Suzuki GS500E Reviews - Page 2 of 2

1998 Suzuki GS500E from United Kingdom

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance7000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB250N

Summary:

It gets you there

Faults:

Fork oil seals leaked after 10 years.

Battery died after 8 years.

General Comments:

I've had my GS since new, and it's a solid little bike. My 210lbs is easily handled by this torque machine with no problems.

The usual Suzuki build quality gripes can easily be overcome by keeping the bike dry overnight and wiped down when dirty. Mine is ten years old and still shines like new.

The well known cam shaft rattle has not affected the performance, and it easily handles a pillion rider.

Buy this bike if you like riding motorcycles and don't if you like fixing them.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th July, 2008

1992 Suzuki GS500E from United States of America

Model year1992
Year of manufacture1992
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles

Summary:

Good starter bike except for the lack of torque. Can be had cheap

Faults:

Nothing broke down on the bike, other than previous owner having dropped it with bent bars and broken gauge.

General Comments:

Decent first bike. Parallel twin puts out 50hp; enough to make things interesting, yet not enough to wring the rider off the bike.

It's small for taller riders. 6 footers will be a little cramped.

I had to install risers on the bars as my hands were going numb.

Seat is... of course... bad. Gel seat helps a lot.

While the engine makes the bike decently quick, it struggles badly at lower rpm's and has very little torque below 4k. Around town riding is a chore to say the least.

Brakes were adequate with a rear disc. No surprises.

Handling was good and was fun in the twisties. Upright seating position helped for longer rides.

Typically 60mpg, smallish tank however.

No plastic fairings to get destroyed in a tipover, but no wind protection either.

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

Review Date: 10th August, 2007

1990 Suzuki GS500E from United Kingdom

Year of manufacture1990
First year of ownership1990
Most recent year of ownership1991
Acceleration marks 6 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance3000 miles

Summary:

Nippy runabout

Faults:

Front discs worn down.

General Comments:

Having been riding motorcycles for 30 years, I have always kept in a time warp and seemed to be riding classics.

I have a Suzuki GT 750 water cooled, and now decided to try a modern bike that would be a lot lighter to use, so I stumbled upon the Suzuki GS500F.

What a machine this little bike is. I have a nice twisty road near me that I have used for years. I know the limits of this road for any motorcycle that I have used, until now. I took the Suzuki down there a couple of times and have found that this little machine can be thrown into corners and it just comes back for more. You can even make a mistake and correct it with this machine.

I have not fully run the engine in yet, but up to now, it feels responsive and smooth.

In traffic this bike handles well and is very tame. The bike itself feels like a 250 to ride and handles like one, but has the looks of a bigger bike.

If you are a learner and want to step up to a larger bike, then try this one. It is very well priced, cheap to insure, very economical to run, and has a good fun factor.

Even for me to step down from a 750 to this 500, I have no regrets.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th July, 2006

28th Sep 2009, 17:02

GS 500. What can you say...? 100mph, 60mpg, nimble handling, bullet proof mechanics and you can get a really good one for around £700. As a nippy run around it's unbeatable, only the hard seat and crap OE mirrors spoil it. But we're nit picking here. Later K model addresses these faults. Very, very under rated.

1999 Suzuki GS500E from United Kingdom

Year of manufacture1999
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired2200 miles
Most recent distance11000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki GPZ600R

Summary:

Recommended commuter or first bike

Faults:

The bike has to live outside 365 days a year, only covered at night, so there have been the inevitable seized brake pistons, one each, front and back. Ten minute job to free them.

There is some slight corrosion of the chrome parts, the mirror stems and fork brace, but it doesn't get much TLC.

It has only failed to start once, when the first really cold weather of last year hit, the battery gave out. I had been going to change it the previous winter, but managed to get an extra six months out of it.

It's a doddle to work on (air cooled and no fairing) so changing oil or plugs for example takes five minutes.

General Comments:

I bought the GS500 as an emergency measure to get me to work when my GPZ600 timing chain tensioner broke. I'm still using it three years later so it can't be as bad as some of this will make it sound!

It's certainly no sports bike, but it's perfect for commuting because it's so small and light. It will get through almost any traffic.

The engine does not like to run below 3000rpm. It makes for a lot of gear changes around town. Above 4000 and it comes to life properly (well, as much life as a 500 twin four stroke can come to!)

The forks are ridiculously soft. More than once they have bottomed out under braking, and given that the brakes aren't exactly brilliant, that is saying something.

Handling is surprisingly good in the dry, mainly because it is so light, which makes up a bit for the lack of power.

The OE tyres should be illegal.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th January, 2005

28th Sep 2005, 01:01

I had a 1996 GS500E. That thing was cold blooded. Didn't run right until it was warmed up. I agree about the stock tires being crap. I was able to tool around on the thing at around 115mph (maybe that's why I blew the engine!)

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 6 reviews