2018 Suzuki M50 Boulevard Review / Specs | Buyer's Guide: Price, HP & TQ Performance Info, MPG, Colors, Accessories + More! | 800 cc Cruiser / Motorcycle

– How does the 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M50 stack up against the Honda Shadow, Kawasaki Vulcan, Yamaha V-Star & Bolt and Harley Davidson Street Rod / Street models? –

Looking for a mid-sized cruiser that won’t break the bank? Want something other than the typical “classic” styling that you see on many cruisers? The Suzuki Boulevard M50, originally introduced in 2005, is a mid-sized machine that offers more of a muscle bike look to it than some of its counterparts, styling is very similar to its bigger brother, known as the M90 Boulevard.

2018 Suzuki M50 Boulevard Review / Specs | Detailed Buyer's Guide: Price, HP & TQ Performance, MPG, Engine, Frame, Suspension + More!

The Suzuki Boulevard M50 is going to be our main topic for today. It’s one of about 1,000 different model variations that you can buy the Boulevard in as Suzuki likes to make things about as difficult as Honda and the rest of the manufacturers when it comes to models sharing so much of their model name’s with each other. I’m not knocking it by any means but I do believe they should get a little more creative, yes I know that they do in fact usually share a lot of the same parts with each other hence the shared model names but that’s not always the case as sometimes they can be worlds apart other than the fact that they are in the same category or ‘style’ of motorcycle with each other. Enough with my rambling though, let’s get to what your’e probably here for and that’s to read up on the 2018 M50 Boulevard from Suzuki…

  • Quick Key 2018 Suzuki M50 Facts / Specs:
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Release Date: Available now
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Horsepower: 52 HP @ 6,000 RPM
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Torque: 47.9 ft/lb TQ @ 5,000 RPM
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Engine cc Size: 805 cc
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard MPG: TBA
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Weight: 593 lbs
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Price / MSRP: $8,649
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Colors: Glass Sparkle Black
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard Seat Height: 27.6 in.
    • 2018 M50 Boulevard VS 2017 M50 Boulevard Changes? Yes and no. There were no technical changes for 2018 but there was a price increase of $50 when you compare the 2018 versus 2017 year model.

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The Boulevard M50 was originally released into Suzuki’s cruiser motorcycle model lineup back in 2005. If you’re reading this somewhere other than the USA, you’ll know the Boulevard M50 as the Intruder M800. It’s pretty common for manufacturers to use different model names for different countries around the world – as to why, your guess is as good as mine.

Usually, there is always a rhyme or reason as to why a manufacturer will use different letters and or numbers in a bike’s model code / ID. Example, the “M” in M50 stands for “Muscle” whereas the “C” in C50 Boulevard stands for “Classic” and then we have 50 which stands for this specific Boulevard’s engine size in cubic inches. Some of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers like to use cubic inches to advertise their engine displacement sizes where some like to stick with using cc instead. Example, let’s take the Honda Shadow 750 models (Honda Shadow Reviews – Click Here) – the 750 in the model name stands for its engine size as a 750cc bike and Kawasaki with their Vulcan 900 model lineup (Click Here for Vulcan 900 Reviews) whereas Suzuki uses cubic inches and 50 ci comes in at 805cc technically. It may sound simple to you if you’re familiar with the motorcycle world but it is a common question that I’m asked, almost on a daily basis when people try to shop and compare different cruiser models from different manufacturers.

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2018 Suzuki Boulevard M50 Gauges / Speedometer / Fuel Gauge

With its most recent round of changes, it now looks more muscular, thanks to the addition of the signature front cowling, with a headlight just like the M109, they also threw a new gauge cluster in it to match the cowl. A new rear fender that hugs tighter to the rear tire of the bike and tapers down instead of lipping up like it did previously, with a new LED tailight that also received a makeover to match up its styling with the new rear fender, and an engine that’s been dressed up with more chrome and blacked out treatment to really make the styling pop.

2018 Suzuki M50 Boulevard Seat | Cruiser Motorcycle Review / Buyer's Guide

Suzuki also decided while doing those changes to make the M50 a little more rider-friendly with adjusting its rider’s triangle by moving the low-rise handlebars in a tad and the seat was also tweaked to accommodate the new rear fender. The tail section is also now made of chromed steel as Suzuki looks to add a little more polish to the bike. There’s also an optional new tail section cover too that really makes the tail-end of the bike pop and set it apart from other cruisers on the market.

Suzuki has opted not to mess with the M50 Boulevard’s engine for quite some time now, they knocked it out of the park the first go-around so they wouldn’t have to mess with it for many years to come so it’s still a liquid-cooled 805cc 45-degree V-Twin engine, fuel injected, with a 32-bit ECM. The fuel injection system is equipped with a Pulsed AIR (PAIR) injection system to cut down on emissions so we can all sleep a little better at night knowing that we’ve done our part to help the planet.

2018 Suzuki M50 Boulevard Engine Review / Specs: Horsepower, Torque, MPG Performance Info

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If you’ve followed the M50 Boulevard the last few years then you’re probably familiar with the fact that you don’t have many options when it comes flavors and they’ve decided to narrow that down even more this year compared to last, color-wise you better like black as that’s all your’e getting. Suzuki refers to this color as Glass Sparkle Black and it is a returning color carried over from last year.

