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Old 06-13-2006, 07:59 AM   #21
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Default Re: Ex500r or Gs500f ?

Ok - here is the scoop. The GS500 is a 2 valve per cylinder engine and the ex500 is a DOHC motor. The difference is about 10hp. The ex is heavier and the GS has a better front brake - Both are good - the trans on the GS is a bit sticker than the GS but as someone who has owned both - I would take either.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:22 AM   #22
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Default Re: Ex500r or Gs500f ?

Correction to the abovr - Both are DOHC, but the Kawasaki is a 4 valve per cylinder head and the Suzuki is a 2 valve per cylinder.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:24 AM   #23
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Default Re: Ex500r or Gs500f ?

I've got the naked version of the GS500. It's been my first bike and I think it's a great starter bike. I dropped it only once when it was parked in my driveway. I broke the clutch handle which was not a major repair. Had I had a bike with the fairing, it would have been a costlier fix. The bike's a little cramped for me but I'm 6'2". I'd probably keep it longer but I need more leg room. I haven't ridden the other bike you mention but I have no real complaints with the GS.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:53 AM   #24
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Default Re: Ex500r or Gs500f ?

Honda Hawk GT! Once you learn how to turn it, you can start outpacing bigger bikes in the twisties at will. It's got a low seat height, is a skinny bike, is cheap, good build quality (still see like-new examples for sale), and looks cool too.



but since that's not what you're asking, I'd say I'd go for either...but you might want to check what kind of aftermarket support there is just in case you plan on upgrading parts like the suspension and brakes. I would thnk the EX has better interchangability/parts available.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:55 AM   #25
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Default Go with the EX500R better kpaulPPI (price performance index)

Bike kpaulPPI*

Kawasaki EX500 73.70

Suzuki GS500F 56.84

Buell Firebolt 88.20

Kawasaki ZX-6R 96.71

Triumph 675 95.59

Ducati 748 71.93

Suzuki GSX-R750 100.00 (standard)



*kpaulPPI-kpaul's Price Performance Index, copyright pending



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Old 06-13-2006, 08:56 AM   #26
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My kpaulPPI validates your facts
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:27 AM   #27
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Default Re: Ex500r or Gs500f ?

I have no idea what your riding aspirations are but I'm going to be different and suggest you be different and go for something like the Yamaha Majesty or Burgman 400. Both are (gulp) scooters (sport styled 400cc's) but should be taken very seriously. Either one will take you on the highway, on the boulevard and around town with ease, comfort and convenience. No more wondering what to do with your helmet or jacket - stash them in the HUGE underseat storage area. Use the beast to go grocery shopping. Put a top case on and go touring or just carry all friends crap for them.

Yes, they do handle and yes, they do go fast.

Want more info? Visit these two excellent forums:



http://www.majestyusa.com

http://www.burgmanusa.com
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:49 AM   #28
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Yeah. I did a track session on a Ninja 250 once at Keigwin's novice school.



Nothing that cheap has a right to be sooo much fun. I was faster on the 250 than I was on the Viffer.
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Old 06-13-2006, 09:53 AM   #29
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So, by your data, he should get the GSX-R750 as a beginner bike? Is that what you are saying?
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Old 06-13-2006, 10:17 AM   #30
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and then his nighthawk could break and he could bend over trying to pay for replacement parts...



buy the newer bike
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