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Old 01-19-2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Question Is a Suzuki VX800 a beast?

Is a Suzuki VX800 a beast?

I came across a clean black one the other day, $2000 asking down from $2700, under 6000 miles. I don't know whether it's a 91, 92, or 93.

I was looking for a bike to commute on and ride locally on weekends, one preferably capable of gravel roads with the right tires. A bike to complement my DRZ400s if I set it up for 80% dirt/20% street.

I'm not sure I want to deal a 15 year old bike, other than a Transalp, or a bike that no farkles are available for. But it was pretty enough that it made me curious.

So is it a good beast, a beast to be avoided, or not a beast at all?
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:18 PM   #2
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Is a Suzuki VX800 a beast?

I came across a clean black one the other day, $2000 asking down from $2700, under 6000 miles. I don't know whether it's a 91, 92, or 93.

I was looking for a bike to commute on and ride locally on weekends, one preferably capable of gravel roads with the right tires. A bike to complement my DRZ400s if I set it up for 80% dirt/20% street.

I'm not sure I want to deal a 15 year old bike, other than a Transalp, or a bike that no farkles are available for. But it was pretty enough that it made me curious.

So is it a good beast, a beast to be avoided, or not a beast at all?
A roommate of mine had one several years ago - got the chance to ride it some - nice bike - however, would probably be classified on this site as a "Road Warrior" - you may want to direct your query in that subforum unless a mod moves it there...
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Old 01-19-2008, 07:40 PM   #3
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I had a '90 that I bought with 30k on it in '95. Rode it an additional 68k over the next 11 years. Was leaky and saggy by then, but the only time it stranded me was when the voltage regulator shorted to ground and melted the main fuse. $106 to fix. Found out it wasn't an unusual failure and aftermarket/less expensive solutions were available. Very reliable and fairly comfortable, but my Ulysses has erased all longing for the VX. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one. It wouldn't do well in dirt, did lousy in snow (another story, but my fault- not the bike's).
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Old 01-20-2008, 05:58 AM   #4
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Pretty cool bikes, I like them. It is a road bike though so your sorta in the wrong section;)
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:02 AM   #5
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I put 110,000 miles on mine, several thousand of that with a sidecar. I never had a problem beyond normal maintenance and wear items. The top end finally gave up the ghost (worn rocker arms) and I retired it.
The steering geometry makes it very easy to ride on gravel, the front end feels very planted on the loose stuff compared to other street bikes I've ridden. I'd take a VX anywhere I'd take my Tiger or my wife's V-Strom. Great all-around bike.
There's an active mailing list for the VX at vx800-l@mcf.com. There's also a web forum at http://www.mobile-designs.com/VX800/.
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Old 01-20-2008, 07:58 AM   #6
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Steven --

You may also want to check out www.vx800.net.

If a "beast" is a bike that can be ridden on and offroad, I would not consider the VX a beast. Definitely more of a road warrior because of long wheelbase, raked forks, low ground clearance, no room for mud between front tire and fender, easily damaged low exhaust, and 520 pounds wet weight.

I currently have 72K miles on my '91 VX. Shooting for 100K but not sure which one of us is going to croak first.




Is the VX you saw for sale in the US? If you decide not buy it, please let us know where it is. Riders are always looking for clean, low mileage VXs.

Thanks.

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Old 01-20-2008, 08:01 AM   #7
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:12 AM   #8
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I rode a VX800 for 2 years in the middle 1990's. Cool bike.
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Old 01-20-2008, 08:22 AM   #9
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Hi Mike -

Good to see you here.

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Old 01-20-2008, 01:50 PM   #10
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I've heard good things about the 700/750/800 Intruder engines which are the same as in this bike. I'd much prefer the "standard" design of the VX over the Intruder.

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Old 01-20-2008, 05:00 PM   #11
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They are horrible bikes. Can you tell me where that one is so I can prevent anyone else from the experience? I ride one just a bit long ago. It was a very nice standard bike, with great rool-on for the displacement. IIRC the shocks seemed a little wimpy, but I loved the design and shaft drive.

Sounds like a good buy! Good luck!

all the best,

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Old 01-20-2008, 07:04 PM   #12
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the nearest one to me is a road hard /put up wet twice painted model with 38k on it for $1675.95

I still think about it when i get a tax return or bonus check in my pocket. and yours sounds waaay better than the one i'm looking at..
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Old 01-21-2008, 12:33 PM   #13
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I bought the first year model. It is comfortable and has very impressive mid-range torque. Overall I thought it was kind of Bland, but I was a younger man then.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:36 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the VX800 feedback.

I haven't made up my mind to do more than go back and check it out again. (I need to get the phone number anyway.) But if I don't go for it I'll post the information here assuming the bike is still available.

So I'm not so sure I want a bike that's not a beast. But that VX800 is such a pretty bike. Too bad it's black, but it's still darn nice looking. Maybe I'll just have to get it for commuting and see how I like it.
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:23 AM   #15
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Too bad it's black, but it's still darn nice looking.
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