One of the aspects that most attracts at cruisers in general and at the S50 in particular is how the bike is build around the V-twin engine which gives the tone to the rest of the equipment mounted. The slim and narrow 45 degree V-twin looks like its ready to deliver asphalt-tearing power at any given moment and this is one of the aspect that makes a motorcycle a cruiser, its V-twin motor, which apart from providing torque and power, it also has the quality of being very good looking.
That very same engine wouldn’t have looked so good without the cradle-type frame providing the classic slim chopper look in collaboration with the custom flat handlebar design giving a sporty appearance.
The smooth fuel tank shows us the way down from the handlebar to the low, sleek, one-piece saddle adding a plus to S50’s already streamlined appearance.
The final touch is given by the bike’s custom-style 19” spoke front wheel and 60-spoke rear wheel with polished aluminum rim. This cruiser wouldn’t have been the same without them.
Bad boy appearance if mostly given by the S50’s chrome plated parts which include the engine side covers, grab rail, front fork brackets, rear suspension upper pivot caps, exhaust system, sidestand, footpeg brackets, and the front brake caliper cover giving it a very distinctive look. All this chrome makes a very cool contrast with the Black and it is very suitable for the Blue/Silver option which also goes very well with the chrome.
After riding the Suzuki Boulevard S83, I must admit that I wasn’t expecting the same blast from its little brother but my ride on the S50 went surprisingly well and I made myself a promise not to underestimate a Boulevard again.
Although a smaller engine, the 805cc pulls extraordinarily well right from the bottom of the rpm range and the thrill of riding it is awesome. The key factor is lightness. The S50 is very light for its class and it manages to extract even the most hidden abilities from the performing engine.
The city is Boulevard S50’s domain because it benefits of a great amount of power and by weighing very little it is very maneuverable even when you push it back and forward in the parking lots. But the surprise is out on the Boulevard where after strongly pushing it from a red light, the bike’s appearance combined with its sound makes some heads turn, satisfaction guaranteed. The 2009 color schemes probably have much to do with that.
Tight corners won’t put any difficulty and given to the bike’s sleekness and 765mm width, the cars will easily form a tunnel all the way through that red light at the end of it.
Out on the highway, the S50 proves its cruising qualities by accomodating its rider in complete comfort and relaxed riding position although it could have been even more comfy with a closer handlebar. The sensations on the Suzuki are great and I didn’t even have to think that I am on an 800cc as the bike showed me the way to freedom. You will probably think that it was all about pushing it in top gear but I had the opportunity to enjoy a few sinuous curves now and then and that gave me the reason to start testing the five speed gearbox which performed in complete silence and smoothness. I especially enjoyed to use the efficient braking system to significantly reduce speed before corners and that, of course, implies changing the gears down and up after strongly accelerating out of the corner.
The bike also proves to be very easy to handle out on the open road and it provides its rider with the needed level of confidence, specific to 800s.
Instrumentation is very attractive and the controls are exactly where you would expect them to be. This was a detail that made my life very easy on the S50 and the end of the trip harder.
I enjoyed riding Suzuki’s cruiser because it has all the qualities to make him a winner: power, looks, comfort, and great handling. This allows for changing the riding style in complete safety and, of course, boring is out of discussion.
The machine which would bring the good mood in you garage again is being offered for a retail rice of no more or less than $6,699 so competition will have a really hard time trying to keep up with that. The price won’t be a problem but the package itself will have to beat the advantages offered by this veritable Boulevard cruiser.
Suzuki applied their best technique when creating the Boulevard S50 (bulletproof mechanics delivering great performance that moves around a good looking bike). The natural falling in love process involves attracting customers with good looks, positioning them in complete comfort, and then providing the greatest sensations they’ve ever encountered on a cruiser in this class. Way to go Suzuki!