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My New Suzuki GS500F – Fan Report

Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Suzuki GS500F
The Suzuki GS500F (left) sits next to the Honda CBR (right) before the weekend ride.
I was out looking for a new bike because someone had run over mine (fortunately, I wasn't on it). The insurance company totaled my bike and handed me a check. (NOTE - ALWAYS GET FULL COVERAGE INSURANCE ON YOUR BIKE!) Boo! I hadn't been able to ride for almost a year due to injuries and cold weather.

A friend of mine was out looking for bikes for me. He thought that I could just stay with the Ninja 250, and I thought maybe I could move up. After looking around, I decided not to get one at all since I had some extra bills that I needed to take care of.

That is, until April 20th. I walked into a dealer, saw a longtime friend who works there and "bam," he showed me this brand new bike. A '09 Suzuki GS500F. God, it was gorgeous, and black. I thought about it, a friend of mine was in the area and looked at it, my instructor said it's a great bike, and, well, on April 22 I went in and bought the bike.

They weren't able to deliver my Suzuki until the following Monday due to inclement weather. But, that Thursday, April 29, I got to go ride my bike for the first time. I rode to work and I rode to my Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu class, both of which are nearby.

Suzuki GS500F
With the sun shining it was the perfect time to take the new Suzuki out and break it in with a few twisties.
Then the weekend rolled around, it's perfect weather and a friend of mine comes down to ride with me. We started out with three bikes, a Honda CBR600CBR1000 and my Suzuki GS500F. (And all of our bikes have personalized plates, mind you.) The 600 had to leave us early, so my friend on the 1000 and I took off from The Summit in Birmingham to ride out towards Barber's and then to 29 Dreams. I have been riding for just over a year and have not yet had the courage to get on the freeway. But, I trusted my friend, we hopped on the 459 to the 20 and took the backroads to 29 Dreams. Hairpin turns, curves going up- and downhill, cars zooming by me – all while trying to control my breathing (especially on the freeway).

It was an amazing ride. I'm not nearly as experienced as my friend is (he does amateur racing in the advanced arena), but I followed his lead and got in 66 miles on my brand new bike that day. The weather was perfect, the roads were great and I made sure that I kept my eyes peeled for silt and pebbles in the curves.

With out incident, I completed a successful full day’s ride on my new bike, even with 25 MPH wind gusts. Cars may whoosh by me and my friend might be working on his wheelies, but I made sure that I kept my ride in my comfort zone - and it was amazing.

Suzuki GS500F
Returning safe and sound. The bike performed very well even through the wind gusts, making the new owner comfortable right away.
I love to ride and have been a fan of it since I could remember. I'm lucky enough to enjoy the open road and never would have thought that in less than a year I would be riding a 500cc bike. But, with great instruction and friends that ride, I have the courage that I need and experience that I'm gaining to continue outstanding rides such as this weekend.

As for the Suzuki GS500F. People have said great things about the bike. From my point of view and being reasonably new, I have to say that they are right in everything that they say. It's a sturdy bike, corners amazingly well, has fabulous balance, sounds great, looks awesome and even my very advanced friend was quite impressed with the handling. The much larger fairings (obviously larger than my last bike) really cut down on the wind on my legs, and even though I did get broadsided by 25-30 MPH winds, the bike easily kept its balance.

