Suzuki VS 700GL Intruder 

 

 

 

Make Model

Suzuki VS 700GL Intruder 

Year

1986

Engine

Four stroke, 45°V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Capacity

699 cc / 42.7 cu in
Cooling System Liquid cooled

Induction

2 x 34 mm Mikuni CV carburetors

Ignition

Electronic

Starting

Electric

Max Power

41.0 kW / 55 hp @ 7500 rpm 

Max Power (at rear wheel)

36.6 kW / 49.1 hp @ 7250 rpm

Max Torque

55.9 Nm / 5.7 kgf-m / 41.2 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

Transmission 

5 Speed

Final Drive

Shaft

Front Suspension

Telescopic air assisted fork

Rear Suspension

Dual coil spring oil damped shocks, 5-way adjustable preload.

Front Brakes

Single 280 mm disc

Rear Brakes

Drum

Front Tyre

100/90 H19

Rear Tyre

140/90 H15

Dry Weight

206 kg / 454 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

12 Litres / 3.2 US gal / 2.6 Imp gal

Rider review:

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR CRUISER AND THEIRS IS AS PLAIN AS BLACK AND WHITE.
They could see it as soon as I rode my new Suzuki Intruder into town. No other cruiser looks as custom. No other V-twin sounds this mean.

No other streetbike had ever grabbed their attention like my Intruder. Chrome on chrome on chrome. From its headlight right down to its 60-spokc wheels, Intruder is mean, clean and classic.

And underneath Intruders heart-thumping good looks Suzuki packed the leanest 45° V-twin on the road.

That's what grabbed my soul.
'Cause when I'm riding my Intruder
I become an Intruder. It's
like we were made for each other.
Like we're one single moving part. Man, the difference between my
Intruder and every other bike on
the street is as plain as black
and white.

Another rider review:

I came across this, when looking for a used bike to get back into riding. I purchased it from its original lady owner. Maroon, pullback handlebars & one of the rare things - the snowflake cast alloy wheels. Since the used bike market was tight, I settled on this one & took the gamble on buying it on first impression & a test ride. 2 years & 10,000 miles later, it's a decision I don't regret.

V-twin engine has plenty of get up & go, very good low end take-off. It is cold blooded though. I do allow it to warm up before taking off, otherwise it's sluggish.

Nice handling & riding, Shaft drive is smooth.

I got rid of the factory seat, & put a Mustang Regal Duke on it. Mustang stated it would not fit my year, but if you have the model with the slightly higher factory back rest, (Mine, has the small luggage rack on it - maybe is why) it is a direct bolt-on. The only thing I had to alter, was to secure the back rest of this one piece seat to the toolbox front where it locks with heavy adhesive backed Velcro. I cut out around the toolbox lock cylinder, & also cut off the plastic pins of the toolbox front that the grommets of the original back rest would secure to. I bought an extra toolbox front, should I ever put the stock seat back on should I sell this bike, as my intention is to someday, upgrade to an 800 model, which this seat also will fit.

Having an exhaust with a pipe on each side, unlike some of the bikes equipped with stacked pipes on one side, allows for a nice pair of mid-sized saddlebags with no worry of getting burned from hot pipes - plenty of clearance. One thing I did do on this model, was find a plastic cap to put over the rear axle nut & wrap tape over it to secure, to prevent the exposed axle nut from rubbing through the saddlebag the side it's on.

Pretty easy to maintain - changing engine oil, rear gear oil. I'll find out about changing coolant, as I plan on replacing the hoses this year, also with changing the clutch & front brake fluids. Front & rear wheels are easily removed & installed. This is another bike that does not have a center stand - a motorcycle jack is a big help & a wise investment.

Personal dislikes - there are not too many:
Bike feels bulky when pushing backwards - weight is not well distributed. My wife bought a 2008 Yamaha 650 V-Star Classic, & even though 100 lbs. heavier, it does not feel heavier.

No tach - I have found aftermarket ones available for it, & they are reasonably priced.

Having to remove the radiator cover to check the coolant level.

5 Speed gearbox - 6th gear overdrive would have been nice to have had, like some of the others in its class. I'm usually in 5th gear between 35-40 mph. I'm pretty good at counting gears, but there are still times I think I'm in 4th, not 5th & I find myself searching to see if I have one left.

Source: Motorcycle Survey