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2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: UNCOOL

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Fri Apr 29, 2011 3:24 am

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2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R

Call it the best of all worlds. Suzuki's award winning Boulevard M109R - an incredible combination of cruiser styling and renowned Suzuki power and handling.

By injecting the Boulevard M109R with a potent shot of race-proven technology developed for the championship-winning GSX-R sport bikes, Suzuki has literally redefined the concept of a cruiser. The Boulevard M109R's exhilarating performance begins with its 109-cubic-inch, fuel injected V-twin engine. It's tuned to produce massive torque all the way from idle to redline, which translates into acceleration that you have to feel to believe - and makes this the most powerful cruiser Suzuki has ever produced.

To reward every one of your senses, the big V-twin also produces a throaty, aggressive exhaust note designed to let the world know they're looking at - and listing to - the hottest cruiser on the road. Like Suzuki's sport bikes, the Boulevard M109R balances extraordinary performance with crisp handling, thanks to a technically advanced chassis and suspension, matched by world-class brakes. And when it comes to wrapping that performance package in cruiser styling, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Check out its sleek, flowing lines and GSX-R inspired styling touches, and you'll realize that the Boulevard M109R is in a class of its own.




The award-winning Suzuki Boulevard M109R recreated the power cruiser market upon its introduction. Its unique style and exhilarating performance – born of championship-winning Suzuki race heritage – have made it the leader in the class.




The Boulevard M109R's exhilarating performance begins with its 109-cubic-inch, fuel injected V-twin engine. It's tuned to produce massive torque all the way from idle to redline, which translates into acceleration that you just have to feel to believe. It’s the most powerful cruiser Suzuki has ever produced. To reward every one of your senses, the big V-twin also produces a throaty, aggressive exhaust note—just what you’d expect from the hottest cruiser on the road.




Like Suzuki's sport bikes, the Boulevard M109R balances extraordinary performance with crisp handling, thanks to a technically advanced chassis and suspension, matched by world-class brakes. And when it comes to wrapping that performance package in cruiser styling, a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out its sleek, flowing lines and GSX-R inspired styling touches, and you'll realize that the Boulevard M109R is in a class of its own.




New for 2011: The M109R features an instrument cluster with a digital tachometer and LED indicator light; a newly included gear position indicator; and it is now relocated from the handlebars to the top of the headlight cowl. In addition the M109R will be available in Candy Indy Blue.











2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R Features


Key Features

The Boulevard M109R is offered in a new Candy Indy Blue finish.

The Boulevard M109R features a new instrument cluster with a digital tachometer and LED indicator light; a newly included gear position indicator; and it is now relocated from the handlebars to the top of the headlight cowl.


Engine Features

The Boulevard M109R's 1783cc, 8-valve DOHC, 54 degree, liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-twin engine is designed for strong throttle response and quick acceleration.

Suzuki's class-leading electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 56mm throttle bodies, which maintains optimum air velocity for smooth low- to mid-range throttle response.

The Boulevard M109R features a massive 112mm bore and 90.5mm stroke, utilizing huge 112mm forged aluminum alloy pistons with short skirts, and cut away sides riding on chrome moly steel connecting rods.

Each engine bore is lined with Suzuki's race proven SCEM (Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material) for optimum heat transfer, tighter piston-to-cylinder clearances and reduced weight.

A dual spark plug per cylinder ignition system is controlled by the Boulevard M109R's powerful 32-bit ECM for improved combustion efficiency and reduced exhaust emissions.

The Boulevard M109R uses Suzuki Advanced Sump System (SASS), which is a compact dry sump lubrication system that provides reduced engine height, a lower crankshaft position and a lower center of gravity.

A unique two-stage cam drive system creates a compact cylinder head design, reduces overall engine height and creates a lower center of gravity.

The 2-into-1-into-2 stainless steel chromed exhaust system features Suzuki's digitally controlled SET (Suzuki Exhaust Tuning) system for optimum engine performance and a powerful V-twin sound.

The Boulevard M109R has a three piece, 9.5 liter volume airbox (with dual intakes), working through a pleated fabric air cleaner element.
Chassis Features

A high-tensile double cradle steel frame is built to comfortably handle all the power and torque while delivering agile handling and a plush smooth ride.

Inverted front forks featuring race-proven cartridge internals with 46mm stanchion tubes provide 5.12-inches of wheel travel.

