Suzuki GS500F Review from Canada

2005 Suzuki GS500F

Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired7 kilometres
Most recent distance2200 kilometres

Summary:

Excellent beginner bike

Faults:

Nothing!

General Comments:

Excellent beginner bike, this was my first ride and it's perfect for someone looking to get into the scene.

I like the looks of the fairings and it handles amazingly well.. It's affordable and the insurance is cheaper that most other bikes, other than cruisers.

Gas mileage is good, averaging around 60MPG. The drive train is a little outdated as it hasn't changed much since late 1980's, but is very reliable! There is a reason why Suzuki didn't change much mechanically.

The downsides:

- The front suspension is soft. I replaced them with stiffer after market springs, and I recommend this to anyone who owns a GS500.

- Front brakes are weak, could use dual front discs to support its 400lb weight.

- The rear tire is skinny, needs to be wider as when leaning into sharp turns, I'm almost hitting the sidewall on occasion.

Overall:

An excellent bike for the price! You just cannot beat it. I will be upgrading to a GSXR-600 very soon.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th September, 2006

22nd Jan 2008, 06:22

Thanks for the help. I'll go for this one soon.

19th May 2008, 21:27

I just bought this bike and love it. I used to own a CBR 600 and got rid of it because it was too uncomfortable. The GS500F in my opinion blows the Honda away; they accelerate almost the same, and I don't find much difference in the handling. The front end could be a little stiffer, but if you're not doing heavy braking it's fine. It's a easy bike to ride. If you're just learning to ride, or you're looking for a sporty bike that's comfortable to ride, then this is a perfect bike for you.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review