Suzuki GS500E

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1997 Suzuki GS500E
2004 GS500F with Suburban Machinery handlebars
The GS500F has the headlight unit taken from the Suzuki gsx supersports range

The Suzuki GS 500E is a popular entry level sport bike manufactured by the Suzuki Motor Corporation. It is equipped with an air-cooled 487cc parallel twin engine derived from the earlier GS450. The GS500E has been in production from 1989 to the present. The GS 500F was introduced in 2004. The GS500 is widely used as a commuter bike due to its relatively low horsepower and highly reliable engine as well as its excellent fuel economy. It is also popular as a learner bike, and can be restricted for use in countries where restrictive motorcycle licences are issued (such as the UK Class 'A' motorcycle licence).

Model Year Changes

  • 1989 GS500 introduced to North America
  • 1990 Clip-on handlebars replaced with standard bars
  • 1994 Gunmetal colored rims and slightly different frame color for this model year.
  • 1996 Front brakes changed
  • 2001 Tank, rear plastics, seat, and tail light redesigned, with various changes to mounting points on the rear subframe. Carburetor changed from a 2-circuit design (pilot jet and main jet) to a 3-circuit design ( pilot jet, mid-main jet, main jet) to help with better carburetion throughout the rev range. Loss of "E" designation.
  • 2003 No GS500 model sold in the US
  • 2004 GS500F introduced, adding a full fairing and oil cooler, as well as minor carburetor changes and the change from a cable driven tachometer to an electric driven one. A four-piston front brake caliper replaced the 2-piston caliper of earlier years. Unfaired model discontinued in the US.



Length 81.7"
Width 29.3"
Height 41.1"
Seat Height 31.1"
Wheel Base 55.5"
Ground Clearance 6.1"
Rake ?
Trail ?
Dry Weight 372 lb
F Model Dry Weight 396.8 lb


Engine Type 4-stroke, air-cooled parallel twin, DOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Engine Displacement 487cc
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Bore/Stroke 74.0 mm x 56.6 mm
Engine Redline 11,000 rpm
Horsepower 41
Fuel Economy 55-60 mpg
Front Sprocket 16 tooth
Rear Sprocket 39 tooth
Chain #520

Suspension & Braking

Front Wheel ? x 17"
Front Tire 110/70/17
Front Suspension Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Front Brakes Single Hydraulic Disc, 310mm rotor, 4 piston caliper (F), 2 piston caliper (E)
Rear Wheel 3.5"x 17"
Rear Tire 130/70/17
Rear Suspension Link-type, 7-way adjustable spring preload
Rear Brakes Single Hydraulic Disc, ?mm rotor, 2 piston caliper

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