The Suzuki GS500 is probably the perfect beginner motorcycle for someone who is confident in their ability to quickly grasp the basic motorcycle concepts. Its a pretty small motorcycle, but its also powerful enough to lug around some of the bigger guys (250 lbs+!!) with relative ease. It gets great gas milage overall, the only thing that is a little annoying is since it is carburated it takes liberal use of choke to get this bike to warm up on cool days/nights, but after it gets warmed up it is an absolute joy to ride.
This motorcycle was my first bike and therefore it holds a special place in my heart. I found that it met all of my needs, and exceeded most of my expectations. I loved the fact that this bike was naked so if I happened to drop it (which new riders often do), the damage that was possible was minimal at best. In fact I recall dropping my motorcycle 2 or 3 times at a stand still and you couldn't even tell! Try that with a fully faired bike!
Another thing that rocks about this motorcycle is how light it is. During one of the previously mentioned drops I fell into a bush and managed to pin my leg under the motorcycle, but with just a little maneuvering I was able to life the bike off myself single handedly.
- The earlier versions of the GS500 are naked stock, that way if you drop it, minimal damage is incurred.
- 500cc's and roughly 50hp is fun and forgiving
- Relatively inexpensive.
- Cold blooded: Takes a while to warm up on cold days.
- No fairing means no wind protection
- Engine Type: four-stroke, air-cooled In-Line Parallel Twin Cylinder, DOHC, two valves per cylinder
- Displacement: 487 cc
- Engine Redline: 11,000 rpm
- Horsepower: 51.3 hp @ 9500 rpm
- Torque: 30.4 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm
- Fuel Economy: 50-60 mpg
- Length: 81.9"
- Weight: 396.8 lb. (dry)
- Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gals.
- MPG: 58 MPG