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OK, so it sounds like I should do the DJ drive mod for the bit over $400 as it's worth it, but not try to hunt for different exhausts, etc. I am also planning on doing the Mean City Cycles seat upgrade, and probably a windshield (anyone got a quick release one for sale?), to make touring more pleasant. I think at this point the longest trip I'll take is 200-250 miles, so nothing crazy. Just want to be more comfortable than I was the other day.
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OK, so it sounds like I should do the DJ drive mod for the bit over $400 as it's worth it, but not try to hunt for different exhausts, etc. I am also planning on doing the Mean City Cycles seat upgrade, and probably a windshield (anyone got a quick release one for sale?), to make touring more pleasant. I think at this point the longest trip I'll take is 200-250 miles, so nothing crazy. Just want to be more comfortable than I was the other day.
Check this thread - the author might have an unneeded windshield: https://www.volusiariders.com/50-swa...t-07-c50t.html

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A saddle and windscreen will help tremendously. The DJ Drive will make the ride more tolerable. Your best bet is to plan your routes to minimize what interstate you do end up riding. It will take you longer to get there, but you'll be much more happy.

Also, save the OEM parts, as when it comes time to sell your bike, the windscreen, aftermarket saddle and final drive add no value to the bike. You're money ahead to return it to stock and sell the parts here.

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I installed a National Cycles Switchblade windshield (2 up version) and it makes all the difference on the highway. Simple to remove and put on as needed. After the DJ Drive, probably some of the best money I ever spent.



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You don't buy a Mustang seat or a DJ Drive, you rent them for a while. Put them on the bike and enjoy the comfort. Then, sell them separate from the bike when the time comes to move on to something else. You will lose a little money but not that much as you just lose some "rent" money.
As for riding on the freeway for hour after hour on the c50 at 80mph- forget about it. The trip that ended by time with the c50 going into a 35mph headwind and up and down some hills with all kinds of vehicles passing me while I had the throttle pegged to go 72mph or so. I can still remember the semi-truck that came along side of me to pass me. Just as the nose of his truck got in front of me, the wind changed and my c50 sped up a little to match the trucker's speed. It was strange. I had no throttle left to speed up but the change in wind would put me in front of the truck just barely until the wind pushed me back again. Very dangerous. I ended up slowing down to let the truck get by me and then, had to slow enough to let the truck get away from me. It was a brutal ride for me and I decided to look for something to handle the freeway better. I love the c50 for around town and wish I still had it for that.

I ride my old K1200lt (BMW) for 10 hours with only stopping for gas and get off it and still feel great. The other night, I was on the bike after a concert and riding from 11:20pm-2:15am without getting worn out. Motorcycles are all about trade-offs and figuring out what YOU want out of YOUR ride and enjoying that; this is different for everyone. We are always in high winds here and the freeway speed limit is 75mph, which impacted my buying decision.
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Agree with all said here. The C50 is what it is.
I did the DJ Drive on mine and noticed a HUGE difference. I'm on season 5 with the C50 and only feel bad about it's limitations when I log on here.
It's a perfect bike for where I am in life...so I'm just going to enjoy the ride.
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Ive done just over 1000 miles in 2 days on mine . Only upgrades was DJ drive , mustang seat, and windshield. Never had any worries about it making it.
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