2006 Suzuki Boulevard S40
It is a great city bike, comfortable and easy to handle
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.
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?
5th Jun 2017, 23:02
I was mad at a stoplight that didn't detect my S40, and accidentally popped a 1-foot wheelie at the next light. Lesson: it will wheelie if you crank and dump!
8th May 2018, 22:40
Hard acceleration from a standing stop in first gear will give you some really nice off the line controlled front wheel lift - not the same as a prolonged ride on one wheel, but still very cool.