1997 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

Good size, manueverability, power, smoothness and load size

Faults:

Regular maintenance is the only expense I have had with this motorcycle: tires, battery, a chain, brake pads and tune ups.

General Comments:

The motorcycle has been on multiple long trips of one to two thousand miles. I have added a fairing with driving lights, a travel trunk with park lights, and saddle bags with park lights.

The Suzuki cruises with much bigger bikes and in most cases will accelerate or pass right with them. The Marauder would pull the front wheel off the ground if the engine was throttled up close to the limiter before the clutch was released, before the addition of the traveling accessories. The seat was uncomfortable on a long ride or trip until I added a driver's backrest. I would like to have a better seat and I wish there was a complete exhaust system available for the 1997-1998 Marauder 800, instead of a slip-on muffler.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2017

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

Excellent bike when everything is in tune

Faults:

The starting relay is a terrible design. I decided to bypass it. The tank was full of water (previous owner?). I had to have the tank and carbs cleaned. All seemed like general maintenance for a 15 year old bike that had been sitting.

General Comments:

Fun to ride! Very comfortable to ride. Feels more like a cruiser than my old Shadow.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2016

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

Can't trust it

Faults:

I continually fight to start this motorcycle. After a recent fix from the Suzuki dealer following the winter it was fine. BUT as I feared, after 5 days, it wouldn't start up again. Forums and blogs and tons of advice still doesn't help. Even the owners clubs recommend bypassing the starting relays to aid in starting. Is this really a smart design? I'm not into paying money to work and pay more money, and I can't recommend others do this either. The electrics kill it for me and the simple matter is, it can't provide me the ability to stay on the road.

General Comments:

For the FEW days I was able to ride this "bike" it was great. Everything easy to use and it's exceptionally comfortable. It was very easy to ride all day. It's lighter, more maneuverable, powerful, and unique than the Yamaha V star/Honda Shadow competitors in its class.

Mine in particular was garage kept for years and refurbished for use last year. Immaculate condition. Everything was great until the temperatures dipped below 50 degrees.

This bike just can't hack mildly cold temperatures. Close to freezing, you may as well forget it. After this past year of continual headaches with starting issues, I regret not buying either the Yamaha or Honda. My friend started his V-Star up with ease and has been out on the road leaving me yelling some choice words for my decision.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th April, 2016

1997 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

I must love it to spend that kind of money to fix it

Faults:

Gearing was wrong: replaced front and back sprockets:

Chain wear seemed excessive: a chain per year.

Safety switch on the kickstand was an issue from the beginning.

General Comments:

Have driven this bike everywhere. From Michigan to Florida twice, and Kentucky and Tennessee. It isn't a comfortable bike for long hauls, but is VERY reliable.

It is WAY too expensive to do serious motor work. I seized the motor, and have spent $3,000 to rebuild it.

For mechanics it is an odd motor. 38mm crank and having to match hone the case bearings.

BUT, I couldn't have found a better quality and looking bike for the price to repair it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2012

2003 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

Good handling bike if you have good tires and make sure the neck bolt is tight below the handle bars

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with it yet... been a good bike. I have 2 Honda's in the garage.. older bikes, but are good ones.

General Comments:

This Suzuki Marauder is a cool bike, I like it a lot, & have gotten a lot of positive comments on the looks and sound...

The only complaint I have is at higher RPMs near (65 mph), the motor seems to over work! And over rev.. due to the poor design of the gearing by Suzuki. So I guess I am going to change the front sprocket & rear sprocket... Also change to a high dollar chain.. o-ring. I am going up to a 16 tooth on the front, & down to a 47 tooth on the rear to see my results on the top end.. I hope this fixes my problem..?!!!

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

Review Date: 22nd August, 2011

2nd Sep 2011, 14:49

Just curious if the sprocket changes fixed the high rev/over-rev problem you've described?

27th Jul 2013, 04:22

Hello! How does it work with the 16 tooth sprocket on the front and 47 on the rear?

19th Mar 2014, 23:34

Hi, I'm interested in how your sprocket change went? You stated you were going to change the front to 16 & the rear to 47. How did this work? OK or NOT at 60mph / 100km/h?

11th Mar 2016, 09:06

I don't know what he did, but I changed my sprockets and it helped a lot. It increased my range from 110 miles per tank to 150. My gas mileage increased to 50 MPG. I put on Vance & Hines pipes, 15 inch ape hangers and an engine guard. It is the VZ800, but it runs with the big bikes all day. I would say the only need thing that happened is when you start, it's like starting out in 2nd gear. But it has enough torque to pull right out.