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Suzuki M1800R Intruder (2006-current)



Detail Value
New price £10,799
Used price range View Suzuki M1800R INTRUDER bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1783 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

In modern youthful speak the word bad actually means good. In any language big is big and Suzuki’s M1800R Intruder is really big – and bad at the same time. This is based on the fact the Intruder weighs in at 347kg leaving the petrol station; has the biggest cylinder bore size (112mm) of any current production bike; and produces a claimed 118ftlb of torque, which it needs to shift its weight. Although shunned as a Harley clone, it is, in every respect apart from lacking character and soul, a better machine; a flawless performer.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

For a 1783cc 54° V-twin, the Intruder engine is remarkably smooth. Not even the clutch – a seriously heavy duty piece of kit – is noticeable at the clutch lever; two fingered use of the lever isn’t a problem and the actuation isn’t grabby. And with typical Suzuki fault-free fuel injection and ignition, even the most nervous of hands can pilot the Suzuki without any stutters, jumps and clatters in any traffic conditions. It is a well engineered engine but fails to get the respect it deserves because; in the eyes of the cruiser purist it’s just another Japanese water-cooled engine.   

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

For such a lump the Intruder is remarkably easy to ride. The 705mm seat height makes standing at the lights a pain-free affair, and the feet forward ride position isn’t such as stretch as you’d think, although if less than a 29in inside leg measurement you will struggle. The weight isn’t an issue on the move because the bike’s fairly well balanced. But it takes a good squeeze and stamp of the brake levers to bring the Intruder to a swift stop, otherwise plan braking way in advance.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Chrome. More chrome. And even more chrome on plastic but separated by paint and more paint. It has four-piston radially-mounted front brake calipers, too. And an engine that could spin a powerstation’s turbine. The base model M1800R is £200 cheaper and doesn’t feature the M1800RZ’s limited black with orange stripe, or white with blue stripe paint scheme. Compare and buy parts for the M1800 Intruder in the MCN Shop.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Although Suzuki is arguably more famous for its GSX-R sport machines, it’s cruisers are just as popular in Germany and America – yeah, the home of Harley. The only criticism would be the finish quality. Nuts and bolts, and crankcase finish, especially in the firing line of front wheel spray, soon looks jaded.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A Harley of similar capacity would have to come from its CVO special order range of bikes and cost in the region of double the Suzuki. And as there isn’t another Japanese version of the Intruder, it is different enough to have a heftier price tag… Find a Suzuki M1800 Intruder for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2006 – M1800 Intruder launched
2010 – M1800R introduced

Other Versions

C1800RT – fully dressed custom cruiser

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 118 ft-lb
Weight 347 kg
Seat height 705 mm
Fuel capacity 19.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1783 cc
Engine specification lc DOHC, 8v four-stroke 54° V-twin. Shaft drive
Frame Tubular steel frame
Front suspension adjustment Non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Adjustable for preload only
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs with 4-piston calipers
Rear brake 275mm disc with two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 240/40 x 18

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(7 reviews)

  • Best Bike for me

    Zulu22

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I was scuttled by an OAP some11 years ago and it left me physically disabled. Since then I have tried Bandits, FJR's, Tuono's and regrettably a Buell. Then this monster came along. It is a monster in size, weight and of corse the engine but I have found it to be very, very easy going. By that I mean, at low speed it is easy to turn and maintains a good balance on u turns, if the road is wide enough. Seat - getting on for me has been a breeze, the large comfy seat is a dream on the titanium plates holding the pelvis. The leg position is fantastic and I don't need to stop until the tank needs filling. I don't find the reach to the bars uncomfortable at all. Ride - absolutely brilliant. Fast, effortless and a dream, yes it has a problem with scratching on the bends. I love it when my sports bike rider brother in law eventually catches up and then I crank it again. Instruments - I do like the speedo in front and I do feel that I am looking down to check, other than that it is great. I do like the gear indicator, it's about time this was standard on all bikes. Overall - I love it and if you or any friend etc has had serious pelvis injury/surgery I would highly recommend it. Fantastic and the best bike for me.

    08 January 2014

  • IT is NOT Lacking Character & Soul

    ottouberswengen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I take exception to this evaluation. This M109r is the most innovative and imaginative piece of engineering (and styling) for what is the first of it's kind: Power Cruiser with Sporty attributes. Read that as a stunning 1/4 mile time with attitude! The "Soul and Character" often referred to on Ducatis and Triumphs and Nortons, can be summaraized as being highly overated. The M109r is EXCITING. It has road presence like none other and Tsunami Torque (118 ft/lb was it?). If that is not character and Soul captivating enough, something is missing in YOUR character. The countless number of customizations done by the tens of thousands, also go to show that it's Cult Status is assured. You can drag this bike,or cruise and tour around any continent that has roads and gas stations. The oil check routine can be better and the rear suspension could be more refined. Otherwise 5 stars in every category without any doubt.

