Suzuki C50 B.O.S.S. small classic cruiser
Since Suzuki pulled the plug on auto sales in the U.S., the company’s focus has shifted exclusively to motorcycle and marine products. One of the first bikes to celebrate Suzuki’s motorcycle commitment was the C90T cruiser, or “bagger.”
Suzuki’s air/oil-cooled V-Twin production ceased in 2009 because of ever-increasing emissions regulations and controls. The Boulevard C90T was made affordable by utilizing components borrowed from their Boulevard M90 architecture, even though it was a full-size bagger, tipping the scales at 800 pounds. Enter the 2014 Suzuki C50 B.O.S.S., a lighter, more manageable bagger. B.O.S.S. stands for “Blacked Out Special Suzuki.”
The Suzuki Boulevard C50 is available in four models: a base model C50; the more sinister C50 B.O.S.S which is as dark as the night, featuring a metallic Black finish on the tank and fenders, along with other blacked out elements including the engine and covers; a C50 Special Edition; and a touring version C50T.
Power is derived from an 805cc, four-stroke, two-cylinder, liquid-cooled SOHC, four-valve, 45 degree V-Twin with Suzuki fuel injection and electronic ignition. The airbox is a twin affair with a central compartment beneath the fuel tank fed by a pair of sidepods that flank the engine. Exhaust consists of dual right-side blacked-out, reverse-slash-cut pipes that emit a pleasant V-Twin note that’s not obtrusive or objectionable.
The engine’s power is geared to the rear wheel via a shaft drive through a constant mesh sequential five-speed manual gearbox. The Boulevard C50 B.O.S.S. rolls on IRC Grand High Speed 130/90-16 M/C 67H Tube type front / 170/80-15 M/C 77H tube type rear tires, both mounted on 15-spoke black painted alloy wheels. Bringing the C50 B.O.S.S to a halt are single discs, front and back.
Suspension travel from the front forks is 5.5 inches, while the link-type rear suspension is shaped to mimic the hard-tail lines of a traditional cruiser, connecting a truss-style swing arm and a single shock absorber with seven-way spring preload adjustability and 4.1 inches of travel.
In terms of styling, the C50 B.O.S.S is all cruiser, with a classic retro flavor. The riding position provides an ideal cruising rider triangle, with large floorboards (pegs for a passenger), proper bar angle and large, comfortable, accommodating single seat for both rider and passenger. The Boulevard C50 B.O.S.S. comes without either a windshield or saddlebags — only the C50T provides these conveniences. A well-placed and easy-to-use locking helmet holder is positioned on the rear fender’s left side. The 27.6-inch seat height will accommodate a variety of rider physiques, allowing most to get its 611-pound mass off the side stand.
Easily visible atop the fuel tank, the C50 B.O.S.S. features a multi-function instrument cluster that’s highlighted by a large analog speedometer. The cluster includes a convenient gear-position indicator, a fuel gauge, as well as a clock and a trip meter, plus indicator lights for low fuel, turn signals and more, for an instrumentation level not often found on classically styled cruisers. The instrument cluster includes a convenient gear-position indicator, a large fuel meter, and a clock always on display, with other functions addressed by traditional warning lights.
My test 2014 Suzuki Boulevard C50 B.O.S.S. sported a metallic black finish and its base price was set at $8,899. Riding the B.O.S.S. serves up a pleasurable riding experience once off the side stand. Initially, the bike’s appearance is a little intimidating, but as already stated, it’s smaller and lighter than its 800-pound C90 sibling, and it is nicely balanced and easily managed once up and rolling.
The wide handlebars, forward mounted floorboards, kicked-out, 33-degree rake, and long wheelbase combine to complement the bike’s riding position and maneuverability.
The power delivery is very smooth, particularly in the higher ranges, but the shaft drive renders a notable “jacking” effect at low speeds in the lower two gears, which may be offset by lightly feathering the clutch (a trait that I would rather not have to live with), and directional signals are non-canceling. Aside from these small nits to pick, the Suzuki Boulevard C50 B.O.S.S. is an attractive, feature laden, comfortable, and affordably priced cruising bike with a classic look. It delivers a comfortable and enjoyable ride and represents a welcome addition to Suzuki’s stable of Boulevard cruising bikes.