> Suzuki M109R
The Suzuki M109R engine is a 1783cc, 4-valve DOHC, 54 degree, liquid-cooled,
fuel injected V-twin unit which Suzuki has optimised for throttle
response and acceleration.
A unique two-stage cam drive system creates a compact cylinder head
and overall engine height allowing for a a lower center of gravity.
The 2-into1-into2 stainless steel chrome plated exhaust system features
Suzuki's own digitally controlled exhaust tuning system for optimum
engine performance and v-twin sound.
The Suzuki M109R features an LED taillight and rev counter, radial
brake calipers and an analogue speedo integrated into the fuel tank.
All this is attached to a high-tensile double cradle steel frame.
The M109R is a good looking modern cruiser, without too many of the
gimmicky looks or features often found on contemporary machines.
|Year of specifications
||1783 cc 4 stroke V-twin
||127 hp @ 6200 rpm
||315 kgs / 695 lbs
||700 mm / 27.6 inches
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Review by: Otto
HULLO, (again!), some 7000+km later! This bike is (to the eyes of
this beholder) QUITE BEAUTIFUL, in that it satisfies all the expectations
one might have in riding it, as well as giving you more than a fair
measure of "Road Presence" which others seem to enjoy looking
at very much. I'd say all other riders, apart from HD owners, appreciate
what this M109 has to offer!
OK, clunky 1st to 2nd? Not necessarily so Professor!
Here's a FREE LESSON! Adjust cable properly.
When cold, pull in the clutch +1sec before engaging 1st. (SNICK!)
Use moderate revs to move into 2nd. Smooth as, EVERYTIME! The rest
is TECHNIQUE and experience. There is NEVER a false or difficult to
find neutral. You have to sense when to change (with min load on the
BG, and this means TIMING & TOUCH!)
"Jerky throttle?"....HAVE the cable ADJUSTED! It's actually
VERY PRECISE and SENSITIVE, to the extent that with very small throttle
openings, say going up a steep incline, on a wet/slipery road, it
maintains the MOST sensitive and stable metering which enables you
to keep maximum contact with your rear contact patch.
This is NOT a cafe-racer, but an arm wrenching MUSCLE CRUISER with
sporting DNA. So don't try to ride it like an R1....!
Oil check? Somewhat clumsy and best left to the SERVICE unless you
REALLY redline your machine in every gear every day. Then, you ought
to do yourself a favour and buy/ride something else like the Hayabusa/B-King/GSX1400!
If you are into powerful performance with GRACE, the M109 has few
equals. It is a superb machine.
Review by: Otto
2000+km from day ONE and ALL is WELL! In fact, BRILLIANT! After the
1st service the bike is even smoother and more responsive and READY
to PLAY! If you have to ask "Why did you buy this bike?" then this
is not for you. If you have seen this bike and your jaw dropped, read
on! The M109R 2009 LE Edition is formidable, benign and very exciting
to ride. Even power riders from other bikes succumb to it's unique
and endearing qualities (and say they love it!). These are: EASE of
USE both in traffic and on any road bar an unsealed goat's track.
Great comfort for whole-day-rides, beautiful and attractive styling,
great SOUND even with OEM standard pipes, TORQUE and POWER delivery
which few can match (let alone exceed), nimble and smooth under all
riding conditions. Gearbox requires TECHNIQUE especially from cold
and especially when NEW. great brakes and unbeatable all-round package.
Have I left anything out? Yes, under strong sunlight, the Tach and
Speedo is hard to read. The fuel (bar) indicators can be more accurate
and easier to read when on the move. Also, checking the oil level
might take a few minutes. That's IT! EVERYONE loves this bike except
those with an agenda against "cruisers" of any kind. People of ALL
ages come up and start chatting... grandmothers, grandads, mums, dads,
kids... this bike literally stops people in their tracks. A very commendable
achievement by Suzuki. This is one genuinely AWESOME machine that
you never want to stop riding. Otto
Review by: Ed F.
