Search for bike reviews by selecting...
- Written by Carole Nash Editor
- Created: 20 June 2008
Rumble along with style on the Suzuki VZ800 Marauder. Turn heads and discover what cruising was meant to be.
If you’re in the market for a budget cruiser, you’ll struggle to find better value than the Suzuki Marauder 800. OK, it’s your basic Harley V-twin clone, but with durable shaft drive, comfortable seating, 100mph performance and respectable braking, the Suzuki can do pretty much everything a Hog can do - but for a great deal less money.
With a tried and trusted 800cc sized motor derived from the long running Intruder series, the Suzuki Marauder offers more poke than the Yamaha Virago 535 or Drag Star 650, but at around the same price. You can even buy one in two-tone paint, if that rings your bell...
Turn heads and discover what cruising was meant to be by taking control of the Marauder’s powerful high-torque, high compression V-Twin engine. It’s mounted in a long, lean chassis that is led by a 35-degree-rake fork. Your pride of ownership shows in the rich finish and lustrous chrome that are the result of Suzuki’s close attention to detail. And your enjoyment of the ride deserves performance equipment such as the inverted fork, hollow-spoke aluminium wheels and wide front and rear tires. Whether you ride with a passenger or remove the rear seat and take it alone, the VZ800 Marauder looks right, feels right and performs right.
High-compression 805cm3 liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, with 83mm pistons, four valves per cylinder, and overhead cams, is tuned for acceleration and throttle response. Its modern design ensures superb reliability as well as high fun factor. The compact and efficient aluminium radiator fits cleanly against the frame downtubes. Internal coolant passageways replace external hoses wherever possible to keep the Marauder’s styling sharp.
Power is transmitted to the wheels using an eight-coil-spring clutch for smooth, predictable engagement; a built-in back-torque-limiter system for smoother downshifts; and a tough low-maintenance O-ring chain. Microcomputer-controlled digital ignition system provides ideal timing, unaffected by heat or humidity. The dual exhaust system features chromed mufflers with a dual-gas-flow design for a deep, powerful rumble that keeps within noise regulations.
The double-cradle frame is built for rigidity. The seating position and centre of gravity are low, the wheelbase is long, and the rake is 35 degrees-to give you the style and the ride you want. Bolt-on covers reinforce the frame in the swingarm pivot section.
The Marauder’s suspension features an inverted fork with a lustrous machined and chromed outer-tube finish as well as covered and chromed rear shocks with five preload adjustments.
The 13-litre fuel tank has a flush-mount, aircraft-style flip-up filler. The tank and fenders are painted with four rich colour coats and a depth-enhancing clear coat to give the Marauder a deep, glossy, durable finish. Wide 16-inch front and 15-inch rear tires are mounted on sharp-looking hollow-spoke aluminium wheels. The dynamic, purposeful profile of the Marauder is impressive with its lustrous chrome that highlights the engine covers, rear fender stays, chain guard, frame sidecovers and forged side stand.
Comfortable two-person seating lets you remove the rear seat to highlight the finish of the rear fender. The locking front seat can be removed to reveal a convenient two-liter storage box and two helmet hooks. The box is easily removed for quick access to the maintenance-free battery.
Get Suzuki motorbike insurance for the suzuki vz800.
Engine Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, 450V, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Claimed power (bhp)
Compression ratio 10.0 : 1
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Suspension front Inverted, telescopic, coil spring, oil damped rear Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload 5-way
Brakes front: Disc rear Drum
Tyres front 130/90-16 67H, tubeless rear 150/90-15 M/C 74H, tubeless Ignition type Electronic ignition Fuel tank 13.0 L (3.4 US gal)
Body colours BP8 : Candy Grand Blue /Metallic Saturn Black BP9 : Pearl Lively Yellow /Metallic Saturn Black M9U : Candy Antares Red /Metallic Saturn Black 33J : Pearl Novelty Black