Just before Christmas one chilly, but sunny, afternoon, I was on a casual solo ride on the Honda 1100 CMX that I had been loaned by the manufacturer for test, and took the opportunity to pop into a local café to warm up!

There was only one other machine in the large car park, which transpired to be a Suzuki Intruder M800. I had never come across one before, so, intrigued, I got chatting with the owner over a cup of tea, as you do.

Suzuki Intruder
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Research tells me that Suzuki had previously launched the rather massive M1800R in 2008, alongside the intimidating GSX 1300R Hayabusa, and its younger sibling had dropped into the market as other manufacturers were taking a serious look at the cruiser segment. Whilst the industry considered this an odd move as Suzuki was most certainly not known at this time for cruisers, it proved to be an inspirational one, allowing for the emergence of the scaled-down, but still perfectly formed, middleweight M800.

Suzuki Intruder
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What immediately took my eye was the sweeping curves, the beautiful lines of the fuel tank, and angular trapezoidal side body cowls, extending to the boomerang-shaped chrome bars. The ignition key is inserted in a panel below the right side of the handlebar, and a banana-shaped, chrome finished instrument console is located at the centre of the front fairing, complete with analogue speedometer, and digital readouts for fuel gauge, odometer and trip meter. Another panel with left and right indicators, main beam and Neutral position indicator sits on the front top of the tank. Atypical of the cruiser-type appeal, the 45 degree V-twin engine and dual exhausts are finished in chrome. Coupled to a five-speed gearbox, the M800 is powered by a four-stroke, V-twin, liquid-cooled, 805cc engine, producing a peak power of 50bhp and a maximum torque rating of 65Nm.

Suzuki Intruder
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You may wonder where this is all leading, so allow me to explain. A couple of months later, and purely out of curiosity, I opened Google and typed in Suzuki Intruder M800 for sale. There were several around, although not as many as I had imagined. One was up with Lincolnshire Motorcycles (www.lincolnshiremotorcycles.co.uk 07918 683634 | 01652 8284350). Now, living in the county as I do, I was surprised that I had never come across the trader before. I put in a call and arranged to meet a really nice chap by the name of Pete at the warehouse where the secondhand bikes are housed.

Suzuki Intruder
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I popped across a few days later to check the bike over, and was immediately impressed with the condition. It was nothing short of excellent. At seven years old, it had covered 11,000 miles, and had been installed with footboards and V&H exhausts, giving it a nice, low rumble. Nothing like my two Harleys, but a pleasing sound all the same. Yep, after a bit of negotiation, I decided to purchase it. Pete put it through its MoT, gave it a dose of corrosion protection, and had it personally delivered for the princely sum of £25.

With the following day being bright but damn cold, I donned my clothing and Veis heated vest and headed off for a brisk ride. The bike came with heated grips fitted by a previous owner, along with a gear change indicator. With a seat height of 700mm, it was easy to flatfoot and allowed for a pleasant sitting posture, especially with the forwards and straight bars.

Suzuki Intruder
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The first thing I noticed was the gear-change, which was ultra-smooth. Power delivery also was excellent, ride quality was smooth, and handling a dream. Compared to the Harleys, it was also light, even at 245kg! I thought then that this was going to be a practical bike for everyday use, and perhaps the occasional overnighter. It did come with a pillion seat to replace the current seat cowl, but I will need to obtain a sissy bar and rack from somewhere to carry light luggage.

Suzuki Intruder
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Equipped with inverted 41mm hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and a link-type hydraulic monoshock at the rear, there is a single disc brake upfront and a drum brake at the rear. I did find them slightly lacking in bite, especially the rear, so I might well consider an upgrade to a bigger disc or dual disc brakes at the front and a disc brake at the rear, simply for the added security.

Suzuki Intruder
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In conclusion, I reckon I am going to gain a lot of enjoyment from the Intruder. Mine is in an attractive Pearl Mira Red, and with its typical cruiser styling, I reckon it will quite possibly stand out against others for its unique look. Well, it drew me in anyway.

SPECIFICATION

  • Model Suzuki Intruder M800
  • Year  2015
  • Category Cruiser
  • Engine 45 degree, V2, 4-stroke
  • Displacement 805.0 ccm (49.12 cubic inche
  • Power 52.3hp (38.2kW) @6000rpm
  • Torque 69.0Nm (50.9ft-lb) @ 3200rpm
  •  Gears 5 speed
  • Transmission Shaft drive
  • Frame type Steel
  • Front suspension Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Rear suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped
  • Front tyre 130/90-16
  • Rear tyre 170/80-15
  • Front brakes Single disc. Two-piston callipers, 300mm (11.8 inches)
  • Rear brakes Drum brake
  • Weight 269kg / 593lb
  • Seat height 700mm (27.6 inches)
  • Fuel capacity 15.50 litres