2009 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

Aside from the seat and the small capacity of the gas tank, it is the perfect bike as far as I'm concerned. Will try the 1600 next.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th October, 2009

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

A unique looking ride that comes alive with a few aftermarket changes

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Bought for my wife. Handsome bike. Possibly a bit too much chrome, but it does offset the blue color well.

Bike has some excellent aftermarket mods; Vance & Hines pipes, rejet of carbs, head polish and aftermarket air cleaner and a Corbin seat.

I do have to say that this bike is not blinding fast, but will run with my '06 1200 sporty and actually pulls harder in the higher rpms. Performance really surprised some of my HD faithful buddies. It is a unique looking, quick ride. Very low maintenance.

I like riding it to work better than my sporty. More agile in traffic, and the Corbin seat is mucho comforto, even on longer rides. Heck, thinking of offing the sporty to buy a new M 50. Suzuki is on to something here.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2008

17th Apr 2016, 19:51

Good afternoon. I would like to know what size jets or jet kit did you use on the carbs? Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you very much, Mike Garcia.

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

A true joy to own and ride

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

A fun and easy bike to ride.

The stock seat needs to be replaced with an after market or Suzuki gel seat if it can still be found for long rides.

I have owned this bike for seven years now, and it is solid as a rock to this day. My wife and I ride this bike around 2000 miles every year, and we have had some great times with it.

In seven years of ownership I have had no issues with it, start it and ride. The only maintenance that has been performed is routine oil, tires, chain lube, and batteries.

This bike only weighs 450 pounds dry, so power to weight is very good. The light weight and low seat makes handling good and easy on beginning riders.

I would change the front sprocket from the stock 15 tooth to a 16 or 17 tooth. You can do this for cheap, and still retain the stock chain and back sprocket. The results on the road is a small loss of starting power, but the 805cc mill is far less busy at 65 to 75 miles per hour.

Bottom line, I may own another bike, but I will keep this bike until me or it dies.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2008

1997 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder

Summary:

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

Faults:

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

Summary:

A joy to own that won't break the bank

Faults:

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,

R.Hughes

Salem, VA.