First introduced in 1998, the 2009 Suzuki GZ Marauder models are designed to appeal to beginning riders; as such, the GZ Marauders are great bikes to learn on. The Suzuki GZ Marauders are street bikes, perfectly suited for cruising down the boulevard on a Friday night. They are not intended to provide everyday freeway commuting, as even the Suzuki GZ250 will struggle to keep up with the 75 mph flow of Southern California traffic.
With styling somewhere in between a standard bike and a true classic cruiser, the Suzuki GZ Marauder has a lot of visual appeal. The GZ bikes use fenders, a gas tank shape, and a round headlamp, which evokes classic motorcycle imagery. However, the Suzuki GZ's side-mounted funnel-shaped exhaust pipe slants upward, which is a more common choice for sport bikes. The GZ only comes in black, which fits the bike’s styling. Wire spoke wheels and plenty of chrome complete the look.
Suzuki offered two version of the 2009 GZ Marauder. The smaller is equipped with an air cooled single-cylinder 125cc 4-Stroke. Producing only 12 horsepower at 9,500 rpms, this version is great for a beginner who does not yet have the confidence to handle more power. A Suzuki GZ125 rider will never feel like the bike will get away from them. The more mainstream version, the Suzuki GZ250 Marauder, uses a single-cylinder V-twin 249cc motor with a Twin Dome Combustion Chamber (TDCC). The GZ250's motor generates 20.38 horsepower at 8,000 rpms, making it snappier off the line and around town. It still won't break any speed records, but novice riders will find it has plenty of power as they learn how to ride. A single Mikuni carburetor keeps the Suzuki GZ250 responding well to the throttle.
The 125cc and 249cc engines on the Suzuki GZ bikes guarantee great fuel economy. Equipped with a five-speed manual transmission, the GZ uses gear ratios designed to suit beginner riders across a variety of road conditions. With an electric starter that incorporates a digital transistorized ignition, the 2009 Suzuki GZ should start reliably, even during the cold winter months.
The chassis is configured to make the Suzuki GZ easy to handle for new riders. The steel single cradle frame is solid, and provides good stability. The long 57-inch wheelbase assists in keeping the GZ stable around corners. A light curb weight of 331 lbs. also helps the GZ in being a forgiving bike that is easy for beginners to control. Wide tires measure 110/90 in front, and 130/90 in the rear, will help the novice rider to maneuver easily.
Befitting a beginner's bike, the Suzuki GZ Marauder has great ergonomics. The telescopic coil spring front suspension, with swing-arm coil spring in the rear, soaks up bumps in the road nicely. A comfortable seat heat of around 28 inches, and standard handlebars, results in a natUral upright riding position that ideally suits riders learning to get the most out of two-wheeled transportation.
Dual seats are standard on the GZ models, making them good bikes to take a passenger with you as you cruise around on Friday nights. With comfortably positioned foot pegs for both rider and passenger, the Suzuki GZ can reliably transport two people around town. While the GZ Marauder models are not for people with an addiction to speed, they are perfectly suited for someone just learning to ride.