SUZUKI M800 INTRUDER (2001-2012) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Strong engine, great styling and a decent ride add up to a worthwhile competitor"

Suzuki VZ800 Intruder motorcycle review - Riding

"Strong engine, great styling and a decent ride add up to a worthwhile competitor"

  • At a glance
  • 805cc  -  52 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Insurance group: 9 of 17
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  • Low seat height (700mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Intruder series has been going for years and the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder incarnation works pretty well. Strong engine, great styling and a decent ride add up to a worthwhile competitor in the cruiser market. The Suzuki VZ800 Intruder's brakes and build quality aren’t the best but take it easy and look after it and you can laze away on that sofa-like seat to your heart’s content.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

In typically cruiser style, the long wheelbase and hefty bulk hardly make for light handling but the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder's capable and relatively easy to ride. The lack of ground clearance hinders any mad antics anyway. Softly-sprung suspension adds to the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder's “sofa on wheels” effect. You have to work the brakes hard to haul it all to a stop, though.

Engine 4 out of 5

The Suzuki VZ800 Intruder's well-proven engine’s been propelling Suzuki cruisers for a while now and has a reputation for reliability. With electronic fuel injection, power delivery is smooth and the pipes let off a good, throaty burble. The Suzuki VZ800 Intruder has loads of torque and it pulls well throughout the rev range. Cruises happily at 80mph.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Overall, the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder's engine’s reliable, although a recall affected some models (both M800 and C800) when faulty ignition wiring threatened to cause engine failure. Make sure it’s been seen to. Build quality’s patchy: look after the chrome and avoid taking the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder out in winter, wherever possible.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Cruisers don’t come cheap but the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder represents good value against the stalwart Harley clan. It rides well and looks the part. Rivals include Yamaha’s Drag Star 650 Classic, at roughly the same price but it’s down on power, or Kawasaki’s mammoth VN900 Classic, which, while vast, is pokey. Find a Suzuki VZ800 Intruder for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Suzuki VZ800 Intruder gives a comfortable, luxurious ride: there’s a soft seat, footboards and sensibly-placed bars so you can cruise in comfort over long distances. LED tail light and USD forks plus a simple, modern dash and loads of chrome add up to an agreeable cruiser experience. Shaft drive makes life on the Suzuki VZ800 Intruder easier (and cleaner).

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI M800 INTRUDER (2001-2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI M800 INTRUDER (2001-2012)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4.5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
3 out of 5

First review of this bike by me

05 June 2016 by Andy

Comfy bike to go distance on. Let down by a lack of luggage hooks and the exhaust pitting while the rest of the chrome does astoundingly well. I'd suggest this bike to other people if they want to travel a little (once they've fitted a few extras) Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Brakes give a feeling of being outdated. Drum rear needs plenty of pressure to get much out of it and the single disc up front doesn't do much. No ABS option either but I reckon you'd be hard pushed to lock this bike up. This is one of the comfiest bikes ever, unless you're riding a tourer. I can do six hours without feeling like I need medical assistance at the other end. In fact I can get up and walk round without a problem. Side winds aren't as bad as other people say but if you get caught by one the bike is slower to respond to you which takes some getting used to. No fairing either so that can take it's toll.
Engine
4 out of 5
It's an 800cc push rod V-Twin so I didn't expect much from this. The engine is slow revving and relaxed in character. Acceleration is ok and sustaining speeds up steep slopes, without changing gear, is easy. Put the bike in 5th gear once you hit 30 mph and it'll just keep pulling till about 90 mph and this suits me fine (I know sports bikes will do it in first but there's too much technology and I'm a luddite). Torque is mostly available from very low down the rev range.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
This bike has done well seeing as it's been my all year round transport. Exhaust is prone to pitting and a couple of the stainless steel parts have shown signs of rust. This is despite plenty of ACF50 being used. The chrome has done very well (except the pitting on the exhaust like I said). No problems at all with reliability in the first 4000 miles.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Insurance is ok. I pay a bit more than I would have liked but that's more to do with business use than anything. Fuel costs are ok with an average of 55 mpg. Servicing by a dealer is £200 a time so neither good or bad.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Clocks are easy to read but the idiot lights are just below your eye line when you're riding so you've got take your eyes off the road to look down to make sure your indicators are off on a bright day. Not much of a complaint but noticeable. Tyres that came with the bike have been good in all weathers and worn well. Might be my style of riding that's made them last or the fact that I do a lot of motorway riding. There is no luggage space on the bike and nowhere to hook a set of panniers on to. A set of pannier rails are useful along with a pillion backrest and rack if you want to travel at all, otherwise it's just looking pretty and not much else.
5 out of 5

