Suzuki LS650 Savage / S40: review, history, specs

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Suzuki LS650 Savage
Manufacturer
Also called Savage, Boulevard S40
Production 1986 - 2019
Class Cruiser
Engine
Four-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, with SOHC
Bore / Stroke 94.0mm x 94.0mm
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Top Speed 81 mph (130 km/h)
Horsepower 30.04 HP (22.4 KW) @ 5400RPM
Torque 33.93 ft/lbs (46.0 Nm) @ 3400RPM
Fuel System Mikuni BS40 carburetor
Air Filter K&N SU-6595 `95-04[1]
Spark Plug NGK DPR8EA-9
Battery YUASA YB14L-B2
Transmission Gear box: 5-Speed, manual

Final Drive: Belt

Clutch: Wet multi-disc
Final Drive Belt
Suspension Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear: Twin shock, 5-way adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front: Single 240 mm disc
Rear: Drum
Front Tire 100/90-19 57H
Rear Tire 140/80-15 67H
Wheelbase 54.29 inches (1379 mm)
Length 86.18 inches (2189 mm)
Width 30.51 inches (775 mm)
Height 45.28 inches (1150 mm)
Seat Height 27.6 inches (701 mm)
Weight 352.74 pounds (160.0 Kg) (dry), 160.0 kg (wet)
Oil Filter K&N KN-137
Fuel Capacity 2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 3.73 liters/100 km (26.8 km/l or 63.06 mpg)
Manuals Service Manual

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The Suzuki LS650 Savage was a Four-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, with SOHC Cruiser motorcycle produced by Suzuki between 1986 and 2004. It could reach a top speed of 81 mph (130 km/h). Max torque was 33.93 ft/lbs (46.0 Nm) @ 3400 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 30.04 HP (22.4 KW) @ 5400 RPM.

Engine

The engine was a air cooled Four-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, with SOHC. A 94.0mm bore x 94.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 652.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a single overhead cams (sohc).

Drive

The bike has a 5-Speed, manual transmission. Power was moderated via the Wet multi-disc clutch

Chassis

It came with a 100/90-19 57H front tire and a 140/80-15 67H rear tire. Stopping was achieved via Single 240 mm disc in the front and a Drum in the rear. The front suspension was a Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped while the rear was equipped with a Twin shock, 5-way adjustable spring preload. The LS650 Savage was fitted with a 2.77 Gallon (10.50 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 352.74 pounds (160.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 54.29 inches (1379 mm) long.


1986 LS650FG

1986 Suzuki LS650FG


  • V.I.N. #: JS1 NP41 A G2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24C
  • COLOR: Red, Black
  • Flat handlebars
  • Spoke wheels
  • Belt drive

1986 LS650PG

1986 Suzuki LS650PG


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A G2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24C
  • COLOR: Red, Black
  • Pullback handlebars
  • Belt drive
  • Spoke wheels


1987 LS650FH

1987 Suzuki LS650FH


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A H2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24C
  • COLOR: Blue
  • Unchanged features, identify by V.I.N. number

1987 LS650PH

1987 Suzuki LS650PH


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A H2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24C
  • COLOR: Black, Red Blue
  • Unchanged features, identify by V.I.N. number

1988 LS650PJ

1988 Suzuki LS650PJ


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A J2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24C
  • COLOR: Maroon, Blue
  • Taillight moved forward

1995 LS650PS

1995 Suzuki LS650PS
1995 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Maroon
1995 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Maroon
1995 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Maroon


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A S2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401 -
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR: Black, Maroon
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Cruiser styling
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank

1996 LS650PT

1996 Suzuki LS650PT
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow
1996 Suzuki LS650 Savage in Yellow


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A T2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401 -
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR: Yellow, Maroon
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Cruiser styling
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank
  • Savage emblem on fuel tank
  • LS650 emblem on side covers

