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2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 Review


by Pascal Bastien ,

With this configuration, the 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M90 achieves peak torque at 2,650 rpm and the slightest throttle input above 2,000 rpm translates into strong accelerations up to 5,000 rpm. The M90 does not like high-revving action; it prefers a smoother, more flowing operation, which is what most cruiser fans look for in the first place.

The M90 gets a new frame, 60mm shorter than that of the M109R.

The robust 5-speed transmission requires little effort from your left foot. The lower ratios are chosen for easy use in town, while also taking advantage of the engine’s torque with nice wide ratio spacings. This is even more true with the longer step between fourth and fifth, for better mileage, less noise and vibrations, enhanced comfort and, let us not forget it, less pollution at highway speeds. On top of that, both the engine and transmission utilize six rubber mounts for minimum vibrations.

All new
The M90 gets a new frame, 60mm shorter than that of the M109R, as well a 20mm shorter wheelbase and 20kg less weight than the larger sibling.
On the road, the M90 handles pretty much like the heavier bike, as it remains stable and friendly for the rider thanks to the still impressive wheelbase and a low center of gravity. The riding position is a bit too stretched for me, though, and longer-limbed riders will feel more at ease, especially given the generous seat.

More playful
The M90 likes to play in corners and it’s easy to see why: the bike is lighter and the rear tire is more reasonably-sized and easier to lean over than the 240-millimeter wide rubber used on the majority of performance cruisers. It can also lean over further thanks to more compact footpegs and/or floorboards than the competition.

Big bike enthusiasts will be glad to see the massive, 43-millimeter inverted fork and the wide, dragster-style handlebars borrowed from the M109R -- giving you the impression of owning the road aboard the M90. As for the brakes, the dual floating discs and dual-piston calipers up front (borrowed from the V-Strom) team up with a precise, nicely-positioned rear brake pedal to deliver enough stopping power and control to modulate the front and rear effectively while making the loaded, 425-kg beast come to a full stop in a hurry. Overall, the effectiveness of the M90 braking system is superior to the average cruiser.

The instrumentation, proves easy to read, in addition to doubling up as a small but effective wind deflector.
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