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Old 01-16-2013, 03:10 AM   #1
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Suzuki GS500E Opinions?

Have a bead on a 2004 Suzuki GS500E ... copy clipped below from local Buy n' Sell Ad;

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2004 Suzuki GS500E in near mint condition with only 8800km (5468mi) on her. Just put new battery in and yes the tires have lots of rubber and it is licence till may 2013. This is a great all around bike weighting in the same as a ninja 250 but has twice the power for hitting the highway. This bike needs nothing turn key and go you will not be disappointed. Owner hates to part with however not being used.......Also comes with frame sliders.$3600.00CDN


Any GS owners out there like to weigh in it'd be appreciated. Thoughts on the Bike in general and/or asking price in ad welcome!

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Old 01-16-2013, 06:07 AM   #2
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Back in the 90's I had a 1990 GS500E. Basically the same bike. It was a play bike that I would take out for quick rides in the twisties. The impressions I remember are:

Its a little buzzy through the grips;

I got a consistent 55 mpg US;

It had enough power to be fun. It had enough power to do anything you want really, unless you ride above the speed limits for extended periods of time;

It was an absolute hoot to wind out and listen to it wail. Fun bike to beat on a little bit. I had an FZ1, which had many good attributes, but you couldn't routinely wind it out - it was simply to fast for such infantile silliness

I replaced mine with a Honda Hawk GT. The Hawk had been down and was a little beat up. I was astonished at how much more refined the Hawk felt. It is a better bike in every way.

The GS500E's are fun, economical, reliable bikes. A little rough around the edges perhaps. I like the naked ones better than the faired ones.

I don't know if $3600 is a good price in Canada or not. No feel for the Canadian market.
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Old 01-16-2013, 07:42 AM   #3
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About 3 years ago we bought an 02 model as the wife's first street bike. We wanted something relatively low and light, easy to ride, simple to maintain, no fairings to break, etc. To make a long story short, it turned out to be a much more capable motorcycle than I had imagined. The only problem it had was the very lean stock jetting, a shim on the needle, and up one step on pilot and main jets and it ran perfect (the bike was stock otherwise). It consistently got around 60 mpg with her riding it, and it went on about 5 trips during the 2 years she rode it, one was 5 days and about 1600 miles. Very nice little motorbikes.

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Old 01-16-2013, 07:46 AM   #4
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They're good/solid bikes, but a VERY old and dated design. If you needs are basic, they're fine, but don't expect cutting-edge performance or handling. Most think the Kawi EX500's of the same era are quite a bit better.

And they don't make double the power of the Ninja 250's. Perhaps 30% more but with better torque.

Looks in nice shape. No idea about the price.

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Old 01-16-2013, 08:01 AM   #5
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I had a '93 for a few years, it was my first bike. I sold it to a coworker's son who was looking to start riding.

I should have kept it.

Cheap to run, fun to wring out, surprisingly good on gravel with those narrow tires. Mine had progressive springs and the stock lean carbs, which left it with a flat spot around 6k.

$3600 seems high even from what I remember in Saskatchewan. They got a slight redesign of the tank and seat in '01, that is a nice one.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:04 AM   #6
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The first bike that I learned to ride on. My ex-GF's bike, a '99 GS500E in dark green. Very easy, forgiving, undemanding bike.

$3600 seems steep. You can go into a Honda dealership and get a new learner's bike for a little more than that.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #7
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I had the F model with fairing but same bike.
Put more than 10,000Kms a year on it, in Ontario. It was a great bike, rock solid, decent performance and fun bike to learn and ride to it's limits. It was comfortable and holds resale, as I sold it two years later for almost what I paid for it.

If you get it for $3000 then I'd say it's a deal.


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Old 01-16-2013, 10:18 AM   #8
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I had one. It had absolutely the worst carburetion and forks of any bike I've ever owned. I had the carbs off at least 9 times over a weekend, either it was flooding out, or running out of gas at full throttle, I've heard its a very common issue. Went up on the pilot one size and lifted the needle. Never did get it perfect, and I've tuned plenty of carburated bikes. The forks would bottom going into a driveway. Most of them burn oil. GSTwins is a useless site that the users spend all their time telling each other how great they are, and giving out (sometimes) dangerous advise.

Remember, I owned one. Probably one of the worst bikes I've ever owned. For $3600 or whatever it was, you can buy a pretty nice SV650, which is at least twice the bike (I've owned one of those, too). Or a 1200 Bandit (5 times the bike). Or a ZRX1200. Another great bike.
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Old 01-16-2013, 10:37 AM   #9
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Guys, with the pricing discussions, let's keep in mind that we're talking Canadian pricing, not US. Stuff costs more up there, in some cases, a lot more.

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Old 01-16-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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I am in Canada and I say that is too much for a 9 year old GS500. I got a 2004 1200 Bandit at auction for that. Someone is trying to make money from the low mileage. If you are set on a GS, you can probably do a lot better than that by accepting a few more miles or a few more years of age, which isn't much of a sacrifice since they didn't really change much over the years. My friend had one back in the mid 90s and it kept up easily with my GS 550 four banger.

Edit: I see you are in Newfoundland. I did notice used bike prices there being rather high when I was home last. That's the small market working against you I guess.

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Old 01-16-2013, 11:00 AM   #11
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You can find a 1200 Bandit, at least in the US, for $2000, for a decent one, maybe $2800 for a real nice one. Not sure what the exchange rate is in Canadia.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:06 AM   #12
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I had one. It had absolutely the worst carburetion and forks of any bike I've ever owned. I had the carbs off at least 9 times over a weekend, either it was flooding out, or running out of gas at full throttle, I've heard its a very common issue. Went up on the pilot one size and lifted the needle. Never did get it perfect, and I've tuned plenty of carburated bikes. The forks would bottom going into a driveway. Most of them burn oil. GSTwins is a useless site that the users spend all their time telling each other how great they are, and giving out (sometimes) dangerous advise.

Remember, I owned one. Probably one of the worst bikes I've ever owned. For $3600 or whatever it was, you can buy a pretty nice SV650, which is at least twice the bike (I've owned one of those, too). Or a 1200 Bandit (5 times the bike). Or a ZRX1200. Another great bike.
+1 on the carbs, they are constantly in need of attention. The forks are made out of cheese and or potatoes. Not sure which is the higher concentration.

But, they're fun. Very forgiving, very good relaxed torque down low. Newbie friendly.

Bought mine with 2900 mile for $1600 and sold it with 31000 for $1800. 4 sets of tires, two chains, and the carbs came off, ohhhhh, only 127 times.

Gstwins used to be great, but I think gixxer.com's forum found out about it, and ruined it. :(
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:16 PM   #13
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Guys, with the pricing discussions, let's keep in mind that we're talking Canadian pricing, not US. Stuff costs more up there, in some cases, a lot more.

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It's January.

In CANADA!

The seller will snap up the OP's $3000, and they'll both be happy.

Suzuki's made a version of that bike ever since they gave up on 2-smokes, and they have a well deserved reputation as a reliable, economical, competent, low-thrills bike.
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It's January.

In CANADA!

The seller will snap up the OP's $3000, and they'll both be happy.

Suzuki's made a version of that bike ever since they gave up on 2-smokes, and they have a well deserved reputation as a reliable, economical, competent, low-thrills bike.
My point was not that it was a good deal. It was that many folks commenting on the price are comparing to their US pricing experience which isn't comparable. I doubt very many of us are in a position to know how bikes are priced in Newfoundland.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:07 PM   #15
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^Agreed, and my point is it's January in the North Country, buyer interest is at it's lowest point and ca$h is king, whether you're in New England or New Brunswick.
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