In summer of 2006 I started shopping for a new motorcycle after not
riding for over 25 years. I looked at sport bikes, cruisers and everything
in-between. I didn't want to get a crotch rocket because of the riding
position, although I love the handling and speed they produce. I then
came across a picture of a M109 and it grabbed my attention quickly.
Here was a bike with an unusual design with what I describe as somewhere
between a sport bike and a cruiser. Its looks were unique and eye
catching, nothing like anything I've seen before. Then when I started
reading about the power and torque, the shaft drive and the racing
technology Suzuki built into the engine, I had to have one! There
were no dealers around in my town or close by that had one I could
ride (demo), and a dealer that did have one far south of me wasn't
allowing demo rides on the only one they had in stock. It was silver
and that happen to be the color I decided I wanted to buy, so I had
a friend drive me 4 hours south to Tucson AZ to purchase it, even
though I never drove one. You can imagine what it felt like to drive
this incredibly powerful cruiser after not being on any motorcycle
for over 25 years, incredibly awesome!
The dealer had it all prepped for me and when I drove out of the dealership
I was a little apprehensive of driving such a big bike, but within
15 minutes it was like I had never stopped riding over all those years.
The 109 was easy to handle, was well balanced and not too heavy at
stop lights, I could feel the low center of gravity the reviews talked
about. While driving 4 hours to get home I kept the throttle pretty
moderate with just a few quick acceleration moments, wow did this
thing have power and speed on demand! To say the obvious, I fell in
love with this bike and any negatives some reviewers have mentioned
all fade away when you get used of operating this fine machine.
I kept the bike for two years and got the itch to trade it in on something
new, you could say that's something I've always done with most of
my vehicles over the years. After reading a number of reviews and
getting excited about the new 2008 Kawasaki ZX-14 (rocket), I decided
to go against my better judgment and traded my M109 in for one. Don't
get me wrong, I absolutely love this two wheel machine with space
shuttle solid rockets boosters attached to it, but of course it isn't
anywhere near as comfortable as the 109. Comfort aside, when I hit
the throttle on the ZX-14 my adrenaline flows like nothing I've ever
driven, it is breath taking!
Well, it only took a month without my 109 to realized I loved its
all around capability and comfort and I was eager to get another.
I had an old friend who also bought a 2007 M109 (black) shortly after
I bought mine and because of a health problem (vertigo) he couldn't
ride it anymore. It only had 1000 miles on it and had been sitting
for well over a year covered in his garage. He started it up every
few weeks to charge the battery and keep the engine lubricated. I
called him up and began negotiating, we came to an agreement and I
was back in the saddle with an almost brand new M109! I still have
the ZX-14 also and switch back and forth depending on the distance
I'll be riding. For around town and small trips I love the ZX, but
for all day rides the 109 is the best cycle on the road if you desire
comfort, power and speed all in one bike!
The style and look is modern and sleek, the power is awesome and the
ride is comfortable, what more can you ask for in one motorcycle?
It is not a kid's bike!
Review by: Peter Rebbechi
I have owned many bikes in the last 30 yrs. I can't ride sports bikes
anymore due to a few leg injuries that mean I cant bend my legs like
I used to. I also use my bike to commute every day in traffic, as
well as some R and R. I was concerned that the M109R would be too
wide to filter or lane split. 1800 cc is probably not the normal commuters
bike! After 6 weeks, and 3000 klms, I can tell you the 109 will serve
well as the only bike you own. My morning commute is a breeze, and
the low center of gravity makes it easy to ride between the cars at
10 kmh, 20 kmh, or 200 kmh. Fuel consumption is ok, and you can get
over 250 kms from a tank if you take it easy. In traffic, I get 230kms
from a tank in commuting mode. On a weekend blast, 160kms from a tank
is std if you give it heaps. 260kms if you take it easy on a longer
I Have managed to do a few 600km days so far, and the seat is ok for
me. No probs with power, or handling, but a warning for new owners.
