00 Suzuki VL 1500 LC Intruder discussion forum: Forum Information.
Gord said 2004-09-25 20:35:08
I was asked to make a submission by Bruce and another to the discussion forum. I´ve made a couple in the Intruder 2002 forum, but I´ll be here now. I just bought my 2000 Intruder LC about 3 weeks ago. This is my second bike. I last owned a bike in the 80´s. My Intruder was a one owner bike, and it was a trade-in back to the original selling Suzuki dealership, Power Cycle in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. It had 13400 km´s on it (about 8000 miles) and it came equiped with a windshield and saddle bags. So far I´ve added a back rest and the engine guards. It´s all black, and in the bright daylight the blue metal-flake can bee seen in the paint. Very nice. As it turns out, a friend owns a 1998 with 56,000 kms on it and all he has done is oil changes, a battery and a minor tune up. I have heard nothing but praise for their reliabilty. I´m in my 40´s, married, mortaged, 2 young boys. Dependability and the best value for the dollar was important. I like HD´s, but the are way out of my price range and their dependabilty still is in question. I´m 6´2" and about 270 lbs. and I was looking for a large roomy V-Twin cruiser bike. I tried a 2002 Yamaha 1100 Classic and also a 2002 Custom and a 2000 1100 Honda Aero to mention a few. Very nice bikes, but they were just that little bit too small for me to sit back in comfort. I wanted the looks, comfort and low speed handling abilities of the HD FLHT lines that I had rode in the past. The Suzuki is the closest to this I could find, and performs better in certain areas. The LC: handles very well and is very forgiving to ride. It delivers smooth excelleration. The seating position is upright, like sitting in a comfortable chair (like the HD) and this is enhanced by the floor-boards, beefy rear brake pedal and rocker shifter. The exhaust note has the nice, low V-Twin note, and it doesn´t wake up the neighbourhood when I start it up. During the test ride, I made sure that it had the torque I wanted, and a start from second gear was no problem. My wife and I have taken a couple of 200 to 300 km day trips on the local back roads and it will purr along at 60 to 100 km/h with ease. We have taken the Thames River Rd. to Chatham, and I´ve been to London and Port Stanley along Hwy.´s #2 and #4. #3 Hwy., here we come! Save the 401 for the trucks and cars and enjoy the back road bliss! We have no plans to travel further than these day runs on it, but a long trip would be no problem. I have no idea what it´s time in the 1/4 m. is or what the top end is and I´m not interested. I´m getting about 250 to 280 km´s on a tank of Sunoco Premium. Ultimately, what I got was: fun, comfort, adventure and dependability for less that $10,000.00 Canadian, taxes in. In regards to insurance, shop around. The best deal was at Riderplus.com (around $1,000.00) and the worst was Primmum.com ($2,770.00!) I´m looking forward to more fun on the backroads and I may hit Friday the 13th at Port Dover next year. Never forget that owning any type of MC is a good thing and your personal choice/needs is what´s important. When you pass other riders, and you exchange "the wave", we all know the feelings and comrodery of being free while on our MC´s is all about. Well.....Shiney side up, rubber side down, knees in the breeze! Happy motoring!
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