2000 Suzuki GS 500E Consumer Reviews New and Improved 2001 GS500 Epinio…

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Suzuki GS

New and Improved 2001 GS500

User Rating: Excellent

Reliability:

Comfort:

Handling And Control:

Quality and Craftsmanship:

Pros: bulletproof engine, simple, reliable, large gas tank, brakes, handling, performance,center stand PRICE!

Cons: lengthy warm up time, almost too quiet, soft front suspension.

The Bottom Line: If you’re a beginner who’s not dead set on a cruiser you should look no further than the GS500. I researched before buying, there is no better deal out there.

Suzuki has been making the GS500 since 1989. Since then, little has changed. That is until 2001 rolled along. Cosmetically the 2001 changed a little bit, just a bit. Check the official suzukicycles.com site and see for yourself about the cosmetic changes.

They have archived previous showrooms where you can view pre 2001 models. The cosmetic changes are subtle so its a bit tough and not worth the effort to get into them, but I will say however that it took a turn for the better.

Where the 2001 GS500 has really improved is in its fuel delivery. Its got a few more horsepower due to the larger carburetors than the previous. It used to have a too lean reputation in the carb area and this resulted in a lot of owners scrambling to modify their carbs to get the bikes running better. Now, Suzuki has finally seen the error of their ways and actually made the bike the way people were trying to modify them.

I mention all of this because people reading these reviews are basically, well. perhaps considering buying. And if you’re going to buy brand new you need to know about the 2001 and newer models as many complaints of the previous models no longer apply. As far as I know, this is the only review in Epinions on the 2001 model GS500.

Alrighty then. enough of that.

The 487cc engine is indestructible. Albeit simple compared to todays 4 valve per cylinder, multi cam. etc. techno-rockets, it has a tried and true 2 valves per cylinder, parallel twin engine thats been around for 13+ years. No liquid cooling here, but then again: no mechanical failures associated with liquid cooling either.

Don’t imagine that you’ll jump on THIS motorcycle on a cold day and zip off the line to wherever you’re in a rush to go. It WILL stall. Its a cold hearted beast and needs time to warm up for a few minutes, then turn off the choke, go easy under 6000rpm for the first 2 miles and then RIP to an astonishing 11,000 rpm red-line. If you’ve got the patience to wait a few minutes for this bike to warm up, this bike will reward you with a lot a exhilarating moments.

I couldn’t be happier. I should mention here that with all new bikes there is a break in period for the first 600 miles. Don’t exceed 5000 rpm until done with the break-in.

I’m no street racer but I can tell you that bigger more sophisticated crotch-rockets (as I call them) will be lost in your dust if the road is winding enough. It will out handle most every other sport bike out there including its main competition: the Ninja 500. And it’ll do it for a $1000 less. For new riders, even experienced ones: consider the cost involved if you drop the bike. All that Ninja plastic will have to be replaced for big money.

The GS will suffer minimal damage and need minimal repair.

Its light weight of 381 lbs dry and its powerful front and rear disk will also out brake the Ninja as well. Where the GS500 will fall behind is in acceleration and top speed. Just by a little bit. Don’t be discouraged by this as it will still out accelerate anything out of Detroit on 4 wheels off the line and be able to catapult you to speeds considered felonies in some states. It tops out at 118 mph but getting up there will find you thoroughly abused by hurricane type winds.

The only wind protection this bike has is YOU protecting the passenger seat from wind gusts. Going that fast on 2 wheels is a death wish anyway so consider its zero wind protection a feature that will protect you from. yourself.

The front suspension is really soft and bottoms out easily. This can be corrected by installing stiffer springs in the fork tubes if you choose to be a fuss-pot about it. The rear single shock suspension is excellent. It comes from the factory set at #4 but you can stiffen it up to #7 by turning an adjuster at the bottom of the shock.

I have it at #6 and at 205 lbs 6’1 it feels perfect.

Like I said before, it handles extremely well. I was impressed the first time I had it out. After warming up the tires after a few miles, leaning into the turns got faster and faster. Leaning lower and lower. The GS500 likes to do this.

It wants to do this. I rode down a barren road in the middle of the night. Zero traffic and you could hear the crickets chirping. I saw that dashed line in the road and started doing ski-like slaloms.

