Suzuki marauder specs

Suzuki marauder specs DEFAULT

WHILE THE OTHER JAPANESE GIANTS ARE BUSYcourting fortysomething re-entry riders with mega-buck jumbo cruisers, Suzuki has taken a decidedly different route. With its corporate eye on America's youth, the Hamamatsu factory has unleashed its new-for-'97 Marauder 800.

"We're looking at the young guys who really want to get into motorcycling," says Suzuki's Mel Harris. "They can't put out all that money to buy a big Harley lookalike, but the Marauder fits into their price range."

At $5999, the Marauder is a full two grand cheaper than Kawasaki's Vulcan 800 Classic and $500 less than Suzuki's own Intruder 800. Heck, Honda's bare-bones VLX 600 is just $300 cheaper.

Cycle World

got a chance to sample the Marauder's in-town capabilities at Suzuki's recent press introduction in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Then, for the real-world view, we rode it the 1000 miles back to California.

This is Suzuki's first new cruiser since the introduction of 1987's Intruder 1400. What took the company so long? Simple. The Intruder 800 and 1400 (which are still available) make up 26 percent of Suzuki's streetbike sales, so why mess with success? Since 1986, the handsome Intruders have set themselves apart from other Japanese cruisers by virtue of their unique styling. Instead of being wrapped in nostalgic Harley guise, they hit the boulevard with their own brand of chopper-chic. Carrying on the tradition, the Marauder has sort of a low-rider/dragbike look.

"You hear people complain about Harley lookalikes," says Harris. "We don't want to be the copycat brand. We're trying to do something different here."

Well, Suzuki almost pulled it off. The Marauder steers clear of the current trend toward nostalgic glances into the past, but there are definitely derivative touches here and there-Honda's Magna V-Four and Harley-Davidson's 1200 Sportster Custom come to mind.

Whether it's totally fresh or not, Suzuki's new cruiser blends class and kitsch. First the neat stuff: slick-looking inverted fork, cast-aluminum wheels and rich, lustrous, two-tone paint. Now the campy items: chromed-plastic sidepanels, plastic fenders and chrome-sheathed shocks. Up close, the Marauder has more strange shapes, converging moderate pace. The 130-series, 16-inch front tire feels planted and the chassis tracks stable and true until pushed through fast, bumpy corners, where the Marauder starts wallowing, hinting that it is indeed a cruiser, not a repli-racer.

Suspension action is particularly good for a bike of this genre. Both ends lack the damping quality of more expensive setups, but deliver a respectable ride nonetheless. The 41mm Kayaba fork-made specifically for the Marauder-dives minimally when the powerful dual-piston caliper grips the single 11.7-inch disc. Combined with great feel from the rear drum, this cruiser sheds speed well.

While the Marauder chassis is new, its motor, lifted from the Intruder 800, is familiar. In the makeover, it got a restyling and now comes fitted with chain drive rather than shaft. The finned cylinders are done in basic black, while almost everything else is chromed. The 805cc, liquid-cooled, 45-degree V-Twin still has single overhead cams that open four valves in each cylinder.

Going from the Intruder's shaft to chain drive, Suzuki made the Marauder's crankcases smaller and lighter since they no longer house a set of secondary gears to drive the shaft.

The V-Twin's transmission has five well-spaced cogs that engage with a short throw at the lever. For more relaxed cruising, the overall gear ratio is fractionally taller than the Intruder's, lowering engine rpm. To smooth downshifts, the cable-operated clutch has a back-torque limiter built into its hub. Suzuki claims this reduces torque by up to 30 percent, virtually eliminating rear-wheel chirp during downshifts-even under heavy-handed testers.

The Marauder's starter motor is more compact than that of the Intruder, and it's cranked by a smaller 10-amp, maintenance-free battery located under the seat. The V-Twin warms quickly after a tug on the choke knob, located above the front cylinder. The 800 zips away quickly enough-posting a 0-60-mph time of 5.27 seconds-but the motor's flow of power is interrupted by a pronounced flat spot in the car-buretion at around 2500 rpm. Once done hiccuping, the Marauder's motor still feels a bit soft for an 805cc Twin, especially one taken from the spunky Intruder.

