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outbackzack 07-17-2017 08:29 PM

C 50 As a Starter Bike
Just like the title says.

My son in law has almost zero riding experience, but he is interested my C50. I had not been on a bike in almost 20 years when I bought the Bully, but I had above average seat time before I parked my Honda to raise a family. I felt the Bully was a very well behaved bike for it's size, and it handles amazingly well for a cruiser in general. I fully intend to get him well oriented before we turn him loose, and will probably attend a rider safety course with him, to brush up on my skills.

Does anyone think my impressions of the Suzuki are out of line? I started on a 400, but I was 19 years old and bulletproof. My son in law is thirty, and has kids.

bbqjoe 07-17-2017 08:39 PM

I don't know......
Find him an old CB 350 or something to learn on first.

Woodswoman 07-17-2017 08:40 PM

I know this answer won't be popular, but ... for an absolute beginner, I'd consider the C50/Volusia to be a little too big.

Personally, I'm a big advocate of starting smaller and working up in weight and displacement -- provided the wallet can accommodate.

Your mileage may vary, of course. ;)


rvcycleguy 07-17-2017 09:19 PM

I would agree. The bike is heavy for its size. Full dressed and full fluids, 600lbs. Probably drop it once or twice. I'd recommend starting on much smaller bike to get oriented to riding. I'd recommend taking a riding course or lessons. It's one thing to ride around in a parking lot for a few days and the real world full of obnoxious drivers not looking for riders....


Sauls 07-17-2017 09:30 PM

Riders course first is a must! I started out last year, late in life, but have been on pit bikes, and dirt bikes for years. While these bikes are heavy this is my first real bike and have enjoyed it.

Whiskey 07-17-2017 10:58 PM

I started on an M50, totaled that one because my stupid self didn't take a course, took a course, then replaced it with a C50 that I spent about the first 5 years riding. Personally, I think the C50 is an excellent bike to start out on. Unlike a 250 or 300, it will last them for a few years before they outgrow it, if they ever do. It does not have enough power to get you into trouble, but it does have enough power that if you need to pull into a hole in traffic you can do it without getting run over.

The only exception is size. I am 6'1" and run about 260lbs, so I had no problem with the weight of the C50. If your son-in-law is a small guy, it might be a bit large to start with, but if he's a fairly large guy, he'll be fine.

Just learn from my example, and have him get some training first. ;)

Chrisz 07-17-2017 11:03 PM

I started back on a rebel 250. Rode it a couple years. Moved to my c50. I loved that little rebel. Bought it cheap, rode it hard, and moved up. The c50 is just another rung on the ladder. My 15 1/2 year old boy is about to start his run on the rebel. If he's lucky, I'll move up again, and he can transition to the c50. Never know when the story might end, but it should always start at the beginning.

Theodorable 07-18-2017 03:04 AM

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The Suzuki Savage LS650, single cylinder. Cheap, easy to find, easy to repair, super versatile. Makes a good bobber, but I like to semi-cafe them out. Great bike.

icewnters 07-18-2017 08:48 AM

I got back on a C50 after 20+ years of not riding, I just start with riding around my neighborhood, (after the MSF rider safety course), then worked up to leaving the neighborhood and getting on busier streets, and worked up to riding on the highway. In my opinion, the C50 was perfect, but I'm also 5'10" and 230 lbs, so the weight wasn't an issue at all. I added the batwing fairing and saddle bags after riding it 6 months +.

DeBrew 07-18-2017 09:08 AM

I think there has to be a comfort level with the size and feel of the bike. My M50 is my starter bike. I'm 6'3" 250, and I found the 250s in the MSF course to be uncomfortably small. The M50 is big enough to be comfortable, but not so big and powerful that it scares me. I tried a few bigger bikes before I chose the M50, and realized that despite my size (stature and ego), I wasn't ready to handle the bigger bikes. I can ride my brother's 1500cc Vulcan, but I'm no where near as comfortable.


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