SUZUKI C1500T INTRUDER (2013 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
In many ways the C1500T is a very attractive proposition. It’s a hell of a lot of bike for the money, especially as the closest Japanese competition comes from Kawasaki in the shape of its VN1700 Voyager.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Ride comfort is like the proverbial magic carpet with the suspension wallowing along at a steady pace. Obviously if you wind up the pace you soon find its handling limitations, but that’s not the point of the big cruiser.
The Suzuki only comes with a single brake disc up front; asking just that single disc to haul up the lardy 363kg may be an economy too far for some. Simply, the single disc just can’t cope by itself although, when combined with the rear (which feels almost as strong) it gets by.
At cruising speeds it’s super smooth, and below 75mph you’re out of the wind-blast thanks to the huge screen, approaching 80mph you start to get a slight buffeting.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The fuelling is faultless and no matter what the speed and the engine is silky. It’s just a shame the exhaust note is so silent and characterless.
On the downside, it doesn’t drive from really low down. There’s a slight hesitation and it simply doesn’t have the grunt of its rivals. The big 1462cc lump happily pulls 50 mph in 5th gear or even 40mph in 4th. Below 40mph in fourth gear it feels really sluggish. For such a big V-twin you’d expect arm-ripping torque from tickover.
Suzuki has fitted a slipper clutch to ease the massive amount of engine braking from the huge V-twin but it doesn’t inspire confidence in the same way that another disc and optional ABS would.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The Suzuki’s styling might not have the grace or classy finish of Guzzi’s California, or the mean road presence of Kawasaki’s Voyager Custom but it’s cheaper but a considerable amount. In one or two areas you can see where Suzuki has saved money.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
This is the cheapest bagger on the market by some margin and as such represents good value for money. It should return a claimed 52mpg, which isn’t too bad for such a large machine.
Representing good value for money, the Suzuki lacks in other areas, for example, the front brakes are meagre for such a big and heavy bike and it also lacks modern touches like ABS and traction control.
The clocks have an analogue speedo, but no rev counter. However, they do have a digital clock, twin trips, a digital fuel gauge and gear position indicator, which is a nice touch.
|Engine type||4-stroke, 2-cylinder, Liquid-cooled, SOHC, 54° V-twin|
|Front tyre size||-|
|Rear tyre size||-|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||53 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£100|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||78 bhp|
|Max torque||97 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||212 miles|
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI C1500T INTRUDER (2013 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their SUZUKI C1500T INTRUDER (2013 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£100|
Annual servicing cost: £100
I love this bike only a few little niggles brakes being the only one of any real issue then again getting used to its quirkiness.
Brakes mentioned. Ride quality is fantastic truly one if not the comfiest bike I've ever ridden.
More than enough ponies for all manner of rides.
No issues at all, keep on top of cleaning and servicing.
Had to put a price in but as I work at a bike shop it costs nothing really which is great.
Everything works and does as it should only thing I could see as an advantage would be a power socket somewhere.
Buying experience: Great buying experience bought from lincolnshire motorcycles and I've never had a better buying experience.