You will come to the attention of the police, as the acceleration
and speed is addictive. Very addictive. My commute takes me 45 mins
in the car, 15-18 minutes on the M109R, and once, under 10 minutes
when I threw caution completely to the wind and went nuts. Had to
give myself a stern talking to after that, as it was perhaps a little
irresponsible. Handling is fine, but the rear tyre take some getting
used to before you trust it when grinding the pegs. Almost every M109R
rider I have met has no sliders left, and the pegs are starting to
grind as well. But do this, and you can outcorner pretender sportsbike
riders around any corner. The low speed throttle can be fixed with
a JSD unit, and time in the saddle. What you don't get used to is
the attention from the public. A group of 7 of us was waved and cheered
off from a diner on our last ride. You wont get that with the most
exotic Ducati! It is a well designed bike, with purpose in mind. Even
that big bucket headlight acts as a fairing at high speed. Buffeting
doesnt occur until stupid speeds are reached. Try it - ride it and
Review by: Budo
It's a sunny day at a Suzuki Boulevard promotion and the opportunity
to ride the new M109R. By the time my name comes up, I've been seeing
the silly grins of the previous riders as they come back and am starting
to feel a little apprehensive. The dealer, a friend, directs me to
a back road and suggests: "give it death!"...As if would!..Moi?.
It's not as beefy to get off the side stand as I expect, and easy
enough to get rolling, but I'm finding the throttle touchy and difficult
to keep between 'power on' and 'engine braking' as I roll through
town. My '04 Kawasaki Mean Streak is a bit stuttery in this zone at
low speeds, but the M109R is worse (maybe because of the bigger torque
and engine braking capacity).
First two gears are thumpers (bit grabby..I put this down to me not
having a feel for the bike) 3rd (nothing in front of me?)...I give
the throttle a healthy twist... HOLY S**T.. my 'Meany' never felt
like this! The extra 243cc's make their presence felt ...WooHoo something
is pulling the edges of my mouth towards my ears and and I am feeling
for the back of the seat for support with my bum...I'm now looking
for the longest circuit home. After a couple of careful corners I
lean to about where 'Meany' would be scraping. No problems, very smooth.
I could get used to this! Now starting to think 'trade' or 'two bikes'?
I pull over to have a good look without the distraction of the crowd
at the dealership.
Seat comfort is (just) OK, drag style bars are similar to the 'Meany'
(don't know if I like them..a bit more of a reach than I find comfortable).
The exhaust and mufflers are growing on me and are much better looking
(and sounding) than Honda's VTX 1800! Brakes (maybe not as good as
'Meany's) but still plenty! Clean 18 inch rims are nice, and very
easy to get at to clean.
From the front headlight shroud to the LED tail light, this bikes
lines are STUNNING! By now I am feeling that I need a cooling off
period and decide to find an even longer route home to think about
What are the negatives? The retro style speedo on the tank is hard
to see in sunlight and low enough to be partially obscured by my helmet;
it seems a tacky miss-match with the modern LCD tacho that is well
placed for viewing. Rear brake lever is apparently adjustable, but
on this bike is too low, too wide and too far back for me. It's hard
to find a position on the peg without feeling my foot was about to
slip off. A lot of noises I am not used to (I'll put them down to
amplification in my new helmet!). When I've just about talked my self
out of it, I grab another handful of throttle...Wooo!... who cares
about the faults. I WANT THIS BIKE! Almost to town I decide to turn
around and retrace my route. Where are those two long cop free straights?
Review by: Chuck Davis
I can't believe that a manufacturer as renowned as Suzuki would attempt
to deliver a new bike such as the 2006 M109R with a problem identified
in multiple reviews with the operation in 1st and 2nd gears. Can you
imagine driving in stop and go freeway traffic on a bike that doesn't
operate well in 1st and 2nd gears. It would be a nightmare! I, for
one, will not consider purchasing one until the problem is fixed!
