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Join Date: Jul 2008
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1: Unless you are parking on a LEVEL surface, ALWAYS leave your bike in gear. This will act as your hill hold and parking brake. Especially when facing downhill. The sidestand is designed to fold back, so there's nothing you can do to keep it from folding up when it rolls forward.
2: There are not a lot of aftermarket parts available for Suzuki cruisers. These are relatively niche bikes and what parts and accessories are out there tend to come from only a handful of vendors. The stock saddle isn't great, but not as bad as some that I have ridden on. Replacement is your preference, but the most common seems to be the Mustang saddle. I had one on my C50 and it was much better than stock. Yes, they are expensive too.
3: Before you ride the bike another meter, either DO a complete bike inspection or PAY someone to do it for you. That includes changing ALL of the fluids, replacing the front brake line & fuel lines, valve inspection, compression test, rear drive service including new drive oil and lubrication of BOTH sides of the propeller shaft (not just the end that goes into the transmission, but also removing the shaft from the drive unit and lubricating those splines.
4: Good thing that you are already thinking tires, because I was going to list that above. The Michelin Commander 2 or the Metzler ME880 are both fine choices for the bike.
5: I will answer this one preemptively: a hypercharger, fuel processor and performance pipes will only net you 4-5hp over stock. If you feel the need for more power on the highway, save your money for a different bike later on down the road.
Current Bikes -->
-1969 Indian MX125 -10-2009 to Present
-2014 Honda CTX1300 - 05-2015 to Present
Past Bikes ----->
-1973 Yamaha RD350
-1991 Harley Sportster 883 XL
-2000 Yamaha XV125
-2003 Piaggio Fly
-2004 Suzuki LS650 - 04-2005 to 07-2008
-2005 Boulevard C50 - 07-2008 to 5-2012
-2012 Vulcan 900 - 05-2012 to 05-2015
-2008 Yamaha FZ6 - 11-2008 to 04-2017
-2006 Star Virago - 05-2011 to 06-2017