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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 11:55 AM
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Makes you wonder about Suzuki reliability... but again, you never know if somebody dropped a lug nut into your oil port.

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It's a crapshoot as to how reliable these bikes can be. Some get great motors and run for 60 70 thousand Miles problem-free. Others are a monumental pain in the butt and die an early death sometimes as early as 12,000 miles. There's no rhyme or reason to it and it effects all model year so it's not like you can avoid a specific batch. For the money it's still a great bike oh, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy one. But I certainly wouldn't expect to be keeping it for the rest of my life!

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Moving forward, I'm not really confident in Suzuki.
I used to work in the service department of a Suzuki dealer, and for what it's worth not a single one of the employees owned a Suzuki that was newer than about 1990.
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As Skrap said, some of these bikes just die an early death. I have seen a few at 13k miles but I think this is the first 12k mile bike. Unless you can find a really cheap motor in good condition your bike is probably not worth fixing. Some guys get lucky and get 70 to 80 k miles out of a motor but it's not the norm. The majority go around 60-65k miles or so and are done. There are a bunch of dead 30-35k mile dead bikes on this forum. Unfortunately its just kind of a low-cost middleweight starter bike. They are meant to be ridden for a few years then sent to the scrap pile. It is what it is. Whatever you do, good luck.

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They are meant to be ridden for a few years then sent to the scrap pile. It is what it is.
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Wow! Really sorry to hear this. Mechanical things like to be driven regularly, whether it be cars or bikes. The worse thing you can do is let an engine just sit. While low mileage vehicles are very attractive to a new owner, they can come with their own set of problems. I wouldn't necessarily give up on Suzuki or the Volusia/Boulevard lineup. I've had several now and they've been great bikes for my riding style and needs. Just know their limitations. I recently stepped up to a Yamaha Road Star 1600, for no other reason than my riding style out in Arizona is much different than here in New England. The Road Star is beast with a reputation of a bulletproof engine that will go 100K+



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I'd be curious what the failure mode was. Why, specifically, did it seize up? Overheating sticking the top end? Lubrication failure spinning a crank or rod bearing? Tensioner failure leading it to skip time and crash the piston and valves together? (that's usually not an issue until you get into the 40-50k mile range)

I hear about the C50 "blowing up" at low miles, but there's virtually never any explanation behind what happened. The cam chain tensioner I'm aware of, but seems like there's other modes of failure besides that or neglected maintenance.
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The thing that did me in was piston meeting wall of cylinder with no lubrication...

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