Product Type: Suzuki motorcycles
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GS500E Tough, sensible, reliable but quite basic
Member Name: ToddB
Advantages: Cheap, reliable, thrifty.
Disadvantages: Not so good in the wet.
I bought a 2002 GS500E to see me through the winter while my V-Strom was wrapped up.
If you look around and buy at the right time bargains are to be had, this cost me £808 last October on Ebay but needed an oil leak sorting (£65).
I'm 6'1" so it felt a bit like a monkey bike at first but I soon got used to it, I felt neither silly or vunrable riding this bike. Comfort starts to suffer after a couple of hours in the saddle but it's hardly a tourer.
it's certainly not the fastest bike on the planet, I've been up to 85mph and doubt there was much more than that to be had.
For a first big bike I would recommend the GS, It's a tough little bugger, I lost the back on a roundabout and expected to see bits flying off everywhere but all there was was scratching on the engine casing and the mirror had come unscrewed.
Not great in the wet or on uneven camber.
Cheap to insure.
Handling is ok as long as you don't ask too much of it.
As it's not let me down throughout quite a bad winter I'd have to give 10 out of 10 for reliability.
It's well made and well held together and although it probably hasn't won many design awards it looks and feels like a real bike.
More comfortable around town and within the speed limits when going rural.
All in all a good strong little bike, a perfect commuter.
Summary: A perfect commuter, first big bike or winter hack
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