Posted: 09 Aug 2013
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then this particular Suzuki Intruder cocks a huge nod in the direction of Harley-Davidson. Too many people believe a big cruiser should only carry the Harley Bar ‘n’ Shield logo and Japanese custom cruisers aren’t worth looking at. This isn’t true. You only have to look at the specifications of a standard Suzuki Intruder to realise this. And then you get examples like this one that have been cared for and have added detailing – and all for a good price. As you’d expect, being Japanese, the ride quality is smooth, controls are easy to operate and they work – an example would be the dual front brake discs which stop the bike rather than simply slow it. The engine is a solid torque monster meaning it is a doddle to ride everywhere and economical at constant speed. It would be fair to say the Intruder is a polished version of a Harley but without the kudos of the American brand; something that’s reflected in the price rather than the appeal and ability of this heavyweight cruiser.
THE AD SAYS:
2008 (08 reg), 1783cc, 5588 miles, blue
Superb, head turning cruiser. Sought after colour scheme and ‘fully dresse’ with screen, leg shields, leather panniers, back rest and chrome rack. She is very powerful and easy to handle despite her size and weight. Very comfortable riding position and a real pleasure to ride. ONLY 5588 dry weather miles. I’ve had her for two and a half years and she has hardly been used. I rode a thousand miles or so in the first year and only a few hundred since being kept under a dust cover in my garage for 99% of the time with me. Currently SORN but will have a year's MoT so her next owner can add a tax disc and enjoy the thrill of riding this beautiful bike. Google VLR1800RT or C1800RT Intruder, or the American name C109RT Boulevard for reviews and Youtube videos. Specifications: 1783 cc 54 degree V-twin. Liquid-cooled, shaft drive, 5-speed, 2-into1-into2 stainless steel chromed exhaust. There is a small area of pitting in the chromed front left hand side of the crankcase, which I think was caused by a newly-surfaced road. Everywhere else and paint is perfect. No tyre kickers or dreamers, please. You may take her for a test drive if I have the cash in my hand. Tel: 01508 520258 or 07958901682.