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post #1 of 8 Old 09-14-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Ride Video - Ride of the GS500s

I was asked to put on a ride for GS500s. So I did. Got out my old trusty and had a ball...

Ride Of The GS500s - Suzuki GS500 Meetup & Ride - YouTube

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I would like a little more info on the GS500. There's one for sale in town and I've always liked them.

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If you have half an hour here is an Indepth video review type thing I did of the GS500...

Suzuki GS500 Indepth Walk Around & Review - YouTube

In short, it is a 487cc air cooled parallel twin bike that has been in production since 1989. In 2001 the carbs were changed from a two jet to a three jet and the bike got a larger fuel tank (now five gallon / 20 litre). In 2003 the faired version became available and the only change to the engine was the addition of an oil cooler for the faired version.

16 tooth front sprocket, 39 rear. Highway riders sometimes put a 17 on the front and city riders go as low as 14 on the front. I've left my totally stock and it does real well as Suzuki designed it for both city and highway.

It will NOT accidentally wheelie. I get above 50mpg and have put 43,000+km on mine without any issues whatsoever. The throttle response is not jerky so people new to riding will find it friendly, it almost corners itself and I find it quite comfortable.

It is NOT a supersport so don't expect it to be and you'll be fine.

Anything you'd like to know about that's not covered in the above video or this post, let me know.

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I would like a little more info on the GS500. There's one for sale in town and I've always liked them.
Check out the gstwin.com site. Their forum would roughly be the GS500 analog of Wristtwisters -- Complete with the home-brew-upgrades that add 20HP to your bike.

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Check out the gstwin.com site. Their forum would roughly be the GS500 analog of Wristtwisters -- Complete with the home-brew-upgrades that add 20HP to your bike.
Hey. Still got your GS?

@PAULIBIKER What jscott said... it really is the definitive place for GS500 info, help, etc. Sub forum for Australia area and for UK area. Etc. Have a wiki at GStwin.com Wiki - Home Page - and - they are very civil (it's hard to have a big head if you ride a GS500 )

Bike is old school tech for self wrenchers, modded a lot by owners - color, headlights, etc. Comes standard with center stand.

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Hey. Still got your GS?
Heh, yeah, I still got 'er. Started a project with a running GS, chopped the tail, made a new seat, got dual lights, blacked everything out, etc, etc....

Went to start it before putting it all back together and dropped a valve. I picked up a running 919 same month, so the GS spend a few seasons under a cover in a buddy's back yard. The GS finally made it back to my garage, but I still haven't torn into the engine. There's parts in like 5-6 different places, so I'm not even sure I'll get around to this for some time. :)

Was a fun bike though. Highly recommended for any beginner unless they're over, say, 6-foot-4.
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I rode a 93 GS500E for about 10k, last weekend bought my wife a 07 500F, rode it approx 250 miles home... i had forgotten how much fun they are. I had no problems hitting 100, and it corners like a dream; fun bike, low insurance and virtually no maintenance. Another plug for Gstwin.com, great bunch of guys with a limitless supply of info on mods and upgrades.

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I had a gs for a while. bought it for the wife and we found out she can't street ride a bike.

any ways it was a great little machine i put a 15 tooth sprocket on re jetted the carbs and used a lunchbox filter to make maintenance easier. the 15 tooth brought a lot of getty up that the gs was lacking. made it a blast to ride. I actually mis it. it was light and was great for learning to hooligan on with a dropped sprocket.

Common sense. So rare it's a god damn super power.
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