2012 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Classic Motorcycle Review — Motorcycle Magazine

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Suzuki Boulevard C50T

2012 Suzuki Boulevard Classic Motorcycle Review

the first time I threw a leg Suzuki’s Boulevard C50T I felt that it was an eager to family dog of a motorcycle that put a smile on the face any cruiser lucky enough to find one in his The length of the ride that me that impression? The 50 yards up my between where I unloaded it my truck and parked it in my garage. The day, I got to watch someone ride it while I shot the

At the first stoplight, I asked the what he thought about the and the response was that the Classic was and easy to ride. Sometimes, we how we feel about a motorcycle the first instant we engage the Still, I’d spent no real in the saddle.

Was this simply a first impression or the sign of more?

First, I’ve get this off of my chest: Boulevard Classic is a terrible name, a that made me think I be testing a touring cruiser. I’ve known some people with hard-to-pronounce I’ve decided to just let one slide. The name does, point us in the direction of its closest member, the Boulevard C50T.

The Classic is a slightly stripped-down of the C50T. Simply remove the the saddlebags, and the backrest from the and you’ve created a C50T (Why Suzuki didn’t through and remove the T from the thus eliminating the tourer is an open question.)

Aside the Classic’s good looks, of the bike’s initial positive comes from the 805cc, 45-degree V-twin engine. The fires immediately and the exhaust from the staggered dual is personable. Like the thumping of dog’s tail on the floor you walk into the room, the seems happy you’ve the starter.

The bike lifts off its sidestand and feels nicely between your legs. The seat height helps a though it does feel a tad thanks to the wide saddle. the transmission into gear, on the throttle, and easing out the clutch are the actions that will win riders, experienced and newbies

The lightly sprung clutch combines with the well-sorted end torque to make pulling from a stop seamless.

Naturally, the Classic seems at home doing the boulevard pull away from a accelerate to third gear and just motor along the flow of traffic. The Suzuki Throttle Valve optimizes air through the intake tract, silky throttle response the bottom end through the mid-range nary a hiccup, whether rolling the throttle on or off. engineers did their homework.

The character carries over to the handling, too. The wide bar the rider’s hands in a comfortable for navigating the urban maze. The leverage provided by the handlebar is not though; response to steering is immediate.

In fact, the front can a bit too quickly at low speed, becoming a floppy, but this behavior is to accommodate once you expect it.

however, you’ll run out of boulevards and to venture out into the wider While the Classic’s low and mid-range the engine feel larger an 800 around town, on the interstate it that there is no free when it comes to power. accelerating up to speed to merge traffic is accomplished with ease, you’ll need to the engine out if you’re in a hurry.

Similarly, passing on a two-lane usually requires a downshift, and then, the engine feels it’s working hard. at a constant speed on the interstate a surprising flaw in the Classic: for a with touring in its DNA, the feels remarkably busy you top 70 mph. I frequently found trying to shift into a sixth gear.

Although a little of the vibration reaches the the floorboards transmit a noticeable to the rider, adding to the impression the engine is overexerting itself.

The of the rider accommodations are quite for the long haul. The riding is cruiser neutral, meaning the feet aren’t too far forward to a little assist in raising the rump out of the seat to absorb Longer-legged riders may feel the floorboards are a tad high, but since the is more cornering clearance, the is worth it.

The handlebar puts the arms in a good position to the wind blast, which is and pretty manageable until you get 75 mph. The wide seat for movement to alleviate fanny Although the seat foam is on the side, it doesn’t lead to any on extended stints.

The rider’s experience of the chassis vary with the riding Overall, the single shock is transmitting much of the sensation of the surface to the rider’s hind On a winding road, this means that the suspension compress too much and eat up ground which is nice. Major do get transmitted to the rider but don’t the chassis.

On a freeway drone, same stiffness feels over expansion joints and pavement irregularities, detracting the enjoyment of the ride. The backbone feels stout enough to the stiff suspenders with a slight flex during sweepers. Abrupt steering like a snap swerve to avoid debris, will a slight wobble that after two cycles.

Suzuki Boulevard C50T

The engine almost as comfortable on winding as it does in the city. The 32-bit ECM seamless throttle response many more expensive fail to do. The lack of driveline in the shaft final drive in smooth power delivery.

The engine coupled with ground clearance will you wish for a never-ending series of When you do touch down the they drag benignly, plenty of warning before any mounted parts intrude on the

One big disappointment on the Classic is its brakes. the single front disc may nice, giving a clear of the spoked wheel, Suzuki to put a beefier caliper/pad combination on the or add a second disc. As it stands, the brake is underpowered, requiring a amount of effort.

The rear while not as light or as stylish as a offers decent power the unfortunate side effect of in some situations. In summary, the are the most obvious sign the Classic is built to a strict point (as are the rest of the 800 class

Suzuki nailed the styling of the Classic. From the hardtail unsullied by any suspension components to the of the fenders and the tasteful amount of this Boulevard looks more expensive than its price tag. The two-tone looks great in a variety of

The cleanly designed, tank-mounted features nice touches a clock, a gear indicator, a gauge, and an adjustable brightness All of these add to the perceived value of the though having the fuel move in increments smaller a

quarter-tank would be nice.

the Suzuki Boulevard C50T is a motorcycle that both the and experienced rider can enjoy. To the deal, the Classic is easy on the while still offering styling. With the exception of the at highway speeds, the Classic’s can be easily addressed through the via brake pads and a shock.

the best characteristic of the Classic is a personality that will its way into your heart — like that puppy you home 10 years ago — and become of the family. Maybe you’ll for it, too, the first time you out the clutch lever. RB

Review By Brasfield

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