Suzuki Boulevard M50 Reviews from South Africa

2007 Suzuki Boulevard M50

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10

Summary:

Surprise - this is a very good bike

Faults:

Creeping corrosion on the handlebar risers and clamps, but that's all.

General Comments:

I have owned: Honda 550, Yamaha 850, Suzuki GS1000S, Moto Guzzi 1000, Honda XR600, Honda XR250 AND Laverda 1200.

After my last accident I swore to stay off bikes, but my blood is red so I bought the M50 thinking it would be an underpowered, calm and collected cruiser. Hmmm, for a bike that weighs 247kgs, it is no slouch.

OK, stock it can be a little boring. Since I eyed those skinny headers with suspicion, I threw the whole exhaust away and replaced with bigger bore straight thru pipes, much like the Vance and Hines Straight Shots.

Result was an increase in top speed from 174km/h to 200km/h, snappier acceleration and a free revving engine. I also opened up the airbox and now have a small power band, which is fun.

As a commuter it is great fun, as a tourer it is very capable. Need to replace the rear foot pegs as my wife complains of numb feet after a while. But other than that, a surprisingly comfortable ride, especially on my back which often ached when riding my other bikes.

A little too plasticky, but, hey, it goes very well, is reliable, reasonable on fuel and easy to maintain. Oh yes, handles very well, considering it's a cruiser. Overall, I would never get rid of this machine. I want another bike for the sheer fun of it, but this one stays as well.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2009

2005 Suzuki Boulevard M50

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired250 kilometres
Most recent distance4200 kilometres
Previous motorcycleSuzuki DR250hc

Faults:

No faults.

General Comments:

The only thing wrong with this bike is that it is too quiet. I drilled out the baffles, drilled 6 10mm holes in the end plate, and added a Power Commander. It now scares all the wild animals - four and two legged alike - off the road ahead of me.

The only pains I have after a long ride are my sore cheek muscles from grinning like an idiot for so long.

The handling is great for what it is, and scraping the pedals is not what this bike is about.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th April, 2006

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews