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  1. #1
    M-J Master Poster
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    Advice for new M50 owners

    I thought I'd start a thread where those of us that have had M50s for a while could post a quick tip for new M50 owners.

    Here we go with the first tip:

    Check the 3 bolts that hold your tail light assembly on. They take a 10mm socket. A lot of people have lost a bolt, or two, and almost lost their tail light assembly while riding down the road.

    Ok... who's next?

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    Throttle Jockey
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    If you replace your Exhaust or Debaffle your stock pipe...you DON'T need a powercommander or any of it's affiliates. You ONLY need to install a fuel managment system if you replace the air Intake.

    PS: The search function, found here Motorcycle-Journal Forums - Search Forums is pure gold. Chances are, your question has been asked and answered already and will make your life easier and results quicker.
    Please Note: All opinions contained herein are worth exactly what you paid for them.



    It's true that every time you hear a bell ring, an angel gets its wings...
    But what they don't tell you is that every time you hear a mouse trap "snap", an Angel gets set on fire...


    2009 Suzuki M109R * RoadBurner Velocity Pro 2-1 Exhaust * Kuryakyn Scythe Mirrors * Raw Designs adjustable lowering bones * OEM Zuki Engine Gaurds * National Cycle Vstream Tour Windsheild * GiPro ATRE w/ Gear Indicator

  4. #3
    Puddle Runner
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    Be extremely careful when parking your VZ800 on any amount of slope if the bike is pointing downhill. If it's in neutral, there's a good chance that the kickstand will retract and your bike will fall onto its left side. So if you're parking with the bike pointing downhill, put it in first gear and let the bike roll the inch or two until the engine compression prevents it from rolling further. Then put the kickstand down and turn the handlebars all the way to the left.

    Better yet, park it facing uphill and you won't need to worry about it.
    Last edited by nicocorea; 05-29-2008 at 04:37 PM.

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  6. #4
    M-J Master Poster
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    Good ones, guys.

    Also, if you lower your bike either pay more attention to the slope when you park or do the kickstand mod.

  7. #5
    Seat Tester
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    If it's squeaking like a bird's nest just spray all rubber pads you can find with silicone spray.

  8. #6
    Puddle Runner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie800 View Post
    If it's squeaking like a bird's nest just spray all rubber pads you can find with silicone spray.
    Even the two really big round ones that touch the ground?

  9. #7
    M-J Master Poster
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicocorea View Post
    Even the two really big round ones that touch the ground?

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    Yes, that buzzing sound when you first turn it on is normal.
    So is the high-pitched whine before you start it up.
    Shifting between first and second going either way is not going to be smooth for the first thousand miles or so.
    Synthetic is ok.
    The stock seat sucks, but Corbin, Mustang, and Saddlemen all make good alternatives.
    You can find reviews of just about every aftermarket part made for our bikes on this forum if you just use the search.
    Those of you who really want a Harley, it's ok to ride a Suzuki for a while then trade up.
    Those of you who hate Harleys and want to be snobs about it, Harleys are ok.
    You should be getting about 40-50 mpg stock if you aren't running the engine too hard all the time.
    You can't start your bike if it's in gear and the kickstand is down.
    You can't mount Johnskit forward controls and the OEM engine guards at the same time.
    The OEM engine guards are nothing like highway bars.
    The OEM floorboards are nothing like regular floorboards.
    You can buy a cheaper sissy bar than the OEM, but you can't buy a better-looking one.
    C50 bars fit the M50--honest--you just have to re-route the cables.
    Yes, you need to buy the saddlebag mounts if you're going to use throw-over saddlebags of any kind.
    Last edited by DaveAlvarado; 05-29-2008 at 04:53 PM.
    Current Mods/Accessories: OEM short sissy bar, MC Enterprises crash bar, Mustang Vintage Wide Touring seat, Kuryakyn Dually Iso highway pegs + Longhorn mounts, Highway Hawk floorboards, Tsukayu Corner hard bags, Memphis Shades Pop-Top with modified mounts, Kuryakyn GranTour bag for the long trips

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    Seat Tester
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicocorea View Post
    Even the two really big round ones that touch the ground?
    Only if your name is Big Bird

  12. #10
    In The Zone
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    Despite what many people will say highway bars will easily fit this bike without interferring with handling/leaning corners-even lindby highway bars (yes I have them) will fit without affecting handling. If you are riding corners aggressive enough that you do scrape pegs/bars you need a differant bike

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    Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!"
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    Throttle Jockey
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    Your Bike will NEVER sound like a Harley...
    your Bike will never have the Deep Burble of an 1800 cc machine
    Your Bike will never out accelerate any sportbike worth it's salt
    Please Note: All opinions contained herein are worth exactly what you paid for them.



    It's true that every time you hear a bell ring, an angel gets its wings...
    But what they don't tell you is that every time you hear a mouse trap "snap", an Angel gets set on fire...


    2009 Suzuki M109R * RoadBurner Velocity Pro 2-1 Exhaust * Kuryakyn Scythe Mirrors * Raw Designs adjustable lowering bones * OEM Zuki Engine Gaurds * National Cycle Vstream Tour Windsheild * GiPro ATRE w/ Gear Indicator

  14. #12
    Clunked into first gear
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    LOL!

    Seriously, some great pearls there. Thanks guys!

    Newbie

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    M-J Master Poster
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    When you ride without a speedo (not the bikini kind), your fuel light doesn't come on to warn you that you are about to run out of gas.

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    Ditch Magnet
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    Don't bother drilling holes in your pipes. It's like dry humping your girl when you were a kid. It's all right, but no one is satisfied to stop there. Go all the way and debaffle (+fibrosleeve) or else get aftermarket pipes, big boy.

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    M-J Master Poster
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay313 View Post
    Don't bother drilling holes in your pipes. It's like dry humping your girl when you were a kid. It's all right, but no one is satisfied to stop there. Go all the way and debaffle (+fibrosleeve) or else get aftermarket pipes, big boy.




 
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