While the motor sings a whisper-quiet tune, its offset crankpin design lets a small amount of vibration seep through the handlebar, seat and pegs, reminding the rider he's astride a V-Twin.

Dubbed a "Street Dragracer" by Suzuki's ambitious marketeers, the Marauder belies this moniker by posting a quarter-mile time of 14.16 seconds at 91.28 mph, down almost a full second and 6 mph from the Intruder. Top speed is 102 mph, well off the old bike's 107-mph reading.

The CW dynamometer confirmed that the Marauder is a drag racer more in brochure-speak than in performance. It pumped out just 41.6 horsepower and 44.2 foot-pounds of torque at 5500 and 4500 rpm, respectively-down 10 ponies and 6 pounds of stump-pulling force from the Intruder. Suzuki says the motor was retuned to make more torque at lower engine speeds, which it does. But what about good of American-style horsepower? We think the Intruder's punch vanished in two ways, both stylistically mandated: First, its not-so-direct dual exhausts have "the look," but weren't bent with performance in mind; second, the dual airboxes lost nearly 10 percent of their total volume when stuffed between the new fuel tank and frame.

This trend of power-robbing cosmetic considerations is disturbing. As is the case with the detuned Honda ACE, Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 Classic and Yamaha Royal Star, we think the Marauder would be a much better ride with its host model's extra punch.

Until a bigger, badder Marauder-maybe a 1400—is thrust upon the market, though, we'll make do with the perfectly capable, temptingly priced 800.

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Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder Specs




Motorcycles Specs > Suzuki > Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder


(1998)

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The Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder model is a Custom / cruiser bike manufactured by Suzuki . In this version sold from year 1998 , the dry weight is 207.0 kg (456.4 pounds) and it is equipped with a V2, four-stroke motor. The engine produces a maximum peak output power of 50.00 HP (36.5 kW) @ 6500 RPM and a maximum torque of 64.00 Nm (6.5 kgf-m or 47.2 ft.lbs) @ 5000 RPM . With this drive-train, the Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder is capable of reaching a maximum top speed of 160.0 km/h (99.4 mph) . On the topic of chassis characteristics, responsible for road holding, handling behavior and ride comfort, the Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder has a  frame with front suspension being  and at the rear, it is equipped with  . Stock tire sizes are  on the front, and  on the rear. As for stopping power, the Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder braking system includes Single disc size  at the front and  size  at the back. 

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder General Information

BrandSuzuki 
ModelSuzuki VZ 800 Marauder 
Start year1998 
Year1998 
CategoryCustom / cruiser 
Factory Warranty (Years / miles)

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder Dimensions, Aerodynamics and weight

Frame type
Seat details
Wheelbase
Length
Width
Height
Seat Height700 mm (27.6 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting. 
Alternate Seat Height
Ground Clearance
Trail size
Wheels details
Front Tyres - Rims dimensions
Rear Tyres - Rims dimensions
Front brakesSingle disc 
Rear brakes
Front Brakes Dimensions - Disc Dimensions
Rear Brakes Dimensions - Disc Dimensions
Curb Weight (including fluids)
Dry Weight207.0 kg (456.4 pounds) 
Front Percentage of Weight
Rear Percentage of Weight
Weight-Power Output Ratio :0.2415 HP/kg 
Fuel Tank Capacity
Reserve Fuel Capacity
Carrying Details and Capacity
Front Suspension
Front Suspension Travel
Rear Suspension
Rear Suspension Travel

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder Engine and Transmission Technical Data

