EX500 (500R?) or GS500?

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    4W4K3 New Member

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    New rider, looking for a decent beginner bike. Have ~$2,000 to spend just on a bike. Gear and classes, etc. will be seperate budget.

    Would you recommend a Kawasaki Ninja 500R, or a Suzuki GS500F? They seem very similiar on paper, and have about the same power...I just can't decide.
     
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    ninja 500r. more power, less plastic, oil cooled and parts out the wazoo.
     
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    So it's oil cooled, and not water cooled? I dunno' that much about bikes, jsut that the Suzuki is air cooled. What is the big advantages/disadvantages between the 3?

    I didn't realize it had more parts, figured the GS500 would be just as big aftermarket. Guess not.

    Thanks for the suggestion, I think that pretty much makes up my mind.
     
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    oil cooled and water cooled mean the same thing...it has a radiator and uses a liquid to cool the engine. air cooled engines are more likely to overheat in stop and go/city traffic. more plastic means that there's less to mess up and have to fix if you drop it. plus, the ninja's are mechanically unchanged since '94 meaning parts are easy to find. google ninja500 vs gs500. there's an article that has a shootout between the two, and the ninja won hands down. also, if you do get the ninja, hop over to ex500riders.com and sign up.
     
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    Ah, ok that makes sense. I'll mostly be highway driving on it, not much stop and go where I live.

    I've joined 2 motorcycle forums so far and have had superb luck getting great answers and tips and what not. I'll poke my head around ex500riders, and when I get closer to purchasing the bike probably sign up and annoy all of them with my newbie questions :p

    Thanks.
     
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    ex500 is far superior to the gs500 hands down
     
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    no problem
     
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    EX500

    when you're bored you switch it into a track bitch and it rocks

    and get a bigger street bike
     
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    Gs500 because its made by suzuki:fawk: J/k both are really good choices for A new rider you just have test ride both and see what you like better:hs:
     
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    Hopefully they both will agree with my butt, I have yet to sit on either.
     

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