Ideal entry level cruiser - with style to spare
This is my first cruiser, and it is a great bike. Looks great, handles very well and is reliable.
I've only just finished breaking it in, but it has plenty of acceleration and lots of low end grunt.
My criteria for my 'ideal' bike were, from front to back:
Wide front tire, cast wheels. Liquid cooled engine, preferably fuel injected, and shaft drive.
The M50 has the lot. Yes the brakes are only 'adequate', and if you like really loud pipes you'll be spending some $$ on aftermarket pipes - or butchering the originals, which I think is probably not so smart.
Seat is not too supportive for my boney bum, so a gel seat is going on.
Checking the coolant is fiddly. Checking the oil sight glass is easy, especially if you lean an old mirror against the side of the garage. (It saves all that bending over or balancing the bike while you squat.)
I looked at HD883S, and was put off by the front tire and forks, as well as the air cooled approach and the inflated price.
The M50 is a good all round bike. Dress it up and make it yours.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th July, 2008