Engine type - Number of cylindersV2, four-stroke 
Engine details
Fuel system
Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity805.00 ccm (49.12 cubic inches) 
Bore x Stroke
Compression Ratio
Number of valves per cylinder
Camshaft Valvetrain Configuration
Maximum power - Output - Horsepower50.00 HP (36.5 kW) @ 6500 RPM 
Maximum torque64.00 Nm (6.5 kgf-m or 47.2 ft.lbs) @ 5000 RPM 
Engine Maximum RPM
Cooling systemLiquid 
Lubrication system
Engine oil capacity
Exhaust system
Gearbox5-speed 
Transmission type, final drive ratioChain 
Clutch type
Driveline

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder Performance

Top Speed160.0 km/h (99.4 mph) 
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph)
Acceleration 0 to 400m (1/4 mile)
Recuperation 60 to 140 km/h in highest gear
Fuel Consumption - MPG - Economy - Efficiency
CO2 emissions
Emissions

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder Electrical Systems, Ignition and Equipment

Ignition Type
Electrical Details
Starter TypeElectric 
Instruments
Lights

How much horsepower does a Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder have?
The Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder has 50.00 HP (36.5 kW) @ 6500 RPM.

How fast is a Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder?
The Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder top speed is 160.0 km/h (99.4 mph).

How much does a Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder weighs?
The Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder weighs 207.0 kg (456.4 pounds).

How tall (seat height) is a Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder?
The Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder seat height is 700 mm (27.6 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.

How many gears does a Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder have?
The Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder have 5 gears.

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Suzuki VZ800 Desperado (Marauder): review, history, specs

Specifications DIMENSIONS Overall length 2365 mm / 93,1 in Overall width 750 mm / 29,5 in Overall height 1110 mm / 43,7 in Seat height 700 mm / 27,5 in Wheelbase 1645 mm / 64,8 in Ground clearance 135 mm / 5,3 in Dry weight 207 kg / 456 lbs Curb (wet) weight FRAME Type Double cradle (steel) Front suspension, travel Inverted telescopic fork, 140 mm / 5,5 in Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with twin-shock (adjustable 5-way spring pre-load), 102 mm / 4,0 in Front tire size 130/90-16M/C 67H Rear tire size 150/90-15M/C 74H Front brake Single disc, 310 mm, 2-piston caliper Rear brake Drum Fuel capacity 13,0 l / 3,4 US gal (reserve - 3,0 l) Trail 146 mm / 5,7 in Fuel economy / consumption 5,2 l / 100 km (45,2 US mpg)[1]ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke Cylinder arrangement V-twin Bore & Stroke 83,0 x 74,4 mm Displacement 805 cm³ (49,12 cu in) Compression ratio 10.0:1 Valve train Chain driven SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder Max. power 50 hp (36,78 kW) / 6500 rpm – Desperado 800, Marauder 800 (1997-1999)

53 hp (39 kW) – Marauder 800 (2000-2004)

Max. torque 65 Nm (6,6 kgf*m) / 5000 rpm – Desperado 800, Marauder 800 (1997-1999)

65,7 Nm (6,6 kgf*m) / 5000 rpm – Marauder 800 (2000-2004)

Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) 5,51 sec.[2]Top speed 163 km/h (101 mph)[3]CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 2x Mikuni BDS36SS (front) / BS36SS (rear) ID DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate, cable operated Transmission 5-speed Final drive Chain Primary reduction 1.886 Final reduction 3.200 Gear ratio

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2.461 (32/13)

1.578 (30/19)

1.200 (24/20)

0.956 (22/23)

0.800 (20/25)

ELECTRICAL Ignition TCI Alternator Three-phase A.C. Generator Battery capacity 12V-10Ah
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– 2004 Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

MANUFACTURER SPECIFICATIONS


Manufacturer – Make – Model – Year: Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder 2004
Motorcycle Style: Cruiser

ENGINE SPECS

Engine Type: 805 cc, water cooled, V-Twin, 4-stroke
Engine Bore and Stroke: 83 mm x 74.4 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
Valves SOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Carburetion: Front: Mikuni BDS36 Rear: Mikuni BS36
Ignition System: Digital/transistorized
Claimed Horsepower: 50 hp (37.3 kW) @ 6500 rpm
Maximum Torque: 65 Nm (47.9 ft. lbs) @ 5000 rpm

