Suzuki Intruder 1500 is considered one of the best cruiser-type bikes ever built and is indestructible because of its build quality, durability, and capacity for rough running. The Suzuki Intruder 1500 has a four-stroke, v-Twin, 1462 cc, air-cooled engine. It has a 5-speed transmission and a 12V-14 Ah battery. The bike’s dry weight is 292 Kg and 15.5 L fuel capacity. The bike was introduced in 1998 and was discontinued in 2004. In 2005 the Intruder 1500 was reintroduced as Boulevard C90 with some modifications.
Suzuki Intruder 1500 is a vintage and classic motorcycle, but it has some issues in it. This article is on the Suzuki intruder 1500 problems and explains some remedial steps to issues.
What are the Common Problems of the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
Although the intruder1500 has some issues, it can run 100,000 – 200,000 miles without any significant part changes or engine repairs. The common problems of the Suzuki Intruder 1500 are known issues with solutions at hand.
- Rough Starts – A most common issue with intruder 1500. Can cause due to bad spark plugs, a Disrupted fuel system, a damaged starter, a weak or dead battery, or power disruption between the battery and the starter.
- Battery Not Charging – A faulty rectifier, voltage regulator, or a weak or dead battery could cause the error.
- Engine Bogging – Usually caused by the carbon deposits in the engine. This issue could result from Poor gasoline use, Poor quality oil or overused oil, or a clogged air filter.
- Leaks could happen due to loose or damaged hoses, gaskets, or seals.
- ECU Problems – ECU is the engine control unit for high-performance bikes. The team can indicate errors due to many reasons. The ECU will generate An error code, which can help narrow down the error, or the unit itself is damaged.
How to Fix the Rough Start Problem of the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
One of the most common issues with the Intruder 1500 is its rough start. Most of the complaints of rough starting have been for the bikes which have been unused for an extended period, and most of them are from cold regions where it needs time to warm up.
A few complaints were about rough starting, even after parking for a few minutes. That being said, there could be reasons why the Intruder 1500 goes for a rough start.
As explained earlier, this could happen due to a bad spark plug, a Disrupted fuel system, a damaged starter, a weak or dead battery, or a power disruption between the battery and the starter.
Troubleshooting should start from the electric system by ensuring that spark plugs are getting enough power and that the pins have no errors.
Then the battery for draining, and the wrong contacts were made. A must-do is checking for the fuel level and the quality of fuel.
How to Prevent the Battery from Failing to Charge the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
Some visible signs are showing the battery failure of Intruder 1500 is failing. These signs may include a fast-draining battery, dim headlights, hard starts, low-volume horns, etc. With proper maintainers, usually, a battery will last for three to five years in good condition, no matter what the guarantee says.
A lead-acid battery is used in Suzuki Intruder 1500, which is liable to drain faster. In cold weather, the battery draining gets faster, and cells may be dead.
The main reason for the battery not charging could be a damaged rectifier or a regulator. Oxidized battery terminals also contribute to setting issues. A technician can solve all the problems in a few minutes at a very inexpensive rate.
How to Solve the Engine Bogging Problem of the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
Engine bogging is a severe issue of the Suzuki Intruder 1500 as, in most cases, it will cause an engine cleanup or repair. Usually, when an engine is disassembled, it is recommended to change all the warn-off parts, which will make an engine repair expensive.
Usually, this blogging happens due to carbon deposits in the engine which directly points the finger to poor quality gasoline, Poor quality oil or overused oil, or a clogged air filter.
Once the motor starts bogging, an engine cleanup is required to solve the issue. Fortunately, these types of problems occur only after covering a reasonable mileage.
How to Deal with the Leaks and ECU Problems of the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
An ECU is a microprocessor with up to 200 MHz CPU speed and 6 MB Flash memory. It is made of aluminum die-cast and metal sheet Material. As the name implies, ECU (Engine Control Unit) manages the functions such as fuel supply, fuel injection, air management, exhaust gas treatment, etc. A faulty ECU can mess up the mentioned functions and leave the rider with the following symptoms.
- The engine may stop running or would not deliver the expected power.
- Reduce the fuel economy due to incorrect fuel-air ratios.
- Sudden loss of power
Resetting the unit may answer the issues. If it does not solve the problems, a replacement may be needed.
How to Choose the Best Oil and Filter for the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
Oil and oil filters are essential substances required for the smooth running of an engine. Engine oil is used to lubricate the engine’s moving parts minimizing the damages and cooling off the engine. Usually, the bike manufacturer recommends the oil viscosity and sometimes the brand. Intruder 1500 uses 10W-40 engine oil, and the following should be considered when choosing a brand.
- Expand the lifespan of the engine.
- Prevents engine wear off, including the startup.
- Seals and prevents any leakages.
- Prevents engine deposits and sludge.
When choosing an oil filter, the following should be considered.
- Bypass Filter
- Anti-Drain-Back Valve
Though there are many things to consider when buying an oil filter, a cheap filter cannot have quality parts to do the filtering correctly.
How to Improve the Performance and Fuel Efficiency of the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
Many steps can be taken to improve a Suzuki intruder’s performance and fuel efficiency.
- Ride Smoothly – The engine should be operated smooth level. Avoiding unnecessary acceleration or deceleration. Ride in a non-aggressive manner, respecting the speed limits.
- Avoid Idling – avoid unnecessary idling by turning the engine off.
- Remove Excess Weight – every pound costs fuel.
- Regular Service – Regular service is the most effective way to keep the Intruder 1500 at the most fuel-efficient level as it ensures the changing of engine oil, air filters, and a complete checkup, including air pressure of tires and any other worn-out parts that will reduce overall performance including fuel efficiency and performance.
- Right Fuel – There are many fuel types in the market, so choosing the correct one is essential. Selecting the correct fuel type affects fuel efficiency.
How to Customize the Look and Comfort of the Suzuki Intruder 1500?
The Suzuki Intruder 1500 is a classic cruiser some consider the best build. It is a very stylish and comfortable bike that does not require many modifications. Some riders like a unique look in their ride, and some ideas on customization options are given below.
- Custom lighting
- Customize exhaust system
- Change the seat
- Accessories such as saddlebags, windshields, and luggage racks.
- Add custom parts such as handlebars, mirrors, and footpegs.
- Change to wide tires
The customization that can be done is endless. But each extra pound added to the bike could harm the fuel efficiency, and complications could be due to non-compatible parts.
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