1997 LS650PV

1997 Suzuki LS650PV


  • V.I.N.#: JS1NP41A V2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401 -
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR: Orange, Black
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank
  • Arrow style Savage emblem on fuel tank
  • "Big Single - Suzuki" on tank emblem
  • LS650 emblem on side covers

1998 LS650PW

1998 Suzuki LS650PW


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A W2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401 -
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke, single
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR: Orange, Black
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank
  • Arrow style Savage emblem on fuel tank
  • "Big Single - Suzuki" on tank emblem
  • Silver 650 emblem on side covers

1999 LS650PX

1999 Suzuki LS650PX


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A X2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke, single
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR: Black - 33J
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank
  • Arrow style Savage emblem on fuel tank
  • Gold/silver LS650 emblem on side covers

2000 LS650PY Savage


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A Y2100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke, single
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR 1: Yellow - Y9F
  • COLOR 2: Green - Y7G
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank
  • Savage emblem on fuel tank
  • LS650 emblem on side covers


In a way inspired by the Captain America in Easy Rider, the 2000 MY LS650 Savage is a middleweight chopper with tons of attitude, even though the bike is powered by a single-cylinder engine instead of a v-twin. On an aesthetic side, the LS650 Savage retains many of the styling cues of the Marauder, with the skinny front wheel and ample fuel tank, pull-back bars and a laid back riding position. Still, this bike is non-intimidating and can be a great choice for newer riders. At the same time, its moderate weight and power make it a great, economical commuting solution, and the perfect alternative to your car in the warm season.

2001 LS650PK1 Savage


  • V.I.N. #: JS1NP41A 12100001
  • ENGINE PREFIX: P401-
  • ENGINE TYPE: 652cc, Four-stroke, single
  • MODEL CODE: 24B
  • COLOR 1: Black - 33J
  • COLOR 2: Silver - YD7
  • Single cylinder 4-stroke
  • Belt final drive
  • Speedometer mounted in fuel tank
  • Winged Savage emblem on fuel tank
  • LS emblem on side covers


If a small-middleweight chopper is your thing, but you'd rather you stayed on the moderate side of things, the 2001 MY LS650 Savage might just do, The bike packs an amazing style, with an all-out authentic chopper design, a skinny front wheel, laced rims, mini ape-hanger bars, a peanut tank and a miniature passenger backrest. The Suzuki LS650 Savage is powered by a SOHC 652cc single with a 5-speed transmission and belt final drive. It doesn't produce the classic v-twin rumble, but a thumper has its own character that's equally fun.

2002 Suzuki LS650 Savage

The Savage is powered by a simple, low-maintenance 652cc air-cooled single which can produce as much as 30 horsepower and north of 45 Nm of torque to get you going and smiling. Add in a skinny front wheel, wire spokes, a raked-out fork with tall bars, a peanut tank and the shorty exhaust, plus comfy room for two-up riding. For daily commuting, weekend outings and even longer trips, this is one truly awesome affordable solution.

2003 Suzuki LS650 Savage


The 2003 MY LS650 Savage is a great way to prove that classic-looks choppers can be born even in the thumper world. This machine arrives with wire spoked wheels, a skinny front tire, and a teardrop tank with flush-mounted instruments, showing way more character than anyone would expect from a 652cc single-powered bike.

Lightweight and very agile, the LS650 Savage is a great commuter and a wonderful economical machine for weekend getaways. Suzuki also has a dedicated line of accessories for it including visors, fork and saddle bags and more.


2004 Suzuki LS650 Savage

For the 2004 model year of the LS650 Savage, Suzuki planned updated mirrors which are now quite similar to those of the Volusia, emergency lights, a high-beam passing switch and multi-reflector turn signals. On the tech side, the LS650 Savage retains the American chopper styling with a raked fork and a skinny front wheel.

However the Savage is a bike in a class of its own, since it is powered by an air-cooled thumper engine which has a particular vibe and tonal character, and which is by all means, a matter of love or hate.

