2006 Suzuki Boulevard S50 from United States of America
Don't buy this model Suzuki unless it's free
During cold starts, only one cylinder fires. The choke cable isn't working on one of the carburetors. The cable is not adjustable so I'll have to "jerry rig" it somehow. A new one won't solve this problem.
I had to replace the seat with a Mustang brand. The factory seat is uncomfortable after 30 minutes and too much vibration passes through it.
The front brake pads always squealed no matter what I tried. I had to replace them with aftermarket ones I found on eBay. That cured the problem. Replacement was easy.
The front spoked wheel was wobbling. The dealer would only replace the wheel and couldn't true it. They would not honor the warranty. I had to figure out how to true it myself. After fixing the wobble, I removed the existing wheel weight which balanced the tire. That confirmed to me that this was bad from the factory.
I added an aftermarket tachometer. It's just not right to drive a high RPM motor without one.
The motor has a slight miss either from the ignition or carbs at 2,500 to 3,500 rpm's. I can't even begin to figure out what is causing this problem. I've talked with the dealer enough to know that they aren't competent to work on motorcycles.
The bike looks great and has good horsepower and torque. The vibration is terrible. It radiates through the seat, handle bars and foot pegs. This is a high RPM motor, not a low RPM thumper.
The transmission is rough and feels like it's trying to stick between gears. The gears always go "Ka Chunk" between shifts like they're ready to break.
The bike is very difficult to work on. The motor and accessories are compacted very tight up into the frame. Valve clearance is almost impossible to check. The carbs and air cleaners are difficult to access. Any work requires removing the seat and gas tank.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th February, 2008
23rd Jul 2008, 18:07
I own one also.
I would love to know where you found the tachometer. I agree, this bike should have one.
Also, if you have photos of where it is connected, I would appreciate.
1st Oct 2008, 20:38
Go to intruderalert.com.
28th Jan 2009, 11:35
Thanks a lot guys for helping those of us looking for a good bike, who don't know much about them. Sorry for your problems, and appreciate your honesty.