Shebang – someone slap me. 

The Bike

The Suzuki Intruder is without doubt the best Euro for Euro Chopper on the road. It hit the market in 2005/2006 and is really giving the HD a run for it’s money. Slick design, speed, a thunderous roar of the engine and all for only Euro16K. This is about Euro12-16K cheaper than the comparable HD. The fat back wheel (could be on a bus), race bike trims and tonnes of chrome ensure this bike is always a head turner for motorbike enthusiasts and curious onlookers alike.

I bought it in 2006 on impulse; I went to Motoport Amsterdam to book my 1,600cc Yamaha Dragstar in for a service. Sander showed me the new model and as soon as I sat on it I knew I’d buy it. After some negotiations on the trade in value of the Yamaha, I drove out with the new bike. Cheers Sander.

Although the bike is four years old it still looks new and has less than 10K KM on the clock (yes – weekend and summer bike I know) but I’ll make up for that on the trip.

Also, special thanks to Motoport Amsterdam (Maurice in particular) for kitting the bike for the trip, preparing it for shipping and general road trip advice. Happy to recommend the store to other bikers.

Below is the dealers spec’s of the bike


The mighty M1800R is an exercise in ultimates. It’s the most powerful mass-production cruiser, uses race proven braking technology, has the biggest rear-tyre on a production motorcycle and one of the biggest pistons… it all adds up to a visual tour-de-force.

Overall length:

2480mm (97.6in)

Overall width:

875mm (34.4in)

Overall height:

1185mm (46.7in)


1710mm (67.3in)

Seat height:

705mm (27.8in)

Kerb Mass:

347kg (765lbs)

Fuel capacity:

19.5litres (4.3 UK gallons)

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