2006 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from United States of America
The most comfortable medium range bike I have ever owned.
I have had no problems whatsoever with the bike as originally delivered. I have had some problems with certain after market items, but this isn't Suzuki's fault, is it?
Overall I think this is probably the best road motorcycle on the market for the asking price. You can ride it as a naked bike, with a small shield only, or load it with a large shield and bags for touring. In any configuration it will fill the bill smoothly and confidently. I love this bike!
I did, however, change several things on the bike almost immediately after purchasing it. This was not because of any inherent factory faults, but because of personal fit and fussiness considerations. I did, after all, know that these changes might be needed to suit my tastes before I even drove the bike off the dealer's lot.
I didn't like the forward foot position, so changed to very long-tailed floorboards so that my feet could be below my thighs... the traditional English position. Shift and brake pedals were not moved and this has worked out fine.
The handlebars seemed somewhat low to me (I'm short legged and long waisted) and this was confirmed later as I would get severe pains in my left shoulder after about half an hour's riding. This pain would not subside until I was stopped and afoot for a while. Not acceptable. Raise the bars? Not an easy task on an M50 so I sought out a lower seat. I found a heated one (big bonus there!) that lowered my butt 1 1/2 inches which solved the pain problem and greatly extended the comfortable riding season.
No complaint, just a tip, J.C. Whitney sells an $8 (ea) mirror extension and anti-vibration stud that works great. It provides a greater view (it's higher, after all) of the road behind you. Highly recommended item.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th February, 2008
What kind of aftermarket seat did you end up purchasing that satisfied your requirements for riding position?
Sorry for the delay in answering, but I haven't visited this site for a LONG time. I broke my neck in a bad stairway fall in Sept '09 and was off the bike until this July... took the ERC course to make sure I was still capable.
I do love my M50! The question was what kind of seat I found to adjust my position to solve sore shoulder muscles. It is a Corbin Classic Solo (heated) with the 297-SB backrest installed. Pricey, yes... a great addition, you bet. If you find leather too hot in summer, the addition of Alaska Leather's medium sheepskin Buttpad will solve that problem, too. Hope this helps.
She has 34K on her now and all I've replaced is a clutch cable and tires. Try Metzler ME880's, you'll love them... the M50 should be delivered equipped with them.
My clutch cable frayed through, and I'm having trouble trying to find a replacement cable. Did you just use a generic Suzuki clutch cable, or is there a specific one for the M50 that I just can't find?
Glad to hear your bike is holding up... Mine is a 2006 with 9k, and the cable is the only problem I've ever had.