2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50


More than I could ever have hoped for and more



General Comments:

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

2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50


Great mid-weight bike for people who like Cruisers, but have the good taste not to buy a Harley


Nothing has gone wrong.

Replaced the rear tire at 7k miles, and the front one will need replacing before the end of the summer.

General Comments:


For an 800cc bike, this has lots of torque, and great low end power. It's a twin-pin motor, which makes for a very nice smooth engine, but it still has that v-twin throb that all cruisers need. The transmission shifts smoothly, and the gear ratios are spaced so that you've always got power, no lumps or dead spots.

Low maintenance shaft-drive without any sign of shaft jacking under hard acceleration.

Lots of chrome to twinkle in the sun, and it's nicely placed.

Low seat height lets people with shorter legs (namely myself) flat-foot comfortably when stopped.

The fuel injection feature coupled with the electronic ignition is great; no more babysitting the choke in the mornings, just turn the key and push the starter. The downside to this is that the fuel pump makes just enough noise to be audible at an idle. The computer has an auto enrichment program for when it's first started, so the bike runs at a slightly faster idle when you first start it, and then drops back down once the engine is warm.

Has a cruiser style with slightly higher ground clearance and higher pegs, so you can corner harder than on a traditional cruiser. That being said, however, you still drag a boot heel A LOT sooner than on a sport bike.


Needs either a taller fifth gear, or even better, a sixth one. Bike has great power and is comfortable to ride up until about 60-65mph, and then it starts getting a little more vibration. Wouldn't want to spend hours on the highway, that's for sure. The shorter top gear also hurts fuel economy.

Difficult to get the rear shock adjusted right; it's either so soft that you bottom it out on a lumpy road, or it's so stiff that it rattles your bones on the same road.

Can be ridden two-up, but the back seat is really a joke. It seems to be sized for a 12-year-old Japanese boy more than a adult. But perhaps that's just as well, because you notice a serious change in your acceleration when riding two-up.

Lots of CHROME!! Takes at least two hours just to polish the metal/coated plastic on this bike, let alone washing and waxing the rest of it.

Headlight has too much space between high and low beam. Low beam points at the ground directly in front of the bike; high beam illuminates the branches of the trees ahead of you, but not the road.


The exhaust pipes on this are HUGE!! They stick out practically past the rear fender, and look like cannons or artillery or something. Each muffler is the same size as the single unit on an older Honda Shadow ACE. This is just personal taste, but still! Thinner cans would greatly improve the look of this motorcycle.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th July, 2011

16th Nov 2014, 23:05

You know what, I suppose that it could use a 6th or higher gear, but I live in S.E. Pa and the only time I'm up around 70 mph is when I'm on the turnpike or other high speed road. And with the police traps that seem hungry for tickets, it's best I do not go too much over the limit. They don't call this Policavania for nothing, LOL.

Anyway, as far as the pipes go, I personally like them. Folks always ask if they are custom; I tell them no. Because I live in a heavily populated area, loud pipes mean police harassment, and I don't need that.

I have a 2006 M50 and it's perfect in every way as far as I'm concerned, but to each his own I suppose.