When it comes to accessories, Suzuki has you covered with a few OEM items listed below and then of course you have about a million different options if you dive into the aftermarket parts world for the M50 Boulevard.

  • OEM Suzuki M50 Boulevard Accessories:
    • Seat Cowl
    • Touring Windshield
    • Sport Windshield
    • Classic Leather Saddlebags
    • Saddlebag Supports
    • Mounting Hardware
    • Mount Plate
    • Tire Valve Caps
    • Chrome Billet Passenger Backrest (large pad)
    • Black Billet Passenger Backrest (large pad)
    • Chrome Billet Passenger Backrest (large studded pad)
    • Chrome Engine Guard Set
    • Black Engine Guard Set
    • Chrome Billet Rear Cargo Rack
    • Black Billet Rear Cargo Rack
    • Boulevard Cycle Cover
    • Boulevard Dust Cover

Overview of Features & Benefits / Specs

Engine Features: Boulevard M50
  Robust 805cc (50 cubic inch) liquid-cooled, fuel-injected V-Twin powerplant is built to deliver exciting torque from down low in the rpm range.
  Smooth black finish on the engine and air cleaner covers complements the muscular presence of the V-twin’s finned cylinders.
  Crankshaft design features 45-degree offset crank pins to reduce engine vibration without a balancer shaft for a more comfortable ride.
  Electronic fuel injection system features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve System (SDTV) – maintains optimum air velocity in the intake tract for smooth low-to-mid rpm throttle response and high torque output.
  Multi-hole-type fuel injectors deliver a fine spray for a powerful yet fuel-efficient operation.
  An automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC) system eliminates the choke and shortens the engine’s warm-up time.
  Powerful 32-bit-processor Engine Control Module (ECM) helps ensure precise fuel-injection control.
  Cutting-edge 3D-mapped digital ignition system using a throttle-position sensor helps boost the hallmark big V-Twin’s down-low torque.
  Chromed and staggered dual-exhaust system mounted on the right side of the engine is tuned for responsive torque delivery providing a deep, rumbling exhaust note.
  Suzuki Pulsed-secondary AIR-injection (PAIR) system introduces air into the exhaust ports to ignite unburned hydrocarbons and cut down on emissions.
  A wide-ratio five-speed transmission features a high fifth gear ratio for relaxed highway cruising.
  Low-maintenance shaft drive is clean-running and has minimal torque reaction as it efficiently transmits power to the wide 15-inch rear tire.
Chassis / Frame Features: Boulevard M50
  Strong, double-cradle steel frame supports a chassis ready for street-cruising or a cross country tour.
  Link-type rear suspension connects to a truss-style swing arm and a single shock absorber with 7-way spring preload adjustability providing 4.1 inches of smooth and response suspension travel.
  Large 300mm front brake rotor and rigid caliper bring strong braking performance to match the engine’s output.
  Suzuki performance-cruiser styling is sleek and flowing throughout from the distinctive headlight nacelle to the purposeful tail section.
  Drag-style handlebars mounted on pull-back risers provide a comfortable reach for the rider and increased comfort around town or on the highway.
  Long, wide 4.1 US gallon fuel tank flows smoothly back to the seat -attractive raised fuel filler includes indicator lights for turn signals, high beam and low fuel.
  The modern instrument cluster, including a fuel gauge and a clock, is neatly integrated with the bike’s uniquely Suzuki headlight nacelle.
  Cast-aluminum 16-inch front and 15-inch rear wheels, with a seamless black finish.
  Black outer tubes on the 41mm inverted front forks add sporty looks and performance feel.
  A wide and comfortable seat is shaped for a smooth visual harmony with the sporty rear fender (ideal when set up with the optional seat cowl).
  Bright, multi-reflector headlight and a LED taillight that’s performance-inspired match the tail section design.
  Bright, bullet-style turn signals are designed for high visibility and a sharp appearance.
Additional Boulevard M50 Features
  Optional single seat cowl can replace the passenger seat for an even more aggressive look or for use on solo rides.
  Genuine Suzuki accessory options for the M50 include clean-fitting, functional saddlebags.
  More Genuine Suzuki Accessories for Boulevard owners are available including a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.
  12-month limited warranty. Longer warranty coverage period and other benefits are available through the Suzuki Extended Protection Plan (SEP).


Photo Gallery / Pictures | 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M50

Technical Specs | 2018 Suzuki Boulevard M50

Technical 2018 Boulevard M50 Specifications
Engine 805cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, 45-degree V-twin
Bore x Stroke 83.0 mm x 74.4 mm (3.268 in x 2.929 in)
Compression Ratio 9.4:1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection with SDTV
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Shaft Drive
Suspension Front Front inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link style, solo shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Front Disc brake
Brakes Rear Drum Brake
Tires Front 130/90-16 M/C 67H, tubeless
Tires Rear 170/80-15 M/C 77H, tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.1 US Gallons (15.5 L)
Color Glass Sparkle Black
Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized) )
Spark plugs NGK DR7EA or DENSO XX22ESR-U
Headlight 12V 60/55W H4
Tail Light 12V 21/5W
Overall Length 2395 mm (94.3 in)
Overall Width 890 mm (35.0 in)
Wheelbase 1655 mm (65.2 in)
Ground Clearance 140 mm (5.5 in)
Seat Height 700 mm (27.6 in)
Curb Weight 269 kg (593 lbs)
Warranty 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Coverage extension and additional benefits are available.