Review by: Perry Pridgen
The Suzuki M109R has 127 hp at 6200 rpm and 117.6 ft lbs of torque
at 3200 rpm. It's a bit jerky when in first and second due to the
low gear ratio for takeoffs, but is great the rest of the way. Great
Review by: Cat
I couldn't agree more with budo (review 1), the M109R is a great looking
bike with lots of power, but some definite disappointments regarding
how smooth it was and a lot of vibration under acceleration. If the
handle bars were three inches further back I could have forgiven some
of it's other faults, but the seating position leaned a little to
much toward cafe style rather than cruiser. Not what I was looking
for I guess.
Review by: Budo
Since my first writing I have bought a 109 and done a couple of thousand
Km on my present bike and the 109 demonstrator I was lent by the dealer
till mine arrived.
My feelings have changed on a couple of issues... Gearing is fine
(merely a 'getting used to' issue). I will be doing the JSD-3 timing
mod to remove the retard in gears 1-3. Power is superb and the vibration
under hard acceleration is just 'character' and lets you know you
are on a twin not a multi-cylinder... I actually like it! H/Bar position
is pretty good (I have rolled mine up a tad).
Speedo visibility is still just so-so, but okay, and I will do the
mod putting the tacho inside the light shroud. I have moved the brake
lever down a couple of splines for comfort.. (I still think it's too
wide and/or sticks out too far). Seat is great, better than my first
impression. And I've adjusted to the weight of the bike and am now
throwing it around more confidently and am impressed with the handling.
Other intended mods, waiting for a Muzzy style 2-into-1 exhaust to
be released and will do something to free up the air intake plus Power
Commander... (soon adjusted to the grunt and would like more!). I
will generally take my FJR out if I have a long trip or the weather
looks sus. But for a ride to town or just to get the cobwebs cleared
I grab the 109 every time. The 109 might not be the most practical
of bikes, but I wont be trading it for anything less than the 200hp
V Max prototype. If it ever eventuates.
In a nutshell... Superb bike... If you like the look of it, get one.
You wont be disappointed!
Review by: Norm, Fallbrook, Ca.
I was going to have my 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa serviced when I saw the 2006
Suzuki M109R on the floor. The Hayabusa was traded in. And I drove
off on the 109.
After 1,000 miles of riding the bike all I can say is that the rear
brake lever is to far out for you to get your foot on the peg in a
comfortable way, and the handlebars are a tad forward. But twist the
throttle and you forget all about the little things. Had the bike
just a few weeks now and I can say it handles very very well. A little
jerking in 1st and 2nd, but that's just a case of getting used the
throttle. What I did was put a little play in the throttle cable by
using the adjustment for the cable.
I miss the 'busa for the topend. But the 109 will keep you planted
in the seat in all gears. And while the bike weighs 700lbs - and me
being all most 280lbs - it can still break that rear (240/40R) tire
The only thing that sucks about the M109R is checking the oil. You
have to let the bike run for 20 minutes, stop it, then let it sit
for 3 minutes just to check the oil.
The day I bought it I put on about 80 miles. The next day I came out
to go for a ride. Oil all down the left side of the bike, oil all
over my drive way. I was bummed... Bought her back to the dealer here
in Oceanside, Ca. and come to find out they over filled it by a quart
or more??? Although I'd say more from the looks of it, and that's
the dealer. So be very careful on checking the oil.
But if you like the 109's looks, buy it. You will soon fall in love
all over again.. Thank You. Norm.
Review by: Country
I was one of the first to test the M109R and can say that it's not
a bike for all riders. I have been riding for twenty plus years and
have own all kinds of bikes. Harleys, Kawis ,Yamahas and many others.
The M109R is a little low in first and second, and it's also made
for a big rider - me being 6'4" and 250 lbs plus I found the bike
to be smooth in the turns and in traffic it does very well. This is
not a bike you take for a test drive and make your opinion. It takes
time to get to know. I myself only had three days and 600 miles to
test the bike, and I came to the conclusion that for me and anyone
who has the time and the know how this bike is all you will ever want
fast, great in the corner's and made for the big rider. I liked this
ride so much that I'm now in the process of getting one for myself.
So judge not unless you take the time to ride, then you'll come to
the judgement that this bike has left nothing out and will only get
better with time. Road time that is.
