Suzuki GS500F review

Cheap is all very well, but quality counts for a lot

Ben Cope's picture
By Visordown on Thu, 1 Jan 2004 - 12:01

Details
Manufacturer:
Suzuki
Category:
Sports Tourers
Price:
£ 3649
Overall
3
Need Insurance?
Cheap
Won’t last the distance

The main problem with the GS500S is that you just don’t get the feeling it will last. The build quality is budget to say the very least. Even a new bike feels tired. The suspension is soft, handling not brilliant and engine weak. But there again it doesn’t cost much. When it comes to cheap commuters Honda’s CBF500 is a much more solid and well build machine and worth the extra money.The main problem with the GS500S is that you just don’t get the feeling it will last. The build quality is budget to say the very least. Even a new bike feels tired. The suspension is soft, handling not brilliant and engine weak. But there again it doesn’t cost much. When it comes to cheap commuters Honda’s CBF500 is a much more solid and well build machine and worth the extra money.

The main problem with the GS500S is that you just don’t get the feeling it will last. The build quality is budget to say the very least. Even a new bike feels tired. The suspension is soft, handling not brilliant and engine weak. But there again it doesn’t cost much. When it comes to cheap commuters Honda’s CBF500 is a much more solid and well build machine and worth the extra money.

Length (mm) 2080
Width (mm) 800
Height (mm) 1150
Dryweight (kg) 180
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 790
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped,
Adjustability Rear Spring preload 7-way adjustable
Tyres Front 110/70-17 M/C 54H
Tyres Rear 130/70 - 17 M/C 62H
Brakes Front 2-piston caliper, disc
Brakes Rear 1-piston caliper, disc
Wheelbase (mm) 1405
Ground Clearance (mm) 120
Trail (mm) 97
Length (mm) 2080
Width (mm) 800
Height (mm) 1150
Dryweight (kg) 180
Seats 0
Seat Height (mm) 790
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped,
Adjustability Rear Spring preload 7-way adjustable
Tyres Front 110/70-17 M/C 54H
Tyres Rear 130/70 - 17 M/C 62H
Brakes Front 2-piston caliper, disc
Brakes Rear 1-piston caliper, disc
Wheelbase (mm) 1405
Ground Clearance (mm) 120
Trail (mm) 97
Cubic Capacity (cc) 487
Max Power (bhp) 48
Max Power Peak (rpm) 9200
Torque (ft/lb) 30
Torque Peak (rpm) 7400
Bore (mm) 74
Stroke (mm) 56.6
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 9
Ignition Electronic
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Delivery Mikuni BSR34 twin carburettor
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain
Cubic Capacity (cc) 487
Max Power (bhp) 48
Max Power Peak (rpm) 9200
Torque (ft/lb) 30
Torque Peak (rpm) 7400
Bore (mm) 74
Stroke (mm) 56.6
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 9
Ignition Electronic
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Delivery Mikuni BSR34 twin carburettor
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Chain

Score Breakdown
Overall
3

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