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Old 02-28-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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What do you think about the '07 Boulevard S40

Have a friend who is an entry level rider and is looking for a cruiser. She is interested in the Suzuki Boulevard S40. Here's the spec's page:

http://www.ksmotorsports.com/new_veh...=762749#detail

Curious what your thoughts are about belt vs chain driven, plus the SOHC setup. Any previous experience with this kind of setup would be appreciated. Also, what is the cleaning process for a belt driven bike? Is it easier or harder to maintain than a chain? Bike is 40 cubic inches - 40 cu. in. = 655.482 cu.cm. I've advised her to look into a 250/500 for her first bike, but she keeps finding 600/650's. I know the consensus is to start with a 250/500, but there are those of us who started out on a 600 (myself included), but most have had some form of riding experience previously (dirt). She is going to be taking the MSF this M/Tu also, so I hope that opens her up to a little more flexibility with considering a smaller bike to start with. Don't get me wrong, she's one bad beatch, but just don't want to see her get hurt.
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Old 02-28-2008, 04:55 PM   #2
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belt is much lower maintenance, from what i understand. there's no cleaning or oiling, just making sure there's proper tension.
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:01 PM   #3
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thanks kacivic...

anyone have any opinions on the SOHC setup? durability, longevity, maintenance, etc...
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When dealing with a cruiser, belt is the way to go IMHO
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Old 02-28-2008, 06:10 PM   #5
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scooter, you have a belt on your sportster, it handles the power ok?
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Old 02-29-2008, 12:49 PM   #6
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man i dunno ive seen one at a gas station one time the guy said it was a 800 cc i think, i dont like the look but they look like fun to ride, like a cruiser you can race on
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its a single cylinder ~650cc. I am biased but i like v-twin look better.
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Old 02-29-2008, 01:05 PM   #9
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Yeah, I definitely like the v-twin look better too, but I don't think she's ready to jump on a v-twin moto just yet - although if someone let her, I'm pretty sure she'd jump at it
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Did she take MSF yet?

I speak from personal experience: before MSF I thought imma gonna buy a Rebel to learn to ride on. After MSF I knew Rebel isn't the bike that i want.

<edit>i know s40 is no rebel. in fact its single cyclinder is peppy enough to match some smaller vtwins. but the point is to take msf first.
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you might take a look at the hyosung gv250 if you're interested in a twin. several guys have just put a performance kit (jets, air filter) and are getting around 30-35hp out of them. in fact, a simple bolt on muffler has been dyno proven to boost the power by about 4% with no jet change, and i've seen them going for ~$2k in really good used condition. several of the guys i've talked to that have bought them said they felt peppier than the S40, even though it's a much smaller engine.

if you like the look of the classic harley, you'll probably find the gv250 pretty attractive.
http://www.hyosungmotorsusa.com/prod...er&model=GV250

just another option. don't think you'll really go wrong with the S40 though.
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been like 4 months already?

Need to chill playa. I'm getting all my $hit straight before I head back out. This thread is for/about my roommate.
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Old 02-29-2008, 04:26 PM   #14
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Have a friend who is an entry level rider and is looking for a cruiser. She is interested in the Suzuki Boulevard S40. Here's the spec's page:

http://www.ksmotorsports.com/new_veh...=762749#detail

Curious what your thoughts are about belt vs chain driven, plus the SOHC setup. Any previous experience with this kind of setup would be appreciated. Also, what is the cleaning process for a belt driven bike? Is it easier or harder to maintain than a chain? Bike is 40 cubic inches - 40 cu. in. = 655.482 cu.cm. I've advised her to look into a 250/500 for her first bike, but she keeps finding 600/650's. I know the consensus is to start with a 250/500, but there are those of us who started out on a 600 (myself included), but most have had some form of riding experience previously (dirt). She is going to be taking the MSF this M/Tu also, so I hope that opens her up to a little more flexibility with considering a smaller bike to start with. Don't get me wrong, she's one bad beatch, but just don't want to see her get hurt.
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I started out with a Honda VT750 and only after a few months I found it to be too slow for me. I ending up buying a Honda VTX1300 last weekend. I understand that your friend is wanting to start out small but my advise it not to get a small engine bike. Your friend will get tired of it real quick.
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Old 03-02-2008, 11:32 AM   #17
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I used to sell Suzuki's my honest opinion is the s40 is its single cylinder design sucks i have seen more back in the shop for leaking oil than ever out on the road and everyone i road if i got abve 55-60 it would vibrate the out of me but that is just me i would recomend another bike maybe the vstar 600? or anything else but the s40
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get a boulevard M109R and you wont think about any other cruiser after you ride one they have every bit a sports bike power abd they handle good and my last bikes a Rc52 and a zx6r
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get a boulevard M109R and you wont think about any other cruiser after you ride one they have every bit a sports bike power abd they handle good and my last bikes a Rc52 and a zx6r
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LOL right bro LOL and i just noticed i wrote rc52 i meant rc51.....LOL whats wrong with that sv1000 LOL you still wanting more power huh LOL
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