just great

12 September 2015 by glenn morgan

easy comfortable riding positing i really can't think of any thing bad. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

easy finance got bike on the road in 2 weeks

5 out of 5

Chillin' out

22 August 2007 by gghani

This is my first cruiser, Most recently i've had BMW R1100S and a kawasaki GTR. The M800 has plenty of low down grunt. there's now frantic changing gears. Handling is good and sure footed, but it does ground easily. It takes time to change your... Read more style to a cruiser, and cornering has to be relearnt. It's a smooth bike, and rewards a smooth riding style. In terms of power, it is tame, but in terms of style, it's a stunner being less state side. It's a street fighter in its smart clothing. It attracts attention, and looks the part. The suspension works well. The engine is very smooth. Passengers will need a sissybar if they are going to be a regular feature. The exhaust note with the standard exhaust is tame. These are relatively cheap but hugely stylish bikes and impress the non-biking fraternity. They represent excellent value for money and in many ways lead the way in this sector. Cheap insurance and good economy are plus points. It's styling makes it slightly easier to clean than bigger cruisers. Accessories are not that easy to come by. A screen is a good purchase, but the cop style ones spoil the looks, so a minimalist flyscreen does the job. If you're looking to ease your pace and chill out, then this is a good bike to make the change with. It dosen't look fussy, does what you want it to, is comfy, and is pretty quick too, once you're used to it. Just chill!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Sweet M8

23 March 2007 by Anonymous

High Speed, power wheelies, stoppies... look elsewhere but if you want to try a cruiser and know what sort of performance to expect then this is a good place start looking. I've got the M800 (last photo don't be fooled by the pictures of the M1600... Read more being ridden) and I'm really pleased with it. When it came trading my 1200 Bandit I looked at the type of riding I'd been doing and this fitted the bill perfectly. It works well as commuter, good size bike can carry wife at weekends (added a suzuki original sissy bar) and I imagine luggage if need be. It's not best on motorways with no wind protection and stretched out riding position but on single lane roads it chugs along very nicely, looks great and with jardine rumble exhausts sound good too. Riding is stable, can ground out in corners but handling otherwise fine, engine just enough grunt and in cruiser terms it's a bargin. The finish is also a million times better than my Bandit. After one year (5000 miles) the black foot rest supports are starting to look ruff but with a lot of plastic instead of metal + deep paint the rest if fine. Added Bonus - cheap insurance, 50-60MPG, non bikers still think it a harley (it's physically bigger than the sportster)

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2012
Original price £5,599
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 9 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £170
Performance
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 805cc
Engine type Steel cradle
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Seat height 700mm
Bike weight 247kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 180mm drum
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 170/80 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

2005: Suzuki VZ800 Intruder launched. No changes since.

Other versions

SuzukiC800 Intruder: Available alongside the M800, the C is a bit wider, fatter and lower, with traditional forks, wire spoked wheels and a larger tank. Slightly cheaper, looks just like the old Volusia, current model.
Suzuki VL800 Intruder Volusia: Ran from 2001 to 2004, the Volusia had flashier bodywork (valanced mudguards etc) but was otherwise virtually identical to the VZ800 Marauder.
Suzuki VZ800 Marauder: Ran from 1996 to 2001, it had more traditional, chunky styling, USD forks and weighed 207kg. Same engine as the others.

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