About two months ago I bought my 1998 Suzuki VS1400 Intruder from a retired 74 year old Raliegh NC police officer who after laying the bike down in his yard realised it was just to big for him. He was the original owner from what I understand the bike never spend a day or night out side and to look at it you can tell he took very good care of it. However he also never made any changes to the look of the bike either so when I got it. It was in as close to original conditition as a bike could possibly be.
I come from a family of American bike riders and after the ordeal of my first bike a 1976 Honda CB360 when I sold that I decided I was going to hold out for a bike like dads old 1936 Indain that was over 30 years ago. My daughter who hates motorcycles with a passion was the one who suggested I get a bike of course I think she was thinking of something along the lines of a moped lol. I have to admit the intruder wasn't my first choice originally I was looking at the Suzuki Bergman 650. Than I saw a Suzuki S-83 Intruder that was painted gold about six months ago and instantly fell in love. The American chopper frame design has always been a strong classic design in my opinion and Suzuki really made it stand out in the crowd when they started using it in the Intruder models.
When I buy a bike I'm probably one of the most picky people you will ever meet.I don't base my choice on all the data or lemon reports that alot of riders do. I don't care about how much chorme it has or what I can do to alter the design of the bike. I don't buy because its what every one else is riding either. For me its about the feel of the bike when I pull it up off the kickstand. I have to feel as if the bike is an extention of my body and my personality. to date I have only found four bikes that meet my requirements. The 1936 Indian, 1976 Honda CB360, The 2015 Harley Davidson Dyna Street Bob, and the 1998 Suzuki Intruder VS1400.
I just turned the 3,000 mile mark on my 1998 Suzuki Intruder 1400. Time for a oil change.hahaha. It had 13,000 on it when I bought it. it now has 16,000 miles on it and she still running strong. I've changed out the review mirrors,added Kuryakyn grips, and and the Kuryakyn contour throttle boss and a tourmaster sissy bar bag. I recently found out that the 1998 Suzuki Intruder 1400 was the first bike Suzuki built that put the company on the map with the other big bikes in its class. Another thing I'd like to mention. "You boys with your big bad crotch rockets need to pay attention here." I've been challeged by several bikers on crotch rockets recently. They may get me off the line when the light goes green. BUT! If you look just to your left I'm the red streak that's passing you 50 yards down the road in the left lane. I've found I can go zero to 60 in less than 3 seconds and 60 to about 120 in another 10 seconds or less. I have noticed that I need to invest is a fork stableizer because after 80 she starts to shake a bit. (either that or my flex capasitor is on the edge of a time jump back to the future..lol)
I've recently added a Tourmaster Sissy bar tail bag, Kuryakyn ISO grips and matching contuor throttle boss, kuryakyn replacement OEM mirror's.