Review by: James
Concerning the M109R, It seems that some people have problems in first
and second gear. You are either accelerating, or engine braking. Its
just a touch you have to acquire. That is very typical of BIG v twins.
The Honda has it, the Harleys have it, and the Vulcan 2000. If you
are used to an inline motor, or a much smaller V-twin you will more
than likely have those troubles until you devleop the touch for the
bike. I own a 2006 M109R, I ride it daily, and I dont have those problems
with first and second gear. The bike was not released with any problems,
as it was also not released for beginners. The bike handles like it
is on rails, has a lot more ground clearance than other cruisers,
and the sport bike influence on this model is beautiful. I used to
ride sportbikes, and never thought I would give them up, well, foot
in mouth now, I have an M109R....
Review by: Steve Ramsey
I have to say I am extremely impressed with the M109R. I have owned
many bikes over the years and just traded my 2000 GSXR 750 in for
the M109R. I am not sorry one bit. The gearing takes a little to get
used to in 1st and 2nd but once you do, no issues. The shudder a few
talk about is all part of the program. It is part of it's soul and
character. I love it. Power is awsome in all gears, the handling is
fantastic and the looks are like no other. It screams at you standing
still. I too would like to free up the intake when parts are available.
I was going to change the exhaust and test rode one with a Cobra set
up. But to be honest, the stock exhaust has a great tone and it is
a two into one into two for good performance. I just may keep the
original. I look forward to my daily ride to work and wish I could
ride right past work each day. Awsome!!!!
Review by: Robert Hill
I just bought a 2006 Suzuki M109R last weekend. I chose to go with
a silver '06 over the white '07 the dealer also had available. The
'06 was also almost $2,000.00 cheaper than the '07, out the door at
I have owned many bikes in the 28 years I have been riding, the latest
2 being a 1981 Honda CBX and a 1972 Suzuki GT750, 2 classics for sure.
I have never owned a big bore V-twin type bike prior to this one.
About 2 months earlier I had bought a '06 M50 for my wife, and after
riding this decided to get the 109 for myself.
Having been a member of the M109Riders.com for some time, I was prepared
for the jerky throttle response in 1st and 2nd gear, and how easy
it is to break that big tire loose. So I had no problems at all in
this area. My dealer was aware of the oil over-fill problem, so this
did not occur.
I now have 400 miles on it after one week and can only say I love
it! Have not had a bike I enjoy so much in all my riding years. It
is smooth, with just the perfect amount of vibration. It handles well
and sounds excellent. Usually I change exhaust systems really quick
after purchasing a bike. I do not plan to do that any time soon with
this one. I may change out the air cleaners and add a computer re-programmer
in the near future, but that is it for mods.
Label me one happy rider.
Midwest City, OK.
Review by: Patrick
Two days ago I bought a 2007 Suzuki M109R. I have nothing but praise
for this bike. My first bike was a 750 Honda Magna. It is a great
bike and I thought I would never find anything that was a dependable
and fun to ride as the Magna. The M109 will flat out fly!!! It handles
well and the look is an instant conversation piece. I am mindful of
the overfill on the oil. I have had no problem with 1st and 2nd that
I can't attribute to getting to know the bike. Enjoy and keep it between
Review by: Daniel
I have owned my Suzuki M109R for a couple of months now. While I agree
that there are some flaws like first and second gear operation and
the gearbox is a bit clunky, I have to say that I just had the 800
mile service and wow what a difference! The gear box has smothed out
dramatically and operation in general is much much smoother.
I have tried to behave myself during break in but every once in a
while I have grabbed a little more throtle than expected and... well
I thought cruisers were supposed to be tame? I think the only way
you are going to get a feeling like that is on a crotch rocket.
The only real complaint I have agains the M109R is the clutch has
a monster pull. In traffic this can be slow torture. But suck it up,
buy a handgrip excerciser and buy this bike. You won\'t be sorry!
