2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50
More than I could ever have hoped for and more
This is more than I ever dreamed. I purchased this motorcycle in May of 2014. I saw it on eBay a few years ago, and my search brought me to a local dealer that had it with low miles and a few options I really liked; above all AVON heated hand grips.
This bike handles better than any I've ever owned. I'm 6'2" and had to install 2 inch risers onto the handle bars so the bars came closer to me.
It has plenty of acceleration and I have left the engine stock.
It came with an engine guard, highway pegs, and the frame cover was chromed. A sissy bar was added by someone else, as was a rear luggage rack. It also came with floor board that I took off, and with adapters I am using the pegs that came with the engine guard as foot pegs; it works beautifully.
As far as handling goes, it takes turns and corners like no other bike I have ridden.
In my neighborhood and city driving, 3rd gear is all that is needed; it will keep up with traffic fine. I can cruise all day in city traffic in 3rd gear and do 40 mph, and still have more. This bike has fantastic torque. It is water cooled and riding in the summer is a breeze.
The bike is also debadged and I get a lot of compliments on the metallic blue color, which seems to change hues in the sunlight.
The only thing I found is that the dealer I purchased it from must not have put enough oil in the crankcase. I found this out after purchasing a motorcycle lift and saw that the oil was on the lowest line, which is about a pint low. I was hearing a clang sound shifting down into first gear, but after putting in a pint of Suzuki 20w-40, the noise has gone and it rides with no issues whatsoever.
The seat is perfect no complaints. I've been riding for 38 years and this bike is the best I've ever owned. It's as big as my brother's Heritage Soft Tail Classic by Harley Davidson, and I can keep up with it all day long.
The shaft drive is so smooth I forget it has one. I can detect no loss of power because of it.
If folks have complaints about this bike, it's either because of inexperience, or they are beating it and trying to get more than it's made for. It is not a racing bike, but a good full size cruiser at highway speeds.
All in all, I would highly recommend this bike for folks either looking for a good solid cruiser, or even a first bike to learn on. I will hopefully keep this motorcycle forever.
It also has a windshield, which is a major plus on windy days, and I never beat on it. I've cruised on the highway at 65-70 mph with no issues.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th November, 2014