Wow! We killed this thread for a second time and left it buried for four years. This zombie is definitely hard to kill.
Now that is harsh. Some of us would still have out C50 if the engine hadn't crapped out prematurely..[ QUOTE=rvcycleguy]
There are some VR members here who will slam the bike for its components and they have put down their C50 sometime ago. Take the opinion and advice from current owners and riders, not necessarily former owners.
That was a terrible comparison a harley is a work on thru ty he week to ride on the weekend bike hell harley learned more from copying jap bikes ,hell my uncle was a 1% outlaw he said the only mistake they ever made was breaking the law and trying to escape on a harley which busted or popped a sprocket half a mile down the road if the cops didnt catch ya they would spot your busted harley. If we would of had rice burners hell we would of run the country, lol.I don't think you are going to get many responses from people who have put over 100,000 miles on their C50s- there are only a few owners on this site with that many miles on their bikes, and they have all replaced their entire engines at least one time, sometimes multiple times.
You are going to get a lot of responses with cam chain problems in the 40,000-50,000 mile range. Myself included- cam chains starting to have problems with 45,200 on my meticulously maintained 2006.
The C50 is an inexpensive bike, with a very small engine for a bike as physically large as it is, and steeply geared to make it work- my C50 is actually slightly longer than my Electra Glide, but the Harley has an engine more than twice as large. So it stands to reason that the bike with the 800cc engine that cost $6,699 brand new is simply not going to last as long as the $18,999 bike with the 1700cc engine and six speed overdrive transmission. Cars are the same way- no one would expect a $11,000 Chevy Aveo to last as long as a $35,000 Acura RDX.
A C50 should give you 40,000-50,000 good miles. As the average owner of a small Japanese cruiser only puts 3,000-5,000 miles a year on their bike, this is considered to be a more than acceptable life span, and is about what you would get out of similarly priced and sized models. If you want a bike that will last 100,000 trouble-free miles, get something much larger, like a Kawasaki 1500, a Honda Goldwing, a Kawasaki Concours, anything from BMW, or anything from Harley that is not a Sportster.
That was also in the '70s maybe if you take care and ride responsibly your bike will last alot long er.That was a terrible comparison a harley is a work on thru ty he week to ride on the weekend bike hell harley learned more from copying jap bikes ,hell my uncle was a 1% outlaw he said the only mistake they ever made was breaking the law and trying to escape on a harley which busted or popped a sprocket half a mile down the road if the cops didnt catch ya they would spot your busted harley. If we would of had rice burners hell we would of run the country, lol.
I'm Looking at buying a 2007 C50 that started rattling after an oil change..The issues seem to be in the Tensioner which is not accessable from outside the engine as with many other 4 strokes..I'm trying to figure out if this tensioner is hydralically operated and could be dirt fouled since the problem appeared right after an oil change..The bike is TMU but supposed to be low miles..Some engines you can reset the tensioner or replace it from outside..Not these..There has been a lot of talk about timing chain failure on the C 50 Boulevard engine. I find it hard to believe Suzuki built a motor and continues to build the same motor with a timing chain weakness considering todays advances in motor technology. Any well designed motor should be able to go 100,000 miles with proper maintenance today. So here is the question. has anyone ridden their C 50 motorcycle 100,000 and did you have to replace the timing chains and tensioners. And if you did have the Timing chain problem, how many miles were on your motorcycle. Please include the year so we can look for problem years.
Thank you for participating.
I just bought a 2007 C 50 Boulevard with 13,000 miles on the clock and want to know whether I can plan on riding it another 87,000 miles without a timing chain failure or whether I should sell it at 25,000 for something better designed. Thanks and hopefully we can get to the bottom of this timing chain issue