Review by: Col
I've had my 2007 Suzuki M109R for two months and done 2300kms in that
time. I'm 5'8" and the reach was just a bit far so I fitted 2 inch
Kewl risers and it made it much better. The selection of first gear
is a bit clunky and first into second thumps if you are powering on
but with practise it is getting better. It's a top bike with plenty
of power and performance. Definitely a keeper. After thirty years
of riding I have never had a bike that gets so much attention and
I spend much time talking about the bike when parked. I have debadged
it and cut down the rear plate holder and relocated the signals. There
are lots of possibilities to personalise this UNBELIEVABLE bike.
Review by: Mark Sahba
SUZUKI M109R VZR18002K6 - I went down to my local dealer looking for
something to compliment my Suzuki Hayabusa. I ran into Norm from Fallbrook
(see his review above) in the dealership's parking lot, he was admiring
my chromed out 'Busa and I could not take my eyes off his M109R. I
have never seen a bike that has such eye appeal-it made an immediate
impression on me. The test ride clinched the deal. A redline much
higher than any other cruiser I found plus an ability to handle the
twisties. After checking out a couple of other cruisers, the Suzuki
was hands down a winner, including value and pricing. Yes, the shift
from first to second took a few days to master and that twitchy throttle
adjusted out with a simple cable adjustment. My biggest concern is
if anything is on your key ring, it slaps up against the plastic leaving
marks. And I am still waiting for the aftermarket to make a performace
exhaust that looks as great as the stock one! Rides to Julian to meet
up with other bikers always leads to tons of compliments and questions
about the fat-tired custom I am riding. Also, be prepared for lots
of thumbs up at stop lights along the way. If you enjoy having fun,
getting attention, and cruising with some performance, then this ride
is for you. I am 6'2" and am very comfortable with the seating, pedal
and handlebar locations. I have done some additional chroming and
added some dealer options-leather saddle bags (a must as there is
no storage space at all) along with a passenger backrest and crash
bars. 8 months later and I still smile everytime I walk up to it!
Review by: Ctatyk X. Frost
After owning my 2006 Suzuki Boulevard M109R for 6 months, I'd have
to say that I've never been happier with a bike! I've been on bikes
of one sort or another since I my 4th b'day. That was 32 years ago.
I have yet to have any problems with the bike other than adjusting
the rear brake a couple of splines forward, which was painless. For
those who complain about the "clunkiness" of the 1st to 2nd shift,
try doing power launches with any other bike and tell me that it's
more fun than the "9"! If you have more fun doing that on another
bike, you should get one of those. That's what it's all about. Who
cares what bike you have? Just make sure that it's a bike that you
can be proud of and have fun while riding!
I've never come across a bike that can do everything so well as the
M109R. I even like the way that it handles at low speeds. It's so
well balanced that it handles better than my '75 Honda 750 did.
Review by: Jeff
Iown a 2007 M109R and it's like the song Steve Tyler sang "sweet emotion".
If you like attention you need one of your own, the bike has plenty
of power, and handles great, I really don't know what other people
feel when they ride their bike but I get pure excitement on this blue
Review by: Dan
Just purchased an '07 Suzuki M109! Oh, what a bargain, purchased for
$8,900 with only 346 miles on it. I guess I have to get the break
in period over. Last bike I had was a Yamaha 750 and this thing is
down right a Cadillac of Cadillacs. The shifting from 1st and 2nd
take a bit to get used to but I'm mastering daily. The comfort is
beautiful..This bike has power like no other! Only thing I didn't
get was a owners manual so if anybody has one (pdf) I would greatly
appreciate it. By the way, the owner only sold because he was moving
to Texas and had to let it go. Believe you me he hated to see it go..
Steve (San Diego)
Review by: "J"
I own a beautiful red 2007 M109r. It is a fantastic bike and a blast
to ride as well as being pretty comfortable too. I have owned and
ridden sport bikes for the last 25 years but have not really enjoyed
riding a bike like this since my '84 V65 Magna (now long gone). The
M109 has great power, smooth handling and good brakes. Yes, there
is a shudder in 1st and 2nd and at first you may experience some drive
shaft lash until you learn how to shift down correctly but that goes
away once you learn the bike. I do want to find an exhaust that retains
the good looks but gives a bit more power and more noise. My only
complaint is I have an annoying clunk noise coming from under the
bike on rough roads, it sounds as if something is loose and banging
away but I cannot seem to locate the source. Taking her in for her
first service in a week or so then saving my money for the exhaust,
PC3 and open her breathing up. Mods are a TRE, K&N air filters, luggage
rack with sissy bar. Really love this machine!!!
