
THE INDIAN CHAPTER
“Owing a superbike in India has always been one of the most adventurous jobs over the world. One who owns, knows well, how does it feel! There are very good roads, then there good one’s, then there bad & then there are no roads at all somewhere….. Every time you take out your superbike people gather around like maniacs, either you stop to pee, to eat or to smoke, every single time you would find yourself gathered around by people asking you countless questions (most of the silliest question primarily include the concern of people is the fuel efficiency figures related to the superbike you have)” added Mr. Anup after we met, testing his bike.
He added more “Superbikes are becoming more everyday than just weekend or rare stuff. With growing tech people are getting more into biking stuff, they are gaining knowledge for bikes, for biking and most of all safety. You would easily find riders across country who save money not for bike but for the armour stuff to protect their lives. People are becoming more concerned over riding safely and the parameters of the word riding have changed dramatically over the period of time”
Speaking of the bike he owns “According to the Indian road conditions, Suzuki, made a wonderful motorcycle. Yes it’s a cruiser, yes it’s bulky and yes with a country obsessed woth fuel efficiency freaks it’s hard to ride such a petrol gulping ship but this bike is the most amazing cruiser one can ever own in his/her lifetime. I had Harley 48 and I can surely say that this is just the next level. Suzuki had created a magic”
WHAT I LIKED?
It is very heavy, and, yes this is the best part of it. Being so heavy hadn’t affected this bike in any terms may it be the performance, the personality, the quality, the maneuverability or the practicality. Intruder just outsources everything. This bike is a warship that can fight any war through it’s unbound capabilities.
1800 V Twin is a gem. I had hand over a few Harley’s before and this one is just something that American brand don’t satisfy. It has it’s own soundtrack and character that defies any other cruiser in this category. The engine has a soundtrack that no other V Twin can match and this exhaust sound is a surety to win your heart. It not too loud nor too silent. It just marks it’s presence everywhere it goes!
Maneuverability and practicality is also something that I loved a lot. It can make U turn fast one can predict by it’s size, it can accelerate at crazy speeds or can cruise at triple digit speeds all day long without any hesitation, its so much practical.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKED?
Brakes could have been more hard biting. They feel “not so sure” at high speeds like above 160 kmph.
That wide rear tire was very necessary Suzuki I know that, but, that heavy counter steer is something that you Jap guys should work. It definitely intervenes in the handling department at cornering part. Leaning isn’t also much fun.
Accessorize this beast, windblasts make it impossible to enjoy at high speeds and a rider just keeps craving to use all the power he/she have inside the right wrist.
Couldn’t find more short comes because this Japanese Sumo wrestler is so perfect that you just simply can’t complain in anyways!
If you have money, you love cruising then this bike is someth…………… blah…… blah….. blah……
Just BUY THIS!