2003 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder from United States of America

Summary:

Terrible design and build. Suzuki don't try to design a V Twin to be like a Harley

Faults:

Battery under between engine and back tire. Ridiculous. Positive terminal is 1/8" away from battery box frame. Vibrates so bad that the battery terminals loosen off.

Carbs are of a different type front to rear and different jets. Cram too much between cylinders. Need fuel pump to get fuel to front carb. Impossible to work on. Idle screw vibrates loose. Flops like a chopper.

Suzuki should be ashamed to even try to make a bike that looks like a Harley. POS junk.

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

Review Date: 18th June, 2020

2003 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder from New Zealand

Summary:

I love it...

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

The bike backfired a bit on over-run, so I altered the very lean factory settings, and the tractor is real smooth and pulls really well...

General Comments:

Just fitted a Metzler Marathon 888 to the rear and this tyre feels really good compared to the original Bridgestones.

The only negative is that it can take a lot of time (when compared to a fully faired bike) to keep it pristine. I.e. lots of chrome and spokes etc...

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2014

2003 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder from United States of America

Summary:

Awesome MC that has little to no maintenance needed

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong... Knock on wood. Just the normal wear and tear, and tune ups.

General Comments:

Was a little weary about my purchase originally, but have not regretted it a day since my purchase. The bike still gets compliments all the time, to include HD riders. My wife has an 800 Intruder and she gets the same.

Ample power at speed when needed to avoid hazards or pass vehicles, and great gas mileage.

A funny note, unless another rider is hardcore HD enthusiast, I get asked if it's a Harley quite often. Best choice I made.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th July, 2012

2003 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder from United States of America

Summary:

All around a great bike

Faults:

I have had to replace the battery. Just not a big deal.

The clutch springs caused clutch slippage. I bought new "Designer" springs and fixed that.

General Comments:

I traded a 1999 Honda Valkyrie for this 2003 Suzuki Intruder 1400. It was a good trade. I traded because I started commuting back and forth to work on the motorcycle, and the gas mileage on the Valkyrie was killing me. When I rode the Intruder home for the first time, I knew that I had made a great decision. The Intruder has tons of torque, the V-twin feels right, and it cruises down the interstate effortlessly. The gas mileage is twice that of the Valkyrie.

When I bought this bike, it was used and completely stock. I have added CM2 drag pipes, re-adjusted the mixture screws and added Designer clutch springs. I also added engine guards and highway pegs. No bags or windshield for me thanks. Now it's pretty close to perfect. The last time I counted, I had owned 32 motorcycles in my life. Of those three were Harleys, one was a Triumph, and the rest were metric bikes. I'm not sure that I would go as far as to say that this is the best bike that I have ever owned, but I really like it. It's in the top five.

The 1400 engine is pretty big for the overall size of the bike. It pulls hard, real hard. I've never drag raced it, but I personally feel like it would hold its own with the Valkyrie.

The one thing about this bike that is it's biggest shortcoming is that it sucks to be a passenger on this thing. My wife hates the short backrest, and refuses to ride for more than a couple of miles on this thing. I however, riding solo, have ridden 400 miles a day with no issues.

Compared to the Valkyrie or a Harley, the suspension is soft. Not dangerously soft, but softer than other makes. For an old guy like me, it's a good thing. I can still push it through the mountains with no trouble.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2012