The heart and soul of the Suzuki S40 is it's “Big Thumper” 650cc single cylinder engine. The model dates back to the 1986 Suzuki Savage 650. The Savage, later renamed the S40 saw no significant changes from 1986 to 2012 save for a drag style handlebar added in 2005. The full review is here:
Back to the single cylinder 650cc powerplant. The Suzuki Savage / Boulevard S40 produces sufficient torque for city and suburban jaunts. The single 40mm carburetor keeps the bike moving until 120 km/hr at which point acceleration drops to a crawl up to 150 km/hr, if you make it to that speed.
The Suzuki Savage 650 / Boulevard S40 isn't designed for highway commuting. Its lightweight and low center of gravity will make it a comfortable choice for those looking for a light cruiser with a little more torque than what the 250cc japanese bikes have to offer.
A throw-back to the 1980s, the Savage 650 / Boulevard S40 has kept its cost-cutting rear drum brake. This is a bike that doesn't pretend have changed a thing, besides its name. A brand new 2012 model will still give the same strong vibrations at highway speeds as it did in 1986. Its single exhaust won't sound any better either.
The reality is the S40 doesn't need to be anything the Savage 650 wasn't. Suzuki has created a solid machine tha tone should purchase if he or she's goal is getting into motorcycle riding on an entry level machine that's good enough to get them from Point A to Point B.
- Easy to find parts
- 37 lbs/ft torque at 3,000 RPM
- 174 kg (383 lbs) curb weight
- 5.1 lt/100 km fuel consumption
- No significant improvements in over 25 years
- Small front disk brake
- Max. speed 150 km/hr
- 31 horsepower at 5,400 RPM
- Drum brake
- 10.5 litre gas tank
The KYMCO Venox is a 250cc cruiser that can outperform the Suzuki on the highway, although in the city the Suzuki trumps it in torque. If you're looking for a beginner friendly cruiser, you should consider both of these machines.