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  1. #1

    2005-2007 C50 holding up well?

    So how are the '05-'07 C50's holding up these days? Any known issues? I'm looking into getting back into riding again, but i've only ridden a cruiser once. It was some kind of Harley, took it about 2 miles right before a cookout, not enough time/distance to form a real opinion. I seem to have my heart set on a C50 (FI is a plus for me now), but due to budget restraints I'm pretty much in the 2005-2007 dollar range. Unfortunately i've got another item on CL i have to sell before i can purchase one (and what's with all the CL scammers these days?!). Anywho, i sold my last bike back in 08 or 09 i guess? It was a Honda CBR 900RR, prior to that i had a Suzuki Katana 750. I learned to ride on the Katana, and the transmission blew out at 22k miles. I swapped the motor myself, rode for a bit, sold it, upgraded, etc. I'm a little weary of going back to Suzuki again due to the blown tranny at only 22k miles, but I've read quite a few good reviews on the C50 cruiser. I'm finding them here and there on CL for good prices in good condition, just hoping i can still find them that way when i sell my boat. Anything I should look for in particular with these bikes? Closest interstate is 60 miles from here either direction, so it'll mainly be for in town riding and/or 65mph or under, but i'd still like enough power and room to ride 2up in the mountains or 80mph+ solo when needed. Me and the wife would be about 320lbs total, so i don't "think" that'd be an issue.

    Now that i've gotten a bit older, and rarely get my truck up/over 60mph, I figure a cruiser will suit me well. Comfy, good gas mileage, and wind in what's left of my hair C90 would be nice, but I can't find them for less than $5k and that's more than the wife will let me spend on a toy at the moment LOL

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  3. #2
    Seat Tester
    My Bike(s)
    Suzuki C50 '07
    Central Pennsylvania
    I bought an '07 C50 brand new and now have almost 36,000 miles on it. I have never had even the slightest mechanical problem. The exhaust has never been altered, it is just as it came from the factory. I have always taken good care of it, given it timely oil changes, fresh coolant every 2 years. I don't do my own maintenance. I am lucky to have a very reliable independent mechanic who does the work. At 22,500 miles I had him adjust the valves and he said it was not really needed. I might have him do it again at the start of next summer, but it continues to run well. I believe good preventive maintenance is the key to keeping it reliable. As for carrying weight, I never have passengers, but I sure have loaded it up with lots of stuff in a T-bag over the sissy bar and luggage rack, and saddle bags. Tent, folding chair, etc... I can fit a lot of stuff on it.
    So, if you find a C-50 which has always been well cared for, you should be satisfied.
    Last edited by Centrelonghair; 09-08-2012 at 07:26 AM.

  4. #3
    Thanks for the input. I hope to be able to sell my boat soon and get one, but it looks like I'm selling at a bad time. Guess if it takes a couple months, ill have time during the winter to fix it up how I want it for riding season. Like many others new to the cruiser world, I just fear ill be wanting more power a short while after buying it

  5. #4
    My Bike(s)
    2007 Suzuki C50 Boulivard, All Stock except seat!
    Auburn, New York
    I got an all stock 2007 C50 a couple days before Christmas last year and other than the stock seat having to be upgaded, it has been doing fine the past 2k+ miles. I have noticed a little sticking between shifts if I don't actually "use" the gear a little before shifting again. Suspect the problem may be the linkage getting a little dirty as I have read about recently... My wife and I (about 390 lbs total) finally found a steep enough hill last week that kept us down to 70. Yes, I like to test it a bit still to make sure I know what it will do when I really need it... I can't go too crazy since I like to be on top this earth too much vice six feet under! I was doing 50 when I started up the hill and laid into it. The hill was easily over half a mile long. So, with a little less weight, you should do better. Solo is even better for sure! It will do what you want.

  6. #5
    Ditch Magnet
    My Bike(s)
    2006 Suzuki Boulevard C90 Black
    Forestville, MD
    No issues here aside from reg maintenance 07 Mustang seat 18,500 miles de-baffled

  7. #6
    I took the All Bran Challenge
    My Bike(s)
    Aldergrove, B.C., Canada
    05 C50 since new, 77,000 Kms. Runs better than new. TeclusionFI and K&N Air Cleaner, oil changed every 5,000 Kms., stock pipes.
    All gas fills recorded, average 20.4 Kms per liter. Just over 21 Kms per liter past 2 years.

  8. #7
    My Bike(s)
    2005 C 50 Boulevard Used to ride a Yamaha Venture Royale
    Apache Junction AZ
    Bought an '05 this summer had 3400 miles when I got it now have 7000 on it and I love it Plenty of power and good milage and no issues at all. When I rode it back to AZ from MN this fall it was cold up north and 90 plus in AZ and it never missed a beat.

  9. #8
    Just Won't Go Away !
    My Bike(s)
    Buford, GA
    45,000+ on my 2006. No issues, just the normal wear items.
    You MUST obey the pug dog!


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