"J" (Twentynine Palms, CA)
Review by: Ed R.
I am not sure why this bike is not getting more accolades from the
press. In my long-time motoring opinion, a cruiser shouldn't be a
lugging pig. Back in 1984 Honda had it right with the V65 Magna, and
even with a few problems, it dominated for sheer power and even drivability.
Then, Suzuki made the Madura. It held its own and even challenged
the V65 and VMax. But, It was made for ONE YEAR? Why don't riders
get the concept of the Power-cruiser?
This M109R will lope along for 1000's of miles (yes, we do 600 + miles
a day...) but will blast up the canyons we have here in Utah. Fully
loaded with a passenger, there is nothing that will keep up, especially
no "cruisers". Sport Bike? None of them are on our little 1000 mile
jaunts... I guess I don't understand.
Every idiosyncrasy can be easily dealt with. The twitchy throttle?
Mod the cable or start in 2nd. Engine braking? I am in third or fourth
around town once I get going. The Suzi loves it. I have bags and a
huge windshield (yeah bugs, rocks, and birds at 75mph have taken down
more than one of my buddies...) it still handles great and very smooth.
One person said something about vibration... For a V-Twin, this bike
is glass smooth.
Review by: Deano in SD.
I intentionally bought a very clean 1985 V65 Magna 5 years ago. I
put on the Corbin seat, and Seeger forward controls. What an incredible
bike. I absolutely love it. But finding parts is getting difficult,
so I started looking for a replacement. What I'd give for a 4 cylinder
in a cruiser frame, but I understand that's what got the Magna in
trouble in the 80's. I finally found the replacement bike in the M109R.
My only complaints on the M109 is that it has a very short 1st gear
(versus the Magna's very tall 1st gear), and it definitely will not
corner in the Black Hills like the Magna.
HOWEVER... That raw torque is incredible!!! It is the only bike that
made me scream like a little girl in amazement when I accelerated.
Folks....that Magna is fast. A buddy red lined the Magna in every
gear..... It could not pull away from the M109. That's a two cylinder
keeping up with a four cylinder.... completely unheard of. And I was
not red lining on the M109. 100 mph came in an instant.
I was nervous about the riding position, but I found it incredibly
comfortable. Lastly, the bike is like a "weeble"(weebles wobble but
they don't fall down). It has a very low centroid and it seems that
wind is totally irrelevance to the bike. It is rock solid.
If your looking for a bike that is a mixture of crotch rocket and
cruiser, this is it. Good handling, amazing power, good comfort. And
might I add that it doesn't look like a Harley, and this thing turns
heads. I'm thinking of a personalized license plate; ICANDY, or SKIKR.
My buddy thought HDEATR, but I thought that would get the bike keyed!!
BUY THE BIKE.. you won't regret it.
Review by: Barbara.
Awesome----buy one. Put gixer thou in for 109 will not go back.
Review by: Anonymous
The mighty M109R is by far the best bike I have ever ridden or owned.
I have ridden comparable Harleys and came away underwhelmed. To the
guy that commented on the 1st to 2nd shifts I have two comments. 1)
Have you even ridden one? 2) who buys a big displacement cruiser to
sit in traffic? This is a weekend cruiser and if you want to get a
commuter, how about a Honda Rebel 450? Excellent upshifts in traffic
and 70 MPG. If you've ridden for more than a few years you'll shift
through 2nd with ease. BUY IT IF YOU CAN!