Transmission type: 5 speed
Final Drive: Chain
Starting: Electronic

MISCELLANEOUS SPECS

Tire – Front: 130/90-16
Tire – Rear: 150/90-15
Brakes – Front: single 300 mm disc with 2-piston calipers

DIMENSIONS

Overall – Length: 2365 mm (93.1 inches)
Overall – Width: 750 mm (29.5 inches)
Overall – Height: 1110 mm (43.7 inches)
Seat Height: 700 mm (27.6 inches)
Wheelbase 1645 mm (64.8 inches)
Fuel Capacity: 13 l (3.4 Gal)
Dry Weight (without fluids): 207 kg (456.4 pounds)

Sours: https://www.totalmotorcycle.com/motorcyclespecshandbook/suzuki/2004-suzuki-VZ800Marauder

Specs suzuki marauder

Suzuki Marauder 800 Specs




Motorcycles Specs > Suzuki > Suzuki Marauder 800


(2004)

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The Suzuki Marauder 800 model is a Custom / cruiser bike manufactured by Suzuki . In this version sold from year 2004 , the dry weight is 207.0 kg (456.4 pounds) and it is equipped with a V2, four-stroke motor. The engine produces a maximum peak output power of  and a maximum torque of  . With this drive-train, the Suzuki Marauder 800 is capable of reaching a maximum top speed of  . On the topic of chassis characteristics, responsible for road holding, handling behavior and ride comfort, the Suzuki Marauder 800 has a  frame with front suspension being Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped and at the rear, it is equipped with Swingarm, oil damped, 5-way adjustable spring preload . Stock tire sizes are 130/90-H16 on the front, and 150/90-M15 on the rear. As for stopping power, the Suzuki Marauder 800 braking system includes Single disc size  at the front and Single disc size  at the back. 

Suzuki Marauder 800 General Information

BrandSuzuki 
ModelSuzuki Marauder 800 
Start year2004 
Year2004 
CategoryCustom / cruiser 
Factory Warranty (Years / miles)

Suzuki Marauder 800 Dimensions, Aerodynamics and weight

Frame type
Seat details
Wheelbase1,645 mm (64.8 inches) 
Length2,365 mm (93.1 inches) 
Width750 mm (29.5 inches) 
Height1,110 mm (43.7 inches) 
Seat Height700 mm (27.6 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting. 
Alternate Seat Height
Ground Clearance
Trail size
Wheels details
Front Tyres - Rims dimensions130/90-H16 
Rear Tyres - Rims dimensions150/90-M15 
Front brakesSingle disc 
Rear brakesSingle disc 
Front Brakes Dimensions - Disc Dimensions
Rear Brakes Dimensions - Disc Dimensions
Curb Weight (including fluids)
Dry Weight207.0 kg (456.4 pounds) 
Front Percentage of Weight
Rear Percentage of Weight
Weight-Power Output Ratio :
Fuel Tank Capacity13.00 litres (3.43 gallons) 
Reserve Fuel Capacity
Carrying Details and Capacity
Front SuspensionInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped 
Front Suspension Travel
Rear SuspensionSwingarm, oil damped, 5-way adjustable spring preload 
Rear Suspension Travel

Suzuki Marauder 800 Engine and Transmission Technical Data

Engine type - Number of cylindersV2, four-stroke 
Engine details
Fuel systemCarburettor 
Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity805.00 ccm (49.12 cubic inches) 
Bore x Stroke83.0 x 74.4 mm (3.3 x 2.9 inches) 
Compression Ratio10.0:1 
Number of valves per cylinder
Camshaft Valvetrain ConfigurationSOHC 
Maximum power - Output - Horsepower
Maximum torque
Engine Maximum RPM
Cooling systemLiquid 
Lubrication system
Engine oil capacity
Exhaust system
Gearbox5-speed 
Transmission type, final drive ratioChain 
Clutch type
Driveline