2005 Suzuki Boulevard S40

Does the 2005 MY Boulevard S40 look familiar? Well, that's because you're looking at a familiar bike, which used to be called the LS650 Savage. The rebranding is aimed at building a strong Boulevard family, but which retains all the character of the old machine. The Boulevard S40 is a cruiser powered by a 655cc air-cooled single mated to a manual 5-speed transmission and belt final drive.

The front wheel is skinny and harks back to the classic choppers of old, while the raked-out fork, the classic headlight and the teardrop tank are stressing out the retro vibe so many riders simply love. Compact, yet low and comfy, the Boulevard S40 is ready to provide huge fun.

2006


The Suzuki Boulevard S40 is a motorcycle manufactured by Suzuki and released in 2005. It features an 650 cc single cylinder engine.


The old Savage has been re-baptized as the Boulevard S40, but the character of the bike remained the same. However, Suzuki looks like paying more attention to the aesthetics of the bike, as the 2006 MY Boulevard S40 looks better than the older Savage models.

The riding position was not altered, so you still get the tall bars, peanut tank and skinny front wheel with a matching fender. This thumper-powered chopper may look a bit odd, but after all, you just can't argue with the fans of this bike. The fact that the old Savage is still on sale is enough evidence for the following this bike still enjoys.


It was formerly named the Savage (LS 650)

2005-2006
Engine 40 cubic inch, four-stroke, single cylinder, air cooled with SOHC
Bore Stroke 94.0 x 94.0 mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Fuel System Mikuni BS40
Lubrication Wet Sump
Ignition Transistorized
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Belt Drive
Overall Length 2180 mm (85.8 in.)
Overall Width 720 mm (28.3 in.)
Overall Height 1105 mm (43.5 in.)
Seat Height 700 mm (27.6 in.)
Ground Clearance 135 mm (5.3 in.)
Wheelbase 1480 mm (58.3 in.)
Dry Weight 160 kg (352 lb.) 161 kg (355 lb.) CA model
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Twin shock, 5-way adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front Single hydraulic disc
Brakes Rear Mechanical drum
Tires Front 100/90-19 57H
Tires Rear 140/80-15 67H
Fuel Tank Capacity 10.5 liter (2.8 gal.)
Color Black, Red or Silver 2006. Black or White 2005

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2007 Suzuki Boulevard S40

A small-to-middleweight machine, the Boulevard S40 is just the right choice for newer riders and for those not strong and confident enough to take on the big bore bikes. A single-cylinder chopper inspired by the '70s classic machines is the best way to start discovering the two-wheeled world.

Lightweight and easy to master, the Boulevard S40 sports a Forty-Eight-inspired tank with lines beautifully integrated into the seat, and tall, comfy bars for effortless streaking through the urban jungle and smooth turns on countryside roads. Easy on the budget with running and maintenance, the Boulevard S40 is a neat second step in the bike universe.


2008 Suzuki Boulevard S40

In love with the looks of Suzuki's Boulevard S series? Of course you are, and you're not alone; from newer riders to well-seasoned riders, there are countless people who like Suzuki's approach to the classic chopper theme and the way modern technology is embedded in these bikes, and matched to the retro looks. For the 2008 model year, the S83 receives a neat black finish on the cylinder and frame, for a more refined look.


This 4-stroke thumper retains the laid back character of the bigger bikes, while keeping things on the lightweight side for providing a reassuring feel even to smaller, not-so-strong riders.


2009 Suzuki Boulevard S40

Even though a thumper will never be able to replace a v-twin, the 2009 MY Boulevard S40 can be a decent machine to ride before you become confident enough to ride the big-bore cruisers. With strong styling cues reminding of Harley's Forty-Eight, the Boulevard S40 packs a 652cc displacement and classic cruiser looks.


These include a skinnier front wheel, raked out forks, peanut tank and tall-risers for the handlebars. The front brake uses a disc, but the rear has a drum. The final drive employs a zero-maintenance belt.


