Suzuki VZ800 Marauder Review from Norway

1999 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 3 / 10
Braking marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance23000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki 250


Reliable, but cheap in every respect


Some minor electrical problems, due to corrosion.

Clutch slippage.

Chrome rusts badly, must be treated regularly.

This bike is generally very solid mechanically.

General Comments:

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.

Average review marks: 4.9 / 10, based on 1 review