Suzuki Boulevard S40 Review from Japan

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S40

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2012
Distance when acquired1900 miles
Most recent distance6900 miles

Summary:

It is a great city bike, comfortable and easy to handle

Faults:

Inside the case, the small lever that depresses the clutch rod fractured and split into 2 pieces. I torch welded them back together. It is still working now for 2 months.

Three times this bike has developed a terrible screeching engine noise soon after leaving for a ride. I believe it is from letting the bike warm up too long while on the side stand, causing it to suffer from oil starvation. From now on, I will let it run in the upright position, or only momentarily on the side stand, while I go get something.

General Comments:

I call it a KISS bike... keep it simple stupid! Great 6 gear bike. Easy to check valve clearances. Easy to jack up and change the rear tire to fix a flat.

Good acceleration for around town. It pulls wheelies without any hesitation.

I would like it geared a little higher for highway travel. It is a toss up as to whether to stay in 4th at 40 mph or bump up to 5th. If geared higher, it could stay in 4th to 50 mph around town, and then 5th for the highway.

I plan on installing a megaphone in the near future; it is too quiet.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd February, 2012

14th May 2012, 18:38

Are you sure you are riding a Boulevard S40? I have one, and it is only a 5 speed, and I'm not quite sure if it can pull wheelies. Maybe I'm missing something here?