Suzuki VL800

Suzuki’s voluptuous new 2001 custom bike, the VL800 Intruder Volusia, cruised into Suzuki dealer showrooms earlier this month offering a laid-back alternative to power hungry supersports bikes at a very relaxed price of £4999.00 (£5349.00 on-the-road).

Named after Florida’s twice-yearly gathering place for motorcycle enthusiasts, Volusia County, the VL800 continues the Suzuki Intruder heritage of long, low traditional cruiser styling. The 805cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine is tuned for torque at low rpm thus reducing the need for continuous gear changing – just accelerate to 30 mph, slot into top gear and enjoy the fun. The big 300mm front disc brake works with a 180mm rear drum brake for quick and responsive stopping and the progressive rear suspension, with classic rigid-tail looks, provides a comfortable yet stable ride.

A five-speed, wide-ratio transmission with low-maintenance shaft drive makes the Volusia a cinch to manoeuvre around town and at 60mph the Suzuki ticks-over at just under 4000rpm for stress-free cruising.

Suzuki engineers have stayed loyal to the custom theme with the VL800. Its staggered dual exhaust systems delivers that essential throaty roar and the sumptuous padded seat, set at a low 700mm, sits a-top lashings of gleaming chrome. The chunky tyres feature tall sidewalls for a more cushioned ride and, the spoked wheels with chromed rims are surrounded by expansive fenders resulting in a look that shouts cruiser. The seating position, combined with forward-mounted foot-pegs and foot controls, encourages the rider to settle back, relax and cruise for miles.

Suzuki claims that its new VL800 Volusia is the perfect fit for those seeking comfort and traditional styling with performance to match. When you bring Suzuki’s comprehensive two-year warranty package, twelve month’s AA roadside/at home recovery and Alpha dot security marking into the equation, then they may well have a point.

The Suzuki VL800 Intruder Volusia is available now from all authorised Suzuki motorcycle dealers and is offered in black/white or blue colour schemes. A range of genuine Suzuki custom accessories is also available.

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