Suzuki GS 500 - Reviews
The first model was created in 1989 and had a 4-stroke, air-cooled 487cc parallel twin engine produces 44 to 50 horsepower at 9,000 rpm and has plenty of torque for just enough thrills. The fact that it was within limits for countries that had restricted licenses for motorcycles made this a very popular bike worldwide. It has a 31.1 inch (790mm) seat and weighs a light 384 pounds (174kg) making it manageable for almost any sized rider and the 4.5 gallon (17.0 litre) fuel tank keeps it running a long time.
Even though it is not a big bike it is capable of handling heavier and taller riders with relative ease. Another great beginner aspect of this bike is the naked frame has less to be damaged in a drop – pick it back up and get back to what you were doing. It is good to go. It can be a bit tough to start on cold days but once you get her running she'll purr along all day long.
Advantages: Great beginner bike. Less to repair if dropped. Good acceleration, easy control, low maintenance.
Disadvantages: Tough to start when cold. Plenty of power for a novice or intermediate rider but not enough for some more advanced riders who want a great deal of speed.