A cast aluminum alloy swingarm works with a progressive shock linkage and a preload adjustable single rear shock delivers 4.66 inches of wheel travel working through a shaft drive system.

The Boulevard M109R front brake system includes radial mounted four piston front calipers and 310mm front brake rotors. The rear brake system includes a dual piston caliper and 275mm rear disc.

Spiral spoke cast aluminum alloy wheels measure 3.50 x 18 inch up front and a massive 8.50 x 18 inch rear. The rear wheel wears a huge 240mm rear Dunlop radial tire-the largest ever used on a Suzuki motorcycle.

The Boulevard M109R is equipped with a sleek and wide fuel tank with a 5.2-gallon fuel capacity that flows into integrated side covers; a comfortable low seat; and a stylish radiator cowl.
American Suzuki Motor Corporation makes every effort to present the most current specifications and product features. Because of our policy of continual improvement, changes may be made in equipment, availability, specifications and features without notice or obligation.













2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - United States of America Specifications
USA MSRP - $14,099 USD - Canada MSRP - See Dealer for Details

Chassis:
Overall Length 2450 mm (96.5 in)
Overall Width 875 mm (34.4 in)
Wheelbase 1710 mm (67.3 in)
Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.1 in)
Seat Height 705 mm (27.8 in)
347 kg (764 lbs)


Curb Weight
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Shaft drive
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake, twin
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 130/70R18 M/C 63V tubeless
Tires Rear 240/40R18 M/C 79V tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.5 L (5.2 US gallons)
Fuel Tank Capacity CA 18.5 L (4.9 US gallons)


Engine:
Displacement 1783cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54° V-twin
Fuel System Suzuki fuel injection
Starter Electric
Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)


Warranty:
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty


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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by ZRex » Fri Apr 29, 2011 4:22 pm

I love muscle cruisers, so I voted Cool, but I could not vote Awesome because of one bike. If this were the VMax I would have voted Awesome.

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Unread post by Markg1 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 4:46 am

ZRex wrote:I love muscle cruisers, so I voted Cool, but I could not vote Awesome because of one bike. If this were the VMax I would have voted Awesome.
Indeed, the vmax is cool!!!! I think the vmax should be one for the cool wall!
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Unread post by Markg1 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:19 am

Okay, great choice! I always looked forward to Friday's cool wall motorcycle! I'm a muscle cruiser fan, although I,m not sure if I would consider it a true muscle cruiser. How many horsepower is it putting out? If it ain't putting well into triple digit hp, it ain't a muscle cruiser IMHO! Anyway, I have a buddy who has one! I love the whole thing except the head light...ugly! So I have to give it a cool vote. Now the m109r2, that would have gotten an awesome vote from me! Actually,the m109r2, I would maybe consider as a replacement for my vrod....well maybe not, but close. My buddy put a 250 rear tire and I believe it comes with a standard 240. All those cruisers should come with a 240 rear tire. I know the handling decreases, but buying a cruiser for handling is like buying a box of donuts to lose weight...just ain't going to happen!

I love the cool wall...the only problem is I think of motorcycles like I think of beer, they all look good when they're sitting in front of me! You all have a great weekend!

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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by jaskc78 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 11:11 am

I had to vote Uncool, but if there was option between Cool and Uncool I would have definitely used it. Unfortunately, this bike is just a hair more Uncool than Cool. As mentioned by Mark, the headlight is just fugly. I also detest the radiator appearance on these bikes, although I am glad to see that Suzuki has minimized its appearance in profile, which is a huge step forward IMHO. I've never ridden one, but as it is seems to be in nearly direct competition with my Hammer, I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy the ride.

I think what tipped it to the Uncool for me, personally, is the fact that a lot of the shiny parts just look too plasticy for my taste. I've always thought that a cruiser should invoke images of a great steel beast--all attitude and muscle and rip-snort power. Too many of those parts look like they're more rip-off than rip-snort.
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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:15 pm

I voted: COOL

I really like how Suzuki brought in the "Sport Bike styling" into the cruiser mix. Not a lot of Cruisers out there have mixed that successfully as the M109R. I like the gauges, I like the two tone paint job, I like the streamlining of the bike and the flow of it's design as well. I know jaskc78 mentioned a negative about the radiator cowl, but doesn't it look much better (more integrated) than the V-Rod's version? It's a BIG radiator so there is no hiding it, unfortunately.

The headlight and the bike's bulk really stop me from giving it an Awesome vote. I've sat on it and it's bulky although comfortable.

