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Suzuki Boulevard M109R

Boulevard's most powerful cruiser draws on Suzuki sportbike engineering

It has been said that you can never have too much power. It must be true, because even in the cruiser segment of the motorcycle market, where high-speed cornering is effectively curtailed by the bikes' limited lean angles, power levels have been creeping up steadily over the past few years.

Okay, power can be advantageous in many street situations. Passing in busy traffic being just one of them. But I remain concerned about 700-plus pound behemoths rocketing to high speed on the straight sections and then putting their riders into corners at velocities beyond the machines' ability to turn. I thought this would apply to Suzuki's new Boulevard M109R too, but then I noticed the radial-mount, opposed four-piston monoblock brake calipers borrowed from the company's 2005 GSX-R1000 warp-speed sportbike straddling the M109R's pie-sized front discs.