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I began riding in 1959. I still love the feel of the old 650 Triumphs blasting through curves on back roads. Over the years I had a number of bikes to include Harley dressers. The 83 Suzuki GS550 that I owned, was a fine bike and mostly trouble free. As of Jan, this year, I had not been on a bike for 10 years, when I decided to get back up. I read a fair amount, regarding the vast changes that have taken place in the motorcycle world. The main thing that I learned is that there are bikes sold for every taste, but one needs to learn what one wants before buying. After a number of test rides, I settled on the Suzuki S50 Boulevard. This bike is as close as I can get to the weight and feel of the old 650 Triumphs AND still have the reliability of shaft drive and a water cooled engine. The bike corners as if on rails and has plenty power away from the traffic light. Open road cruising is a joy with the S50 and the bike handles very well in heavy traffic in town. With two up, I feel very little loss in acceleration and/or handling ease. The optional Suzuki Sissy Bar is a must if you want your passenger to feel secure on the pillion. I have just gone past the first 1000 miles on this bike. I had it in Daytona for Bike Week and got a number of appreciative stares from fellow bikers who could not figure out what the S50 was, with the new custom look that the flat handle bars give. My only complaint is with the green flasher that indicates that the directional signals are still on. I would make the light amber, so that it would be easier to see in daylight. Over nearly 50 years of riding motorcycles, ranging from 90cc Hondas to "land barge" Harley dressers, I can highly recommend the Suzuki S50 to anyone who has a purist bent and just wants to enjoy the feel of a real naked motorcycle that is both fun to ride and easy to handle. The price tag makes the S50 a bargain too!