Suzuki says it best with "Like Suzuki's sport bikes, the Boulevard M109R balances extraordinary performance with crisp handling, thanks to a technically advanced chassis and suspension, matched by world-class brakes"

If I had to go with a M series Suzuki Boulevard it would be the looks of the previous edition M50, I just like the tail better (always chasing tail it seems...haha) but the M109R is a close second for looks... can I just get one a little less top heavy?

COOL bike, especially in the blue and silver.

It will be interesting how the vote swings on this one in the end.

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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by jaskc78 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 3:40 pm

Yeah, I like the two-tone paint as well, and the color-matched frame (unless that's just a cover on the visible bits). I gotta agree with you on the tail, Mike--I'm a huge fan of bobbed rear fenders (where the fender actually extends out above the tail light). And yeah, the radiator is a huge improvement over previous years and the side covers on it flow a LOT better with the lines of the bike, I just personally prefer the cleaner look of a bike without a radiator at all, and would like to see them trim back the pieces that extend out and look like they'd deflect air away from the engine. Again, the cleaner look, but from a pragmatic standpoint it'd help with keeping the engine cool when you're moving.

If I was comparing it to past M109's, this bike would be an awesome for sure. Comparing it to what I like and look for in bikes and to all other cruisers, I stand by my mixed Cool and Uncool with just a tad more Uncool tipping the scales.
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Unread post by Gummiente » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:49 pm

Meh... mediocre styling, useless "fairing", awkward ergonomics, bizarre dash layout and no thought given to passenger accomodation and too much chromed plastic. The Yamaha V-Max nailed the muscle bike genre, the Triumph Speed Triple has the hooligan bike crown and the Triumph Rocket III has the biggest, um, manly bits. The M-109 comes across as the two wheeled equivalent of the "Fast and Furious" boompa-boompa car to me.
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Unread post by High_Side » Sun May 01, 2011 8:19 am

I always liked the M-109 even though I'm not real a cruiser guy. I had never knew that there was an M109R2 and after looking it up it looks pretty great in my opinion as well. I'm pretty sure that I have never seen one on the street in Canada however.
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun May 01, 2011 2:35 pm

I haven't seen too many M109's on the roads either (they do have them in the UK for sale as well... here they are called the:

Suzuki Intruder M1800RZ

I can't really see them as a viable option on british roads and traffic... Imagine not being able to lane spit (filter) when everyone else on a motorcycle is...
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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by sunshine229 » Sun May 01, 2011 2:41 pm

For me, this bike is COOL but borderline AWESOME. I would have voted awesome if I didn't have a moment's hesitation, but since I did I went with cool.

I've loved the look of this bike since the day it came out. It's a very futuristic, smooth and sexy looking bike IMO. I know some of you have complained about the headlight piece, but that is one of it's more dramatically gorgeous parts of it!

The only real criticism I have is over the sheer size of it. Just like we discussed with the Triumph Rocket III, this bike is excesivelly large, hence why I only gave it a cool.

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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Sun May 01, 2011 3:00 pm

Wow, tied vote!!

Awesome 0% [ 0 ]
Cool 50% [ 6 ]
Uncool 50% [ 6 ]
Fail 0% [ 0 ]

This is gonna be interesting!
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Unread post by High_Side » Sun May 01, 2011 7:07 pm

sunshine229 wrote:For me, this bike is COOL but borderline AWESOME.

The only real criticism I have is over the sheer size of it. Just like we discussed with the Triumph Rocket III, this bike is excesivelly large, hence why I only gave it a cool.

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That's why they also have the M90 (apparently a great bike) and the M50. They have the same looks but are smaller in stature. I would like to have a go at each of them.

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Unread post by QuietMonkey » Mon May 02, 2011 12:09 am

hmm... This bike is at best 3/4 nice and 1/4 ugly --- and to me like a girl with nice proportions, say even athletic arms, torso, and legs, who is a great 400m sprinter, but presents herself with a disconsolate sour-puss expression, it means she is trying too hard to be something else... and that creates an unhappy personality... repressed by years of GSXRs in sportbike chassis

Thus she like the M109 is not compatible for a more realistic triathalon of lifes riding adventures --- so her attraction is lost. Yep, the M109 shows lots of signs of an unhappy childhood :laughing: from creating a cruiser personality with some delusional vision of attractive GSXR sportiness --- too much mixed attitude which Suzuki claims is performance. Athletes are attractive for different reasons than the girl-next-door... as are singers, dancers, a wife, or a friend. What is the M109??? hmmm....