All-in-all - great bike, great ride and I can't wait to do it all over again!
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wmax33   July 6, 2013 09:23 PM
I bought a 2009 GS500F last month with 2 miles on it. I'm a beginner rider and I'm little (5'3 and 110lbs on a good day). I was nervous to get the bike but didn't want to get bored quickly with a smaller bike. Anyways, a month later and the bike now has over 500 miles on it. It handles amazingly, corners and turns like a dream. I had my first experience today on the freeway in hard winds. It was pretty scary but the bike held its own and was pretty stable considering. Great choice on the GS500, you will love it!
jayhova1776   May 15, 2011 10:34 AM
Great article. I bought my 2009 GS 500F this past Friday and have to agree very stable at highway speed, balanced at slow speed too. Can't wait for the weather to clear up and use it as my daily commuter while saving a ton of cash on gas.
T-Rex -great bike,simple lasts long,goes good  August 8, 2010 03:21 AM
I bought a 2009 for $4399.Cashier check for $5000 out the door.Great choice.WAs going to go with the Ninja 250 cause its liquid cooled.But am very happy for the 500.,More power,more weight for stablization.Rides two up better.I like going to Vegas and I am more comfortable on this journey than the 250.I really am happy.I got the last blue and white one in my area and insurance was very reasonable!!
Matthew P. -GS500F  July 24, 2010 07:45 PM
Hey man, glad to see that you made a great choice! I too purchased a brand new GS500F... er... well, it was an 2007 model that sat in a Motorcycle wearhouse for three years because the shop refused to budge on their $5,800 price tag until all of their 08's and 09's all sold for $4,399... so they dropped the price to a "Special Sale" price of $4,399.... the same price as their brand new 08's and 09's. Well, some guy came in a bought one of those 07's brand new, put 72 miles on it, and then gave it to his girlfriend... who promptly broke up with him about a week later. He goes back, gets the bike, sells it back to the shop he bought it from and buys a different bike. I bought it for $3,200 with on 72 miles on it, and I have to say that I am very pleased with the purchase so far. (I just have to wait for Mississippi to send me the title so I can get it registered... I can only ride it around my neighborhood until then... it is saddening. :'( ) Its a great handling bike, and for $3,200 for a bike in perfect condition? A steal. Although I know that they probably gave the guy $2,400 at the most... so they made out like bandits anyhow. Well I look forward to hearing from you about an update, and I will be sure to do the same. So far I've put about 32 miles on it just driving around my neighborhood, practicing stop and go's at the numerous stop signs... which can get old, but what can I do? Cheers and enjoy the bike, man. ~Matt P
Raman -Ninja 250 or Suzuki GS500F?  July 5, 2010 12:04 AM
Hi guys, i am thinking about buying bike. which one should i go for? which one do you think handles well on freeways?
Sid -Valve inspection  May 12, 2010 05:28 PM
The biggest draw back from owning a GS500 is it needs its valves inspected EVERY 4000 MILES!! Even Ducaties get more miles in between valve clearance checks.
EAB -More than enough  May 12, 2010 01:03 PM
The GS500 has been around forever in some form or another. I think that Noah had one on the ark. Nevertheless, I am so glad that Suzuki sees fit to market a basic motorcycle. That air cooled twin will last forever, and there really isn't much to break on the rest of the bike either. For one up riding, one doesn't really need any more than the GS500. Great choice.
Case -good article  May 12, 2010 10:42 AM
Welcome back to riding! GS500 is an awesome bike - you made a good choice. When you get comfortable I think you'll be able to get on the freeways without stress. Good job riding your own ride through the twisties. Take your time, focus on your body position and line through the corners. Cars passing you? Just wave them on by. I find that some drivers get really excited/aggressive when they get to pass a motorcyclist. Whatever to that; I just let them go ahead. It's not a race - if it were they would only see a blur.
clb III -GS 500  May 11, 2010 05:56 PM
Nicely written review! Well done in regards to bike choice,too! This bike should serve you well throughout several seasons of riding. Be safe and be well!
taongbahay -gs500  May 11, 2010 04:45 PM
oooh my first bike...i had the naked gs500e until it was stolen from me...gstwin.com member for the longest time too...great online community...gs500 rocks!
Sumanster -Now *that's* how you break in a new bike! :)  May 11, 2010 02:12 PM
Congrats on the new bike, the inaugural ride, being literally "in the wind", and being published! Good reminder on watching for road hazards, too.
nochrome -good choice for your reentry  May 11, 2010 12:55 PM
I'm looking at GS500s too, for me and my wife. I have more experience than the writer but I like the simplicity of the GS500. My wife crashed hard 4 years ago and she is just now getting back into riding. She also went from Ninja 250 to GS500, and is looking for the ease of the GS500 for reentry. Hopefully the writer bought after the big price cut on the GS500. It was close to $6000, which was ridiculous. Now 2009s go for what they should, around $4000. For your next bike, check out the Yamaha FZ6R. Very low maintenance on that one. And planted nicely.
Jeff smith -GS500  May 11, 2010 12:18 PM
Good choice on bikes.The gs500 was my first bike and it was a great all around bike. It was fun in the twisties and had enough guts and great ergos for long trips.. BTW Suzuki is running a special on the 2010's gs500's for $4395