Suzuki GS500 Overview
The Suzuki GS500 has received a fairly bad reputation over the last few years with many critics calling it an uninspiring ride which offers just enough to see it through but nothing to write home about. If you are seriously considering a GS500 then you might find this disheartening until you look at genuine reviews online from real owners; these portray the GS500 in an entirely different light and one worth paying attention to.
The GS500 is the ideal first bike if you are after something more than a 125cc scooter. It’s a solid all-rounder which handles itself well when used for commuting. It can get a little shaky when taken up to motorway speeds but this is something you are unlikely to be doing too often when you are first starting out anyway. It is a responsive bike which is forgiving and flexible, with just enough power to get a little fun out of riding but without running the risk that the bike will get away from you. If you need to build up confidence out on the road then you can’t go wrong here.
Perhaps one of the reasons that the GS500 is such a great starter bike is the price. You can’t pick up a GS500 bike new anymore and used prices start at around £900 going right up to £2000. If you can pick a bike up for under £1000 then you are onto a real stunner of a bargain, especially if you are only going to be throwing the bike around. It is simple, it is comfortable and it is cheap; all good reasons to pick up a GS500 and starting your biking journey.
Suzuki GS500 Spec
- Top speed110mph
- Average fuel consumption50mpg
- Seat height790mm
- EngineAir cooled, four stroke, parallel twin cylinder
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Gear changes are loose so room for error but sometimes comes across 'clunky'
Engine is more than enough for inner-city commuting. Have enough power to comfortable get out of situations. Engine feels strained when doing high speeds at times on motorways.
More powerful, but I'll just have to wait until I do my two years capped at 500CC!
Super robust, dropped a few times and barely a mark. Definitely an introduction bike. If anything build too well (or may be the years) as had problems getting certain bolts undone.
Disc brakes, solid at stopping every time.
It's mid weight , rides smoothly. Plenty of usable power, it takes corners very well in all weathers.
For a mid size 500 commuter, there's plenty of power. Overtakes easily, really good engine.
So very cheap to run, it uses very little fuel and seems to go on forever. Being a 500 it's cheap to insure and tax. service costs are okay. In all very good.
All seems really good, no breakdown or niggles.
One on the back and only one on the front. Brakes seem good though.
I find it heavy but that's more due to my size than the bike, i found my 125 heavy! It's smooth though and rides like a dream.
500cc, big enough for me, pretty good acceleration for it's size.
Tax just under £60, ins approx £200 and i can do about £200 miles on full tank which costs about £14 to fill. First big bike, i'm limited cos of my height and this has been lowered, still a bit tippy toe but i like the style.
Never broken down but had had issue back in spring which ended up being the 'pick ups'?? Had alot of work done/bits replaced before finally identifying the problem. Runs like a pussycat now.
Brakes very responsive, good grips, no idea what system
This bike is soo light and easy to ride. The gears and smooth and the engine sweet as a nut.
Although the bike has had no issues, you have to keep an eye on areas to ensure rust doesn’t build up.
Parts are cheap, it’s easy to maintain yourself and runs on air.
No break downs, just rust build up on the frame etc.
The brakes work as good as expected for a 1995 bike. The back is useless lol.