Suzuki Intruder C800 Review
|✓||Comfy low seat, bars and easy to park, Harley looks for half the price, low centre of gravity|
|×||Low down grunt but keeps your licence, long and wide, no rev counter, fuel gauge accuracy|
What Is It?
The Suzuki Intruder C800 is a mid-range cruiser style bike where power makes its way to the rear wheel via shaft drive.
Engine: 805 cc V-Twin, 52 bhp
Economy: 40 mpg, 140 miles
Seat Height: 700 mm
Wet Weight: 277 kg
What Is It Like?
I bought my C800 Intruder new in September 2013 after nearly 40 years away from motor bikes. I liked the retro styling and looked at numerous bikes with similar styling for months before buying and choosing the Suzuki. My first choice was a Harley Davidson Soft Tail but could not afford the extra £7000 plus that it would cost. I have since had a test ride on a HD and found the vibration on tick over awful and the bike very heavy but what a joy to ride, the torque and power compared to my bike was awesome, mind you it was nearly 1000cc bigger.
It took me a few months to get use to the riding the bike but after two and a half years into it, it is my pride and joy and gives me great pleasure especially since I retired early last year. I have added a full screen to it which helps keep the wind of me and a set of hard panniers to help with carrying a small amount around with me if needed.
On tick over the bike is very smooth with no vibration, driving off and changing gears there is always a small clunk each time I change. The Intruder rides vibration free throughout its rev range and has reasonable torque and power when needed. The front brake is great and although there is only a drum on the rear and I was a bit worried that it would not be up to scratch but I have had no problems with it. Mind you I am more of a Sunday rider than all out racer. It cruises well at 60 mph with little wind hitting me but at 70mph you can feel the wind buffeting you about, without the screen it is a lot worst, but I do have a very long back and short legs. Mind you, if I wanted to race about I suppose I would of bought something more suitable.
For me it has a very comfortable riding position with feet forward and straight back. Paint work on the bike is holding out well but the chrome is not so good. The chrome on the side stand is pretty poor and is showing signs of age with bits of rust on it, this was evident before 12 months so I should of taken it back to dealer I bought the bike from but didn't and the chrome on the wheels needs constant cleaning to keep the rust at bay. It is used purely for pleasure so is only on the road when it is dry and not to cold.
One of the main reasons I opted for the C800 was the shaft drive and I find it superb. I have done 4,800 miles on it with two services done at a small independent bike garage, the first service was £75 (Suzuki dealer £220) second service £95, did not enquire at the Suzuki dealer for the price of the service but I assume it would of been a lot more than £95. It is now due another service which will be about the same price as the second service.
The bike always starts first time even after periods of 3 or 4 weeks of no use, but is kept in a garage when not in use. Insurance is £130 with breakdown cover, helmet and leathers replacement included (Carol Nash).
Would I have another one? Well I have been looking and was offered a very good deal at the dealer I bought my Suzuki from replacing it with a Kawasaki VN900 Special but in the end did not do the deal simply because I think my Suzuki looks better, I am still looking and like the 1500cc bigger brother in the Suzuki Intruder family. Watch this space...
- John, Suzuki Intruder Owners Club UK
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How Does It Compare?
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