1999 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder from Norway

Summary:

Reliable, but cheap in every respect

Faults:

Some minor electrical problems, due to corrosion.

Clutch slippage.

Chrome rusts badly, must be treated regularly.

This bike is generally very solid mechanically.

General Comments:

This was one of the cheapest 800s around when I bought it, and it shows. Basic brakes and imprecise dampers, probably one of the slowest bikes in existence around a bend. OK, it's a cruiser, but the handling of this bike is almost dangerous.

But it has been very reliable, and combined with the resale price almost equal to zero, has made me keep it.

Unless you are a beginner, do not buy this bike!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th August, 2006

16th Oct 2006, 17:34

Bike perspectives are relative. Cruisers are only really any good in countries that have straight roads, little rain and lots of sunshine. I own a cruiser in NZ, but I would never have bought one when I lived in England.

No rain = no rust

Gentle corners = OK handling

Sunshine = cruising

Maybe the bike is just wrong for you.

2005 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder from New Zealand

Summary:

V-twin style and presence

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong and it has been 100% reliable.

General Comments:

As a cruiser it is hard to fault. It looks faster than it goes and it goes well for an 800cc v -twin that is heavy. But performance is not the point with these bikes. They are not performance bikes, and as such have different priorities, such as chrome work, style and the all important v-twin.

This is enhanced by removing the unnecessary components, such as passenger seat, side reflectors and then adding extras - this bike needs to be customised. If you want eye popping performance, race track handling and amazing brakes, buy an R1. If you want a bike that makes you feel great, and that you don't need to ride at 150mph to feel good, then you can do much worse than the Marauder 800. I rate this bike highly.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th May, 2006

17th Jun 2006, 17:03

Since writing the review, I managed to get a ticket for speeding! I guess the performance isn't so bad. I have added a couple of thousand kms to the tacho, and in that time the bike has grown on me even more. The cruiser riding position takes some getting used to and, as you get used to it, the handling improves. I still love the styling, but like many others I am having trouble finding custom parts. The solution is to find a custom and chopper shop and get them to make the parts for you.

I intend to boost the performance once the customising is done, and will let you all know how this goes.

19th Dec 2007, 18:19

Me again, and I still own the VZ. I have come close to selling it twice, but really can't find anything that I like better style wise.

Pirelli Route tyres have transformed the handling, a few custom parts have arrived, and the exhaust has been modified for a bit more noise.

Fat Bob Harley is the only other bike that has my interest at the moment, but at $26K NZ I am having a hard time justifying it.

2001 Suzuki VZ800 Marauder from United States of America

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.