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Ride impressions 2008 C50

Just got back in from a 3-day, 230 mile round trip to the family mountain house at Flat Rock, NC. This was first ride I've made over 50 miles on my new-to-me 2008 Suzuki Boulevard C50. I have to say, it seems to be all I was looking for in a light touring bike. Going up the Saluda Grade on I-26 the bike not only took the climb without even breathing hard, but led the pack up the mountain. Some buffeting on my helmet had been greatly reduced the day before by raising the windshield to its highest setting, then "engineering" a method to take a few degrees of rake off, making it a bit more upright. Even at 75, the buffet was mild and escapable by either ducking or stretching my head up slightly. I have a set of lowers to install, and they should eliminate the problem entirely.

The ride was smooth and comfortable. I took a non-stop 2.25 hour route coming home, and honestly felt my butt would have held up without a break for another hour. As I normally stop once every 60 to 90 minutes even in a car, this is great! One item I have added is a driver's backrest, and I am sure it gets part of the credit for comfort. I was pleased with the gas mileage, too. Overall the average was 45.7 MPG.

Only two "problems" -- when I rested my right foot on the highway peg I felt the crash bars shift a fraction of an inch; one of the bolts had gotten slightly loose, and 2 minutes with a 17mm wrench cured that. Then, the retaining nut for the left rear turn signal backed off, leaving the signal dangling and the nut trapped on the wire. A danged awkward little thing to confront, and I finally just made a field-expedient "fix" with a bit of Gorilla tape. Worked fine all the way home.

Overall, I am happy with the experience, and am planning many more!
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What did you do to the windshield to decrease buffeting ? I made some lowers this weekend but I’m 6’ 4” and have the 21” windscreen and I still get considerable buffering... sounds like a great trip though!! Glad you had a good time even though you had to make a few roadside repairs
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Add zip ties to your traveling pack. They've been holding up my driving light for years (keep forgetting to fix it )

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unless things changed from the 2004 Volusia model to the 2008 c50 model. replacing/repairing the rear signal lite is a major pia...will need an offset wrench to secure the nut...use some Loctite on the highway bar bolts...be careful which type you use...one I believe, maybe the red, is hard to remove once on...

https://www.henkel-adhesives.com/us/...adlockers.html

occasionally keep in mind to check bolts... as well as your tire pressures and the condition of your tires...these machines vibrate alot and not uncommon for certain bolts to start to loosen up. Enjoy the ride.
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Nice to hear you enjoyed your ride.............if you ever ride out west where the mountains are a bit taller than in the east you will find that the C50 can't cut it as well. Those several mile long climbs to 10K' with a loaded bike will find you down shifting and doing about 35-40........great for seeing the scenery but not so much for traveling speed. Enjoy the riding, it's pretty much done here for the year.

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Glad you enjoyed the ride! Since you are not that far away, next time give me a buzz and perhaps I'll join ya! I'm in the Raleigh/Durham area.


Oh, and I had my rear signal light do the same thing, it's a bugger to get tightened up!

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Greetings from Indiana. A nice ride recap. Glad the problems were only minor. DUCT TAPE FIXES ANYTHING. With all the time in the seat, it sounds like the previous owner replaced the stock seat. If he didn't, you must have an iron butt.
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What did you do to the windshield to decrease buffeting ? I made some lowers this weekend but Im 6 4 and have the 21 windscreen and I still get considerable buffering... sounds like a great trip though!! Glad you had a good time even though you had to make a few roadside repairs

It's a Memphis Shades "Memphis Fats" windshield. 4 screws secure it to the bracket and allow about a 1" height adjustment. The first thing I did was raise it from the lowest position to the highest -- the previous owner was a short guy. Then, I replaced both upper screws and replaced them with 1.25" stainless steep cap head screws plus 1/2" stainless steel spacers between the windshield and bracket. This had the effect of tilting the top of the screen just a bit forward from its usual position, and the modification is invisible if you don't know what you're looking at. Raising the screen helped; changing the angle helped a lot; and the Memphis Shades lowers added this morning have pretty much done the final trick.
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