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I am considering buying either a Suzuki Boulevard S40 or the Kawasaki Vulcan 500.?

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Old 12-16-2008   #1
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Default I am considering buying either a Suzuki Boulevard S40 or the Kawasaki Vulcan 500.?

Or I will consider their predessors which are almost the same except for name changes. The Suzuki is a 650cc single cylinder air cooled engine. The Kawasaki is a 500cc twin water cooled. Will the method of cooling have an affect on the maintenance or length of life of the engines?
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i say that unless you plan to ride long distance it doesnt matter that you have a radiator. i have rode trips up to 100 miles straight no stop in the middle of summer in the south with an air cooled two stroke street bike with no problems.
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Yes. Water-cooled engines always last longer&make more consistent power. Of course they ar ealso slightly harder to maintain, but not much. Go with the Kawasaki.
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Buy the Boulevard 50 Cruiser. Much nicer bike with water cooled engine.
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I had the Suzuki single jug 650 (Savage). It was a good bike, but it lacked power at highway speeds. The Kawi 500 may give you a bit more since you have two jugs moving. If you want to avoid getting run over on the open road, consider something with a little more get up and go... I got a Kawi 1500 and love it. :)Good luck! ------
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I'D GO WITH SUZUKI 650cc AIR COOLED, NO PROBLEMS WITH AIR COOLED, THEY BEEN ON THE ROADS FOR ABOUT 100 YEARS, MINE IS....AND SEVERAL I HAD WAS, IM ON MY 35th BIKE....TAKE A PEAK AT THE YAMAHA 650cc, THEY ARE AIR COOLED AND SHAFT DRIVE.....THIS IS FREE TOO....BELT AND CHAIN DRIVEN BIKES NEEDS AJUSTMENTS- SHAFT DRIVE DONT.....I HAVE A BELT DRIVEN BIKE ALSO, BUT I'D NEVER HAVE A CHAIN DRIVEN STREET BIKE......IT SLING THAT PJ-1 CHAIN LUDE EVERY WHERE.....HOPE THIS HELED YA SOME.... BIKE ON .. BIKE SAFE ------
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