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Excerpt from our column Let’s Ride, Wheels section of the Chronicle Herald, May 21, 2009
Suzuki describes their all-new stylish and streamlined Boulevard M90 as a power cruiser.
Now many people may find the words ‘power cruiser’ a bit intimidating, when considering moving up from the 450cc or 750cc motorcycle they have ridden for years. But this motorcycle is a far cry from the larger and heavy street bikes of the early 90’s.
The Boulevard M90 is a great example of how Suzuki has made moving up to a performance-oriented motorcycle easy for experienced riders.
The M90 is powered by a 1500cc high tech V-twin power plant featuring a 32bit, 512kb ROM engine management computer. This streamlined stylish motorcycle uses design concepts found on the award winning M109R.
Harold’s comments on the Boulevard M90 test ride follow:
“As I climbed aboard this motorcycle, the low seat height of 28.2”/716mm was welcomed. The dual exhausts gave a nice deep but mellow tone, hardly noticeable except on acceleration.
The pull back risers with flat bend chrome handlebars, forward foot pegs and controls all combined with the low seating to give a bit of that old school chopper feeling.
But the Boulevard M90 is definitely not old school in its appearance or performance!
The overall streamlined look flows from front to rear from the well-designed and compact fairing, stretched gas tank to the smooth sculptured rear fender, sporting a LED taillight over the massive 200mm rear tire.
While riding the Boulevard M90, the horsepower, torque, and wide ratio 5-speed transmission all combined to create a powerhouse on command.
The torque at low RPMs allows the rider to pull away from various situations without immediate downshifting, and the M90 can perform at highway speeds in 3rd, 4th or 5th gear without breaking a sweat.
The lower centre of gravity gives this motorcycle an overall light feel and it was both nimble and fun to ride.”
Engine: 1462cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, OHC
Fuel System: Fuel injection
Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
Transmission: 5-speed, constant mesh
Seat Height: 716mm/28.2 in.
Curb Weight: 328kg/723 lbs.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18L
Front Brakes: 2-piston calipers, 290mm disc, twin
Rear Brakes: 2-piston caliper, 275mm disc
Front Tires: 120/70ZR18M/C (59W), tubeless
Rear Tires: 200/50ZR17M/C (75W), tubeless
Thank you to Peter Dunsworth of ProCycle, Dartmouth for the opportunity to test ride the exciting new M90 Boulevard from Suzuki. For more information on this nimble power cruiser, contact ProCycle at 902-468-2518 or your nearest Suzuki dealership.