Suzuki Marauder 800 Performance

Top Speed
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph)
Acceleration 0 to 400m (1/4 mile)
Recuperation 60 to 140 km/h in highest gear
Fuel Consumption - MPG - Economy - Efficiency
CO2 emissions
Emissions

Suzuki Marauder 800 Electrical Systems, Ignition and Equipment

Ignition Type
Electrical Details
Starter Type
Instruments
Lights

How much does a Suzuki Marauder 800 weighs?
The Suzuki Marauder 800 weighs 207.0 kg (456.4 pounds).

How tall (seat height) is a Suzuki Marauder 800?
The Suzuki Marauder 800 seat height is 700 mm (27.6 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.

How many gears does a Suzuki Marauder 800 have?
The Suzuki Marauder 800 have 5 gears.

Sours: https://www.ultimatespecs.com/motorcycles-specs/suzuki/suzuki-marauder-800-2004
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Suzuki VZ800 Marauder: history, specs, pictures

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Suzuki VZ800 Marauder
Manufacturer

Suzuki

Also called VZ 800 Marauder
Production 1997 - 2004
ClassCruiser
Engine

4-stroke, liquid cooled, 45° V-twin, SOHC, 8-valves, TSCC

Bore / Stroke83.8mm x 83.8mm
Compression ratio10.0:1
Top Speed99 mph (160 km/h)
Horsepower48.95 HP (36.5 KW) @ 6500RPM
Torque47.94 ft/lbs (65.0 Nm) @ 5000RPM
Fuel SystemMikuni BDS36 carburetor
Spark PlugNGK DPR8EA-9 ‘97-05[1]
BatteryYUASA YTX12-BS ‘97-05[1]
TransmissionGear box: 5 speed, manual

Final Drive: Chain

Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Final DriveChain: 530 ‘97-05[1]
SuspensionFront: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, 140mm travel
Rear: Dual shocks, 102mm in travel, 5-way adjustable spring preload
BrakesFront: Dual 300mm discs
Rear: Drum 180mm
Front Tire130/90-16 67H
Rear Tire150/90-15 M/C 74H
Wheelbase 64.8 inches (1646 mm)
Length 93.11 inches (2365 mm)
Width 29.49 inches (749 mm)
Height 43.7 inches (1110 mm)
Seat Height 27.6 inches (701 mm)
Weight456.36 pounds (207.0 Kg) (dry), 207.0 kg (wet)
Oil FilterK&N KN-138[2]
Recommended OilSuzuki ECSTAR 10w40
Fuel Capacity3.43 Gallon (13.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption0.51 liters/100 km (196.1 km/l or 461.22 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual


The Suzuki VZ800 Marauder was a 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 45° V-twin, SOHC, 8-valves, TSCC Cruiser motorcycle produced by Suzuki between 1997 and 2004. It could reach a top speed of 99 mph (160 km/h). Max torque was 47.94 ft/lbs (65.0 Nm) @ 5000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 48.95 HP (36.5 KW) @ 6500 RPM.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a liquid cooled 4-stroke, liquid cooled, 45° V-twin, SOHC, 8-valves, TSCC. A 83.8mm bore x 83.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 805.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a single overhead cams (sohc).

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 5 speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-disc, manual.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 130/90-16 67H front tire and a 150/90-15 M/C 74H rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Dual 300mm discs in the front and a Drum 180mm in the rear. The front suspension was a Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, 140mm travel while the rear was equipped with a Dual shocks, 102mm in travel, 5-way adjustable spring preload. The VZ800 Marauder was fitted with a 3.43 Gallon (13.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 456.36 pounds (207.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 64.8 inches (1646 mm) long.

2000 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder[edit | edit source]

2000 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Looking for a meaner-looking bike but don't want to step up the displacement ladder? The 2000 MY VZ800 Marauder may be just what you were looking for: a sweet middleweight cruiser with a low reassuring seat and an upswept rear fender, with USD forks and a bulbous, classic tank, massive bars reaching back to the rider for a commanding attire.

