Suzuki models numbers and letters
August 25, 2008 at 7:08 pm #1969
I’m looking at a “2007 Suzuki GSX500” but I can’t really find anything about this bike. The dealer web site has a GS500F and nothing below a GSX650F for 2008. It’s somewhat confusing when there’s all different models and then you find listings, either for sale, looking up the blue book value, or for insurance reasons and there are suffixes like R and F and E and not all of them seem to match with the dealer models. Or perhaps there are typos, which wouldn’t make figuring all this out any easier. Anyway, I’m curious about this GSX500 as a beginner bike, but I can’t find anything about it. ThanksAugust 25, 2008 at 7:27 pm #11146MattParticipant
There is no GSX500 in North America. I’m pretty certain there isn’t one anywhere actually.
GS500E/F is a sporty standard. It is intended as an everyday commuter / sporty ride / low budget touring bike / beginners bike. Take your pick of duty, it does them all reasonably well. E and F designate generation I believe. ShannonG or Ben could probably tell you more.
GSX-650F is the Katana/Bandit replacement. It is an everyday sport bike or budget sport tourer depending on your want. In either case it is not really intended for beginners.
GSX-600R -750R and -1000R are supersports intended for experienced riders. They are aimed at track day riders and people who want serious performance at the cost of practicality. The R suffix in this case means “Race”
All are great fun and reliable bikes. Of all of them, the GS500 will have the lowest insurance, best gas mileage, and be the most forgiving.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 25, 2008 at 7:48 pm #11149CBennettParticipant
The E is no longer made from what I read but was the model with no Farrings(naked bike) the F is the same bike with Farrings and a sportsbike look. I also read that the handle bars on the F amy be a bit lower than the E also but I cant say that for certain its just something I read when I was looking at the bikes.August 25, 2008 at 8:05 pm #11154AndrewParticipant
I have seen the GS500 recommended as a starter bike on a Euro website where they are still available.August 25, 2008 at 8:47 pm #11155
Thanks. I thought the gsx500 might be a typo. I’ll go check it out and see what it really is.August 26, 2008 at 1:00 am #11171CBennettParticipant
thats the Bike I really wanted as I honestly dont plan of getting anything larger than a 500 even if I upgrade..I figured a ninja 500 or GS500(E or F) would have fit the bill nicely..just nothing in my price range(CHEAP ) opened up this summer. Im still not sure I will even upgrade from the 250 I want a great MPG bike !August 26, 2008 at 1:13 am #11172
Yeah, I know what you mean. Maybe something will be available this fall/winter. I’m looking at this bike which turns out to be a GS500F. Supposedly it gets 58MPG, but I’m wondering how much this can vary depending on use. And with a bike that has fairings – can they easily be removed to ride naked? I don’t know how that or sliders workAugust 26, 2008 at 4:02 am #11181AaronMerlotParticipant
I love my GS50f and I get between 55-65 mpg! depending on my driving. Great bike!August 26, 2008 at 6:07 am #11183nau_lax21Participant
my gs500f is still in the break in process, so i try and keep the rpms low. im guesstimating agreeing with the 55ish mpg. not sure how high that mpg is gonna stay when the throttle gets opened up more frequently
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