1997 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder


One of the most durable dependable motorcycles I have ever owned!


Nothing! Unbelievable how mechanically perfect it still is at 42,000 miles! I don't abuse my bikes, but I ride them hard to get where I am going! Can't break it!

General Comments:

One of the best bikes I have ever owned! Best bang for the buck! Usually first year bikes have problems and bugs.. not this one! Good Job Suzuki!

I have been riding for 30 years and have owned many bikes.. street, dirt, you name it, I have rode it, tested it, cruised on it and worked on it, but I have never had a more durable machine!

Seating was a bit of a problem where comfort is concerned, but a gel pad insert sewn-in fixed that! With a low seat height, inverted forks, monster 130-90 front tire, it grips and corners exceptionally well! Not too dangerously powerful for even entry riders, but it still moves out good! Want a Reliable, Tough, Safe Motorcycle? Buy a VZ-800, you won't regret it!

Matt Wrighter.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2006

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder


A joy to own that won't break the bank


Nothing wrong in the design or build of the bike. The only thing is that you will feel like you are on a scavenger hunt to get the extra goodies for it like extra chrome (how much is enough?), lightbars etc. Suzuki has discontinued most of the accessories for this bike. I understand that all the mechanical parts are and will be available for quite some time.

The good news is that Suzuki put a lot of chrome on this bike to begin with, and some of the Boulevard (replaced the Marauder) stuff will fit. So it is pretty cool looking for the extras, and I am having a lot of fun surfing the net and checking out dealers for the leftovers.

I have had a different experience with the seating versus most, which is in the 2001 version the seating is fine. I will not be changing the seats any time soon unless a steal comes along (and it may).

General Comments:

Very smooth acceleration, handling and overall enjoyability. As a entry or mid level cruiser, this bike deserves some attention from the V-Star 650 and Honda Shadow 600 crowd.

Suzuki has done an excellent job on fit and finish. The drag bars set the tone for the raked design, that gives you enough room for a perfect sitting position, and still gives you the sense of being in total control of the bike. This is a winner for the market it was targeted for, and the bike has a unique look to it, that makes it stand out from the crowd.

It has plenty of power for its size. The inverted fork front suspension and bigger tires effectively dampen most bumps while still having a fair amount of responsiveness.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th April, 2006

23rd Oct 2006, 07:30

Dear sirs,

The only thing you left out is how good this motorcycle is, and the fact that it was designed to be almost maintenance free. It does require 3000 mile maintenance for valve adjustments, but otherwise you are good to go.

As far as the dress up items, you are on the spot there for you really have to look hard for them or send out the stock parts to have them chromed.

As far as the seat, Suzuki makes a gel seat which is around $200.00, but is well worth the money for the looks are fantastic and it's comfortable when broken in.

Otherwise your article is good and should mention the good price for this motorcycle.

Thank You,


Salem, VA.

6th Oct 2007, 18:14


I own a 2001 Suzuki Marauder 800 and I really love this bike, but I need some web sites to get parts and some good discount web sites also. I heard about the Boulevard parts; that was very good info, I did not know that. I'm looking for highway bars and extras.

16th Oct 2012, 05:06

Mark from Lancashire, England. I have owned my Marauder for over 8 years. The only problems I have had is when the starter packed up. When I bought the bike, it was loaded with chrome extras. It takes forever to clean.

The bike is reliable and has never let me down. I would definitely have another.

20th Mar 2014, 00:11

Hi there folks, I've just recently bought a VZ800 97 model. I would like to get a bigger/more comfy seat (& stay two piece). Any ideas where I can get one? And I would like to change sprockets, so it will cruise at a smooth 110km/h. Any ideas on sprocket size &/or things to look out for?

Cheers, Paul


Australia NSW 2428

Mob 0423911351

10th Apr 2014, 20:55

I put a Mustang seat on mine, which was a great investment. You should be able to find them online.

10th Jan 2015, 01:41


I replaced my front sprocket (15t) to this 17 tooth. Brought down the RPM on the highway nicely. Only snubbed it 3 times relearning how to take off on it :)

10th Apr 2015, 15:55

I'm not sure where you're getting your valve adjustment interval of 3,000 miles, because every Marauder manual I've ever seen suggests a valve check every 7,500-8,000 miles. You're going to run off a lot of potential buyers and future owners of used Marauders if you tell them the valves need adjusted every 3,000 miles, which is just wrong information.