Thursday, October 8, 2009

Suzuki GS500

The Suzuki GS500 is a popular entry level motorcycle manufactured by the Suzuki Motor Corporation. Suzuki produces two forms of the bike; the GS500 or GS500E from 1989 onwards and the fairing model GS500F from 2004 onwards.

The unfaired version of the GS500 was released in the US in 1989 as the GS500E. It was equipped with an air-cooled 487 cc (29.7 cu in) parallel twin engine derived from the earlier GS450.

The bike is widely used for commuting due to its good horsepower, decent torque, light weight, highly reliable engine and excellent fuel economy. They are also a popular choice for beginner riders because of their low price and cost of ownership.

The GS500 can be restricted under the maximum power to weight ratio for use in countries where restrictive motorcycle licenses are issued (such as the UK Class 'A' motorcycle license), adding to its worldwide popularity. In 2002, Suzuki stopped producing the GS500E for the US market and did not release a GS500 for 2003. In 2007, Suzuki dropped the GS500E from its UK range, but it continues to be sold in many other countries.

In 2008 the GS500 and GS500F models appear in the official UK Suzuki Dealers "on road" motorbike list (

Suzuki is known to drop the bike every few years to release an updated model.

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