Yeah, they can adjust the rear brake. They adjusted mine and it’s much more effective now.
As for the quiet pipes; I recommend removing the baffles. There’s a video on U tube (De-baffle this!) that gives really simple directions. I did it to mine after the break in period and it sounds great. I’ve got 5,500 miles on it without any problems. It’s even louder than my friend's 1300.
Reply to comment: 15th Mar 2008, 19:37.
2008 Suzuki M50...
I'm 5'7" and 180lbs., and thought the handle bars would need to be rotated closer to me. But after a short test ride, I was hooked. It, too, fit like a glove... very comfortable, and the slight (ever so slight...) forward lean is not bad at all.
Glad to hear you're back into riding after 10 years. You couldn't have purchased a better bike. I do agree with you... at times, I am searching for a 6th gear. I have touched 100+mph for a very brief moment, and it is as stable as at 70mph.
Reply to comment: 23rd Mar 2008, 09:49.
2008 Suzuki M50.
Thanks for the tip. Yes, I have seen the video clip on debaffling, and I may just do that. It seems very simple enough to do without any special tools. The dealership offered a good deal on a set of Cobra's, but I liked the styling of the original pipes. So, debaffling, via the video clip may be the way to go, aesthetic-wise, as well as economic-wise.
I am looking to purchase the 2008 M50 as well. However I am concerned about its power. Can anyone give me an honest evaluation of this? I am 5'9 210lbs (similar to one of you) and I am nervous that I might out grow it too fast. 45-50 Hp seems quite low.
Reply to comment: 11th Apr 2008, 13:34.
The M50 is a cruiser and weighs approximately 570lbs., so it is not really quick off the line, unlike a sports bike.
First gear may seem a bit too low, and will snap your head back if you roll on the throttle too quickly. But to move this middle-weight cruiser from a dead stop, a low first gear may be warranted.
Fifth gear is very tall. After touching 100+mph, the engine still had more to give.
The M50 is my first bike, and in my humble opinion, has ample power for my needs and riding style. The M50 is certainly not under powered, but from the looks and size of the engine, an experienced rider, such as yourself, may expect more.
If, at all possible, take an M50 for a test ride, it may or may not surprise you.
I am actually considering the M50 for my next bike. My only problem/question is whether or not the bike will fit me. I am 5'8" and weigh 125. Let's just say my previous bike's size pales in comparison to the M50. I am looking to get a larger bike, and a cruiser versus my current sport bike is what I am looking for. Any suggestions to whether or not it will fit me are welcome.
The M50 will fit you to a tee. My 14 year daughter can hold it up and she is 5'5" 120. Stand-over is just right for her. In fact she wants me to let her ride it. NOT!!. You won't have any problems. Enjoy the ride and have a blast. If you need support, check out www.volusiariders.com. It is a website dedicated to these bikes.
I'm finding it interesting reading all the comments about this bike. My last bike was a Honda Goldwing, purchased new in '82. Now I'm looking to get back into riding again after selling it 15 years ago. But at my current age (63) a Wing is way too much machine. So I'm researching other bikes with many of the positives attributes the wing had! It looks like I may have found it in the M50.
My first bike was a Suzuki 125 and it was very reliable. Many bikes later I graduated to the BIG machines. Over time (and at great expense) I learned what was good and not so good to have in a bike. The M50 seems to have all the positive attributes I now demand.
Attributes like; a liquid cooled engine (quiet and longer lasting), EFI (no fussy carbs), no spokes (no high speed wobbles), shaft drive (low maintenance), a quiet engine & exhaust (to lessen mental fatigue), little to no vibration and great handling meets all my requirements! So, with my S.S. income check, I'm off to find a deal! Thanks you all & Suzuki!
I'm seriously considering purchasing a M50. Does anybody know if you can bore the engine larger with out problems? Add an aftermarket exhaust pipe, anything to up performance. I'm just worried that I'm not going to be happy, as test drives are a no. I currently ride a 1984 Honda Saber 750 and love it, but the time has come for something new.
I have the 2008 M50 and I have been riding since I was a little kid in the 70's. The bike has plenty of power for anyone 250lbs or smaller. I have owned and put lots of miles on many types of bikes. For those of us not in our 20's anymore, or if you don't want your wrists and back to kill you after 45 minutes, this is a fun bike. Yes, it will wheelie!
I am a new rider, and have been looking into getting this bike. Most reviews rate it as being a good start up bike, however I have gotten different comments from the 3 shops in San Antonio that sell the bike about it being good to start up with, not being good to start, and depends on how quickly I adapt to riding... so they were not very helpful - but they still were willing to get me to purchase the bike (as well as some larger bikes) :)
My main concern is being 6'3 & 245, I read the comment about it being good for folks below 250lbs above.
I have owned the 08 M50 for a month now. I have never owned a bike before. 5'8 185lbs. Fits like a glove.
Pipes could be louder. Gets up and goes.
I highly recommend a windshield if you intend to ride the highway. Looks sharp.
40+ mpg. That's with me getting on it quite a bit. The excitement hasn't worn off.
I bought a 2005 M50 a little over a week ago and I'm having a blast. I'm used to riding GSXR's 600-1000's, but I wanted something comfortable over long distance, and that would save me some money at the pump. My Expedition drinks fuel like nothing I've ever seen, but back to the bike. It's fun and it has plenty of power. Wish 5th gear was a little higher, but it's still a good bike.
I'm 5'9 185lbs, and I had my Dad who is 6'3 210lbs on the back just today. Granted he looked funny crunched up behind me, but the bike has plenty of power to get to highway speeds and beyond if needed. I really am happy I bought it.
Stock pipes sound great, but wish they were a touch louder, but I'm gonna fix that in time.