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It kind of all depends on what used bike you buy. Mine's a 2008 C50. Had 13K miles when bought. For at least the past 4 years (the time the guy I bought it from owned it) ALL maintenance had been done as-scheduled, and he had records to prove it. It already had a windshield and saddle bags, and a brakelight flasher. Had brand-new Michelin Commander II tires. Came with a very nice heavy-duty bike cover, a helmet(too small for me), a nice pair of riding gloves (my size), and a good-quality accessory power port (with the wiring already in place, using a quick-connect so I can keep the receptacle in a bag and only snap it on to its base when I need it). $2750.


I added Memphis Shades lowers and a curved chrome luggage rack, $125.


I took the title to the DMV, paid the taxes and registration fee -- $150. Took it to my insurance agent, added it to my existing policy -- $123 for a year. Already had a helmet, but I treated myself to a "new" textile armored jacket - Johnny Rocket - that I found for $70 at a pawn shop.


My riding buddy said, "Man, you stole that bike!", at which point I pulled my pistol and said, "Right. Now hand over your wallet!"
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It kind of all depends on what used bike you buy. Mine's a 2008 C50. Had 13K miles when bought. For at least the past 4 years (the time the guy I bought it from owned it) ALL maintenance had been done as-scheduled, and he had records to prove it. It already had a windshield and saddle bags, and a brakelight flasher. Had brand-new Michelin Commander II tires. Came with a very nice heavy-duty bike cover, a helmet(too small for me), a nice pair of riding gloves (my size), and a good-quality accessory power port (with the wiring already in place, using a quick-connect so I can keep the receptacle in a bag and only snap it on to its base when I need it). $2750.


I added Memphis Shades lowers and a curved chrome luggage rack, $125.


I took the title to the DMV, paid the taxes and registration fee -- $150. Took it to my insurance agent, added it to my existing policy -- $123 for a year. Already had a helmet, but I treated myself to a "new" textile armored jacket - Johnny Rocket - that I found for $70 at a pawn shop.


My riding buddy said, "Man, you stole that bike!", at which point I pulled my pistol and said, "Right. Now hand over your wallet!"
Definitely a steal of a deal! Could I have done better on initial purchase price, considering the work I had to do? Maybe a little. That said, bike seller was 5 minutes away from me, a biker with 30 years under the belt was able to go with me to pickup the bike. Now I ride it, I enjoy it, no regrets))) Yes it is very cold in NYC right now, but it will pass

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Definitely a seal of a deal! Could I have done better on initial purchase price, considering the work I had to do? Maybe a little. That said, bike seller was 5 minutes away from me, a biker with 30 years under the belt was able to go with me to pickup the bike. Now I ride it, I enjoy it, no regrets))) Yes it is very cold in NYC right now, but it will pass
I just cant figure out why you are adding up the cost..........JUST GET ON THE BIKE AND RIDE !!!!
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I just cant figure out why you are adding up the cost..........JUST GET ON THE BIKE AND RIDE !!!!
LOL, I guess it is the accountant in me that can't help it.
BTW, I just got off the bike...
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I concur, but I would add that the C50 is a great option, not only for a first bike, but for any rider who appreciates its good points and can live with its few short comings. For me, the 4 gallon tank and limited range for touring the West was an important factor in moving on. Many disliked the 5 speed and higher revs and wanted a six gear. I'd go up to 70 in fourth on my freeway ramp and then shift to 5th. It did not need 6th, but we all wanted it. I was never a believer that the DJ mod was necessary, but it added value for some. It was not a rocket ship, but is had enough to pass easily and when tried, pegged the speedo at 100+ indicated, but it did not feel safe at that speed.

While you enjoy number crunching, I expect your expenditures are mostly normal, but as individual as every Volusia/C50 rider you will meet, it represents a norm, but the bell curve is broad and many different budgets are happy to ride C50s.

Enjoy and many of my dearest friends I met on this forum and were Volusia/C50 riders who never forgot the joy they had on their Suzuki.

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If you are buying your first bike, a used Boulevard C50 is great option. It is not too powerful to kill you on the first ride, but it has enough power to take you on a highway and have some fun around the town. It has decent comfort (seats could be better) and fairly simple maintenance. There is a lot of aftermarket accessories that are easy to install.
It is fuel injected - no carburetor related challenges. Most of the parts are available on the web,....


