2010 Suzuki Boulevard M50 from New Zealand
I love this bike!
Comfortable; my first ride was 300 km non-stop, with no numb bum or other discomfort.
Great handling, I love to lean this bike, it's light and easily manoeuvred. Easy to keep up with other bikes.
Responsive engine, low rev torque is more than enough, and easy cruising at 120 km/hr and above.
Fuel tank large enough for 275 to 300 km. A slightly larger tank would be nice, but not necessary.
Exhausts!!! Suzuki, make the factory fitted exhaust louder - be seen, be heard, be safe! This is the first thing I'd change with after market parts.
Brakes. Would love to see this bike with double front discs and a single rear disc, but then it probably wouldn't be such a great price. The bike is a cruiser, not a sports bike, so the brakes are adequate for the intended purpose.
I started riding at the age of 61, two years ago. I did 20 months (24,000 km) on a leaner 250cc cruiser, then bought my Boulevard M50 a couple of months ago. I did a lot of research and decided on the M50 because it was in the size and weight range I wanted (750 to 900 cc), had mag wheels, was shaft drive, had a nice low and comfortable seat, and looked like a classic cruiser.
I've done 2,100 km in just over two months. I ride her whenever I can, I use her to commute (unfortunately only 10 km each way - I try to take the longer way home whenever possible) and take longer rides in the weekend.
I would just like a little more noise from the exhaust to make me more noticeable to other vehicles out on the road.
She's the bright orange colour, I like that, and people come up to me when I pull up and comment on her looks.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd May, 2012
28th Apr 2017, 04:13
Sold this 2010 Boulevard M50 when I went to work in Australia. Rode a Honda ST1100 for a couple of years, then returned to New Zealand. Looked around at used bikes and kept coming back to the Suzuki M50, mid-size cruiser, instruments up on the handle bar, alloy wheels, fuel injected, pegs not foot plates (personal choice). Finally walked away with a 2012 M50 in blue, have done nearly 25,000 km on her in two years.
Just love the M50, light and nimble, comfortable for the pillion, I've got Boulevard saddle bags and a Givi Maxia 3 55 Litre top box fitted so she's my Boulevard M50T.
If Suzuki were going to evolve the M50, they could keep the frame, front and back layout and engine, but fit double disc brakes up front and a single disc at the back (that'd let them fit ABS as an option for the European market) and a sixth gear in the transmission. I don't mind the plastic; steel only weighs more and will rust.
She's just a treasure. I so enjoyed my original 2010 M50 that I bought another one.