2010 Suzuki Boulevard S40

The Boulevard S40 is a nifty middleweight cruise built for fun. Simple, purist and non-intimidating, this bike is a great choice for people who want to take a step up from the entry-level small-displacement bikes and are eyeing classic-looks motorcycles. The 2010 MY Boulevard S40 maintains the design inspired by the '50s ad '60s thumpers, and is a particularly interesting presence as a single-cylinder chopper.


With its raked-out fork, peanut tank and shorty exhaust complementing the skinny front wheel, the Boulevard S40 also comes with forward controls and a low seat which enhance the feel even more. If a no frills - all thrills machine is what you're after, the Boulevard S40 is well-worth looking into.


2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40

2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40 2011 Suzuki Boulevard S40

The Boulevard S40 recipe was not changed for the 2011 MY iteration of the bike, so you're dealing with the same classic-shaped chopper powered by a single-cylinder engine breathing through a shorty pipe, and sporting a skinny front wheel at the end of racked-out fork, complemented by a beefy rear one hidden under a chopped fender.


2011 also introduces two new liveries, the Pearl Mirage White/Metallic Veil Silver and Metallic Fox Orange/Glass Sparkle Black, which frankly make the bike look its best. The 652cc single and 5-speed transmission are a great recipe for two-wheeled fun both in the city and outside it.


2012 Suzuki Boulevard S40

2012 Suzuki Boulevard S40 2012 Suzuki Boulevard S40

The very fact that the Boulevard S40 is still in production after all these year is telling about how successful this model is. Dedicated to riders who want to take things gradually and build experience step by step, the Boulevard S40 provides cool looks, lightweight transport, easy maintenance and solid practicality in or around the city.


This thumper packs enough grunt in its 652cc air-cooled engine to make riding a rewarding experience every time you wing a leg over the Boulevard S40. The bike harks back to the choppers of yore with the 48-ish tank and tall bar risers, a skinny front wheel and a raked-out fork to match it. Suzuki retained the shorty guttural silencer for a dash of aggressiveness added to the build.


2013 Suzuki Boulevard S40

Looking for classic chopper vibes packed together with affordability, ease of use and solid rider friendliness? You should definitely give the 2013 MY Boulevard S40 a try and find out for yourself what Suzuki has in store for you. The timeless design was not changed, so you're putting your money down a real classic.


The Boulevard S40 delivers usable punch from a 652cc single-cylinder, air-cooled engine mated to an easy-to-use 5-speed transmission and a low-maintenance belt final drive. For intermediate riders and seasoned ones alike, the Boulevard S40 is a nifty choice for anything for daily commuting to long summer journeys and everything in between.


2014 Suzuki Boulevard S40

The Boulevard S40 is a model which endured the passing of time and is still sold in big numbers around the world. Simple, compact, good-looking and boasting a style which bears the unmistakable cues of the retro choppers, the 2014 MY Boulevard S40 is a very neat choice for riders who want to keep things stylish and simple.


Air-cooled, carbureted and with a smooth, easy-to-use 5-speed transmission. the Boulevard S40 is great for riders who want to hone in their skills before taking a bold step to the big-bore machines. The low seat height matches the low weight of the S40 and makes it even better for riders with a shorter inseam.


2015 Suzuki Boulevard S40

A true timeless design can withstand the passage of years without any needs of major changes, and the 2015 MY Boulevard S40 is just the right way to prove the truth behind this claim. A true classic bike, the S40 retains the laid back style of the retro choppers, with tall risers, a skinnier front wheel and drag bars. The peanut-shaped tank is still in its place, and so is the shorty, aggressive exhaust.

Of course, a thumper chopper is a rather peculiar sight, but once you're in the saddle, things will look differently. Affordable and easy to maintain and run, the Boulevard S40 is a great choice for entry-point riders and even for more seasoned guys who like middleweight machines.


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References

  1. 2019 K&L Supply Co Catalog. K&L Supply Co. 2019.