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I sold my scooter today and am now ready to buy a 'real' motorcycle again. I have been looking at all the mid-size (650-900 cc) cruisers and I agree with the MO comparison test result - I think the Suzuki M50 looks the best. In Australia the competition includes Yamaha XVS650 V-Star Custom (a bit small I think), Honda VT750C2 - the new 21" front wheel one (its a Honda, very well built but not very exciting to look at), Kawasaki VN900 Classic (perhaps the only real alternative to the Suzuki) and Harley-Davidson XL883L Low (looks good but has no suspension travel, other Sportsters are just too expensive).

Has anyone else looked at similar choices and what do you think about these bikes (especially the M50 if you own one).

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I really dig the XL883 in the XR motif.

One thing to consider about Sporties is that there is a plethora of upgrades and mods the owner can do over time while the Suzuki is pretty much "what you see is what you get". About all that's available for the Suzuki is chrome barge bolt ons. On an 883 you can add 1200 cylinders, heads, suspension bits, you name it.
 

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I dig the 883XR as well. It's the Harley I'd buy if I was to buy a Harley. There's nothing that says "motorcycle" like a Sporty.
 

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I looked at all these and a few more before I bought. I considered a Sporty (1200 actually) 'cause I've always wanted an H-D. I didn't care for the weight-power distro, and I didn't care for the riding position (more of a personal thing).

I've had Hondas before. Good solid bike, but I was looking for something outside that box.

I was actually all set to get a Kaw 900 Custom. Then the dealer magically added $900 to the price, and I was out the door. The sound of the bike was great, engine VERY smooth at idle & on the road, smooth throttle. Felt great. Belt drive gave it a smooth ride. Too bad for the Kaw dealer.

I'd been looking at M50s since they came out. I've always loved them. They're big enough, powerful enough, they look great. It's as well balanced a mid-size cruiser as I've seen.

Before I read the MO shootout, I had them placed in the exact same order for myself. I bought the M50 a week before I read the shootout article.
 

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My wife has a C50 (the touring clone of the M50) which I take out often enough to say that of the cruiser's I've ridden it's a blast. Good comfort, good performance (hers has been jetted w/cobra pipes) and has solid, if uninspiring handling. We've done quite a bit of rain touring and it's reassuring in the bad weather. She gets nods from the Harley crowd, so it's definitely a nice mount if an HD's out of your budget. The shaft drive is not too jacky and the engine pulls nicely for an 800. Minor quip: the basic build quality's nice, but there's a bit too much plastic (i.e., fake chrome).

Read more Suzuki Boulevard C50T & M50 Motorcycles - Road Test & Review - Motorcycle Cruiser
 

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I'm a hard core sportbike rider, been doin' it for 44+ years. My current steed is a 2006 GSXR1000. I rented a M50 for a day and had such a blast on it that I rented it for another day. I think the bike is great. It's throttle response is top-notch, sounds good with the stock pipe, and is just tons of fun to ride. If this is the type of bike you want, I can't think of a better mount. Good Luck! Cheers, Jack
 

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I sold my scooter today and am now ready to buy a 'real' motorcycle again. I have been looking at all the mid-size (650-900 cc) cruisers and I agree with the MO comparison test result - I think the Suzuki M50 looks the best. In Australia the competition includes Yamaha XVS650 V-Star Custom (a bit small I think), Honda VT750C2 - the new 21" front wheel one (its a Honda, very well built but not very exciting to look at), Kawasaki VN900 Classic (perhaps the only real alternative to the Suzuki) and Harley-Davidson XL883L Low (looks good but has no suspension travel, other Sportsters are just too expensive).

Has anyone else looked at similar choices and what do you think about these bikes (especially the M50 if you own one).

Regards,
Peter
Yes Peter, I aquired a 2005 M50 a week ago and am very happy.
It goes really well and was a lot cheaper than the sporty I was checking out. The after market pipes are an essential as is a screen.
I am in Geelong does any one have any clues as to where I can get a detachable screen to suit my bike?
 

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shopping for a C50 or M50

I am shopping for a new mid sized cruiser and am looking at the C50 / M50. What is a good price for a left over 2008 model? If this dealer is being straight, they have a few of each available. I can't get a feel for what these models should honestly go for.
I was about to buy a new 2008 Shadow 750 for a good price, then the dealer notified me that they were all gone - offered me a left over 2009 for about a grand more. Funny thing that - next few days they (2008's) were still listed on the dealer's web site as being on sale. I don't think much of the old bait & switch deal - wouldn't have a Honda now if it were given to me. Seems to me that used car salesmen have nothing on motorcycle dealers - at least in the Central Florida area.
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Easy now,....

I am shopping for a new mid sized cruiser and am looking at the C50 / M50. What is a good price for a left over 2008 model? If this dealer is being straight, they have a few of each available. I can't get a feel for what these models should honestly go for.
I was about to buy a new 2008 Shadow 750 for a good price, then the dealer notified me that they were all gone - offered me a left over 2009 for about a grand more. Funny thing that - next few days they (2008's) were still listed on the dealer's web site as being on sale. I don't think much of the old bait & switch deal - wouldn't have a Honda now if it were given to me. Seems to me that used car salesmen have nothing on motorcycle dealers - at least in the Central Florida area.
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On a left over model it's hard to judge mainly becasue the only price listed is for used 2008 M50's, course remember as soon as you drive it off the lot you'll be faced with a book value of $5100.00.

On the same token your getting a brand new bike with a year warranty. In this situation the dealer probably is getting incentives on the motorcycle for being a left-over but don't kid yourself it's usually around 1000.00 dollars.

2008 Suzuki M50K8 BOULEVARD - 805cc Standard Equipment, Prices & Specs - NADAguides

And take it easy on us motorcycle salesman you sound like you got a crappy experience were not all bad, besides a lot less profit in bikes then a car. Good luck and great choice the VZ800 is a great bike that far surpasses the ole sporster imo!

I'm in Tampa were you at?
 

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