Senior VR Member
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Second Star to the right, then straight on till morning.
Thanked 2,387 Times in 1,648 Posts
Is the C50T the right bike for my style of riding or no?
That all depends on how you pile on those 400-500 miles in a day. If you're like me and prefer the relaxed pace of back roads and US highways, then the C50 is going to be a great bike for you. If you plan to ride interstates for long periods of time, then I would caution you to temper that enthusiasm. I did just what you are doing now on my '05, riding with my wife on weeks long trips up and down the east coast. I found out early on that the C50 is NOT a great bike on the interstate, 2 up and full of luggage. In a headwind, I would struggle to reach 75 mph fully loaded - that is because the bike's mild state of tune only produces 44 hp.
If you keep that restriction in mind, it is a great light touring bike.
I had a Mustang saddle (a must for long days in the saddle), a mustache bar to rest my feet on (do not get a Cobra crash bar - I had one on my bike and it CAUSED me to crash when I leaned into a cambered turn), National Cycle hardbags, a wompus luggage rack (the stock rack will only support 11 lbs. More weight than that will eventually crack the welds) and a Givi 46l topcase. Up front, I had a stock Boulevard windscreen, homemade lowers and did the walmart LED light add on. In the saddle bag, I carried spare oil, a small emergency can of shelf stable fuel, a medical kit, tube patch kit and tools.
After a year or so of touring, I upgraded the drive to a DJ drive *made by Dan Hillis himself!*, then added pipes and a fuel processor, looking for a little more zip which never really materialized.
In all, it was a satisfactory platform for solo and 2 up light touring. I loved the bike, right up until I started touring with a few buddies I met here and I struggled to keep up with them on the interstates.
Current Bikes -->
-1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
-2014 Honda CTX1300 - 05-2015 to Present
Past Bikes ----->
-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650 - 04-2005 to 07-2008
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017
-2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to 06-2017