maybe i wont vote on this one yet... i need to look at a few more angles and maybe even refresh my memory by visiting a Suzook dealer... then i'll come back and write out specifically why this bike doesnt work... like that half-a-trash-bin headlight for starters. The second version, or R2 there looks much better with the new headlight treatment... i'm sure C3PO would think the same...

here's a better angle on the headlight... and another colour...
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Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Mon May 02, 2011 3:03 pm

I am still having a hard time understanding how 1/2 the votes are to Cool and 1/2 are to Uncool...

If it was a M90R (smaller) would it be cooler or the same?

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Unread post by QuietMonkey » Mon May 02, 2011 9:39 pm

totalmotorcycle wrote:I am still having a hard time understanding how 1/2 the votes are to Cool and 1/2 are to Uncool...

If it was a M90R (smaller) would it be cooler or the same?

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hmmm.. weird.

Well, for starters a big lumbering beast with a smaller engine is definitely not going to make it cooler.

My problem is in deciding if it's Uncool or a complete failure...

The next easy thing to point out is the the GSXR front fender that definitely doesnt belong on this bike... it screams NO-TASTE, PARTS BIN SPECIAL.

Then the gauges which dont belong on this bike either. Completely contary to the flow of the lines of the overall motorcycle. This bike is feminine -- i.e. curvey with mostly soft lines, and the angular cornered parallelogram gauges are very wrong, even if they fit with the fundamental shape of the triple clamps. The trash-bin headlamp shroud is gaudy/tacky and misshapened -- just terrible, whereas the (Harley V-Rod anyone?) headlight of the R2 is completely tasteful and appropriate.

I could go on.... and probably will... but to end on a couple positive traits (because it has those too), they did a nice job of integrating the long radiator into the look (just not the whole bike), and the fuel-tank to side-panel shaping is nice.
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Unread post by QuietMonkey » Tue May 03, 2011 1:02 pm

I still havent went to the local dealer today, but I am dropping in there later and will update this if necessary... but i may as well spew some chunks and go do more productive things...

My final thoughts on why i dont like the M109:

Suzuki mixes nostalgia, performance and sport together. Two out of those three could have worked for them, but they need to be better at design to get 3 out of 3 successfully. It doesnt quite "work" together as a whole so it fails in design, but is simply uncool as a product. No surprise to me really, since Suzuki design is historically the weakest of any Japanese manufacturer, perhaps because they build with too tight of a budget for the design goals set forth.

The overall bike (and probably the initial design sketches too) have very clean lines, including the engine, and this makes the flaws much more noticeable (and inexcusable): WHY such an ugly front fender? why the crude looking "2-piece break" in rear (that solo seat cowl)? why the mismatched gauges, why the parts-bin practical looking front end mechanicals? why the trash-can fairing? why ruin a nice bike by using the wrong pieces? --- budget and practicality probably. Practicality ruins cruisers.

Also, reading the ad copy for this bike is hilarious! It's like an explanation of why it didnt come together correctly.

But those people impressed by other traits of this bike fit with the Suzuki trend. If you are less sensitive to its mismatched prescence, and want to spend less money rather than buy buy something with a more refined look, Suzuki will keep building it for you.

As an aside: I still cant believe how Suzuki market there GSXR600/750/1000 with each being so similar in style year after year after year. But they do know there market... lots of men who vote with a lower budget than a Harley guy. And of course the bigger is better mentality. Stereotypical bravado.
Hayabusa's are really ugly too (including most of the paint and graphics) and yet tasteless power mongering freaks still buy them, while i say "barf" to Haybusa's because who cares how powerful it is when it looks that bad. But some bikes feed the ego above all.
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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by Wrider » Tue May 03, 2011 10:47 pm

Quiet I'm going to have to disagree with you vehemently on most of your points...
First off it's a cruiser so it's designed to look like one and use a V-2 engine. As far as sport, well it's designed to look like a sport cruiser, and thirdly, the performance is actually very good, even right out of the box. (Fastest in it's class anyway, as in 2 cylinder cruiser styled motorcycles. Only faster "cruiser" is the Harley V-Rod Destroyer, which is designed for the drag strip, comes with a wheelie bar, and isn't street legal.)

The fender is designed to be tire hugging and keep mud/dirt/water off of the bike and the rider.

