Saturday, October 27, 2012

Suzuki introduced their Volusia 800

Engine: 805cc, four-stroke, liquid cooled, 45° V-twin,
SOHC, 8-valves, TSCC
Bore & Stroke: 83.0 x 74.4mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Carburetor: Mikuni BDSR34
Lubrication: Wet Sump
Ignition: Digital/transistorized
Starter: Electric
Transmission: 5-speed
Final Drive: Shaft Drive
Overall Length: 2510mm (98.8 in.)
Overall Width: 985mm (38.8 in.)
Overall Height: 1110mm (43.7 in.)
Seat Height: 700mm (27.6 in.)
Ground Clearance: 140mm (5.5 in.)
Wheelbase: 1655mm (65.2 in.)
Front Suspension: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear Suspension:  Link-type, oil damped, 7-way
adjustable spring preload
Front Brake: Single hydraulic disc
Rear Brake: Single drum
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 liter (4.5 gal.)
Claimed Dry Weight: 239kg (526 lbs.)
Color: Black/Blue, Silver/Silver

Suzuki introduced their Volusia 800  is smooth, but too cold blooded. Takes a looong time to warm up, even with full choke. Bars felt wide, but wasn't uncomfortable. I like the digital odometer and clock stuff. Brakes could be better, but modulated well. It has a solid transmission.

Suspension felt really soft, but that wasn't surprising. Chassis feels solid (though it should considering it is made of metal.) The only thing not to like? The rather bland styling. It gets lost in the crowd.

The forks are set out at a 33° angle and the shock works through a link-type system to smooth the ride over the Volusia's 65.2 inch wheelbase. Seven positions of preload adjustability are available out back, though there's no concession made for either rebound or compression adjustments at either end.

The thing that so many of us like about the smaller-displacement cruisers is the way they rev, and this Suzuki will wail. There's none of that rev-limiter cutting in seemingly right after you've released the clutch and get underway. The Volusia likes to run, and by the time you realize there's no hard limiter to bump into (the Volusia uses a soft limiter) you've already grabbed another gear and are on your way.

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