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    Default Suzuki C50 Lehman Tramp

    Just purchased a 2008 with 1500 miles and we expect it to arrive late this week/early next week. Doc ordered me off two wheels and considering my age (66) & two spinal fusions, I'm taking his advice.

    Having a hard time parting with our pristeen Honda Shadow Phantom. The wife and I have enjoyed it immensely, but it is time to give it up and make the transition. Our intended use is for small town commutes and weekend cruising on Texas hill country roads. No intent to put it on the super slab.

    My decision was based on budget (under 12K) and size. We may migrate to a TriGlide sometime in the future, but at this point, I like the 100" length, 54" width and wheelbase which, combined, provide a configuration that will fit nicely in the garage. Hoping also that it will be easy to maneuver without a reverse option.

    I'm reading lots of online advice that provides negative opinions, but many posts are from people who have never ridden/owned one. If you own one or owned one in the past, please give me some feedback?

    Especially interested in how you think it will handle a single rider (140 lbs) and two up with combined weight of 260 lbs.

    Thanks in advance...
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    I never owned a C50 Trike. I have owned a C50 2 wheeler. It's my personal opinion that it is not enough bike for two up riding in any hill country. That's why I sold it and bought my 1300. The C50 needs a 6th gear for highway driving. I should be fine for around town and flat country one up. 2 up and hills.....not so much. just one persons opinion.
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    Default Re: Suzuki C50 Lehman Tramp

    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch View Post
    I'm reading lots of online advice that provides negative opinions, but many posts are from people who have never ridden/owned one. If you own one or owned one in the past, please give me some feedback? Especially interested in how you think it will handle a single rider (140 lbs) and two up with combined weight of 260 lbs. Thanks in advance...
    If it is set up right after you get it, you will enjoy the ease and agility of the C-50 Tramp. I weigh almost as much as the combined weight you speak of and find no problems with the power on secondary roads. You will probably ride it more briskly than a larger trike because of it's sporty handling. You will have to adjust the shock/spring setting, tire pressure in the rear should be 20PSI and the front should be 35PSI. The stock seat is really uncomfortable after 50 miles so you should search for a mustang seat. The only concerns my customers have is the head-shake because it is such a small and lightweight motorcycle. A steering damper should solve that and I have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee H. Mann;261567&quot ; rel=
    If it is set up right after you get it, you will enjoy the ease and agility of the C-50 Tramp. I weigh almost as much as the combined weight you speak of and find no problems with the power on secondary roads. You will probably ride it more briskly than a larger trike because of it's sporty handling. You will have to adjust the shock/spring setting, tire pressure in the rear should be 20PSI and the front should be 35PSI. The stock seat is really uncomfortable after 50 miles so you should search for a mustang seat. The only concerns my customers have is the head-shake because it is such a small and lightweight motorcycle. A steering damper should solve that and I have them. "RING MY OWN BELL" I sold over 50 of these since 2003 and all of them are still on the road.
    Jim, Thank you for the informative review. I have a nice Mustang rider/passenger touring combo on the Phantom and the wife and I agree this is the setup we'll want on the Tramp.

    This is probably the first mod I will make to the Suzuki.

    Question: Found a similar Mustang C50 combo on the Motorcycle Superstore web site.

    Will it fit the Lehman-configured C50 or has the stock C50 seating been modified? The bike has a sissy bar/luggage rack and passenger handrail set up. Will this affect the Mustang's fit?

    I've read about the head shake at low speeds. Fortunately, the bike is equipped with a steering stabilizer.

    Also looking for a trunk, but don't see one listed as a Lehman accessory?

    Thanks again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scratch View Post

    Question: Found a similar Mustang C50 combo on the Motorcycle Superstore web site. Will it fit the Lehman-configured C50 or has the stock C50 seating been modified? The bike has a sissy bar/luggage rack and passenger handrail set up. Will this affect the Mustang's fit?

    I've read about the head shake at low speeds. Fortunately, the bike is equipped with a steering stabilizer.

    Also looking for a trunk, but don't see one listed as a Lehman accessory?

    Thanks again,

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    The Mustang Seat for the C-50 should fit without any complications. The larger C-90 has issues. The trunk is of your choosing. You have a luggage rack already and can attach the trunk to it.

    The sissybar backrest must be removed so the trunk becomes the backrest. Givi makes an inexpensive trunk.

    Lehman did have an optional trunk and it looked like a Givi.
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    www.2cycleguys.com has the best prices on the net. Bought my Mustang for my Volusia (C50) from them.
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    Default Re: Suzuki C50 Lehman Tramp

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee H. Mann View Post
    The Mustang Seat for the C-50 should fit without any complications. The larger C-90 has issues. The trunk is of your choosing. You have a luggage rack already and can attach the trunk to it. The sissybar backrest must be removed so the trunk becomes the backrest. Givi makes an inexpensive trunk. Lehman did have an optional trunk and it looked like a Givi.
    Great advice and sincerely appreciated...
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    A friend bought that trike last year. Rode with his wife from VA to Conn. Had no problem. Total weight aboard was ( just a guess ) 400 lbs. if yours has wire wheels run your finger around the spokes periodically the get loose. Friend found 15 broken spokes on his.
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    Default Re: Suzuki C50 Lehman Tramp

    Quote Originally Posted by John Luciano View Post
    A friend bought that trike last year. Rode with his wife from VA to Conn. Had no problem. Total weight aboard was ( just a guess ) 400 lbs. if yours has wire wheels run your finger around the spokes periodically the get loose. Friend found 15 broken spokes on his.
    Awesome feedback. And thanks for the tip on the spokes; I'll check 'em out when it gets here. Seems the bike is hung up in Austin. I was hoping for it to arrive by tomorrow, but it now looks more like next week. Patience.

    Patience.
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    Default Re: Suzuki C50 Lehman Tramp

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee H. Mann View Post
    The Mustang Seat for the C-50 should fit without any complications. The larger C-90 has issues. The trunk is of your choosing. You have a luggage rack already and can attach the trunk to it. The sissybar backrest must be removed so the trunk becomes the backrest. Givi makes an inexpensive trunk. Lehman did have an optional trunk and it looked like a Givi.
    Sure appreciate your insight, Jim.
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