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I'm a new rider. Took a motorcycle safety rider course and got my M1 few months back. Did my research and bought a c50 2007 (white) with 18000 miles on it about 2 months back from craiglist. The motor had a funny sound. Being the noob did not think much about it. The excitement lasted for about 2 days
AS soon as i bought it had it towed to a dealer service center in my area.
The mechanics over there promised a diagnosis. 2 days later they claimed they needed to do a tear down to figure out the cause. A week later I am given a $4000 list of items to be replaced including labor charge. They showed me some very faint scratches inside one cylinder, some more intense looking scratches on the piston head. Told me that the cranks were not looking good either.

When i did the test ride, other than the sound i thought it ran gr8. Anyway... now not sure how best i can recover. I see ebay postings for 2007 and 2006 motors. Will 2006 motor also fit well... Should i have them just put back the old engine and ignore the sound and hope i squeeze 5000 miles off it.... i think i should be posting more on this in the appropriate thread...

Hey at least I'm learning...!
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Yuk, sorry to hear about your bad luck. You'll get good advice on this forum. Welcome from Washington State.


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Wow, interesting story. I've got a 2006 white Boulevard with 45k miles and it still has that funny sound to it. I'd be very suspect that it needed to be torn down. It's almost impossible to diagnosis an engine on the Internet, but these motors can take a lot of abuse. Yes, an 05 and newer engine will swap. Your circumstances begs the question of how much you paid for the bike? At 15k miles, the bike was due for a significant valve adjustment.

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Sorry to hear about the bike

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There is a difference in engines. your California engine has a different E vap system then other states, however my 2006 c50c ( Canadian ) has the same Cal. engine. It was installed in all c50c bikes.
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welcome from Romania

Hi, friend and i regret that you have problems with your ponny... but beware, here in Romania some mechanics are having a bad custom .....to make a problem bigger than she is....so i recomand you to visit in to the future only Suzuki services.
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What kind of funny sound? This sounds wrong....
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They're most certainly going to charge you for tearing down the engine and putting it back together. That price is 1/2 of what a new bike would cost.

I have had a lot of mechanics over the years tell me that I needed something done to the bike even though it didn't even have the part that they were talking about. You need to find a Suzuki shop or a factory certified Suzuki mechanic that can do your work.

I would take a picture of the cylinder and pistons and go to a Suzuki mechanic with the pictures and ask them what they think. If they tell you that the engine did not need to be torn down to diagnose that problem of the problem wasn't enough to warrant an engine tear down then you would have something to argue the charges that you are incurring at your current mechanic.

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Some of the issues the OP may incur is now the bike is torn down and in CA and most states, a mechanics lien, if the shop attaches such in the future, over any disagreeement for charges or work is extremely difficult to overcome. The shop can overcharge and do unnecessary work almost to the extent of whatever it wants to unless the customer signed a work order with a written estimate.

Hopefully this is not the case and the work is verifiable and worth the costs.

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In MA a mechanics lien is when a contractor is hired to do some work for a property owner and the property owner decides not to pay they can put a lien on the property. It can only be used on real estate here.

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