A closer look reveals a number of chrome-plated plastic parts that are all beautifully integrated. The instrument panel on the tank incorporates a speedometer, fuel gauge, clock, trip meter and even a gear shift indicator, which is seldom found on a cruiser.
We've seen much better brakes, though. The 2011 Boulevard C50T still relies on a Marauder-era system consisting of a weak single disc up front and an obsolete drum brake in the back. Normal stops don't really pose a problem, but more aggressive braking manoeuvres leave a lot to be desired, especially with a friend on the passenger seat.
|Just load the saddlebags and take off – pure riding pleasure awaits you at the helm of this small-displacement cruiser that somehow passes for a big bruiser. (Photo: Sébastien D'Amour/Moto123.com)
What a comfortable ride! The seat is nicely padded (neither too soft nor too hard), the forearms and legs are not too spread apart nor stretched, and the upper body leans backwards at a pleasant angle. Overall, this almost feels like sitting on a couch. Additionally, the sculpted pillion hugs your lumbar area and helps you maintain a solid stance under acceleration.
On winding roads, the C50T proves nimble and remarkably docile. Much to the rider's delight, the engine pulls admirably at low revs, eases off a bit at medium revs and comes back strong at higher revs. In town, the smooth-running drivetrain manages to deliver safe passing power and exceptionally-friendly dynamics – a great way to cruise to work on Monday morning with the same free spirit as on the past weekend.
You'll appreciate the gear selector that allows upshifts by either pulling with the toes or pushing with the heel, without impeding on the left footrest. The same can't be said for the rear brake pedal, however, whose significant width prevents you from extending your right leg for enhanced comfort on the highway.
Comfortable and practical
Let's not forget such practical amenities as the custom-designed, height-adjustable windshield, passenger backrest and large, textured leather saddlebags. A small, lockable compartment on the left side houses the toolkit. You can even fit some rain pants in there.
Easy and fun to ride, the 2011 Suzuki Boulevard C50T offers plenty of comfort and features at a low price. Just load the saddlebags and take off – pure riding pleasure awaits you at the helm of this small-displacement cruiser that somehow passes for a big bruiser.
Great big-bike looks
Obsolete rear brake