Slow at first then faster and faster. I actually started laughing under my helmet: This was too much fun. Mind you, I’m not a reckless driver in any way, but doing this on the GS just felt right. Like the wheels were glued to the road and there was no limit to how much you can lean through these turns. As if you are really supposed to be riding this way!

Truly a memory so fun its right up there with riding a bicycle for the first time. I’m 33 and it was nice to actually be reduced to childlike giddi-ness again. Buy this Bike!


Talk about large fuel tanks, this one holds 5.3 gallons. Fill it. and forget it. Probably for a long time if you’re a casual rider. Just remember to add Stabil to the tank if its going to sit for over a month or two.

It preserves the gas and keeps the fuel system fresh for things like winter storage, etc.

Its a workhorse. With its simple and reliable design and the ability to haul 420 lbs of cargo/passengers it can be described as nothing but a workhorse.

Its got a sporty posture, yet the riders position is rather standard and comfortable. No leaning way back like a cruiser(discomfort and fatigue) or leaning bent forward over the gas tank like your diving into something as in the crotch-rockets(also fatiguing and uncomfortable). Nor is it wrapped in a plastic fairing as are most sport bikes.

Its pretty minimal on the plastic and looks like a proper motorcycle. My concept of a bike is that you can SEE the engine. Always thought that was a cool point about motorcycles and with the GS500 its right there for the world to see. Its got that naked street bike look, nice and raw.

A definite cool factor. From the front it even has a bit of a classic/retro look to it. Its got an EXTREMELY bright quartz halogen no-nonsense round headlight, some ordinary yellow blinkers to the left and right and 2 round guages: a tachometer that red-lines at 11,000 rpm and a speedometer that reads up to 130 mph. Nice and ordinary. side by side.

Just the way God would have made them 😉 Below that is a horizontal, easily viewed row of indicator lights: oil pressure, neutral,turn signal and high beam. Nothing spectacular, as they say in Dragnet: juz da fax.

Its seat is roomy, so if you’re big, want to carry a passenger, or wanna heap on cargo (remember it will carry 420 lbs), it gives you a great amount of versatility.

I would describe the bike as very utilitarian in that it serves its purpose well. Its also very ergonomic in placement of controls and simplicity of operation. But unlike most bikes that can be described this way, it maintains a sporty look, feel and ability.

Suzuki’s designers deserve a big pat on the back for this one as they seem to have put together a bike that does most things exceptionally and all things adequately. Few bikes can claim this and NO BIKE can do this for an MSRP of $4399. I got mine brand new as a 2001′ leftover for $3750.

The bike sounds, well. not as beefy as I’d like. I never wanted something that would set off car alarms but this bike sounds like a cross between a sewing machine and mom’s vacuum. Many riders like a quiet bike while others love obnoxiously loud look at me.

I’m cool. I have a small peni$ complex! bikes that set off car alarm’s constantly. Most are in between.

Quiet bike lovers should consider the safety factor in that a slightly noisy bike can save your life. You’re already much less visible to cars and trucks on the road. Them being able to hear you, especially truck drivers sitting up high who make sudden turns in front of you after waiting at a light, can save your life.

This was a minor problem. I installed a Cobra F1S slip-on muffler ($150) and now I can be heard and its not obnoxious either. Sounds pretty cool now actually.

Its 6 speed transmission is pretty crisp and gives a gear for every occasion. Take off is very forgiving. In fact, taking off in 1st gear is so easy on this bike, an absolute virgin rider can probably manage taking off without stalling on the first try provided they know the theory of what they need to do.

This, among numerous other things like price, ease of maintainance and operation, low 31.1 seat height, etc, make this THE IDEAL starter bike.

Aside from the fact that the bike has a low sticker price to begin with, a beginner can save money in the future by buying this bike for the simple fact that they may never out grow it. Its performance abilities may forever exceed the owners desires to do more. Buy something like the Nighthawk 250, Rebel 250, Virago 250 or Ninja 250 and I can almost guarantee you’ll soon regret you didn’t go with the GS500 in the first place.

They’re all fine bikes but their limitations become apparent very quickly. Consider that, and the fact that the MSRP price differentials between the GS500 and the bikes I just listed is only $1000-$1500. Money tight? Ants in your pants? Patience children. save a wee bit longer and get the GS.

You’ll thank me!

Recommend this product? Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 3750

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