2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 Reviews

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired305 miles
Most recent distance378 miles
Previous motorcycleSuzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Summary:

Great bike, just don't like where they put the battery compartment

Faults:

No problems at this time, the bike rides & handle great.

General Comments:

Bike rides great, and seat feels find to me, but I ride a 05 Hayabusa, so that's what I'm comparing the seat to.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th April, 2010

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2010
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired1250 miles
Most recent distance7150 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FXDWG Wide Glide

Summary:

For the dough, the best bike you will ever own!

Faults:

So far, I have not had any problems with this bike. It has been totally reliable.

General Comments:

This bike, for its size, has very good performance, outperforming bikes twice its size. It will outrun a Harley 96 cubic inch in a top gear roll-on from 50 mph. I have had it to a top speed of 120 mph indicated, 112 mph verified by GPS. This thing hauls. It is faster than my previously owned 1400 Intruder. In fact, it has a higher top gear roll-on top speed after 200 yards than any bike I have ever owned.

I get very good gas mileage, averaging 55 mpg, when driven at legal speeds.

It is fairly comfortable for rides not exceeding the capacity of the fuel tank.

Great around town, and OK on the highway, high frequency vibration being my only complaint comfort wise.

I am 6'2", 220 lbs, and I am comfortable for 3-4 hours in the saddle at a time.

I would have to rate it as one of the best values ever in motorcycling.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st March, 2010

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 2 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance33500 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda XL 100

Summary:

Handles very well, but the brakes SUCK

Faults:

After only owning the bike for a few months, my wife took it in for its service and the shop had to change out the front brake pads after only 500 miles. I thought this was just a fluke, but I have replaced brake pads now 7 times, going on 8. I drive it mainly on the freeway, minimal stopping. The dealer told me that is "normal". Really? I have a 1980 Honda CB 650c with original brake pads and it has 32000 miles! Brake system is over worked and needs two discs up front and a disc in the back.

I also had problems the first few months with the choke cable breaking at the carb.

The seat is very uncomfortable on long (over 20 miles) drives.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th September, 2009

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired1400 miles
Most recent distance2500 miles

Summary:

Great bike, great looks and fun to ride

Faults:

Carburetor/gas issues.

Front brakes squeal.

Rear signal lights crack easy if hit on dismount.

Needs 6th gear.

General Comments:

The bike rides really nice and has more than enough power.

If the bike sits unused for a long time, be careful that you put something in the gas prior or fill with C12 racing fuel. The gas used today has alcohol, and will cause a film of what turns out to be corn starch and will clog the jets. If you add a cap full of mystery oil to the tank, it will help to prevent this from happening.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2009

2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired230 miles
Most recent distance500 miles

Summary:

Nice light, easy handling bike

Faults:

Choke knob doesn't stay pulled out all the way. Have to hold it by hand or the engine will die.

General Comments:

Very nice handling bike due to its size, yet is still plenty powerful.

The gear shift lever is too low, but I am having trouble adjusting it due to the kickstand bracket, which is on so tight I haven't been able to loosen it.

Seat is not too comfy, definitely will need to upgrade.

The handlebars are a bit narrow; I find myself clutching only the other half of the throttle. I am 5'8", 160lbs and the bar position is very comfortable but is not a sporty position.

The bike is a cold starter though. Definitely needs a choke every time. Even today, sitting for 4 hours after riding (in the 70 degree sun), I had to use the choke. The choke knob doesn't stay when pulled out all the way. I need to hold it in place.

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

Review Date: 28th April, 2008

12th May 2008, 14:07

Update (2 weeks after purchase). I've put 400 miles on the bike now and here is my impression. The choke knob still sucks. I have to physically hold it out all the way (past the last click that will stay on its own) or the engine will die.

The seat is okay, but I find myself pushing my butt back into the curvature of the seat (or my arms are squished), so I am having a custom seat maker carve out the back a bit (and add a gel padding for $225). I am 5'8" with 30" inseam.

Power is great. Handling is great. Getting 50mpg.

Will add a memphis windshield soon.

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 12 reviews