Test Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

Test, Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder

Keep doors and windows closed, protect your property: the marauders (looters) are on their way.

D.The Suzuki approach has a method. First the Intruder series, which mixed up the chopper market on a broad basis, now – as the latest coup – the Marauder.

It is about to plunder the wallets of those who want to get involved in cruising, currently the coolest type of relaxed, powerful gliding. Cruisers don’t care about the lightness of the impression that choppers – true to the original meaning of their generic name – blow around. Cruisers are tougher lads, heavier lads, are more martial and wearier. Logically, the Marauder pushes a fat 130 mm tire on a 16-inch cast wheel between sturdy upside-down fork bars in front of her, lets it swell up the tank flanks and exhaust manifold, shows it with an open chain power transmission without beating about the bush, signals with a dragbar that her handlebars too The image of the heavy metal villain, which the Marauders carries in front of them like a banner, turns out to be quite threadbare on closer examination. As a knock test reveals, the lamp and speedometer housings, side covers and fenders are made of plastic instead of sheet steel, the arm-thick, gleaming chrome exhaust pipes crumble in a supposedly invisible place into puny, black-lacquered tubes, and also the epic texts embossed in the silencers When it comes to emissions control, the Marauder does not help to credibly embody their role as an outlaw; even at its core, the Marauder is more honest than an arsonist. Your V2 with the classic cylinder angle of 45 degrees, which was taken over from the Intruder, has the basic equipment for high speeds and proper filling as a short-stroke and four-valve engine, but it still has a nominal 50 hp at a timid 6500 rpm. Although they do not provide breathtaking acceleration values ​​- with an empty weight of at least 219 kg and the crew weighed down – they let the machine get out of the starting blocks so quickly that the defense of pole position at the start of the traffic lights – a matter of honor – is rarely endangered. Always a success The highlight is the attempt to bring the stronger side of the Marauder engine into play: its ability to accelerate in the lower half of the usable speed range. If you don’t do it too badly with the shift laziness – after all, the exactly functioning five-speed gearbox gives no reason to do so – you will be rewarded with a gentle but energetic kick in the rear in no time at all. The strong moments that the Marauder pulls out of the lower drawer without ugly jerking come twice: They enable sensual cruising, and they comfort the fact that the 800 cubic V2 delivers high speeds when required, but does not really feel good This is particularly clear when driving on the motorway: at the latest when the speedometer needle hits the 130 mark, the left foot automatically lifts the gearshift lever to relieve the strained engine – unfortunately nothing can be done, the fifth has long been engaged. This is a shame as you can otherwise drift quite relaxed on the Marauder at higher speeds: The only slightly cranked handlebar allows you to defy the airstream without exhausting arm movements, while the extended wheelbase of the machine in interaction with the cruiser specific steering geometry for solid straight-line stability, thus ensuring mental well-being. Unfortunately, the Marauder on highways, brand Plattenbau, puts dental well-being in danger. As easily as the suspension elements bask in the shine of their outer shells, they do their job negligently to keep small, short bumps away from the driver. While the fork legs try to cover up their poor response behavior by elastic deformation – a hopeless endeavor – the shock absorbers make no effort to cover up their bony basic posture. The Marauder also pulls the hard way on the country road. In the case of long-wave topography, it is initially successful: nothing rocks in fast corners, the clean line is retained. It gets trickier when the machine gets sharp bumps under the wheels in quick succession in an inclined position. The fork stuck in there, the wide front tire discovers the desire to steer itself, and the rear wheel sometimes loses contact with the ground due to insufficient negative spring travel. Suddenly the cruiser chauffeur unintentionally becomes the helmsman trying to keep the cruiser on course with a firm grip on the tiller handle. Course corrections are also indicated when decelerating in an inclined position, and again the front tire has its steering hand in play: when pulling the brake lever When cornering, the machine straightens up; when you let go, it leans a few degrees to the side. The latter is unpleasant in that the Marauder’s lean angle is strictly rationed: Scratching footrests lead the term “scratching the curve” back to its origins, audibly and noticeably, even at moderate cornering speeds. This is the sign of the brakes. The rear stopper, a 180-millimeter drum, would have a good chance of making a significant contribution to slowing down the rear-heavy machine, if only it offered a better sense of the connection between pedal force and deceleration. The main work remains on the front, rigid single disc with double-piston caliper. It does its job pretty well: Although it requires a firm grip on the lever, it is able to make the front rubber whistle at any speed. The Marauder whistles any assessors to whistle – namely in front of you. The seat cushion on the rear fender – thank God it can be unscrewed – delivers what its measly dimensions threaten: a reason for divorce.But even in the command post, not everything is gold: On the one hand, Suzuki’s Marauder has finally found its way into the custom area with the Marauder On the other hand, the choke button, ignition and steering lock are still loosely distributed over the machine. When searching for the »Open Sesame«, the on-board tool kit may be found by chance: behind the rear cylinder, in a chrome-plated tin can with an unsecured (!) Screw cap – what an opportunity for Marauder looters.

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The greed of the Marauders is limited at a price of 12,290 marks. In return, it must be accepted that the machine refuses to accept the trend of “metal instead of plastic”. At the same time, the total work of art on offer is consistent: design, seating position and engine characteristics meet the cruiser theme pretty well.

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