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post #1 of 55 (permalink) Old 08-19-2015, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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A friend is looking for a bike. His wife gave him the thumbs up on getting one but she said get one that I can go riding on. I informed of the Vics and hes seen my KingPin and XCT. Ive told him what I know about Victorys, However he wants or thinks he wants a Suzuki boulevard.

My question is for those who have owned one or have any first hand knowledge on them. Is there anything to look out for? Any years that were better than the other? Do they corner well? etc etc etc.

Thanks I want to help him be as informed as he can be before he purchases one.

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A friend is looking for a bike. His wife gave him the thumbs up on getting one but she said get one that I can go riding on. I informed of the Vics and hes seen my KingPin and XCT. Ive told him what I know about Victorys, However he wants or thinks he wants a Suzuki boulevard.

My question is for those who have owned one or have any first hand knowledge on them. Is there anything to look out for? Any years that were better than the other? Do they corner well? etc etc etc.

Thanks I want to help him be as informed as he can be before he purchases one.

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Which Boulevard? C50? M109? Many different bikes under the Boulevard marque...

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at 40k miles, my cam chains and piston rings were shot. I think this is a trend with all of them. Mine was burning oil like a furnace even after changing the piston rings.
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I have a 2007 C50t That my wife now rides. 22000 miles and never been back to the dealer for anything but one valve adjustment. Great little bike and for a 50 ci it runs pretty good. We just got back from a 2500 mile trip and as long as I kept the vic around 70 mph the suzuki did great. ( it was much more enjoyable for me riding single) as for the longevity I cant say but for the price I paid for it bran new under 6k if it dies at 40k I will scrap it and say it did ok by me

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ive heard they have a weak 1st gear (read it in some magazine, no real world knowledge), and i do know that my buddies M109R had a fairly loud 5th gear. like you could actually hear the trans. never really bothered him, and i only rode it once or twice, just something that stuck out in my memory.

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ive heard they have a weak 1st gear (read it in some magazine, no real world knowledge)
I think it's second gear
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I think it's second gear
My Vic is loud in every gear but 5th. But 40k miles and it still doesn't bother me

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I loved my 09 C50 I had, no real problems with it, it handled very well and was pretty light, but that's because it only weighed roughly 600lbs and was only 800cc. Theres a decent amount of aftermarket parts available as well. Cornering wasn't he best especially after lowering the rear a bit, I'd scrape floorboards all the time. And I really felt like it needed a sixth gear when at highway speed, but that bike definitely wasn't built for speed.

Ultimately though I wanted a bigger bike, mainly due to Highway riding and the fact that two up riding on a bike with an engine that size was a little lacking in the power deparment. So I ended up on my Victory XC and couldn't be happier.

The C50 was a solid bike and great for a beginner rider or someone new to cruisers, but in the end one will want something bigger than the C50 or M50 especially when two up riding. I don't have much experience with the bigger models, always wanted an M109R, but why get that when I could get a Victory near the same price or less?
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i have the M109 and i love it, the power is like no other in its class, tell him to stay away from the 2006 and 2007 if he goes with the M109. the second gear goes bad fairly quickly in thoses years
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