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Couldnt test ride mine, but sat on it for hours to make sure it fit. Turned out to be the right choice, but that was luck. No dealers around me allow test rides, except HD, so its a crap shoot. Only thing to do is constant research and read the customers reviews. Looking at the M90 for next year, after toying with the idea of a Raider (thanks Cooley) I'm looking for a more comfortable ride. Hope to get lucky again!
 

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I was looking for a bike to ride back and forth to work 1.5 yr ago. I found the m50 on ebay and looked at reviews on it, well as u can see I have one. I bought it, the guy loaded it and brought it home. The next day not having rode a bike put 5 miles on it in the yard. Hey it works. Light weight, easy to handle, and cool looking. I can take off and hang in with the guys on their $18k bikes. so Buy you one.
 

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Had the marauder for a few yrs,,, sold it, and decided recently to get another bike. Wanted the m50. Had not ridden it,,, but didnt matter. Bought it online and just via pics and email. Had it shipped and its perfect!!!
 

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Got my C50 and then my C90T without test rides. Verrrry happy. Only thing I did was extend the bars back 2 inches. Cost was under $50. on ebay. This is a good bike.
 

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I took a 3 mile ride on my M50, wish I had taken it out on the highway and ran it at a higher speed for a longer ride. But all in all I love the bike and it runs great!
 

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I bought mine without a test drive. I started it up to hear how it sounded and did a full 360 inspection on it and then wrote the check. Unless it has ridiculously high miles or has signs that it has been dropped, then I don't see any reason to be skiddish about the purchase. However, if the seller starts to smell a bit scammy, then that is the point I would cut bait and walk. There are a lot of scammers out there who put up pictures of desirable bikes and then post a price that is so low that it is hard to stop thinking about it. It sounds like this guy is a legit seller, so you shouldn't have too much to worry about. Worst case scenario is that you just turn around and sell the bike and probably break even.
 

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I bought mine without a test drive. I started it up to hear how it sounded and did a full 360 inspection on it and then wrote the check. Unless it has ridiculously high miles or has signs that it has been dropped, then I don't see any reason to be skiddish about the purchase. However, if the seller starts to smell a bit scammy, then that is the point I would cut bait and walk. There are a lot of scammers out there who put up pictures of desirable bikes and then post a price that is so low that it is hard to stop thinking about it. It sounds like this guy is a legit seller, so you shouldn't have too much to worry about. Worst case scenario is that you just turn around and sell the bike and probably break even.
Pssst! The original post came in July 2009...I'm pretty sure he bought the bike back then too.

Don't feel bad...nearly everyone has done it...you think you're replying well and providing good information...and then you realize the post you're answering was written back when they were inventing Dirt.

Hang in there, you'll be fine.

At least you're trying to contribute.

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In 2006, I bought a new S50 without a test ride. Just sitting on it in the showroom was good enough for me. Absolutely, no regrets.
 

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Pssst! The original post came in July 2009...I'm pretty sure he bought the bike back then too.

Don't feel bad...nearly everyone has done it...you think you're replying well and providing good information...and then you realize the post you're answering was written back when they were inventing Dirt.

Hang in there, you'll be fine.

At least you're trying to contribute.

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I figured that. I was just responding for posterity in case someone came along the thread with similar questions.

I'm pretty familiar with resurrecting threads from the dead on other forums. I've been around for awhile and have tens of thousands of posts, just not here. ;)
 

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I also bought mine without test riding. but looked cool. I'm 5'7" 188 fits great. people tell me I look too relaxed when I ride. wtf what its about isnt it?!

I drilled out the baffles. some poppingbut no performance problems far as I can see I've put 11k miles on and bought it brand new at 7k out the door. hey,. gas here is $4.52 a gallon..everything's higher in Hawaii..

took rear seat off wife not into riding. drum rear brake not the best ..but no traffic or traffic lights on our island.

best buy I ever made!!
 

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Hey, I'm 54 too. I rode into the local Suzuki dealer on my 2004 Ninja and was interested in a new 2009 M50... They would not let me test ride it... I liked it. I bought it. I love it! Go figure?
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They would not let me test ride it... I liked it. I bought it. I love it! Go figure?
In my opinion, that is just validating their bad behavior.

I would have taken my business elsewhere, even if I had to go 100 miles to do it.

And then I would have brought my shiny new bike back to them and made sure the OWNER saw it.

I am assuming they did that because of a general policy.....and not something specific to just YOU. :cool:
 

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i bought an 08 m50 brand new, no test ride. loved it, but wished it had 1 more gear for cruising speed. I sold it to my nephew this spring and currently own an 09 m90. absolutely love it. if they had the m90 out when i bought my m50, i would have gone with the 90. more than enought power, and very comfortable. and I am only 5'8" and 180 lbs. the boulevards are all great bikes, and very reliable. you cant really go wrong with them.
 

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To add to the topic. I just bought an 06 M50 and love it. Started riding again after 30 years away from it. When looking for a bike I learned that most sellers didn't want potential riders to test drive. I understand the thinking. Went for a back seat test drive on a Honda. Didn't buy. Next seller let me take out his boulevard on my own. Bought it. Got to tell the sellers that they need to let the 54 year olds test drive., they'll buy! Course, after market HK pipes do sound good!
 

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I bought mine trusting the image on the web and no test ride.... I think i am the luckiest guy on earth to make this decision and get the M50:mrgreen:
 

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Oh, and after a few weeks I did figure out that I wanted Cooley risers (2") and they are very good additions. Better posture, etc. Have fun!
 

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Bought my M50 also without a test ride. Just sat on it and revved the engine. That sold me!
- but I had done the prior research.
Any potential buyer can be pretty well informed from the internet these days.

On the day I went to the dealer, it was pissing rain, a real storm, and dealer insurance was invalid in those conditions.
I thought, screw it, I am going to get that bike.
I'm 53 years old, back to biking after 20 years, I find the bike very comfortable, love riding it, and very happy with my purchase.
Now I'm thinking about my next one!
 
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