2001 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder from Canada
Best looking motorcycle, and the most bang for your buck in the class
Normal wear and tear items only.
The VS1400 Intruder has been around since 1987 and very few things have changed over the years. Ignition box located under the seat has changed and there are no after-market sources for replacement for the early years. This possibly contributes to the early models producing more horsepower than newer versions. At one time, all the wiring was routed inside the handlebars, where it's now routed outside.
Originally a 4 speed, Europe received a 5 speed gearbox in 1992, Canada received that option in 1996, and the US finally got the 5 speed version in 1997.
Until very recently, it was the quickest of the big twin motorcycles, with other manufacturers having to bump up their displacement over 200cc to win that crown.
For a big twin, it weighs in at a svelte 577lbs wet in stock trim.
Many will say the stock seat is a brick, but a few of us have travelled extensively with few complaints.
As with any motorcycle, in the right hands the VS1400 is an awesome bike, and while not recommended, it can wheelie and handles the twistiest roads with ease. It's the perfect platform to stretch into a chopper as it already has those lines.
The VS1400 stands out from the crowd and always attracts admirers wherever you happen to ride.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th November, 2005