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From Suzuki L650 Savage to Boulevard S40: Then and Now

Dec 1, 2020 5:18:29 PM / by Logan Reed

The Best Kind of Simplicity: The Suzuki Boulevard

The Suzuki Boulevard is for the riders who like simplicity in their machines. And if the history of Suzuki Motorcycles is any indication of their success, this is going to be good. Honestly, the Boulevard models haven’t changed much since the early days of its design, so the bike may be perfect for the old-school dudes who aren’t fond of welcoming change. However, the Boulevards are appealing to all sorts of riders, with the retro-feel and low price range attracting younger riders, such as millennials.The Boulevard is still regarded as a more versatile and moderately less-expensive motorcycles that can make an entry-level ride. This low-profile, mean machine is still being produced with models that hold true to their Savage roots.

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Among the key features, the 652cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled SOHC engine with Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers is able to easily deliver low-to-mid rpm range torque. In the spirit of the Boulevard that we’ve seen so often, the one-piece saddle adds to the S40’s iconic simplistic appearance, and the seat is low enough to be great for riders of all skill levels, even beginners. 



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Holding true to its classic cruiser styling, the teardrop-shaped fuel tank with flush-mounted speedometer holds 2.8 gallons with a fuel efficiency that can get you 50 miles to the gallon. The light curb weight of the Boulevard S40 and the powerful engine come together to bring you an agile, responsive cruiser that is great for riding the open highway or cruising the city streets.

 2018 Suzuki Boulevard S40 Specs: 


Engine: 652cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled, single cylinder, SOHC Bore x Stroke: 3.7 in x 3.7 in
Fuel System: MIKUNI BS40, single Starter: Electric
Transmission: 5-speed constant mesh Final Drive: Belt Drive

Suspension Front:

Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped Brakes, Front: Front disc brake
Suspension, Rear: Rear Swing arm type, coil spring, oil damped Brakes, Rear: Rear drum brake
Tires, Front: 100/90-19 M/C 57H, tube type Tires, Rear: 140/80-15 M/C 67H, tube type
Fuel Tank: 2.8 Gallons    
Length:  85.8 in    
Width: 28.4 in     


58.3 in     

Ground Clearance:

5.3 in     
Seat Height: 27.6 in     

Throwback to the 1986 Suzuki LS650 Savage Specs:



652cc, Four stroke, single cylinder,SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke: 3.7 in x 3.7 in
Compression Ratio: 8.5:1 Fuel System: MIKUNI BS40, single
Starter: Electric Transmission: 4 Speed
Final Drive: Belt Ignition: Electric transistorised
Suspension, Front 38mm Telescopic forks Suspension, Rear Dual Kayaba shocks absorbers, preload adjustable.
Brakes, Front: Single 240mm disc, 1 piston calipers Brakes, Rear: 160mm Drum
Tires, Front 100/90-19 M/C 57H Tires, Rear 140/80-15 M/C 67H
Length: 85.8 in    
Width: 26.8 in    
Wheelbase: 58.3 in    
Ground Clearance: 5.3 in    
Seat Height 26 in    

What are your thoughts on the Suzuki S40? Do you like the low-tech and simpleness of the bike, or does Suzuki need to step it up and get with the times? Let me know in a comment, and rumble on!

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Logan Reed

Written by Logan Reed

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