Cast wheels, log, dual bullet-style exhausts, a chrome trim which adds a dash of retro styling without being flashy and a bar-mounted gauges tell the road freedom story like few other similar bikes can.

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder[edit | edit source]

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

The 2001 MY VZ800 Marauder is a middleweight cruiser which packs a significant amount of bobber DNA. The rear fender is a classic chooper one, but the front fender is skinnier and mated to a beefy tire shoeing a cast aluminum rim. Forward-mounted foot controls are accompanied by pull-back bars with gauges mounted on top, a bulbous teardrop tank and bullet-style exhausts, with liberal use of chrome all over the bike, but without making it look blingy.

2003 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder[edit | edit source]

2003 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder2003 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Sleek, slender and mixing old-school design cues with modern bike-making technologies, the 2003 MY VZ800 Marauder is a great choice for those in search of a classic cruiser with a moderate displacement. The bulletproof 805cc liquid-cooled v-twin is easily manageable and does not intimidate new or less experienced riders. Its smooth-pulling character is neatly complemented by a 5-speed manual transmission which makes long hauls and city slicing equally rewarding.

Great as an everyday bike, the 2003 MY VZ800 Marauder can effortlessly take on longer trips, especially when equipped with a luggage system and a windscreen.

2004 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder[edit | edit source]

2004 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

The 800cc-class Marauder served as the platform upon which the 1600 version was built on, so it;s easy to figure out that this bike is loaded with both character and plenty of nerve, at least for the middleweight class. A torquey and crisp 805cc liquid-cooled v-twin is mated to a manual 5-speed transmission, but unlike the 1600 Marauder, the VZ800 has chain final drive.

Still, the 2004 MY VZ800 Marauder packs classic bobber styling, with a fat front tire, a bulbous tank and bars reaching back tot he comfy seat, forward-mounted foot controls and chrome in all the right places.

In Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

Make Model

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

Year

1997 - 99

Engine

Four stroke, 45°V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

805 cc  / 49.1 cu in
Bore x Stroke83 x 74.4 mm
Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cooling System

Liquid cooled

Induction

Mikuni BDS36 carburetor

Ignition

Digital transistorized

Starting

Electric

Max Power

36.4 kW / 50 hp @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

65 Nm / 6.63 kgf-m / 47.9 ft.lb @ 5000 rpm

Transmission 

5 Speed

Final Drive

Chain

Front Suspension

Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil-damped

Rear Suspension

Swingarm, oil-damped, 5-way adjustable spring preload

Front Brakes

Single Ø310 mm discs, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single drum

Front Tyre

130/90-16

Rear Tyre

150/90-15

Dry Weight

207 kg / 456 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

19 L / 5.0 US gal / 4.2 Imp gal

Consumption Average

6.2 L/100 km / 16.2 km/l / 38 US mpg / 45.6 Imp mpg

Standing ¼ Mile  

14.1 sec / 148 km/h / 92 mph

Top Speed

164 km/h / 102 mph

You're shopping for a new bike. You want something cool, but aren't interested in the efficient  sterility of a standard. Something you can ride slowly and just not care. In fact, the slower you can go and still have fun the better. Something with character, a rumbling V-twin, and gobs of torque. The ride is to be your destination. "That'll be 14,000 dollars, sir," advises the showroom salesman.

Whoa! You didn't quite want it that bad. How about a middleweight? More along the line of eight thousand dollars, you think to yourself.

A middleweight cruiser is somewhat of an oxymoron. How to achieve that hefty  cruiser feel, yet downsize the weight, displacement, and more importantly, price? To explore this enigma we gathered five of the finest little big bikes available: existing iron like Harley-Davidson's 883 Sportster, Kawasaki's Vulcan 800 Classic and Yamaha's Virago 750, along with Honda's all-new American Classic Edition 750 and Suzuki's new Marauder 800. Each one has its own answer to the middleweight dilemma.

