Long and low, black as night and trimmed with just enough chrome to entertain the eye, Suzuki’s 2013 Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Suzuki Special) cuts a figure worthy of favorable commentary, or so was my experience after spending a month with this machine. But a spiffy black suit isn’t enough for most riders, so the B.O.S.S. backs up its night-rider look with spirited performance, cruising comfort and convenient storage for in-town errands or out-of-state wandering. And, in spite of the classic look, there’s plenty of tech onboard to keep things hopping.
Beneath the Dark Lord livery, the B.O.S.S. shares a host of running gear with its M90 stable mate: tubular-steel frame, fuel-injected V-twin, 5-speed transmission and shaft final drive. The pistons carry chrome-nitride coated oil and upper compression rings through the electro-coated cylinders, all in the name of slaying friction, encouraging heat transfer and maximizing horsepower. Three independent airboxes feed the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) borrowed from the GSX-R sportbike line. Managing the mixture is a 32-bit engine control unit that ensures the correct air/fuel ratio for every throttle setting.
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