2004 Suzuki GS500F from United States of America
Excellent bike for the casual sport rider
The only problem I've had with this bike is that the clutch cable came loose and the bike would not start, however, this is after I dropped it so it was probably due more to my fault than it was the bike's.
This is an excellent starter bike, commuter bike, casual riding bike, or for smaller guys or girls.
It is affordable and quite peppy. It is not fast compared to the GSX-R line, but compared to other vehicles out there on the road, it's quick, nimble, and handles beautifully.
The riding posture is acceptable and comfortable. The gas mileage is excellent, and the 6 speed manual transmission makes it very fun to ride.
Around town and up to 100+ miles an hour, it is a dream. Once you get over 100+mph, you will feel like it wants to top out (around 120mph probably). Meaning if you're into racing, this bike is probably NOT for you. If you're looking for a sporty, affordable, reliable motorcycle that you can have a lot of fun with.. this one meets your criteria.
It weighs around 390lbs I think, and has a seat height of something like 31". It is easy to maneuver and the GS line has been around for a long time. The engine and mechanical innards are reliable. It is a good bike and has a good following for good reason!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 16th May, 2005
I just wanted to say that some of the information in this article is misleading.
In the article you said that all the engine parts are reliable. I have one of these bikes and it has been in the shop 3 times.
The camshaft and buckets in these motors are on recall.
The engines develop a severe knocking sound and the manufacturer describes the sound as the cam moving side to side.
I just want people to be aware of this because I have had a lot of problems with mine and I'm not sure what I will do when the warranty runs out.
The performance of the bike though is very impressive, and I do think it is a great bike. It is very easy to ride.