2000 Suzuki GS 500E

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  • New and Improved 2001 GS500

    May 15, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    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.

    Summary: 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 ... read more

  • Great Starter Bike and beyond - New Update

    Feb 17, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to ride, excellent acceleration, runs great & holds its value.
    Cons: Not designed for long trips.

    Summary: Having completed a 2nd season and taken the mileage from 6,000 miles when purchased to 10,500, I thought I'd give a quick update. Performance continues to be strong with no mechanical problems at all. The only maintenance has been routine oil changes ... read more

  • 2000 GS500

    Jan 13, 2004 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Proven design = reliability. Cheap to insure, they think it's a standard!
    Cons: Lightweight and whippy on uneven pavement.

    Summary: I bought this GS at a pawn shop in Colorado Springs Colorado, summer of 2003 with about 450 miles on it. Apparently, someone bought it in Texas, took it to Colorado, and it was reposessed by a bank , and sat in the shop for a couple years. Essentially I ... read more

  • fun transportation

    Apr 21, 2003 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: good runner, handles great, fun to drive
    Cons: front shocks, no wind shield

    Summary: This is the first bike I have owned. I have ridden a few bikes mostly 70's and 80's like Honda CB 650s and dirt bikes and a Harley. I thought all bikes handled weird like they just were not stable and they just didn't do what I wanted them to do. ... read more

  • Good looking - quick acceleration

    Mar 25, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Affordable, good looks, dependable.
    Cons: Not very fast off the start.

    Summary: I bought this bike after riding around quite a bit on a 1997 dual-purpose Yamaha 200. The change from that bike to this Suzuki 500 is like night and day. The ride on this motorcycle is very smooth. It handles well and the bike feels very nice and ... read more

  • Sporty little bike

    Dec 17, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: decent acceleration, light, sleek styling, great beginner bike, very affordable
    Cons: needs to be revved high to get good power, and tend to rust easily.

    Summary: The gs500e is a great all around bike. It's good on gas, fun to ride and extremely easy to control. I'm an experienced rider and I love mine. It's not a real screamer but the power to weight ratio is very good. The only thing is, you have to rev it past ... read more

  • Lessons from a GS500e

    Nov 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent first bike
    Cons: soft suspension

    Summary: Here is some stuff I learned from my GS500e. The "review" part is later because you probably have already read something similar anyway. Lessons learned when I bought my first and used bike: If the scenario is: you found a clean older ... read more

  • The complete and total skinny on the GS500E

    Jun 18, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Passed the long trip test, three hundred pound passenger test, and the 110mph speeding-ticket test!
    Cons: Long trips with many breaks and little feeling in the buttocks.

    Summary: Well folks, I've sold my Suzuki GS500E and purchased a new Bandit 600 as my next bike. So now I can give a pretty detailed synopsis on the type of bike the GS500E is. First off, I have to say the little bike is quite a big winner. I ... read more

  • abused daily

    Apr 11, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: reliable as a rock, good handling, good brakes
    Cons: wheezer of a motor

    Summary: This was the first bike after my divorce. The price was definitely right. It had very mild crash damage which worked to my benefit because I got to fit a flatter bar that was to my liking, an aftermarket slip-on, and paint over that awful "nuclear ... read more

  • Fantastic Starter Bike

    Nov 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Ride, Handling, and Value
    Cons: Basic instrumentation, front suspension

    Summary: Approaching my 40th birthday, I decided that I wanted to once again ride a motorcycle, something I had done in my younger days. I took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course in order to satisfy my licensing requirements. They use a fleet of Suzuki ... read more

  • A Good Little Bike

    Nov 21, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Small, light capable machine
    Cons: Cramped frame

    Summary: The Suzuki GS500E has changed little in it's production run, and for good reason. This motorcycle fills it's niche almost perfectly. A small vertical twin engine powers this machine, it's light, narrow, and revs easily. The suspension is well suited ... read more

  • Fine in-town ride!

    Nov 9, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Doesn't weigh a ton. Good zip. Sized OK for under 6ft rider.
    Cons: Long warmup time. Side stand puts bike too upright.

    Summary: This GS500E is ACTUALLY my wife's bike. This being her 5th purchase, I know she's spent time and money making decisions and hunting around. She's a NEW BIKE nut, and this bike replaces a used (1995) GS500E she owned for about 6 months. SHE LOVES ... read more

  • Child's Play? I think not!

    Oct 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Affordable, stylish beginner's bike.
    Cons: Small size, soft suspension, and sound.

    Summary: I know you're probably not reading this because it is fun, so I'll be blunt. This is pretty much a beginners bike only! I've never ridden a street bike prior to buying this, aside from the couple of times I straddled a dirt bike years ago. ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • The GS500E/F is a big winner!!

    Apr 27, 2006 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Reliable parallel twin, comfortable riding position, weight of bike.
    Cons: Very cold-blooded (choke open for miles).

    Summary: I have owned my '89 Suzuki GS500E since the summer of 1990 (bought new from the showroom floor). I opted for the quarter fairing and chin spoiler. Originally, I had planned it is a starter bike, however, it has stayed with me all of these years -- the ... read more

  • An excellent bike

    Jul 7, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Affordable, dependable, comfortable, suprisingly quick, looks good.
    Cons: Factory seat

    Summary: I'll make this short, since I'm no motojournalists. I recently bought a 1993 GS500E, this bike has been basically unchanged for 10 years, aside from being nonexistent in 03 and full fairing in 04. The engine is like a rock, dependable!!!!!!!!! I ... read more

  • Ok entry level bike

    Apr 15, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: great power, reliable, smooth ride for short trips.
    Cons: uncomfortable on long trips even with full-size windshield. riding position poor.

    Summary: i bought a 2001 gs500e new in april of 2001. immediatly after purchae (2weeks) i noticed that the valve cover was leaking oil profusly. suzuki offered to fix the problem for a service fee. i think it should have been under the warranty. despite that ... read more

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