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    Quote Originally Posted by Triplediamond View Post
    Not true....After 50 years of riding many bikes and mainly cruisers, all bikes will corner but it depends on the rider. Most cruisers are not the best cornering bikes but when ridden properly with an experienced rider they can keep up pretty well with most average riders on most bikes. The M109R has grunt to spare and although has a 240 rear tyre (same as V Rod and a few others) this bike can corner well especially using when using apex cornering. Just take a look on You Tube and the facts speak for themselves.
    Suzuki M109R is an awesome cruiser bike and excellent value for money when you compare price, hp, torque, reliability, handling and available extras etc.
    I don't need to look at YouTube. I've ridden one, also owned a V rod with 240 rear. M109 has plenty of torque as you say but no amount of apex cornering technique will ever see it keep up with a V rod let alone a lot of other cruisers on a good twisty ride. 50 years of riding doesn't mean anything other than you're old, I've ridden for 40 years and I'm old. I had a Victory Vegas that could out corner an M109 and that's saying something, I dragged the frame of the Victory all over the place, hardly needed a kick stand.

    M109 = straight line cruiser that appeals to those that like the look of a feed bag on a horses head.

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    M109R The truth

    Quote Originally Posted by skippa1 View Post
    I don't need to look at YouTube. I've ridden one, also owned a V rod with 240 rear. M109 has plenty of torque as you say but no amount of apex cornering technique will ever see it keep up with a V rod let alone a lot of other cruisers on a good twisty ride. 50 years of riding doesn't mean anything other than you're old, I've ridden for 40 years and I'm old. I had a Victory Vegas that could out corner an M109 and that's saying something, I dragged the frame of the Victory all over the place, hardly needed a kick stand.

    M109 = straight line cruiser that appeals to those that like the look of a feed bag on a horses head.
    HaHaHa...Well everyone has an opinion. Old has nothing to do with it! Experience counts. You’re only as old as the woman you feel! Ive probably ridden more bikes than you’ve had hot dinners. My last 5 bikes were brand new Harleys, Deuce, Fat Bob, Night Rod Special, Street Glide and Breakout. Breakout and V Rod had same back Tyres as 109 and didn’t handle any better than the 109’s I’ve ridden. Sad truth is that Harleys are hugely more expensive, don’t handle that well (except the Fat Bob) need more money spent on them to upgrade hp and most have less technology than most other bikes for the same money. I’ve ridden Harleys, Victory’s, Kawasaki’s, Hondas, Yamahas, KTMs, BMW, Triumphs and I’ve owned one of most of those over the years.
    As far as the 109 is concerned it has much more hp and torque than a V Rod (unless you spend money upgrading) right out of the box and handles just as well in my opinion. Plus, the V Rod was so good they don’t even make them anymore... They didn’t sell well! lol. You can still buy a Suzuki M109R and there are many thousands of riders who agree with me. So you are out voted too! The latest models are pretty much sorted after years of manufacture. At the end of the day, bike handling and opinions come down to “the nut behind the bars”.

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    Yeah the comments here about bad handling are shit ,at real low speed and tight cornering ( I mean pushing with your feet moving out of your garage they are clumsy, thats all) aside from that they are great, any other issues are just shit riders ,full stop.if they can't handle the power of 109r they need to trade down to a vrod or thunderbird

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    I bought one

    Cruiser bikes are the one genre that, so far at least, I've never quite gotten my head around. That is what characteristics about them do I like and not like and what sort of a cruiser bike would I like to have in my garage.

    My H-D 48 has come closest thus far but the lack of any pillion provision has made it a bit too limiting for my liking - Still a cool little machine though...

    So - I bought a 2009-model M109R2 over Xmas and have sold the H-D. It's a bit of a punt for me as I've only ridden a 109 once before and that was over a limited route. However thus far I'm finding it a real hoot of a thing. Yes the 240 rear tyre takes some getting used to and it doesn't take long before your heel becomes your built-in lean detector but what an engine! The thing just keeps on pulling right the way through to the 7500 redline, barely believable for such a large motor and far and away more grunty than the bigger engine H-Ds I've ridden in the past.

    Thus far me likey - A lot. Is this the cruiser that I've been looking for all this time? I'm not sure but it's making a good start thus far.


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    Here she is. I've just had a new front tyre fitted too which has sharpened the handling up a bit. Thus far me like - A lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Boy View Post
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    Here she is. I've just had a new front tyre fitted too which has sharpened the handling up a bit. Thus far me like - A lot
    She's indeed a classic beauty. Which front tyre did you end up getting?

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    I've gone for a Metzler ME880 Marathon - So that it matches the rear hoop as well. It had a Shinko of some description on before which was well past its best. You could feel the difference after the first corner

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    Nice bike mate

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