2007 Suzuki Boulevard S50
Worth a little less than what I paid
Front brakes are noisy, the pads chirp when rolling and squeal upon application. I had to replace and reface at 4000 miles. I replaced with EBC and they also chirp when rolling, but the squealing no longer occurs.
This machine is a cold blooded beast, even when the weather is warm it must be choked for a long time before it will run smoothly. Once the engine is up to temp, it runs smoothly, but getting to operating temp is the problem.
In the winter the choke is on almost all the time when the temp is below 50F. When cold the idle speed wanders about.
The control cables from handle bars pop out of their clips and have rubbed off fender paint.
Spark plugs are a nightmare to replace; much care needed to avoid paint damage.
When new, the positive battery terminal was stripped and and fell off around 100 miles. Electric start only!
Handles very well and is easy to ride.
Too light for freeway riding or two up.
Decent mileage if used on longer rides. Short rides need choke and fuel economy suffers.
Fit and finish/high quality.
Seat/position more American than Asian/European.
Fuel capacity = butt comfort. Butt gets numb about the time the fuel needs refilling, during a long ride!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th June, 2010