I just bought a 2005 S50 Boulevard as my starter bike...first bike. I checked out the C50, and loved it, but just didn't feel comfortable with it - size wise. The S50 is lighter and feels easier to handle for a small guy like me (5'4"). I figure in a couple of years I'll Move up to a C50 - they seem like a great bike!
The way I look at it, any bike I'm comfortable with is a keeper. I don't care about size, displacement, or darn near anything else if I like the bike and it's up to the job.
I've done multi-state tours, camping equipment and all, on a 150cc scooter. Of course, it was mostly on the blue roads, but it did the job just fine. The funny thing was, I'd meet other riders who were absolutely astounded
that I could travel that far on a scooter. They asked how. I'd say, load 'er up, get on the road and go."
I have thousands and thousands of touring miles on a 600 Shadow and never had a problem with the bike's capabilities. In fact, the smaller lighter bike suited me just fine. If I hadn't ridden it until I just wore it out, I'd still be riding it. People say you can't tour on anything that small. Horse Hockey.
My C50? It is
my "big bike." Once again, so far I have not come across a single instance where I felt I needed something bigger.
Of course, that's just me and my riding style, but yes, I like the C50. It's seems to be a good bike. For the record, I'm 5'9-1/2" and about 180#, but with only one fully functional leg (another story). Anything much heavier would truly be a liability for me anyway. Like I say..."Whatever suits ya."
Oh! and I have Pirelli tires on mine! You think they suck?
I don't know about Pirelli's in general, but my own experience with the two sets I've owned on two different bikes were that their quality control is lacking. I once had to buy a rear tire while touring and the darn thing was out of round. No choice...it was the only tire I could get locally and I had to get back on the road. I replaced it once I got home.
The front one on my C50 seems to be a bit off, too.
Two out of two bad experiences = I don't use them anymore.
Also, the bike seems a little twitchier than I like with the Pirelli's.
Hardly scientific, I know, but I've never had a problem with the Commander II's as far as ride or longevity. I'm sticking with what I know.
Pirelli is a major manufacturer with a lot of cred. If yours are fine, then you're good to go. Ride safe and happy.