Suzuki VL 1500 Intruder LC / Boulevard C90

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Suzuki VL 1500 Intruder LC
Suzuki Intruder VL 1500 LC 1.JPG
ManufacturerSuzuki
Production1998-2004
ClassCruiser
EngineAir/oil-cooled, 45-degree tandem V-twin
Bore / stroke1462cc, 96 x 101mm.
Power67 hp at 4,800 rpm[1]
Torque114 Nm at 2,300 rpm[1]
TransmissionWet multiplate clutch, 5 speeds
Wheelbase66.9 in
DimensionsL: 99.4 in
W: 33.3 in. (handlebar)
Weight669 lb[citation needed] (wet)
Fuel capacity3.5/4.1 gal
RelatedSuzuki VL 1400
 
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Suzuki VL 1500 Intruder LC
Suzuki Intruder VL 1500 LC 1.JPG
ManufacturerSuzuki
Production1998-2004
ClassCruiser
EngineAir/oil-cooled, 45-degree tandem V-twin
Bore / stroke1462cc, 96 x 101mm.
Power67 hp at 4,800 rpm[1]
Torque114 Nm at 2,300 rpm[1]
TransmissionWet multiplate clutch, 5 speeds
Wheelbase66.9 in
DimensionsL: 99.4 in
W: 33.3 in. (handlebar)
Weight669 lb[citation needed] (wet)
Fuel capacity3.5/4.1 gal
RelatedSuzuki VL 1400

The VL 1500 Intruder LC was a cruiser motorcycle with a feet-forward riding posture, shaft drive and engine balance shafts made by Suzuki from 1998 to 2004.[2]

After VL production ended with model year 2004, Suzuki replaced the motorcycle in its model range with the 2005 fuel-injected [2] Boulevard C90, which is being produced as of 2013.

VL 1500 Intruder LC[edit]

The original Suzuki VL 1500 Intruder LC featured a low 26.7-inch seat height and an underseat 3.5-gallon fuel tank, contributing to a lower center of gravity, enhancing stability and low speed handling. Its new[1] engine is designed to produce a claimed 67 hp (745 watts) at a low 4,800 rpm and 84 pounds-feet (114 Nm) at 2,300 rpm.[1] In 2002, its front single disc brake was upgraded to dual discs and the bike received a 0.6-gallon larger, 4.1-gallon fuel tank.[3] In 2004, the bike received four-way emergency flasher / high beam passing switch, multi-reflector turn signals, hydraulic valve lash adjusters, hydraulic clutch and a back-torque limiter.[1]

The motorcycle's name combines V referring to its V-twin engine configuration, L referring to its long frame,[3] 1500 referring to the approximate metric displacement of the engine and the LC standing for Legendary Classic.

Production Resumed for the C90 in the 2013 model year

Boulevard C90[edit]

Suzuki Boulevard C90
2006 Suzuki C90.jpg
ManufacturerSuzuki
Production2005-2010,2013-
PredecessorSuzuki VL 1500 Intruder LC
ClassCruiser
EngineAir/oil-cooled, 45-deg. V-twin
Bore / stroke1462cc, 96.0 x 101mm
Power66 hp at 4,800 rpm
Torque115 Nm at 2,800 rpm
TransmissionHydraulic wet clutch,5 speeds
Wheelbase66.9 in
DimensionsL: 99.4 in.
W: 35.5 in (handlebar)
Weight721 lb (wet)
Fuel capacity3.7 gal

In 2005, Suzuki re-branded its lineup of cruisers as its Boulevard series,[2] renaming the VL1500, the Boulevard C90. Aside from a name change, some minor cosmetic changes were also made to the bike, as well as some more drastic mechanical changes including replacing the carburetor with a new multi-hole fuel-injection system that was borrowed from Suzuki's Suzuki GSX-R line of racing bikes. It also added a 32-bit ECU processing chip and a marginally revised 3.7 gallon fuel tank.[4]

The engine’s torque and acceleration were increased by the introduction of the new fuel-injected system, featuring dual throttle valve and auto fast-idle systems. The engine employed Suzuki's proprietary SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electro-chemical Material) plated cylinders, a race-proven nickel-phosphorus-silicon-carbide coating for reduced weight and improved heat transfer, allowing for tighter and more efficient piston-to-cylinder clearance,[5] similar to a Nikasil coating. The engine developed 66 hp at 4,800 rpm and 115 Nm at 2,800 rpm.[1]

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