Suzuki GS500F - opinions?

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  1. Nev

    Nev Active Member

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    I'm a beginner rider and was looking at bikes the other day. The Suzuki GS500f was suggested to me...does anyone have opinions or experiences with it?
     
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    You should be fine with anything under 600 or 600s. I'd look into those SVs too.
    whatever you feel comfortable with man. Just be careful, I mean you dont have to be stupid, no one is gonna twist that throttle but you.
     
  3. Nev

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    Yeah, and I'm a careful person .. but a slight mistake could be much more forgiving on a bike like this, rather than one of the higher level 600cc bikes. I eventually plan to move up to something like that (r6/600rr/gsxr), but I was just curious if the GS500F was a good place to start, or if there are other suggestions out there.
     
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    The Ninja has more power too since it is liquid cooled and the Suzuki is not.
     
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    Liquid cooled vs air does not mean or imply more power. If anything, it means more weight.

    GS500f is a fantastically gutless machine. Perfect for a learner! It is very friendly, but quick enough.
     
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    I'd recommend it - it's certainly the only decent LOOKING sub-600 bike out there.

    Hey Kawi, Zuki, you bastards listening? BUILD A GOOD LOOKING STARTER BIKE AND PEOPLE WILL BUY IT.
     
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    Is your ninja 250 a GPX or ZXR?

    Over here it is the i4 ZXR250, an awesome little machine. Impossible to give it better body work.
     
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    I own a gs500, my second year with it. A great bike to learn on, the engine and transmission are bulletproof and very forgiving, but if you want to do any serious highway biking, it is a bit underpowered. I have taken mine on highways and had it up to 130 km/h but that is about all I would push it.

    Very cheap to maintain, excellent on gas and they have a high resale value. In Toronto you can grab a GS500 for less than a Kawasaki Ninja as they are not as well known and don't have the "ninja" name associated to them. My mechanic told me that the gs500 is one of the best starter bikes on the market and he always recommends them, more so than the Ninja as he feels the Ninja is a bit overrated and outdated.
     

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