I have had the M50 for about 8 months. This is my second bike as an adult (I had an old Yamaha XS650, too) and I did a lot of dirt bike riding as a kid, but had been out of it for about 20 years. Anyway, I spent an extensive amount of time researching the right bike to purchase. I was looking in the mid-si...
I have had the M50 for about 8 months. This is my second bike as an adult (I had an old Yamaha XS650, too) and I did a lot of dirt bike riding as a kid, but had been out of it for about 20 years. Anyway, I spent an extensive amount of time researching the right bike to purchase. I was looking in the mid-size cruiser range (650-1000 cc) and wanted liquid cooling, fuel injection, tubeless tires and either shaft or belt drive. (Essentially, I was looking for low maintenance and high reliability.) The M50 was the answer. I liked the Suzuki C50 styling, but no tubeless tires. I looked at Yamaha, but no liquid cooling or fuel injection. The Kawasaki didn't suit my styling taste either. I liked the Honda Shadow Aero, but no fuel injection or tubeless tires. (What's with Honda and the apparent stubborn refusal to use fuel injection in its mid-size cruisers?) Anyway, after a year of looking, I chose the M50. I have not been disappointed in most respects. Styling is great. It is a sharp looking bike. I get many compliments and it seems to be solid as a rock for mechanical reliability. I'm not sure what all the complaining is about for lack of power. It has plenty of power. I've never been disappointed on the freeway or trying to pass someone. If you have a smaller engine, you get higher revs, which is just the way it is; then again, I am married, with children, I'm not trying to impress anybody or set any land speed records. The seat is uncomfortable and takes some breaking in. It put a lot of weight on my tailbone and after about 30 minutes, I was getting a little stiff at first. After about 2000 miles, it seems to be broken in, though. I won't change it for now. It seems softer than it was. The suspension is stiff, and it will lift you out of the seat if you go over railroad tracks too fast, for example. Overall, again, it's really not bad though. My only real complaint is that it's starting to feel a little small. that's not so much a complaint directed at the M50, as much as its 800 cc's. Like I said above, I really have not had a situation where I was short of power, but it just feels small. Maybe every motorcycle magazine article that seems to push the idea bigger is always better for displacement sucks me in. I love my M50, but I keep looking. I'm looking at the C90 and the Kawasaki 1600 classic now. Bottom line, the M50 is a great bike with great styling, reliability, low maintenance, and easy operation. I have no real complaints. For the money, I think it is about the best mid-size cruiser available.