I'm on my second Suzuki M50, a 2010 Candy Orange Max and now a 2012 blue one. New Zealand is a biker's paradise, lots of good riding roads. I find my M50 is great for a cruiser on the twisties, it's not a sports bike, but definitely better riding than many other cruisers. We have a 100 km/hr (60 mph) speed limit here and its quite rigorously enforced. But I have no problem keeping up with HDs when group riding, and get annoyed when they back off to 80 km/hr on corners that I take at 110 km/hr.
I started riding at 60 years old here in New Zealand, did about 25,000 km (15,000 miles) on a learner 250 cc cruiser, then did maybe 15,000 km (9000 miles) on my first M50, and probably 20,000 km (12,000 miles) on a Honda ST1100 in Queensland Australia - lots of straight roads, large radius sweeper corners, few twisties, ideal country for the ST1100, once rode nearly 400 km for a burger, and then 400 km back home (500 mile round trip). Now on my second M50 back in New Zealand, have done about 15,000 km (9000 miles) on her in the last year. I find the M50 much better to ride than the C50, definitely better than the Honda Shadow 750 which I found heavier and lower powered than the M50.
I chose the M50 because its a mid size cruiser (in my late 60s I need a lighter bike that I can pick up in case I lay it down) it is comfortable to ride and comfortable for my wife to pillion around town, the instruments are up on the bar and not down on the tank, shaft drive, mag wheels and foot pegs (not a foot plate or spoke polishing sort of guy). The original owner drilled four holes in each muffler plate so she sounds great, I've fitted saddlebags, a 40 Litre top box, a small GIVI screen and have just fitted hot grips. I've always found the local Suzuki agents are great, once when I dropped my learner cruiser and broke the clutch lever, they took a clutch lever off a second hand bike on their forecourt to see me through the weekend and ordered a new one in for me on the Monday.
This could be my last bike, just done her 35,000 km oil and filter change the other weekend, change oil and filters at 7500 km/just under 5000 miles and use synthetic JASO MA-2 motor oil. I commute about 70 km (40 miles) most days to and from work. I get 320 km plus,over 200 miles, per tank and she runs on regular petrol (91 RON/81 MON, maybe that's 86 octane in the States?).
I'd love a 2013 M50, they were available in red and as everyone knows red bikes are faster!