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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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).

Suzuki VZ800 Intruder (2001-2012)

Detail Value
New price £5,599
Dealer used prices
£6,830 (2014) - £6,960 (2014)
Private used prices
£6,150 (2014) - £6,270 (2014)
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Engine size 805 cc
Power 52 bhp
Top speed 110 mph
Insurance group 9 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.


Insurance group: 9 of 17

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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.


Top speed 110 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 0 secs
Max power 52 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Weight 247 kg
Seat height 700 mm
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 9 of 17
Engine size 805 cc
Engine specification Steel cradle
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 180mm drum
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 170/80 x 15

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • Chillin' out



    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    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 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!

    22 August 2007

  • Sweet M8


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    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 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)

    23 March 2007


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Higher cruising speed

The M800 standard is not comfortable at higher motorway speeds. Well, it is but I'm not! However, I put a small cheap Fabrini Spitfire screen (Less than £50) and it fits fine, looks good (not too big) and it does the trick! I can cruise easily around the ton and it feels good. Front end a tad light at that speed. As for luggage I got a tailsafe bag. not pretty but useful. look at the widely available sissy bar bags on e-bay in US. I have also applied ACF-50 and have been so far impressed. it has remained cleaner for longer. The more I ride this bike the better I like it. It looks good, and is actually a thoroughly nice machine. It also is a good bridge between out and out cruisers and a street bike style.

01 February 2008 21:54

Allen Ward

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Suzuki M800

In my view, the M800 is an honest, real world usable motorcycle that can be enjoyed over all distances. It is comfortable without being too soggy like so many cruisers, the performance is more than adequate given national speed limits and prevailing road conditions. It also goes around corners satisfactorily provided the rider remains within sensible limits. The engine is smooth in operation and the gears are getting easier to select as the mileage increases. The lack of excessive chrome makes keeping the bike clean an easy task and the all black finish appears to be durable. The rear brake has taken some time to bed in and is only just about adequate. In contrast the single front disc is excellent being efficient at stopping the machine and provides good feed-back to the rider. Running costs are moderate with fuel consumption in the mid forties. The bike is unlikely to wear out it's tyres quickly even though it is equipped with decent quality radial rubber. I have yet to source some decent luggage as the Suzuki panniers are not to my taste. I see leather covered, rigid panniers as being the ideal solution, does anyone out there know from whom these can be obtained?

29 October 2007 07:02

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