2004 Kawasaki EX500 from Canada


Learn to ride, and see the world with a smile


- Replaced throttle cable due to wear.

General Comments:

I had kept up with regular interval maintenance and found no issues. I bought a Do-it-Yourself manual book, which allowed me to take apart the bike with ease.

I had cleaned the carburetors at 40,000km.

Put in the K&N Air Filter and cleaned every year.

Changed chain (D&D X-ring) and sprockets (Sunstars, front stock, rear +1 teeth) at 60,000km, a bit quicker acceleration.

Changed the light bulb to a Xeon HD blue light.

Formula 1 oil at every 5000km intervals.

Givi E52 Rear rack, excellent purchase.

A little modification here and there.

This bike was very forgiving to me in the first 2 years of bike riding; I made too many mistakes and I am here still walking. A great commuter with the right amount of power, quick and nimble around the corners. Treat it nice, and the bike will show you the world.

I've done Blue Ridge Parkway, Dragon's Tail (Smokey mountain), Bar Harbor x2, Long Island Montauk Point, Mt. Washington, Mt. Whiteface. As many possible twisty roads here and there. It put a smile on my face.

It's insurance wise, and a great learner bike. If you learn how to ride and respect it, the bike will be a keeper. Learn gradually and you'll be respected, even among the supersports.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th April, 2010

2004 Kawasaki EX500 from United States of America


Excellent beginner or low cost canyon blaster



General Comments:

Purchased with less than 1,000 miles on odometer.

Handling is very precise and light.

Very forgiving seating position for longer rides.

Rather small for 6 foot tall riders.

Adequate torque but not exciting. The higher you rev the motor, the more torque you get.

Kawasaki has been making this model forever, so all the bugs have been worked out.

Inexpensive insurance.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2008

2006 Kawasaki EX500 from United States of America


Great commuter bike for the money


Nothing wrong since bike was still new.

Dealer closed doors on shop 3 weeks after purchase and, I never got an owners manual.

General Comments:

The Kawasaki Ninja 500R (EX 500) is a good bang for the buck. It has a good solid engine with great gas mileage. It gets around town with ease, and has enough power and agility to get around pokey cars through traffic. This motorcycle will also get a beginner to pass a motorcycle test if need be, as I passed with ease on this bike.

With that said, I have come up with some other issues with this bike... like the bike still being in gear while the neutral light is on!

Plus the rear brakes are quite soft. I didn't get really any brake power out of the rear brakes, as I should be able to lock the rear wheel.

The shifter seems precise, but is very clunky. It makes too much noise while shifting. On the highway is where I have to give lower marks, because it requires gobs of RPMs to get any passing power. Granted, doing the homework on the Ninja 500R would have been better at first, but live and learn. Wanted the Ninja ZX6R, but costs twice as much as the Ninja 500R.

The Yamaha FZ6 or the Suzuki SV650S are better alternatives for a little more money.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd July, 2007

2006 Kawasaki EX500 from United States of America


A good bike - lots of power, good cornering. Good value


None, this is a new bike, and I've not had any issues.

General Comments:

The seat is hard and uncomfortable after an hour of riding... cornering is good - acceleration is strong - position for driving could made more comfortable by raising the handle bars a hair. I find I lean forward to the point of being uncomfortable.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th July, 2007

2004 Kawasaki EX500 from United States of America


Best motorcycle in its price range


Nothing yet.

The rear tire is to the wear bars at 6,500 miles.

General Comments:

Very good "bang for the buck".

Comfortable riding position for a sport bike.

Plenty of power and torque for its size and weight.

Very easy for beginners to learn on.

Fun for beginners and experienced riders alike.

Easy to ride at low speeds, but capable of 80 MPH without straining too hard.

4.8 gallon tank and 50+ MPG means plenty of range.

More like a small Sport/Tourer than a pure Sport bike.

I purchased this bike primarily for my fiance to learn on, but have enjoyed it myself as well. I also have a 2003 Kawasaki Concours, and it really feels like a small version of it. She is having a blast while learning to ride, and I am having a blast getting back to the roots of why I started riding, 20 years ago.

I did a lot of research before buying, and it came down to this bike, the Vulcan 500, which has a re-tuned version of the same engine, and the GS500F. We picked the EX500 because it offered the best power and handling, but was still reliable and economical to run.

She finds it to be very easy to ride, easier than the Buell Blast she took her BRC on. She is already taking corners like a pro, because the bike gives such confidence. I have taken it up on the highway and have done 85 so far, and it does that without effort. It is happiest at 70, but does 80 without complaint.

Fuel economy in mixed riding has averaged 50 MPG, with a high of 55 and a low of 43.

The engine has a lot of character, having a lumpy idle, letting you feel every power pulse up to about 5,000 RPM. It has plenty of power above 2,500 RPM, and will start out cleanly with minimal revs. Above 5,000, power builds steadily to 7,000, where it climbs more quickly, until it starts to taper off around 9,000, pulling well up to its 11,000 RPM red line.

Handling is what I call "honest." It does what you tell it to, when you tell it to, without drama. I'm still learning the nature of the bike, so I'm nowhere near its limits, but I understand that the stock springs needs to be resized for the rider's weight, for best handling. More on this can be found at ex-500.com. I'll be doing that when I feel that the bike needs it.

Planned mods are Pilot Activ tires, which last longer and still stick well, a Scottoiler to reduce chain wear, tubular handlebars for a standard riding position, and frame sliders to protect the bike in a fall. Fork and shock springs when I feel the need for them.

The only bike that really interest me as a future replacement for this one is the Ninja 650. I'll wait for resale to die down on that though.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st June, 2007

24th Jul 2009, 16:22

After having the Vulcan 500 as my first bike and a Vulcan 800 as my second, I picked up a used Ninja 500 for a song because it had minor cosmetic damage. Coming from a mid size cruiser with floor boards, it took me a while to get used to the placement of the gear shifter and handle bars.

I was interested in the 650R due to the more upright position, but it is a lot more $$$. Also, the 650R only has a 4.1 gallon tank while the 500r has a 4.8 gallon and better mpg. Part of the reason why I wanted to get rid of Vulcan 800 was the fact that it has only 4.0 gallon tank, and I only go like 30-32 mpg.