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I had never sat on a bike until 2008. When gas prices went up to $4.00 per gallon and I was driving 500 miles per week to work in my Ford 150 truck I had to do something. First bike was also a 2008 C50 (brand new). Changed my life forever. The good thing was I made money by buying it. I was saving around $300.00 per month in gas and was paying much less per month for the bike. Yes, I spent a lot for decorations, mods and gear (gear I still use 10 years later). Put 80k on her and bought an '09 C50 in 2014 with 200 miles on it. Ran that baby like the first over many states, mountains and beaches. Last year I upgraded to a 2015 C90 BOSS (brand new) and started over. You got to have a hobby and this is a great one. Involve your significant other so she can't fuss too much and for gosh sakes don't show her that breakdown of how much you've spent. Spend it if you can afford it, ride it either way and stay safe.
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Your post made me think about what I've spent on my bike, a 2007 C50T bought in 2009. I don't have all of the numbers in that detail, but here is a comparison of what I have spent:


Bike: $5000 (it had 1600 miles, practically new) List price new was $9500


Riding gear $1550 Total
Boots $100
Jacket 1 $90
Jacket 2 $140
Gloves 1 $40
Gloves 2 $60
Helmet 1 $200
Helmet 2 $500
Heated gear $300
Overpants $80
Chaps $40

Accessories Total: $1230
Crash bar: $80
Foot pegs: $120
Air horn: $40
Fuse box: $30
Light bar: $80 (do-it-yourself from plans on this forum)
Lowers: $50 (DIY from this forum)
Tank bib $50 (used from a forum member)
Trunk bag $250
GPS mount: $80
Rear rack: $80
Throttle lock: $75
Mustang Seat: $275 (bought used on this forum)
Backrest: $100 (Grasshopper)

I do all maintenance myself except for yearly inspection and tire changes. This includes valve adjustment which I do using instructions from this forum. I pait for the lifetime membership but the benefits have been way more than that.

My total cost of ownership not including maintenance, fuel, oil, etc. (I may have missed a few things)



$7780 ($8000 figuring I missed a few things...)
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Your post made me think about what I've spent on my bike, a 2007 C50T bought in 2009. I don't have all of the numbers in that detail, but here is a comparison of what I have spent:


Bike: $5000 (it had 1600 miles, practically new) List price new was $9500

Riding gear $1550 Total
Boots $100
Jacket 1 $90
Jacket 2 $140
Gloves 1 $40
Gloves 2 $60
Helmet 1 $200
Helmet 2 $500
Heated gear $300
Overpants $80
Chaps $40

Accessories Total: $1230
Crash bar: $80
Foot pegs: $120
Air horn: $40
Fuse box: $30
Light bar: $80 (do-it-yourself from plans on this forum)
Lowers: $50 (DIY from this forum)
Tank bib $50 (used from a forum member)
Trunk bag $250
GPS mount: $80
Rear rack: $80
Throttle lock: $75
Mustang Seat: $275 (bought used on this forum)
Backrest: $100 (Grasshopper)

I do all maintenance myself except for yearly inspection and tire changes. This includes valve adjustment which I do using instructions from this forum. I pait for the lifetime membership but the benefits have been way more than that.

My total cost of ownership not including maintenance, fuel, oil, etc. (I may have missed a few things)



$7780 ($8000 figuring I missed a few things...)
Nice! We are getting some interesting information here! I do have a spreadsheet on Google drive, maybe I’ll get around to clean it up and post it here for reference.

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My C-50 has been a joy. Maintenance has been minimal and

the fun factor has been huge.
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Two weeks ago I bought my former neighbors 2006 C50T for $1000 dollars. I didn't want to but could not resist the price. He had it at his shore house that he just sold. He didn't want to take it to north Jersey. It had 5118 miles on it when I got it. I know I have to get new tires but will wait till spring (unheated garage). I changed the oil and filter and have been riding up the island a few times. It has Corbra bars, nice pegs and stock bags and windshield. Right now I'm at a total $1212. ( Sales tax, Transfer, Plates, Insurance, oil and filter) The garage is a little jammed up with 4 bikes.
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