Suzuki VS1400 Intruder Reviews from United States of America

1998 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2014
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 10 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired23800 miles
Most recent distance26400 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha Virago 500

Summary:

Better than a Harley any day of the week!

Faults:

When I first bought the bike, it would not engage in gear. As we all know, this is due to the clutch needing to be bled. So after flushing and refilling the master cylinder, I bled the clutch and took the bike for a ride. Simply fabulous!

While not technically a problem, the chrome on the oil cooler lines was shot. I feared the lines might develop a leak, so I replaced them with some used lines I found on eBay. Cheap easy fix. No further issues here.

The front carb had a leak in the boot that connects it to the cylinder. I had to replace that, which again, I found used on eBay. Took about 30 minutes to fix.

Aside from these issues, I have had no further problems with the bike, and I don't even consider these to be problems for Suzuki. It is normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

This bike looks absolutely amazing. The V-Twin engine just fills up the frame and just begs you to jump on for a ride. When you start the bike, you immediately feel a sense of power, and the subsequent roll of the throttle does nothing to disappoint.

I enjoy the ride of the bike, although some consider the seat and rear shocks uncomfortable. I am just not one of those people. I may one day upgrade the shocks, but no need right now. I did however upgrade the front shock springs with Progressive springs. Very good decision. The front handles very well now and it improved the steering of the bike.

The bike is notorious for needing new clutch springs. Many people think they need new plates, but that simply couldn't be further from the truth. The bike can be cured by going over to intruderalert.com and seeking out a fella with the screen name Designer. He can sell you a set of high performance springs and bolts, which will completely cure your clutch problems. Over at Intruder Alert, he is well known and highly recommended.

If you go with an aftermarket exhaust, most people go with Cobra now because they're about the only ones left selling complete exhaust systems for this bike; do yourself a favor and spring for a set of Big City Thunder Monster Baffles for the new pipes. They will replace the stock baffles in the Cobra pipes, and will totally rock your world when you fire it up!

The Intruders are heavily battery dependent. You should definitely consider an AGM battery like the Motobatt. You can also get yourself a Gman battery. More info can be found at Intruderalert.

Overall, I love the 1400 and would definitely buy another one. In fact, I am on the look out for another used one just to have for parts, or to fix and resell. These cruisers are amazing...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2014

1999 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2013
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous motorcycleYamaha Maxim 650

Summary:

Love this power house bike

Faults:

Nothing has broken. All fixes have been from wear and tear.

The stock clutch springs started slipping after I uncorked the bike.

Put drag pipes on with Vance and Hynes baffles; opened up the air flow and gave each carb more fuel.

Stock seat did not work for me at all. Replaced with Suzuki gel seats that are great.

Put an extended sissy bar on, and my wife really likes it.

In the time I've had this bike, nothing has come close to taking me off the line.

General Comments:

This thing is a massive power house!

Great gas mileage.

At 55mph I stalled the bike on a straight away, popped the clutch in 5th gear at 55mph and it wouldn't turn the back wheel. Too much compression.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th December, 2013

1999 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder

Model year1999
Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2013
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired8668 miles
Most recent distance160754 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki 1400 Intruder

Summary:

Fun, reliable, and inexpensive to operate

Faults:

Stock clutch springs lose strength and need changing every 15-20K miles. I have found a source for much better springs that don't lose the tension. The replacemsnt springs have been in for over 125K, with no slippage. It still has the original clutch disks in it

At about 110K miles the stator burned out.

At 124K + miles a split cotter pin used to hold part of the shifter assembly together broke. This allowed it to get into 2 gears at once, breaking one gear and badly chipping another. Parts cost was about $300 because I had to tear the engine down, and I replaced the piston rings while I had it apart.

When it was apart, I checked the engine and transmission for wear, and everything I checked was well within specified limits.

All other problems were normal wear and tear, tires, brakes, bulbs and scheduled maintenance.

General Comments:

I really like the 1400, it fits me well, is fun and comfortable to ride, and runs great on 87 octane gas. I have ridden as much as 900 miles in a day, with stock seat and had no problem.

I ride mine to work, 70 miles a day, and it is really great to start and end the day with a ride on this motorcycle.

I have owned 2 1400s. First one was a 1987 bought as a new left over in 1989. I rode it for over 154K miles with the only real problem being the lousy stock clutch springs. I put 8 or 9 sets of springs in it.

After I found a source for good springs, the 99 has been a really great ride. Suzuki should have done something about them.

The stator on the 87 also burned out at about 110K miles. Seems like that is about the life limit on them.

I liked the bike so well that when it was getting pretty well worn, I bought the 1999 that I am now riding.

The 87 was a 4 speed and never gave any problems.

The 99 has the 5 speed, as noted in the problem section, there is a weak point in the transmission, but it didn't give any problem until over 124K.

One thing I will say about these, the newer models are way down on power compared to the older ones.

When I first bought the 99, I still had the 87. My son and I took them out and played with them. The 87 had over 150K on it and the 99 had about 9K on it. Didn't matter who was on which bike, the 87 out ran the 99. Through the gears, up hills, high gear roll ons, even allowing the 99 rider to use 4th gear, which is a lower gear than the 4th on the 87, the 87 was always faster, and it had a slipping clutch.

I can't make comments about the dealers, I only used a dealer once, that was for the 500 mile service on the 87. Every bit of work that has been done to the 2 bikes since has been done by me.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th January, 2013

22nd Jun 2013, 23:19

I'm looking at purchasing an '88 Intruder. Where did you find the clutch springs?

25th Jan 2014, 15:15

Go to the Intruder Alert Cafe. You'll find spring information there.

10th Apr 2014, 19:10

Great comments obviously from someone with a lot of experience on these bikes. I'm looking to buy a 2000 with around 20k miles. Sounds like that is not a lot for these.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 11 reviews