American Suzuki’s focus has shifted exclusively to motorcycles, with the company having pulled the plug on US auto sales. One of the bikes celebrating Suzuki’s motorcycle commitment is the all-new 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S cruiser or bagger, which hearkens back to their 1998 VL1500 Intruder. Suzuki’s air/oil-cooled V-Twin production ceased in 2009 because of ever increasing emissions regulations and controls.
Though a full sized bagger weighing in at 800 pounds, the 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T has been made affordable by utilizing components borrowed from the Boulevard M90 architecture. The C90T shares the main frame, swingarm, engine and five-speed manual gearbox with the M90, which is actually more a blend of sport and street fighter styling or muscle cruiser if you will.
The 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T comes in two versions: a base model available with a two-tone paint treatment; or the sinister C90T B.O.S.S which is as dark as the night, featuring a metallic Black finish on the tank and fenders, along with other blacked out elements including the engine and covers, 7-spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels, forks, exhaust, handlebars, seats and locking hard bags. B.O.S.S. actually stands for Blacked Out Special Suzuki.
The engine is a 1462cc (90 cubic-inch), 4-valve, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, long stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 54 degree V-Twin with Suzuki fuel injection consisting of dual-sparkplug heads with 42mm Mikuni EFI throttle bodies with dual throttle valves. The airbox, similar to the M90 is a triple affair with a central compartment beneath the fuel tank fed by a pair of sidepods that flank the engine. Exhaust consists of dual right-side reverse, slash-cut pipes that emit a pleasant V-Twin note that’s not obtrusive.
The engine’s power reaches the rear wheel via a shaft drive through a constant mesh sequential five-speed manual gearbox.
The Boulevard C90T rolls on Bridgestone Exedra 130/80-17M/C 65H, tubeless tire up front and a 200/60-16M/C 79H, tubeless tire aft, both mounted on 7-spoke black alloy wheels. Bringing the Big Boulevard to a halt are single discs front and rear.
In terms of styling, the 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. is all bagger/cruiser, with a somewhat retro flavor. The riding position serves up an ideal cruising rider triangle, with large floorboards (pegs for a passenger), proper bar angle and large, comfortable, accommodating seat – a single seat for both rider and passenger. The large windshield is tall like those found on most police bikes, with a bottom opening above the headlight that minimizes high speed buffeting. The saddlebags are attractive enough, but don’t hold a great deal, so a trunk pack might be a wise consideration for a long road trip. There’s a well-placed and easy-to-use locking helmet holder on the rear fender’s left side. The 28.3-inch seat height will accommodate a variety of rider physiques, allowing most to get the big cruiser off its side stand.
Readily visible atop the fuel tank, the C90T B.O.S.S. features a multi-function instrument cluster that’s highlighted by a large analog speedometer. The cluster includes a convenient gear-position indicator, a fuel gauge, as well as a clock and a trip meter, plus indicator lights for low fuel, turn signals and more, for an instrumentation level not often found on classically style cruisers.
My test 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. had its base sticker set at $13,999, while an estimated* dealer prep and handling charge *($250. – this can vary from dealer to dealer) for a final estimated price tag of $14,249.
SUMMARY: Riding the new Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. delivers a pleasurable riding experience once off the side stand. Initially, the bike’s size is a little intimidating, but once up and rolling, it is nicely balanced and easily managed.
The power delivery is very smooth, particularly in the higher ranges, but the shaft drive renders a notable “jacking” effect at low speeds in the lower two gears, which may be offset by lightly feathering the clutch – a trait that I would rather not have to live with, and directional signals are non-cancelling. Aside from these small nits to pick, the 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. is an attractive, feature laden, comfortable and affordably priced cruising bike. It delivers an easily managed and maneuverable ride. It certainly represents a welcome return to Suzuki’s growing stable of bikes.
On The Fast Lane Car’s rating scale of:
• Buy It.
• Rent It
• Lease It.
• Forget It.
Buy It for a stylish, affordable bagger.
Base Price: 13,999. / Price as Tested: 14,249 * est – dealer prep and handling costs vary.
SPECIFICATIONS: 2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S
Base Price: $13,999.
Price as Tested: $14,249.
Engine Type and Size: 1462cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, Liquid-cooled, SOHC,
54 degree V-Twin with Suzuki fuel injection.
Transmission: Five-speed constant mesh sequential manual.
Drive Train: Shaft Drive.
Suspension: Front – Telescopic forks, coil spring, oil damped.
Rear – Link type, coil spring, oil damped.
Brakes: Single discs front and rear.
Tires: Bridgestone Exedra 130/80-17M/C 65H, tubeless front / 200/60-16M/C
79H, tubeless rear mounted on 7-spoke black alloy wheels.
Wheelbase: 65.9 inches
Length Overall: 100.8 inches
Curb Weight: 800 lbs. (dry)
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons.
Seat height: 28.3 inches
0 – 60 mph: Not tested.
Review by Arv Voss, Auto Impressions