Friday, November 18, 2011

Suzuki Boulevard S40

Suzuki Boulevard S40 cruisers have always competed with Honda’s and this model had to have some stiff competition coming from its threatening opponent. In order to meet the market’s requests, Honda launched the Shadow VLX, a cruiser equipped with a 583cc V-twin motor which was to compete with the single-cylinder S40. The Shadow VLX is a unique cruiser in Honda’s line-up. Its old-school hardtail-style rear suspension, the classic teardrop tank and low seat height are all attractive features.

5-speed transmission with low-maintenance belt-drive system - the drive belt is quiet, durable, simple to adjust and clean
40 cubic inch, SOHC, single-cylinder engine with TSCC cylinder head and high mass crankshaft - produces strong low-end power and torque
Black engine case and cylinder with polished cylinder head fins for a finished appearance
Zinc-plated cylinder mounting bolts - high quality plated finish is corrosion resistant and blends with black engine color for a more detailed appearance
Headlight switches off during start-up to reduce load on the battery
Electric starter with automatic decompression system for quick, easy engine starting

Kawasaki also presents an excellent motorcycle for first-time buyers seeking entry to the cruiser lifestyle. With a low seat height, friendly power delivery and an affordable purchase price, the Vulcan 500 LTD makes it easy to develop those all-important riding skills.

Although I previously mentioned the V Star Custom as a competitor for the S50, it is a stronger opponent for the bike’s smaller sibling, the S40. The long and chopperesque V Star Custom is the lightest of the Stars, which means great handling and performance are along for the ride, too.

Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front: Disc brake
Brakes Rear: Drum brake
Tires Front: 100/90-19 M/C 57H, tube type
Tires Rear: 140/80-15 M/C 67H, tube type
Overall Length: 2180 mm (85.8 in)
Overall Width: 720 mm (28.3 in)
Overall Height: 1105 mm (43.5 in)
Seat Height: 700 mm (27.6 in)
Ground Clearance: 135 mm ( 5.3 in)
Wheelbase: 1480 mm (58.3 in)
Curb Weight: 173 kg (381 lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 10.5 L (2.8/2.3 US/Imp gal)

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