2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 Reviews - Page 2 of 3

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from Canada

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired3 kilometres
Most recent distance1010 kilometres
Previous motorcycleYamaha/Reliant Trike

Summary:

Ideal entry level cruiser - with style to spare

General Comments:

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

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from Australia

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Most recent distance0 kilometres

Summary:

The best choice of motorcycle I have made

Faults:

Nothing to date, it is too new.

General Comments:

A very comfortable and stable bike. It has a great riding position, and getting used to the forward pegs was the only issue, and that didn't last long. The seat is taking a little getting used to, as the base of the spine can get a little sore if I don't make myself sit upright.

The handling is great, and the responsive motor is a pleasure to work with. I have read that a number of people are not happy with the exhaust sound, but as most of my serious riding is long distances (I go away a lot over weekends), I am happy with the sound and volume.

The lack of gear carrying capacity is a small problem, but I am working on getting after market saddle bags and supports, as well as using a throw over bag on the back seat. This will just take some practice and careful thinking.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2008

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance58 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CBR600F4i

Summary:

Great sport bike

Faults:

Nothing, I sold it due to family reasons.

General Comments:

Great sport bike with lots of power. Ride was smooth, not great when it came to comfortable. All in all, a good bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 2008

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance178 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson Sportster XL 883C

Summary:

The best I've driven

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Amazing bike, awesome appearance, sufficient power, handles like a dream.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th May, 2008

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from United States of America

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance250 miles

Summary:

I love it

Faults:

Nothing has yet, only 250 miles.

General Comments:

Very much like its ride and affordability. Looks are outstanding.

Very customizable, and a robust online community for ideas.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2008

2008 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from Australia

Model year2008
Year of manufacture2008
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired2 kilometres
Most recent distance1800 kilometres
Previous motorcycleBMW R 80

Summary:

Overall a fantastic bike, and I would recomend it to anyone and everyone

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I have previously owned/ridden a Suzuki RGV250, a Suzuki 400 Bandit, a CBR125R and a BMW R80. I recently dumped the 400 Bandit due to long running Carb issues (but seriously it's an '89 model, so I was doing pretty good) and picked up an M50.

Despite my misgivings, having never ridden a cruiser before, the M50 handles much better than it has any right to. It is stable at low and high speeds and in corners and under braking.

The finish and build quality are immaculate.

I find the engine to be responsive, nice and torquey, not much shaft interference when slowing or engine braking, and the fueling is perfect.

I have some issues with my height and the position of the handle bars, but the bar position is more comfortable than everything I've ridden bar the BMW and the seat is also on par with the Beemer. Which when you think about the price premium on the Beemer, is saying a lot. Of course I'm going to just roll the handlebars back and fix that problem anyway.

And of course the only other issue with the M50, as highlighted in most magazine reviews, is the rear drum brake. But them's the breaks; when you get so much for your money there's going to be one or two little niggles.

The day I rode it home from the dealership I had two blokes in a ute honking at me and shouting through the window to find out what type of bike it was - I pulled up next to them in traffic and told them; the driver (a Harley Sportster owner) said he'd never seen one before but was going to go test ride one that weekend. :)

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2008

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 14 reviews