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Maybe it's a regional thing. Around my area (Upstate SC) I see plenty of them -- there are at least a half-dozen besides mine in my 5000-population town -- and I'd say that they are among the most common cruisers found in sales listings like Craigslist.
Probably so. I was just curious because I don't see them out at events and such.

The wife and I had discussed moving to South Carolina when I retire. If so, I'll have added one more Boulevard to the state. I love hills and the forests of PA, but the long winters wear on me. Anyway, retirement is only two months away at this point and we've made zero concrete plans. We'll see... I'm probably gonna take advantage of the extra time I'll have to be lazy first...and the wife wants the kitchen remodeled ...before the moving thing comes up again.


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I've owned my C50 for a little over a year at this point.
So far, so good. I've come to really enjoy traveling on it*

In addition to my regular local travels, it's been to the Sturgis Black Hills Rally twice now, on a long loop through the South and more. I just came back from Ohio's Thunder on the Strip.
I've seen a lot of bikes at these places and to date, I have never seen a single Boulevard besides the one I've been riding. Not one. That doesn't mean they're not out there, but they seem exceedingly rare.

Harleys abound everywhere of course, Indians have become much more common, Honda's, not just Goldwings but Shadows, etc., too.
Other riders I've met talk highly of their experiences with the Boulevard, or their friend's etc., Boulevard. Still, you don't see them much.

I'm just curious. In any case, I'm representing.

*With the exception of the Pirelli tires that were on it when I bought. No sir, I don't like 'em. Maybe when they learn to make them consistantly round. They'll be replaced with Michelin Commander II's as soon as they wear out.
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!

Oh! and I have Pirelli tires on mine! You think they suck?
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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."

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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.


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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.

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.


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.
That is a whole lotta positive, great advice, Menhir - Thank you!

So when I go to replace the tires, I'll check out the Commanders. Good to know!
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So when I go to replace the tires, I'll check out the Commanders. Good to know!

I second the positive opinion on the Commander II tires. My '08 C50 came with a brand-new pair, and I have found them highly satisfactory in every regard.
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Oh! and I have Pirelli tires on mine! You think they suck?
I ran the Night Dragon and MT66 on past bikes and zero issues with Pirelli tires. My Edge came with Scorpion STR tires from the factory and when they were worn out at 40k miles, I replaced them with the same tire. They're not a overly expensive tire and they last quite a long time. The only tires I would recommend steering away from are Shinko and Dunlop D404. Shinko are actually really good tires, they just have an unusually soft rubber compound. D404's just plain suck.
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