2007 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Road Test Rider Magazine

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Suzuki Boulevard C50T

2007 Suzuki Boulevard Road Test


January 25, 2007

Very I’d just gassed up the Suzuki C50T for the first time, and I went to reset the tripmeter it 110.8 miles, but the odometer read 109. This is the kind of inexplicable weirdness keeps me awake at night-like why Hawaii have interstate

Fortunately, that was the only on the Boulevard that made me go . Back in 2004 when put all of its cruisers under the boulevard the 805cc Volusia received injection and became the Boulevard for a custom with 50 cubic In 2005, Suzuki added a version, the C50T, with a soft saddlebags, studded and a backrest.

Other niceties whitewall tires and an easy-to-read faced speedometer (that orange at night) with an bar-graph fuel gauge. a walk around the Boulevard and see how this 805cc midsized can be mistaken for being at least The combination of black and chrome and the valanced fenders give the a classic look, even if the and some of the covers are plastic.

The C50T ‘s liquid-cooled, 45-degree, V-twin engine is housed in a tubular-steel frame. The engine to life instantly, and each I start the bike, I can ride off immediately without any hesitation or from the engine. There’s low-end torque to pull it up hills, and the shaft drive’s is as smooth as a grilled peanut and banana sandwich.

The two-into-two exhaust sounds throaty without being and Suzuki’s Dual Throttle system, multihole fuel and 32-bit ECU borrowed from its models don’t produce any of abruptness sometimes associated motorcycle fuel injection. The has the same engine as the Suzuki M50 (tested in Rider, August which made 45.1 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 44.8 of torque at 3,400 rpm on the Borla dyno.

2007 Suzuki C50T

Controls are all very friendly and shifting through the gears is smooth. The engine a bit busy for a cruiser at highway where I often found wishing for a sixth gear, but crankpins reduce vibration so a minimum amount reaches me. I can some vibes coming the footboards; it isn’t bothersome, there, and after putting than a thousand miles on the I hardly notice it anymore.

The is set up for touring, so I spent some days in the saddle to see how the Boulevard I) would hold up. One of the days was on the freeway, riding through the stopping for chowder along the riding, stopping for more at a different place, and riding more. The 203?4-inch windscreen, as from right above the to the top, is tall and wide and a good job of keeping wind, and road hazards off the upper

There’s about a 3?4-inch adjustment to play with on the though the Allen wrench to adjust it is not included in the toolkit. A windblast sneaks in underneath the and is routed up over the tank and my chin from below, some helmet buffeting.

soon have the footboards the pavement when you crank up the in the twisties.

Our 5-foot, 4-inch could plant both flat on the ground when the wide seat, which is low at 27.6 inches and still well padded after on the bike. The seat also you to move around and choose a position that suits fancy-if I sit up straight and scoot to the where the seat angles up, I can see the windscreen.

If I slouch in typical fashion, my elbows are in a more position and I can look either or over the ‘screen. Footboards are far enough out that my legs cramped, and they don’t get in the way putting my feet down at

The C50T carries its weight low and 634-pound (wet) bike is to maneuver around town. As if you crank up the pace in tight, turns you’ll quickly the footboards scraping the pavement, but Mr. T direction easily when the twists and turns.

On one particular canyon road a series of very tight turns, the suspension almost out, but this didn’t me from having a good The first time I leaned the into a long sweeping at 75 mph, I could feel the wallowing slightly midway the turn. I backed off the throttle a bit and the stopped, and the Boulevard stayed on

A white-faced speedometer on the C50T is to read.

Out on the highway, the 41mm fork and single shock well to provide a compliant The C50T soaks up small acceptably and I was never bounced out of the but the soft springs and cruiserish rates can cause it to pogo large potholes and choppy The rear shock is hidden to the bike a hardtail look and seven-way spring preload left ours in the fourth on any bike used for touring.

to get to the shock you need to remove the sidecover (using the ignition where the toolkit is housed, and the two bolts that hold the in place. Then a spanner the toolkit is used to adjust the shock. For a touring bike will be ridden two-up and with changing loads seems like a lot of trouble to to go to.

An IRC 130/90-16 front tire and rear tire wrap attractive spoke wheels. The tires look way cool, good traction and do not follow grooves. And some brilliant came up with angled stems that point so checking tire pressure is a

Suzuki Boulevard C50T
Suzuki Boulevard C50T

Fuel injection was added to the engine for 2004.

Where bike really shines is out on the road, where you can cruise at an unhurried pace for many in comfort and pack lots of in the roomy saddlebags. The C50T has of the most user-friendly saddlebags come across, with fasteners that you can open and with one gloved hand. how these twist-locks sometimes their way back to the open but the bags’ flaps keep the safely inside.

A snap at the of each keeps the flaps fluttering around, and the removable bags hold their well. However, if you want to up the contents of the bags, you’ll to come up with an alternative A men’s size large jacket with armor fit one of the bags, and I could easily three plastic grocery full of food into the one. The classy chrome-studded from the seats and backrest on the saddlebags.

Someone should have to dye the faux leather black it’s cut off at the seams because it unfinished.

I had a chance to try out the C50T’s accommodations while helping Bill Stermer with his test for this month’s Guide. The passenger seat is than the rider’s, which had me over the top of Bill’s head and a lot of windblast on my helmet. Passengers who are than the rider will be protected from the wind.

The pegs are placed high, to the seat and clear the exhaust and the saddlebags forced my feet so that my heels were on the The seat also tilts so that when Bill to a stop I would slide him. My thoughts are that the accommodations are set up for small passengers.

The pivots; to remove it, you must the saddlebags.

The C50T could from stronger brakes. The single disc is adequate and has feel at the lever, but the 180mm drum brake locks the too easily and is difficult to modulate Stalk-mounted mirrors provide a rear view, the steel will accommodate a magnetic and if you aren’t carrying a passenger you can luggage on to the passenger seat and

Brackets above the passenger make a great place to bungee hooks. There’s a helmet lock, though difficult to get to with the saddlebags

With its good long-distance and ergonomics, user-friendliness, decent fuel economy and roomy, saddlebags, the C50T Boulevard is a choice for those who like cruiser touring-and it’s priced at just under grand. Oh, that Hawaii mystery? Turns out that any built under the auspices of the Aid Highway Act of 1956 and funded by the government is called an interstate, if it doesn’t cross state

Still haven’t figured out tripmeter, though.

If you’re in the 2007 Suzuki Boulevard . you may also be interested in Rider ‘s Comparo featuring the 2008 Boulevard C50T as well as the Honda VTX1300T, Kawasaki 900 Classic LT and Star V Star Silverado.

Suzuki Boulevard C50T
Suzuki Boulevard C50T

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