    17 June 2011

  • Cruzin'

    Rusticus

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Owned my M1800R for four years, had to wait 18 months to get it after seeing it at MCN Skeggy. Whilst waiting checked out the Nightrod Special. Boy am I glad I didn't buy it. The Intruder is better in every way. 106 mph ?? Ha! I've ridden mine at 135 chasing a 'blade and a 'ninja 9r, when we stopped the guys on the sports bikes wet themselves, all in good humour. Ground clearance is an issue but if you lift your foot the peg flips up !! Great fun, stonking engine.

    02 May 2011

  • underated m1800r

    roxtig

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    23000 miles in 3 years of ownership, toured most of east and west europe all without as much as a hiccup proves the reliability and quality of this bike. Awesome power and torque Capable of shredding the huge back tyre in less than 2000 miles. Top speed is far in excess of the figures MCN have stated. German autobahns have seen me two up fully loaded with luggage comfortably sitting at just under 140 mph strange when top speed is supposed to be 106 mph. Ground clearance is the only problem but this only became a problem on alpine switchbacks. Always pulls a crowd. Off the shelf far better than any V-Rod at half the price

    31 December 2010

  • Suzuki M1800Rz owner

    Smeagolses

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I own an M1800Rz and absolutely love it ! It's one of those bikes you either love or hate, there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. As for the handling, it did take a bit of getting used to (it's very long) but I can happily throw it around on the twisty stuff now. It isn't going to be as nimble as a full on sports bike but it handles well enough. The top speed is definitely more than the quoted 106 mph !! ;-)

    16 August 2010

  • eye candy, but not for me

    villageidiot

    Average rating rating is 3

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    bought mine with the heart instead of the head. i personally think it's the best looking of all the factory cruisers, including anything harley have thrown together. but the cruiser life was not for me. i traded mine in after only 240 mls. it was just too heavy and cumbersome. it is exactly as the name says, a cruiser, it is too much like hard work when you up the pace a little. which is'nt really the bikes fault. in many ways it is as focused as the likes of an R1 or gsxr. i've always found those kind of bikes hard work in town or at slow speeds (as you would expect). this where the 1800r belongs, going slow enough to be noticed and you will be noticed. never had so many people turn there heads to look at it. lovely bike to look at (especially in black like mine) but not for me.

    13 August 2010

  • C1800RT Owner

    stco101

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I have the C1800RT - M1800R with a screen, better bars and Village People style saddlebags (Saddlebags off before collection). I've had the heel part of the 'heel & toe' gear shift removed so that I could get my left foot further back on the foot board giving a more natural (for me) riding position for my legs. Have to say it shifts (in a straight line); hates corners (zilch ground clearence)and could really have done with better sounding pipes as standard. However having tried a couple of Harleys (too expensive)and the Triumph Thunderbird (not quite right somehow) I bought this. No regrets yet but I wouldn't have one as my only bike - I have a 1250 Bandit as well so I don't get bored.

    13 August 2010

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intrudercruz

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m1800

the bike is awesome and the modifications for them are mainly bolt on, ive been testing the new cobra powerpro on mine and i have to tell you its worth the extra coin for alot less hassle ( thats if your into changing the spec of your stck bike) say goodbye to dyno just plug and play

20 January 2012 20:07

ottouberswengen

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my previous post

I should have started my previous post on the M109rLE , with this; "As owner of the 2009 M109rLE,......." so readers know I am now speaking out of my rear end without any personal and actual experience/ownership of this most charismatic sporty cruiser.  It will go the distance against ANY other bike as far as ownership satisfaction and daily fuss-free riding is concerned.

O.

30 June 2011 01:00

keithd52

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C1800RT Owner

Have owned this bike since July 1st 2009, I find the bike well built and very comfy on long rides, this motor is awsome as in respons to the twist of the wrist, as you show figures of top speed as 106mph lol lol I can ganrrentee that figure is way out, as I touched 130mph, not recomended but as I just hit the out side lane to catch up, but boy it can move. The equipment is very good and no need to buy anything but ha yes but the exhuste does let the bike down, I did have the 1500LC and even this bike never let me down took me all over France/Spain England and Ireland, so looking forward to some long hauls befor long.

13 December 2010 13:47

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