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Just saw you asked about a V-Star from that era.

My wife had a 2003 V-Star 650. Pretty solid ride, never had any issues with it. It is carbed, and I believe back then they only had the 650 and 1100, (I knew of a guy that had a lot of issues with his 1100, but that may have been related to that particular bike.)

My wife traded her 03 in on a 09 V-Star 950, another solid ride with fuel injection and belt drive.

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Thanks again - great to hear that is also a good bike. Going to see a 650 V-Star tomorrow - and compare it to the S50.
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Thanks, Jb001. Some interesting observations there.
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had that 5 mph thing on my 04 too...don't let the tire $$$ concern you, looking at any used mc, this will probably be an expense you will be making regardless. Even mc's w/very low mileage that have been sitting for years, may look great but remember this is not a car,,,one tire goes flat, no big deal, on a mc, one tire suddenly goes flat while riding, not a situation you want to put yourself in because you took a chance. There are ways to check the year of the tire, rule of thumb is to replace tires over 5 years old, some will debate that...to each his own, get into good safety habits when riding a mc.
Invest in quality riding gear, consider it life insurance. Good luck.
Excellent points, DCinCT. Riding a bike takes so much more than driving a car. Safety is paramount, I'm really understanding that!
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At least if you run 5mph over, you're still safe from the ticket writers.
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I’ve had my 2003 Volusia for a few weeks now and absolutely love it.

Some things that I found interesting about the bike:

- to get to the spark plugs and coils and the radiator cap you have to remove the gas tank. Actually removing the tank seems to be necessary for a lot of tasks. Fortunately the procedure is pretty simple.

- the fuel **** is automatic with fuel flow being controlled by engine vacuum.

- only five gears means high engine revving at highway speeds. The DJ mod alleviates this to some degree, or so I am told. Haven’t done the mod myself. Yet.

- rear turn signals do not do double duty as running lights which is a bit odd as the front ones do.

- bike is surprisingly comfortable. I just did a five hour ride and felt a bit stiff but not in pain like my old bikes.

- being a cruiser, the turning radius is not fantastic.

- location of speedometer looks good but it is not in you line of sight while riding normally. Same goes for the lights in the speedo cluster.

- fuel gauge is super nice to have and is pretty accurate.’

-speedometer on my bike show you going faster than actual speed by as much as 5kmh at 60.

Hope you enjoy your bike.
Ditto on all points
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I've had my C50 for a little over a year. Compared to my previous bike...

Yeah, removing the gas tank to do a simple plug change is an annoyance.
On the other hand, the shaft drive compensates for it. Not having to do the simple but constant maintenance of a chain is a blessing.

The 5 gear thing doesn't bother me at all. My Honda VLX had only 4.
The majority of my riding is on the superslabs and I don't find anything annoying about the engine revs or buzzing. Maybe because I'm used to it.
Anyway, it doesn't seem to bother the bike...They're designed for it.

I don't think it's a beginner bike. I'm hardly a beginner, and I chose one.
I don't think any bike is a beginner bike. Choose the bike you like.
There are beginning riders, though. If they get the most powerful bike in the world, they'll still be beginners until they are not.

It's a fun ride. Be safe. Enjoy. Don't ride out of your personal comfort zone.
I'd highly recommend taking the local motorcycle safety course as soon as possible. Also, pick up a copy of Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling"
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Don't be in a hurry to bite on the 1st used bike, look around, sit, look, feel, and definitely ride, said used bike to see it fits you....the rider....Also, look in our bike for sale classified thread....Some well maintained newer bikes for sale...Good luck.
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So, the Volusia I was looking at got sold, and tonight I went to look at a 2005 Suzuki Boulevard S50 800cc (The old Intruder series). Wondering if that is an equally reliable bike? The S50, as opposed to the C50?



I've had both bikes. The S50 or pre 2004 intruder VS800 is basically the same as the C50 and pre 2004 Volusia mechanically. The have basically the same motor, drive shaft and liquid cooled.

Where the difference is mostly in frame size. The Volusia or C50 is a bigger looking and feeling bike. It only weights around 100 lbs more but feels way more comfortable for, me at least.

The stock seat on the C50 is wider and way more comfortable.

The foot position is much better for me. I'm 5'10" and on the S50 I had to put my feet on pegs on the crash bars to be comfortable. The floor boards on my C50 put my feet almost perfect.

The S50 is a lot quicker bike however. From what I've seen on the Web about 2 seconds quicker in the 1/4 mile. Not that I was planning on drag racing, but the S50 was somewhat funner to ride when I was in a go fast mode.

There is a third sibling you may or may not know of when shopping for a used bike. It's the M50 or pre 2004 Marauder. It's more similar to the C50 than the S50.
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I believe the S50's have a carburetor, maybe two. Suzuki didn't change them to FI. If you are getting a C50 you should get one with low miles. Some had timing chain issues and the cost to fix it maybe more than the bike is worth. My 05 the chains were gone at 25,000 km. a bit less than 16000 miles. I had both an 05 and 09 C50s. I liked features of the 09 better. the dash has a nice digital gear indicator and you can see the clock all the time without having to scroll through other info. 09 and up have a LED tail light Seriously check out the Vulcan 900. Ride them if you can to compare.
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I've had my C50 for a little over a year. Compared to my previous bike...

Yeah, removing the gas tank to do a simple plug change is an annoyance.
On the other hand, the shaft drive compensates for it. Not having to do the simple but constant maintenance of a chain is a blessing.

The 5 gear thing doesn't bother me at all. My Honda VLX had only 4.
The majority of my riding is on the superslabs and I don't find anything annoying about the engine revs or buzzing. Maybe because I'm used to it.
Anyway, it doesn't seem to bother the bike...They're designed for it.

I don't think it's a beginner bike. I'm hardly a beginner, and I chose one.
I don't think any bike is a beginner bike. Choose the bike you like.
There are beginning riders, though. If they get the most powerful bike in the world, they'll still be beginners until they are not.

It's a fun ride. Be safe. Enjoy. Don't ride out of your personal comfort zone.
I'd highly recommend taking the local motorcycle safety course as soon as possible. Also, pick up a copy of Hough's "Proficient Motorcycling"
Read it, Learn it, Live it.
Totally agree.

Thanks for the book tip - gonna check it out - see if my library or Indigo has it.
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