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The Suzuki VX800 is a relatively unknown and somewhat rare motorcycle. It was imported to the United States from 1990 through 1993. With the exception of that marvelous V-Twin engine, the VX800 was engineered as a new bike from the ground up. Designed as a 'standard' motorcycle in a cruiser and crotch-rocket dominated US market, the VX unfortunately did not sell well. It did sell well in Europe and Australia (much wiser buying public, evidently), where it was sold until 1997. The VX800 uses the 805cc, liquid cooled, eight valve, V-twin engine from the Intruder. As such it has tremendous roll-on power, with top gear 50 to 70 mph times rivaling those of much more powerful machines. Top gear downshifts are unnecessary at speeds over 50 mph. Although down in raw horsepower when compared to pure sport bikes, it can still motor from 0 to 60 mph in approximately 4 seconds, and produce a high 12 second quarter mile for the adventurous. Unique among this class of bike is the use of a drive shaft final drive, eliminating the maintenance chores and mess of a chain drive. However, the best kept secret is that with a few inexpensive suspension modifications, this bike becomes a highly proficient canyon carver.