2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. TestWith the simple expedient of blacking out everything in sight and coming up with a corny acronym – Blacked Out Suzuki Special (yes, really) – the 2013 Boulevard C90T suddenly becomes a cool machine. Trite though that may sound, there is actually a very decent motorcycle lurking behind the marketing-speak.
The metallic paint is lustrous, and the build quality is excellent. Hard plastic bags have a secondary protective inner flap, and the locking lids are screwed on, rather than simply riveted. The BOSS also has a capacious 4.8-gallon fuel tank and seven-spoke cast aluminum wheels; it has clearly been well thought through.On the open road, the B.O.S.S. rides extremely well. A fuel-injected 1462cc V-twin produces a hefty 96 ft/lbs of torque at 2600 rpm, so the bike accelerates with authority in every gear. The five-speed gearbox – aided by Suzuki’s excellent clutch assist system – changes smoothly enough that even clutchless upshifts can be made when accelerating hard.Five-speeds is normally a little limiting, however, in this case, both fourth and fifth gears are very long and the motor is more than torquey enough to compensate. At highway speeds, the liquid-cooled motor hits its sweet spot, the vibration all but disappears, and the B.O.S.S. goes into glide mode.The windshield is fixed, but is well designed. Suzuki’s engineers got the positioning right, and the gap around the headlight reduces rider buffeting considerably. Instrumentation is impeccably handled, with a large, accurate, LCD fuel gauge, and an easy-to-read gear position indicator.Although it lacks cruise control, the mid-size Suzuki is clearly built for all day comfort. The non-adjustable suspension is actually quite firm and produces competent handling, but overall the ride still has the plush feel you want. The scalloped seat is one of the most comfortable on two wheels, and the ergonomic relationship between the floorboards, wide handlebars, and the seat, are perfect for a six-foot frame.Suzuki’s new Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. combines clever, head-turning looks with performance that delivers, whether you are taking a quick trip to your local bar, or a high-mileage interstate excursion.Story from Ultimate MotorCycling’s Special Travel Issue
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!