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Reviewed on July 1, 2024

RV reviewed 2006 Suzuki VS800GL view listing

5.0
This motorcycle has been the most reliable and comfortable bike i have ever owned for the price this bike is a good fit for driving in the city or the expressway. Wind shield allows great protection from bugs and ensures safety while... read more
This motorcycle has been the most reliable and comfortable bike i have ever owned for the price this bike is a good fit for driving in the city or the expressway. Wind shield allows great protection from bugs and ensures safety while driving
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Reviewed on May 9, 2024

RV reviewed 2000 Suzuki VS800GL view listing

3.5
Well at 74 years of age, I found it difficult to manage my Kawasaki Concours (2003) it just wore me out. So got a cruiser Intruder 800 (Year2000) with 10,000 miles on it runs great, the only complain is the lack of distance one can travel, with only a 3.43 gallons capacity (versus 6.2 on the... read more
Well at 74 years of age, I found it difficult to manage my Kawasaki Concours (2003) it just wore me out. So got a cruiser Intruder 800 (Year2000) with 10,000 miles on it runs great, the only complain is the lack of distance one can travel, with only a 3.43 gallons capacity (versus 6.2 on the concours) and no gas gauge, cruising without a care for gas is not possible. Overall nice cruiser, need to get highway pegs for it.
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Reviewed on August 29, 2022

RV reviewed 1996 Suzuki VS800GL Intruder view listing

4.5
I bought the bike used about 18000 on it. About Three years ago. Great bike to learn on. Little to no maintenance required. Only issues I've had is with the clutch lever. But for a 26 Year old bike she... read more
I bought the bike used about 18000 on it. About Three years ago. Great bike to learn on. Little to no maintenance required. Only issues I've had is with the clutch lever. But for a 26 Year old bike she screams
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Reviewed on June 19, 2021

RV reviewed 2000 Suzuki VS800GL view listing

4.5
I've had this bike for a few years now was down one cylinder due to carbs needing rebuilt, did everything to it that a 20 year old bike needs, went over everything, rebuilt many things clutch, etc..I rode a xt600 dual sport since i was a teenager and wanted to check out a cruiser and the price was... read more
I've had this bike for a few years now was down one cylinder due to carbs needing rebuilt, did everything to it that a 20 year old bike needs, went over everything, rebuilt many things clutch, etc..I rode a xt600 dual sport since i was a teenager and wanted to check out a cruiser and the price was right so i trailered it home. Still have more in parts in this bike than it will ever be worth but that's usually how it goes. Overall it's been a good bike tons of power for a stock 800, this thing will out accelerate a lot of other vehicles and it's really quick but it is geared low so anything over 65 is a little uncomfortable as it's not a highway bike. At first the cruiser handling was a little foreign to me and left me thinking that maybe i had a sticky steering head bearing but it's just how it is with the angle of rake it has on the forks you have to really power through corners to keep it stable. Overall I learned to like this bike and it's made a great addition to the stable and I plan on keeping it around, probably wouldn't part with it for under 2 grand even then i would be a bit torn. Only a few things i dont like about it, it's geared low so it doesn't like highway speeds, it's a little viby, but i think thats just a common thing with the v twin engines in general, the power off idle is a little twitchy,thought it was a carb sync issue but it seems it's just how it is, and I dont like the buckhorn handlebars, just a weird hand angle that gets uncomfortable after a while. Waiting for a set of drag bars and risers to show up on ebay off a later bike for cheap to fix the bar issue. So if you see one of these older intruders with decent miles on it for cheap grab it up because it's worth it, just know that it's a 20 year old bike and it will need work, and if you aren't doing the work yourself then it's not going to be worth "taking it to the shop" when you get the bill, grab a shop manual and get it done.
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Reviewed on April 15, 2007

RV reviewed 2004 Suzuki Intruder 800 (VS800GL) view listing

5.0
This is my first bike in 20 years. Rides like a dream. Tried the Harley's but they just don't compare. I certainly do recommend the bike. With upgrades, it's a real show... read more
This is my first bike in 20 years. Rides like a dream. Tried the Harley's but they just don't compare. I certainly do recommend the bike. With upgrades, it's a real show bike.
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Reviewed on June 13, 2006

