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Sep 5th 2016, 10:03 AM   #1
  Sep 2016
  Vancouver BC

  Suzuki Boulevard c50
New to riding

I had a 2014 kawasaki ninja 650 abs, for about a year and a half. It just wasn't what I was looking for. When I first got the bike I was single and since met a wonderful lady and she loves to ride too, but a passenger on a ninja sucks for long rides. I traded for a 2009 suzuki boulevard c50. The bike took a little getting used to as it is heavy and can't make the tight turns like the sport bike, but getting there.
We had an amazing adventure this weekend. We road from Vancouver to Oak Harbor.
We took the I 5 to Fairhaven and then back country roads to oak Harbor.
It was beautiful. We stayed overnight in Oak Harbor and road into Coupville the next day.
I do have some questions for the more experienced riders out there.
The interstate felt kinda sketchy. There were areas where it was freshly paved and it felt great. Then there were other stretches of the hwy where I didn't know the safest ppart of the lane to ride in. In the middle of the lane there were cracks. When you road over them you could feel them. On the left and right side of the lane there were these really small grids that were a little bumpy. I didn't know if they were safe to ride on. Maybe I'm just over thinking the hole thing. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Sep 5th 2016, 11:33 AM   #2
 ZXtasy's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
Welcome Jay. I had a friend who moved to a C50 and immediately thought something was wrong with how it handled. I think that the large front tire and accentuated cruiser short suspension travel, even the ribbed front tire all make the front end feel twitchy.

Make sure your tire pressures are where they need to be, plus any suspension adjustment set up for 2 people. Sadly that is where many cruisers fail is there is not ample adjustment to compensate for passenger and luggage, so the front end feels light and skittish.

I was just over there 3 weeks ago, beautiful.
Sep 5th 2016, 12:27 PM   #3
 uhoh's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Tri-Cities, dry side of Washington

  Kawasaki C-14
Riding on I-84 in eastern Oregon yesterday, I also had a hard time finding a good location in the right lane.
Being a holiday weekend I didn't want the fast lane due to probable extra law enforcement presence.
In my 30 miles on the interstate, studded tires had gouged two groves in the right hand lane that I kept wandering around in.
Although it's not practical for your travel last week, keeping off the interstate solves a lot of problems - except elapsed time to get to point B.

Sep 5th 2016, 07:41 PM   #4
 TREX600's Avatar
  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

  Suzuki 09 GSXR 1000 Suzuki 09 DRZ 400SM 1970 Yamaha 250 DT1 Enduro

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