I love this bike
In 6000 miles, I can say that nothing has gone wrong with my bike. This has been the most reliable motorcycle I have ever owned, but it's not a Harley.
The M50 handles very well because it is basically a sports bike that looks like a cruiser. It's not heavy in the curves or turns, and it straightens back up like a bike is supposed to, effortlessly.
Performance leaves a little to be desired on a stock M50, however I have found that it's relatively easy to wake this beast up. I dyno'd the bike after adding a set of Hard Krome pipes and a Power Commander. It went from 48 HP to around 59 or 60. I'm told that a Hyper Charger or a K & N intake would make it even better. All in all, if you are looking to win races, this bike isn't for you, but if you want to beef a mid range cruiser up and get some thrills, this would be an excellent place to start.
I'd also recommend that Suzuki add a tach, especially for those enthusiasts like myself that like to squeeze HP out of a bike.
The transmission is very nice, and provides for quick and smooth gear changes, however it could use a higher gear ratio on that top gear, or a 6 speed.
The M50 ride is comfortable, but that monoshock takes some getting used to. I did like that idea that adjusting the rear suspension is very easy, and even first time bike owners would find it simple to adjust up or down depending on their preference.
Overall I'd give it a 9 out of 10... very nice bike for the price.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th March, 2009