The 2004 model year is particularly significant for the Savage motorcycle from Japanese manufacturer Suzuki. It would mark the last time the cruiser bike would bear the “Savage name."" (It would be renamed as the Suzuki Boulevard in 2005.) Also known as the LS650 Savage or Savage 650, the 2004 Suzuki Savage was only available as one purple-and-silver model.
The number “650” stands for the engine displacement of the motorcycle, which is measured at 652 cubic centimeters (rounded down to 650). The engine itself is a four-stroke, single-cylinder unit, with an air cooler to maintain a temperature ideal for operation. Its bore and stroke is measured at 3.7 by 3.7 inches (94 by 94 millimeters), and its compression ratio is 8.5 to 1. Suzuki provides a 40-mm Mikuni carburetor for admitting fuel to the engine, and the rider can start the bike using its electric ignition. Each 2004 Suzuki Savage engine is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox, and the bike has a 2.8-gallon (11-liter) gas tank.
Using a steel frame, the 2004 Suzuki Savage is adorned with front and rear fenders and side covers. Its sparse digital instrumentation consists of a trip odometer and speedometer. The two-piece vinyl-covered seat on the cruiser has enough space for two people, and behind it is a fixed backrest. Also included on the 2004 Savage are rearview mirrors, a halogen headlight, and under-seat and lockable storage.
Each 2004 Suzuki Savage rides on steel wheels: 19 inches in the front and smaller, 15-inch wheels in the back. For stopping power, a disc brake goes on the front wheel and a drum brake goes on the rear wheel. The suspension of the Savage consists of a front telescopic fork and a rear twin-sided swing arm: instrumental for ensuring a smooth ride on any type of terrain.
Each 2004 Suzuki Savage has a length of 85.8 inches (2179.3 mm), a width of 30.5 inches (775 mm), a height of 45.3 inches (1150mm), and wheelbase of 58.3 inches (1480 mm). Also, ground clearance and seat height are measured at 5.3 inches (135 mm) and 27.6 inches (700 mm), respectively. The 2004 Suzuki Savage has a dry weight of 352 pounds (160 kilograms).
Ultimately the 2004 Savage is one of Suzuki’s more versatile cruiser bikes. It is easy to handle and is comparatively light, thus making it a great bike for beginners. However, the Savage is big and powerful enough for even more experienced drivers.