1999 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder
Reliable, but cheap in every respect
Some minor electrical problems, due to corrosion.
Chrome rusts badly, must be treated regularly.
This bike is generally very solid mechanically.
This was one of the cheapest 800s around when I bought it, and it shows. Basic brakes and imprecise dampers, probably one of the slowest bikes in existence around a bend. OK, it's a cruiser, but the handling of this bike is almost dangerous.
But it has been very reliable, and combined with the resale price almost equal to zero, has made me keep it.
Unless you are a beginner, do not buy this bike!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th August, 2006
16th Oct 2006, 17:34
Bike perspectives are relative. Cruisers are only really any good in countries that have straight roads, little rain and lots of sunshine. I own a cruiser in NZ, but I would never have bought one when I lived in England.
No rain = no rust
Gentle corners = OK handling
Sunshine = cruising
Maybe the bike is just wrong for you.