Speaking of dilemmas, what the heck do you do to properly compare cruisers for a shootout? You can't just call up a racetrack and say, "Put us down for Tuesday, we're bringing up a bunch of cruisers to test!" They'd laugh us right off the phone. And when we called up our resident fast-guys Shawn Higbee and Chuck Graves to see if they wanted to help evaluate the assembled equipment, through barely stifled yawns they told us that they, um, oh yeah, they had to wash their dogs today. Clearly it takes a slightly more laid-back attitude toward life to truly appreciate the cruiser. So we decided to do the typical cruiser thing -- we followed the crowds. We motored up and down one of the world's most popular boulevards, the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, along with a mandatory jaunt up through the canyons to the Rock Store. We rode around town, down long stretches of freeway, and even took them on a several hundred mile trip. All the while looking for that perfect nothing, the transcendence from the physical, the ultimate vibe, and all that other metaphysical stuff.

So kick back, relax, and throw back a cold one. This time we'll do all the riding.

1997 Suzuki Marauder 800
With much hoopla and fanfare Suzuki introduced four new models for their '97 model year -- GSX-R600, 1200 Bandit, TL1000 and the Marauder 800. Suzuki's Marauder screams winner with its inverted forks, gobs of chrome, an 800cc motor, and, best of all, a $6000 price tag. It seems you could have it all.

With motorcycles, as with life, things are not all that they seem. While it's true that the Marauder boasts some very cool features, its total package is in need of further refinement.

The Marauder is based loosely on Suzuki's Intruder 800, albeit with some important differences such as a switch to chain drive over the Intruder's shaft, for smoother power delivery. While switching to a chain Suzuki also made room
for a fifth gear (the old Intruder having a four-speed box). They equipped the Marauder with an inverted front end, presumably for a beefy appearance, but these forks are really not much better than any of our other bikes in this test. Most of the other differences between this model and the Intruder are cosmetic, and we approve. Its long, lean look is a welcome replacement for the slightly-dated chopper look of the Intruder. Mag wheels and miles of chrome mean lots of shine on the boulevard, as the Marauder exudes a style all its own. The Suzuki is Japanese and proud of it. Like Honda's ACE, it pays homage to the American original without plagiarizing. In fact it was second only to the Honda in the number of compliments it received.

If only it was any fun to ride.

Starting with a wedge-shaped seat that begins to irritate in under five minutes and ending with the worst carburation of any bike we've recently tested, riding the Marauder is a bit of a trial. Its ergonomics are all wrong for a rider of even average size, with the drag-style bars too pulled back and the pegs not quite far enough forward. If you're tall, forget it. The flat, riserless handlebars gave poor feedback and lousy control when traveling down twisty roads. Ground clearance is a bit on the meager side too, although not as limiting as the Vulcan. Have we mentioned the seat sucks?

A quick twist of the throttle and you can tell this beast has nuts. Then you hit that stumble. You figure you can gas your way through it, but by the time it clears up you're already at the end of its powerband. What could be the best engine in this test is castrated by poor carburetion. Any first year engineering student could tell you that exhaust pipes of vastly different lengths are a tuner's nightmare, and such is the case with Suzuki's Marauder. Its left pipe wraps all the way over to the right to give an appearance of staggered dual pipes. Probably not helping any of this is the fact that its exhaust crossover tube is about one inch in diameter, bound to wreak all kinds of havoc with exhaust throughout.   

What we're telling you is that with a little tinkering (new seat, bars, control extenders, pipes and a jet kit) this could be a nice motorcycle. However, this being the Marauder's first year in production, aftermarket support is not yet in existence, so it may be a while until you can upgrade this machine. If you've fallen in love with the Maurader's looks, try waiting around outside your Suzuki dealer for someone to trade one in -- we don't think you'll have to wait long.

Source Motorcycle.com

 

 

 

 

 

Sours: https://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/suzu/suzuki_vz800_97.htm


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