Anyone know owt about the Suzuki VX 800?

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Anyone know owt about the Suzuki VX 800?

Just seen a cheapie that I might use as a commuter hack. They seem to handle big mileages etc but I really know nowt about them. Would it make a good commuter hack? Or are they a problem ridden nightmare that should be avoided at all costs?

No help but I remember reading the review of these in Bike (?) when I was first getting interested in bikes and thought I quite fancied one.I am not aware of ever actually seeing one on the road though...

Remember a lad complaining about the price & delay of ordering front discs, he was using it as a courier hack in Dublin, smaller engine if i remember,he was a short arse and it was perfect heighthwise. ugly wheels though.

I used to see a guy on a purple-ish coloured one and he could really sling it about. They always looked well balanced and agile for a shafty. They are about for very little money and might just do as a commuter. I can't seem to find out anything bad about them anyway?

Silver Surfer had on on her shortlist for a first "proper" bike. In the end she chose something else, but I thought the VX800 was OK. Here's what UMG had to say (last updated 2001, so the prices are no longer valid):SUZUKI VX8001991 on, 805cc w/c OHC v-twin60hp 120mph 45mpg 460lbStrange roadster with a long wheelbase out of all proportion to the compact vee-twin engine's dimensions. Pleasant enough to ride, presumably meant to appeal to those who want both custom style and something that goes around corners. Engine's similar to Intruder, tough up to 50/60k.exc £3200 good £1975 poor £800Worth reading the old reviews on www.umgweb.com/

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Silver Surfer had on on her shortlist for a first "proper" bike. In the end she chose something else, but I thought the VX800 was OK. Here's what UMG had to say (last updated 2001, so the prices are no longer valid):SUZUKI VX8001991 on, 805cc w/c OHC v-twin60hp 120mph 45mpg 460lbStrange roadster with a long wheelbase out of all proportion to the compact vee-twin engine's dimensions. Pleasant enough to ride, presumably meant to appeal to those who want both custom style and something that goes around corners. Engine's similar to Intruder, tough up to 50/60k.exc £3200 good £1975 poor £800Worth reading the old reviews on www.umgweb.com/

Good info, many thanks.

1990 Suzuki year code: LVX 800 1990Overall Length: 2 280 mm (89.8 in)Overall Width: 805 mm (31.7 in)Overall Height: 1 115 mm (43.9 in)Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in) Wheelbase: 1 565 mm (61.6 in)Ground Clearance: 145 mm (5.7 in)Dry Weight: 214 kg (472 lbs)Engine type: Water-cooled 805 cc V-twin OHC, TSCC. 63 hp/ 7.500 rpm, 7,51 kg-m/ 5.500 rpm. 5-speed.Click on the image for larger format. 1991 Suzuki year code: MVX 800 1991Overall Length: 2 280 mm (89.8 in)Overall Width: 805 mm (31.7 in)Overall Height: 1 115 mm (43.9 in)Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in) Wheelbase: 1 565 mm (61.6 in)Ground Clearance: 145 mm (5.7 in)Dry Weight: 214 kg (472 lbs)Engine type: Water-cooled 805 cc V-twin OHC, TSCC. 63 hp/ 7.500 rpm, 7,51 kg-m/ 5.500 rpm. 5-speed.Body color: Maroon, Black, Purple.Click on the image for larger format. 1992 Suzuki year code: N 1993 Suzuki year code: PVX 800 1993Overall Length: 2 280 mm (89.8 in)Overall Width: 805 mm (31.7 in)Overall Height: 1 115 mm (43.9 in)Seat Height: 800 mm (31.5 in) Wheelbase: 1 565 mm (61.6 in)Ground Clearance: 145 mm (5.7 in)Dry Weight: 214 kg (472 lbs)Engine type: Water-cooled 805 cc V-twin OHC, TSCC. 63 hp/ 7.500 rpm, 7,51 kg-m/ 5.500 rpm. 5-speed.Click on the image for larger format.Here's even larger picture. 1994 Suzuki year code: R 1995 Suzuki year code: S VX 800 1995Overall Length: 2 280 mm (89.8 in)Overall Width: 805 mm (31.7 in)Overall Height: 1 115 mm (43.9 in)Seat Height: 795 mm (31.3 in) Wheelbase: 1 555 mm (61.2 in)Ground Clearance: 145 mm (5.7 in)Dry Weight: 214 kg (472 lbs)Engine type: Water-cooled 805 cc V-twin OHC, TSCC. Sweden: 50 hp (36,8 kW)/ 6.000 rpm, 69,2 Nm/ 2.800 rpm. Unrestricted: 63 hp/ 7.500 rpm, 7,51 kg-m/ 5.500 rpm.Click on the image for larger format.Not a brilliant bike when it was sold and never a big seller but understressed and reliable. heavy. obviously shaft drive.If you can get a tidy one for sensible cash I think it'd make a great hack.

Fab info, manythanks. I think I will get one, or a TRX.

thinkin of buyin vx 800 but not sure

i have a VX 800. great bike but will get ya a little sore after about ohhh idk 100 miles or so. just have to stop and stretch. a little bit of a pain to get any luggage on. wouldn't recommend if your planning any kind of a trip on one. but overall it is a fun ride and worth the ride. fits me good. easy enough to work on. 

I know this is an old post but I got to say the VX800 was one of the best bikes I ever owned I was a motor cycle courier in New York City I road this bike every day in all kinds of weather. Never once let me down. Upgraded the fork (progressive) springs and the (corbin) seat.  I also installed AIR HORNS (to be heard in traffic). Heated hand grips.(cold hands suck) electric vest best investment on any bike. I am planning to buy another one just for fun. $2500. in mint condition. The reason this bike didn't sell well was because they put a V twin in a standard If Suzuki had offered the chrome engine covers from the intruder line they would have sold better lets face it', it's a plain jane single disc up front with grey wheels and a grey unchromed engine WAKE UP SUZUKIi,  black and chrome this bile would have been a HOT item  

Love mine to bits..... good for the A road commute and playing about on. It's never gonna set the world on fire and it's a touch thirsty but it does everything you really need a bike to do and it's a headturner too cos no-one knows what the hell it is! It has its bad points (it's overly heavy with quite a high centre of gravity and the engine needs a hell of a jolt to get it going on cold mornings) and it is a 23yr old bike, but this is a keeper and I plan to maintain it that way. Parts are easy enough to come by cos most of the Intruder stuff goes straight on........ a truly rare bike that's cool to ride and a bargain basement classic of the future to boot.

Great bike will do mega miles without an engine rebuild as they are understressed. ive just bought one to enjoy in the summer. they cost peanuts at the minute. buy now!!

Despatch 3 of these to near death.

The slip clutch starts to slip around 55,000. You really do need to change the cam chains every 30,000 miles which is an engine out. Left unchecked the chains are gonna let go around 90- 100,000 as two out of my three did almost. The third I solid. Around 60,000. The turning circle is poor. The feel of a good engine is relaxing and progressive and around 45mpg. They were cheap hence having three. The Deauville and Breva 750 are superior in every way other than initial puchase price. I ran a Purple one around Manchester between 2006 & 2008.

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