RV reviewed 2004 Suzuki Intruder 800 (VS800GL) view listing

5.0
I can't say enuff great things about this bike! It's engineering is advanced, it's powerful, and looks great. I especially liked the driveshaft over belt drive, etc. Mine is a 2003 Silver VS800. The silver and chrome look awesome together...especially with exhaust going down both sides. I tried... read more
I can't say enuff great things about this bike! It's engineering is advanced, it's powerful, and looks great. I especially liked the driveshaft over belt drive, etc. Mine is a 2003 Silver VS800. The silver and chrome look awesome together...especially with exhaust going down both sides. I tried some Cobra slip ons which sounded good, but ended up cutting the baffles out of the stock mufflers and put them back on. What a great sound! Adding a wide highway bar with pegs. Harley's may be the popular choice, but I'll take this bike over similar Harley's any day. Much smoother shifting, etc.
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Reviewed on August 5, 2005

RV reviewed 1996 Suzuki VS800GL Intruder view listing

5.0
This bike was bought from the original owner who purchased it new in 1996. He called it his Baby. I've had it for about 2 months and I love it. It is still very clean and the chrome and paint looks perfect. He did change the tires and went to a larger rear which helps lower cruising rpm. It has... read more
This bike was bought from the original owner who purchased it new in 1996. He called it his Baby. I've had it for about 2 months and I love it. It is still very clean and the chrome and paint looks perfect. He did change the tires and went to a larger rear which helps lower cruising rpm. It has been very reliable for him and I anticipate the same. It starts right up and runs beautifully. Nice torque kick when you roll on the throttle at about 20 mph in second. I will be getting a new seat though.
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Reviewed on May 28, 2005

RV reviewed 1994 Suzuki VS800GL Intruder view listing

4.0
I bought my '93 Intruder 800 in feb.2005 and started riding it as soon as the snow was gone. What a great ride, especially because it was my first time on a bike. It's easy to handle, very forgiving,lots of power if you need it, and very beautiful. It has 30,000 miles on it and runs like... read more
I bought my '93 Intruder 800 in feb.2005 and started riding it as soon as the snow was gone. What a great ride, especially because it was my first time on a bike. It's easy to handle, very forgiving,lots of power if you need it, and very beautiful. It has 30,000 miles on it and runs like clock-work. After a lot of riding however, you do start to feel like you would like a bigger bike.
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Reviewed on July 21, 2004

RV reviewed 2004 Suzuki Intruder 800 (VS800GL) view listing

4.0
This is my first bike in about 30 yrs. Bought it new. Have about 650 KM on it. Still breaking it in. My only real complaint is the lack of a comfortable seat. Everything else I love. I backed off the shocks to the #1 soft setting and this has made a huge difference in ride comfort. With a gel seat,... read more
This is my first bike in about 30 yrs. Bought it new. Have about 650 KM on it. Still breaking it in. My only real complaint is the lack of a comfortable seat. Everything else I love. I backed off the shocks to the #1 soft setting and this has made a huge difference in ride comfort. With a gel seat, I think I could ride all day. that's on my Xmas wish list. Bike is light & low enough to be easily controlled in city traffic but enough weight to take out on the highway and not worry too much. All around great ride. Happy to be "back in the saddle again". As Roy Rogers might say.
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Reviewed on January 11, 2002

RV reviewed 1996 Suzuki VS800GL Intruder view listing

4.0
I just sold my 96 800 Intruder to a friend. I had it for 3 years & really enjoyed it. I rode it on last years Trail of Tears ride-230+ miles. It was just too small for somone my size who likes to take long trips-6' 4". My friend is about-5' 6", so it suits him... read more
I just sold my 96 800 Intruder to a friend. I had it for 3 years & really enjoyed it. I rode it on last years Trail of Tears ride-230+ miles. It was just too small for somone my size who likes to take long trips-6' 4". My friend is about-5' 6", so it suits him fine.
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