Suzuki VZ800 Marauder Reviews - Page 2 of 4

2000 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder from Sweden

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired1 kilometres
Most recent distance56000 kilometres

Summary:

Generally good, but check out the electrics

Faults:

Generally this bike has been reliable, and the Suzuki 800 Twin is a very tough engine with few problems. Even at 56000 this engine shows no wear.

But there has been a lot of smaller and larger electrical faults. The electrical system, especially the wiring, is not up to spec. Has had a poor connection several times that has been hard to locate, and you need to take off the tank for access each time. Changed horn, coil, battery twice. Poor connection in blinker button, start button and light button. Has taken parts apart and cleaned, and sprayed with WD-40. That did the trick.

This engine is a little picky on the engine oil. Use right JASO spec oil, or the clutch will slip badly.

General Comments:

A comfortable, fuel efficient bike, that's ideal for commuting and shorter trips. Overall very good economy; 250km/10L cruising, 220km/10L commuting, which is very good for a 800 Twin. Stylish and good mid-range pull. The 800 Twin engine is a real gem. I changed sprockets so I have lower revs when cruising.

Has held up quite well, but the chrome parts have started to rust. Paint is very good and almost looks like new, and I polish this bike 2-3 times a season, which preserves the paint.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2008

13th Aug 2009, 05:27

Suzuki has now produced this model for 12 years more or less unchanged, except for added fuel injection instead of carbs to meet emission standards and some minor styling changes. Engine, transmission and the frame is unchanged. That says something on how well built this bike is. The mechanical parts of these bikes are more or less unbreakable. I've driven mine for almost ten straight years with no problems except some electrical problems as mentioned above.

There is a little design flaw: Both the coil and the spark plug for the front cylinder is somewhat exposed for the elements and I've experienced that front cyl starts to misfire due to contact corrosion and moisture when driving in wet. I've experienced this a couple of times, and now I inspects this area regularly and check the contact points and plugs (hard to get to).

1998 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder from United Kingdom

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance52000 miles

Summary:

Basic and solid

Faults:

Not many problems even if this bike is high mileage. Have fixed all problems myself:

The main issues has been in the electrical department, and I've had issues more or less every year with the electrical system, but I live in a rainy district and the problems are probably related to this: Running on one cylinder due to various bad connections, horn replaced, indicator switch replaced, bad connection in starter switch.

Maintenance: Changed the battery a couple of times, brake pads and shoes, drive packet/chain, tires, some wires etc.

Clutch went last year.

Had problems with starter not working, but a whack with a ribber club fixed that.

Chrome is not very good and will rust if not taken care of. Treat with chrome polish twice a year to keep it nice and shiny.

General Comments:

This is my everyday transport to and from work most of the year, except in the winter. It works very well as a commuter bike about 15 miles each way. Works well in traffic, and is reliable and petrol bills are low. But the tank capacity should have been a gallon or so more.

It's not suited for long trips though. Your rear will be sore and your back will suffer as well. Did a 300 mile trip once, and had to rest every hour in the end. Not very comfortable on long trips.

It's quite easy to work on yourself, very basic, and simple and solid construction for everyday motoring.

This bike is not for the speed freaks or the Euro-touring types keen on Autobahns.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd March, 2007

14th Mar 2010, 14:13

I agree with your comment on the VZ800.

We had one for several years, and the only thing that I was not happy with, was the chain noise while driving.

So in order to rectify the situation, I have replaced the chain drive with a belt drive kit design for the VZ 800 Marauder.

Excellent decision, and it is like having a 6th gear on your bike. Smoother and quieter ride. Needless to say cleaner as well. No more greasy mess on the rear mag.

Have a safe ride.

2nd Jun 2012, 21:49

I have a Suzuki 2001 800 like yours. The chain noise; is that a norm for these bikes? I like the idea of belt drive too.

Please reply if you could help me solve my problem... with the noise.

mcattack_5000@yahoo.com

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 12 reviews