Review by: Jason Wilding
19,400 kms, transmission problems 3rd and 4th gear, has 1/8 play side
to side no help from Suzuki. $3,600.00 repair but they changed their
parts in 2008 for an upgrade - all parts are available, hmmmm... My
2006 M10R has been at the dealership now for 10 weeks, pretty unfair
if you ask me!
Review by: Bob
I have a M109R2, 2009 model and have 6,000km on it now.
The thing is, I do not abuse this bike nor am I an aggressive rider.
Yet I cannot understand one thing: This bike has a lot of power so
ultimately engendering and design would follow up this idea. If so
how is it possible that after 6,000km of relatively mild riding, I
have a secondary drive shaft housing leak. Why are many others are
having this problem with second gear, and problems as so called "clutch
shudder". I know that nothing is granted forever, but nothing should
not have happened in the first few years basically.
In fact it should not happen at all if you ride nicely without tormenting
this huge engine to its limits.
When I spoke to Suzuki CANADA they were so laid back - like in other
words: "who cares", we are selling it and you go and figure it
out later on. Totally unintrigued with my story and unhelpful.
One year warranty is not sufficient time to claim anything, as in
Canada we ride 4-5 months a year and it's unlikely you can do anything
bad to your bike as you are in a process of breaking in the engine.
I was thinking to extend the warranty but I lost that opportunity
timing and cannot do anything now but only to keep fixing and paying
I am thinking to sell or trade in this undefined bike concept for
something more reliable and trust worthy, and with a nicer customer
service then SUZUKI CANADA.
Personally I have never had a problem with HONDA. Now I regret that
I made a switch to SUZUKI
Review by: Dave Cameron [not the UK's prime minister]
I just got my hands on a 2007 Suzuki M109R. I haven't had a ride since
my Honda Nighthawk 750S "sweet bike" that we really cleaned up. I
had gone to riding 4 wheels/quads, for years and knew I would really
like to get back on two. I have been looking all over and then I seen
it. and yup, that was it... Had to have it. Love at first sight.....
So I bought it tonight... Here's to haveing the right weather to take
it out for a great spin....
Review by: Monster
2009 Suzuki M109 - I cant say enough about this bike. I started out
with the Katana 750, then on to the Hayabusa. With that bike I had a great time, but
you can only ride it for an hour. I'm a big guy, I talked to the dealer
Leos South, and he tells me the only thing that you get on after the
Hayabusa is the M109, so i traded my Hayabusa in for the M109 and
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
The handling, the first and second gear that everyone talks about
is nothing, I blow people away in those gears, not to mention the
compliments from people that just pull up to you at the light. The
only things that I'm going to change on this bike are the stock rear
240 tire to a 280 with no swingarm modification, triple tree to stretch
it out a little and a 23 inch front tire. I just purchased a f! at
tire kit from Sumo X and I love it, can't wait to ride and enjoy the
summer. If I had to recommend this bike I would say the price for
this cruiser is right on the money, what you will save on gas this
summer will almost pay for itself. The fun times that you will have
on this bike and the reliability that you have a good product.
Happy riding from monster.
Review by: la botte
je possède une M109R 2006. Depuis le début, le principal problème
est le départ en 1ère vitesse. Des sons extraordinaires sortent de
l'embrayement et je suis très déçu de mon achat. Y a-t'il un acheteur
? Elle est grise, 32 000 km. Elle coûte également cher d'huile...
Signé : la botte !!
Review by: Swan
M109r is one badass bike, I've owned a 2004 vtx1300 c from new. In
riding it for 8 plus years I've done a lot of custom work on it and
pipes , paint cowl like the m109 ect. It does look like a m 109r.
I've been looking at and doing reviews on the m109 for months now
and finally test rode one the other day, wow what a bad bike, first
and second gear was no problem, you just have to be calm with it on
take off. I had a choice between a new 2012 blueLimited or a used
2007 with 7500 miles and every custom part already added to it,I like
the used one because the work is all done and its every thing I'd
do to a new one .the m109 is great but my legs are a little short
( 30 inch in seam) so when I get it ill most likley add lowering bones
to drop it 1.75 inches.i feel it's the baddest bike out there in the