The two piece break is in fact a cowl hiding the pillion seat.

The gauges are designed to give you as much information as possible with a relatively cruiser-ish look in a minimal amount of space. If you look closely you'll realize you have just as much information as an average sportbike rider does but in less space and without the centralized cockpit.

These aren't cheap bikes, and Suzuki in general is just as refined as any other brand. If you want cheap go take a look at Lifan, or Hyosung. Even the first attempts from the Japanese makers were better put together than the modern Korean stuff. If you'll look back in the GSX-R design history, you'll see that Suzuki and Honda started almost all of the design trends we see today in sportbikes and cruisers.

Not to mention a LOT of thought went into this bike. First off look at the tank. No not there, the one under the seat. Why's it there? Because they wanted to give you a decent fuel capacity and knew that the engine, frame, fuel injection system, and air cleaning system would take up too much room to do that, so they put it under the rider's seat to give them decent capacity, and make the whole "tank" into a storage unit for the other necessary systems. Not a new idea for them either.

Out of curiosity, why are you comparing GSX-R styles to someone who buys a Harley? They're completely opposite kinds of bikes. And who's to say a Harley is beautiful to every eye? Personally I don't like them much, as I'm sure Gummi will attest to.

And where is the bigger is better mentality specifically in Suzuki? I'm not sure if you noticed, but Kawi is the one that came out with the (arguably slower) 100 cc bigger sportbike almost 10 years after Suzuki came out with the Hayabusa. Kawasaki also makes the Vulcan 2000, which is 200 ccs larger than the M109R, which is the largest engine in the Suzuki lineup. Then we've got Triumph with the Rocket III at 2300ccs, Boss Hoss has their big block Chevy motors, Honda has an 1800.

Suzuki also came out with their TU250, which is a fuel injected, air cooled 250cc standard. That DEFINITELY screams "I'm a power hungry tasteless freak" doesn't it?

And I personally love the looks of the Hayabusa. I like how it looks aerodynamic, how it performs well (yes I'm a power monger, but how am I tasteless exactly?) I don't need the bike to feed the ego. I bought a Bandit 400 to ride around recently. I'm 300 lbs and 6'2" tall. That would feed NO man's ego. Also if you'll look at my sig (which hasn't changed in probably a year now) I'm also looking for a dual-sport. How is that power mongering? How is that tasteless?

I seem to remember you saying you have a 250 dirtbike in your profile picture, right? And something about you checking out 600s and 750s for a daily rider? Why do you need that power, besides the ones you were checking out are no longer in style, absolutely tasteless!

Yes I'm taking your comments a bit personally mainly because I feel you are stereotyping Suzuki the company as everything you see as "bad" about motorcycles.
I'm also taking point on this because it's kind of the "tipping point". A lot of your posts are very highly opinionated, and you seem to think that most everything needs to be your way or it's wrong, plus your command of the English language kind of makes me want to hit block, which I've never done before, so that's saying something.

Now as for the M109R, I vote cool.
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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by Markg1 » Wed May 04, 2011 12:19 am

I was doing a little research between the Vrod and the M109r2:

Vrod numbers: Dyno 103.80hp/73.84tq
Quarter-Mile Acceleration: 11.875 seconds and 114.19 mph

M109r2 numbers: Dyno : 108.4 hp and 101.3 lb-ft of torque
Quarter-Mile Acceleration: 12.20 SEC., 110.4 MPH

The M109r2 which I assume should be the same numbers as M109r, puts out some decent numbers. I'm not sure if I would consider it a power or muscle cruiser but it's not bad!
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Re: 2011 Suzuki Boulevard M109R - COOL WALL VOTE: in Progres

Unread post by totalmotorcycle » Wed May 04, 2011 10:05 am

Markg1 wrote:I was doing a little research between the Vrod and the M109r2:

Vrod numbers: Dyno 103.80hp/73.84tq
Quarter-Mile Acceleration: 11.875 seconds and 114.19 mph

M109r2 numbers: Dyno : 108.4 hp and 101.3 lb-ft of torque
Quarter-Mile Acceleration: 12.20 SEC., 110.4 MPH

The M109r2 which I assume should be the same numbers as M109r, puts out some decent numbers. I'm not sure if I would consider it a power or muscle cruiser but it's not bad!
Both are pretty quick, not as fast as I would have thought they would be in a 1/2 mile, but hey, fast for their weight and size.

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