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Review of the 2005 Suzuki Boulevard C90:
13000 miles on the C90T
Author: Ken, 2006-09-23, viewed 206 times.|
I´ve had the bike for 13 months and added accessories to the C90T; use it for commuting and some long road trips.I hope this info is useful.
The main reason I bought this bike was the seat comfort. I´m a short pudgy old guy (5´7” and 225 Lbs) who rides between two mountain ranges so I need some uumph to get up the hills.
Acceleration is awesome, braking excellent, passing and hill climbing top notch. Ninety cubic inches of power, 700 Lbs of bike, high torque power plant and wide tires make highway driving a pleasure. The high wind in the Columbia River Gorge has little effect on this bike. Ridding fast behind a semi about 80 feet and there´s a super vortex! Whack from the left, whack from the right; left right left right! The bike takes a lickin and keeps on tickin.
Around town in the heat of the summer can be an issue. Engine heat, hot sun and the black top road surface added to a lot of red traffic signals makes you want to hit the highway ASAP. Same-same with most bikes.
Fuel mileage is 45 MPG (US) on my commute (an equal combination of hills, city traffic and highway) but a honest 50 MPG on a road trip. The manual says to use regular gas so I do; some of the time.
Trips to the dealer are made for all scheduled maintenance. At 7000 Miles I had the plugs replaced. That resulted in 5000 Miles of unpredictable performance during the first few minutes of riding. The dealer couldn´t reproduce the problem so they dismissed it. Not a good customer relations solution. I changed dealers for the 12000 mile checkup and the problem disappeared! No new plugs, either. I suspect the tech used the wrong specs to set timing or something. I have no knowledge of fuel injection but my bike starts every time and the idle is always good. Like a new vehicle should!
Trips include Portland, Oregon to Nape Valley about 550 miles and Portland to South Lake Tahoe via Reno, about 650 miles each way. Basically, I rode 300 miles a day. Froze my butt off coming over the Sisque mountains last September but the bike performed well. I experienced very little high altitude effect at 7000 feet in the Sierras on the Tahoe trip; just once I had a starting problem with a warm engine.
My weekend trips are usually 150 miles round trip, lots of 2 lane highway curves.
I´ve added Suzuki highway bars and auxiliary headlights. They went on without any issues. However, the Suzuki luggage rack had to be persuaded, re-engineered and beaten into place.
Ram makes a super mount for my Garmin 2610 GPS. This model GPS has no hard drive but uses a flash card for it´s data. It´s a great setup for a motorcycle.
Two months ago I added a Sirius satellite radio using a mount to the front brake fluid reservoir. Using simple headphones it works well. Yes, it does cut out because of the reception changes while riding but it´s still worth it. There is no interference; a clear signal. About 95% of the time reception is ON, when on, it´s great. There is never static.
Cramp buster throttle assist helps on those long rides and I added pegs on the highway bars. I noticed that the pegs work better when I have my luggage for a back rest. Humm, maybe that´s a reason to order the drivers backrest for Dollars 200+. Today I ordered the Engine deflectors to help with riding in colder weather and I bought the Tristar bliky blinky brake lights. The real reason I got the Tristar, is to add my rear signals as running lights. Why isn´t that standard¿
I´m sure glad that I bought this bike!
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