Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado (Marauder)

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Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado / Marauder

The Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado was first introduced in 1996 as a Japanese version. In 1997, an export version appears, focused primarily on the US market - '' Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder .

The motorcycle was also sold under this name in Europe. The Desperado and Marauder versions are almost identical to each other - the American version differs in the speedometer markings (in miles) and the size of the fasteners (inch threads).

The Suzuki VZ800 Desperado / Marauder belongs to the Suzuki Intruder 800 motorcycle series.

The main difference between the Desperado and Marauder series from the Intruder is the appearance: the Intruder is a cruiser in its classic presentation, and the Desperado / Marauder is a classic drag motorcycle.

The models are based on a 2-cylinder, V-twin engine from Suzuki VS 800 Intruder with liquid cooling, producing 50 hp. power and 65 Nm of torque. Like all engines for this class of motorcycles, this motor has a pronounced thrust at low and medium speeds, and gives maximum performance at 5000-6500 rpm.

Among the features of the Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado (Marauder) model should be noted the classic steel frame, 5-speed gearbox, chain drive to the rear wheel, inverted fork, classic double shock absorber at the rear and rear drum brake.

The main modifications of the Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado:

  • Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado - regular version.
  • Suzuki VZ 800 X Desperado - version with front and lower fairings.

The Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado model was produced until 1999, after which it was discontinued. The export version of the Suzuki VZ 800 Marauder was produced until 2004, after which the Intruder, Desperado and Marauder series were combined into the Boulevard series for the American market and Intruder for Europe. The successors of the Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado (Marauder) model were Suzuki Intruder M800 (Europe) and Suzuki Boulevard M50 (America).

On the basis of the Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado, a training model for the domestic Japanese market was also developed - Suzuki VZ 400 Desperado.

Read also: General article for all Intruder 800 series models.


Suzuki VZ 800 X Desperado
Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado / Marauder
Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado / Marauder


Specifications Suzuki VZ 800 Desperado (Marauder):

Model Suzuki VZ800 Desperado (Marauder)
Motorcycle type cruiser
Release year 1996-2004
Frame steel tubular
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V-shaped
Working volume 805 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke 83.0 x 74.4 mm
Compression ratio 10.0: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system carburetor, 2x Mikuni BDS36SS (front cylinder) / BS36SS (rear cylinder)
Ignition type TCI
Maximum power 50 hp (36.78 kW) @ 6500 rpm - Desperado 800, Marauder 800 (1997-1999)

53 h.p. (39 kW) @ 6500 rpm - Marauder 800 (2000-2004)

Maximum torque 65 Nm (6.6 kgm) @ 5000 rpm - Desperado 800, Marauder 800 (1997-1999)

65.7 Nm (6.6 kgm) @ 5000 rpm - Marauder 800 (2000-2004)

Gearbox 5-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 130 / 90-16M / C 67H
Rear tire size 150 / 90-15M / C 74H
Front brakes 1 disc, 310 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakes Drum
Front suspension Inverted Fork, 140mm Travel
Rear suspension linkage with two shock absorbers (5-stage preload adjustment), stroke - 102 mm
Motorcycle length 2365 mm
Motorcycle width 750 mm
Motorcycle height 1110 mm
Wheelbase 1645 mm
Saddle height 700 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 5.4 sec
Maximum speed 165 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 13.0 l (including reserve - 3 l)
Motorcycle weight (dry) 207 kg