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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.
 

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

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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....

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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.
 

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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. ;)
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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 +.
 

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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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I had a gs500f as my starter bike I rode it for a months than I got a 05 c50 for a deal I'm 6'1 235 lbs so pretty much the c50 was my starter .it was easy to ride and handle. I have a vtx 1300 but I still ride the c50.

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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.
Riders taught by friends and family are 7 times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash. The BRC course is a necessity in these cases. If he has good professional training, the C50 is the perfect starter bike. Keep in mind a Honda 400 was a lot faster motorcycle than the C50 is. The height and riding geometry are good for beginning riders and there is no way he can get himself into trouble with the motor.

Also, as an aside, just between us kids... I would never let my grandkids dad LEARN to ride a bike. I know that sounds bad. I have ridden since I was tiny and I simply am not going to stop; I tell over 30 guys all the time not to even start, there are better hobbies for men with small kids.
 
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Riders taught by friends and family are 7 times more likely to die in a motorcycle crash. The BRC course is a necessity in these cases. If he has good professional training, the C50 is the perfect starter bike. Keep in mind a Honda 400 was a lot faster motorcycle than the C50 is. The height and riding geometry are good for beginning riders and there is no way he can get himself into trouble with the motor.

Also, as an aside, just between us kids... I would never let my grandkids dad LEARN to ride a bike. I know that sounds bad. I have ridden since I was tiny and I simply am not going to stop; I tell over 30 guys all the time not to even start, there are better hobbies for men with small kids.
I am 48 years old...have a 13 year old and 10 year old. I grew up riding my moped as a daily driver(paper route to junior high etc), I find the C50 to be a great bike to cut my teeth on. I already logged 600 miles on my bike and next week I start my safety course classes. I have been wanting to get into motorcycles for years but with all that my life had going I could never find the right time to get into it. Now that time has arrived I am loving it, and to be honest I think older guys are better to get into this hobby, we dont have that sense of invulnerablility most 20 something year olds have.

As for family mmembers teaching you how to ride, I agree with that. I want my wife to learn how to shoot a gun(she is scared to death of them) and figured she would more listen to a professional teaching her than her mere "hubby". Hell she doesnt listen to me half the time as it is now...XD
 

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I am 48 years old...have a 13 year old and 10 year old. I grew up riding my moped as a daily driver(paper route to junior high etc), I find the C50 to be a great bike to cut my teeth on. I already logged 600 miles on my bike and next week I start my safety course classes. I have been wanting to get into motorcycles for years but with all that my life had going I could never find the right time to get into it. Now that time has arrived I am loving it, and to be honest I think older guys are better to get into this hobby, we dont have that sense of invulnerablility most 20 something year olds have.
Ha! soth7676, you and I have the exact same family profile. Except, I never rode until I was 40 . That's when I planned my mid life crisis and took the BRC for my 40th birthday. Then I took the advice of my instructor and got a 81 Honda 400. I rode that bike around for six years before moving into the C50. It was the right path for me and yes, I do think I'm a better\safer rider, having started at age 40.
Good luck with whatever you end up with.
 
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Ha! soth7676, you and I have the exact same family profile. Except, I never rode until I was 40 . That's when I planned my mid life crisis and took the BRC for my 40th birthday. Then I took the advice of my instructor and got a 81 Honda 400. I rode that bike around for six years before moving into the C50. It was the right path for me and yes, I do think I'm a better\safer rider, having started at age 40.
Good luck with whatever you end up with.
Do you ever miss the CM400?


I had a 79.

I rode that bike for 14 months straight, in central PA, in snow, ice, rain, it didn't matter. I loved the bike, and unlike my Chevy Citation back then, it was far more reliable :biglaugh:
 

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Thanks for all the input so far. Riding a motorcycle is far less dangerous than my son in law's current occupation of Baltimore City cop, so I did take that into consideration.

I am only going to explain the basics of how things work, shifting, braking, turning, and hoping everyone else is at least partially aware of their surroundings.

There is an open paved lot close to his house, so we have a safe area to to start, I will indeed recommend short jaunts in his low traffic neighborhood to build comfort and skill.

It is very difficult to explain to someone why they should not do the stupid stuff you yourself did.
 

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After 22 yrs away from riding, I found a great deal on my c50. Took a few trips to the local empty parking lot for retraining my skills and slow maneuvering. I'm 5'7 and 144lbs. but it was a good fit for me. My previous rides were a suzuki 380GT then a honda 650 nighthawk. I was 53 when I started riding again.
 

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Do you ever miss the CM400?
I had a 79.
I rode that bike for 14 months straight, in central PA, in snow, ice, rain, it didn't matter. I loved the bike, and unlike my Chevy Citation back then, it was far more reliable :biglaugh:
I still have both 81 Honda 400's. The CB Hawk needs a starter motor. I have parts but not the knowledge to split the crankcase. The CM is still running like a top. I can't say I miss those bikes, but they were perfect for what I needed at the time.
 
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First time bike owner at 30, 5'11'' 245ish and I am riding Volusia 800. I am comfortable on this bike with no issues, I have bigger legs so the weight is not an issue. I have only 1000 miles under my belt though so I am not by any means an expert. I play it safe and have also taken the course so I was at least comfortable from the get go. My step father just gives little tips but otherwise lets me ask him what if's and such.
 

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Well, for good or bad, my son in law has passed his permit test, and wants to get the sale out of the way. We are going to the title transfer service in a few minutes. He is going to have me deliver the bike to their home, so I have been going over it.

What a bittersweet feeling. I am glad to be getting garage space back, but to see the bike that got me back in the wind after twenty plus years go, kind of makes me sad. At least I will be able to visit it fairly often.
 
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