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Old 06-13-2006, 03:35 PM   #41
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Default Re: Ex500r or Gs500f ?

This is my fifth season on my 2002 500R. As of this week- 34,000 miles on it. It has been reliable, comfortable, and a lot of fun to ride and does not write checks I can't cash. I hope to buy a new bike next year but will not sell the 500R. Sure it gets left in the dust at stop lights, but I catch up eventually: It will go 2 for 1 on the gas stops and you don't need to pull over to ice down your wrists. I considered the the GS when I was shopping, but liked the looks of the Ninja better.



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Old 06-13-2006, 04:43 PM   #42
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My kPPI agrees with your conclusions

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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

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Suzuki SV650S 92.25

Suzuki GSX-R750 100.00 (standard)

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Old 06-13-2006, 07:29 PM   #43
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I have to agree with the Hawk GT. Nothing out there looks like it for the money. Plenty of mods all over the web. A one-of-a-kind that he will want to keep when he's ready for something newer.

Great advice btw.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:20 PM   #44
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I think that a ZX-14 Ninja with a lowering kit would be perfect. You could grow into it.
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Old 06-13-2006, 08:29 PM   #45
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I owned a 1990 GS500E for 11 years until I moved up to a CBR600F4i in 2001. I reluctantly sold the GS to a friend, and though it was not a head turnin' cycle, it was a reliable, do-almost anything motorcycle. It was my commuter bike, my ride to college bike, my canyon carving bike and my sport-touring bike. It made the Los Angeles-Laguna Seca run four times (with full bags), and it had 33,000 miles on the clock when we parted company. I jetted the carbs myself, added a Vance & Hines Supersport pipe and ignition advancer and a fly-screen. The bike was the easiest thing in the world to maintain, and it never let me down. I also liked the fact that it had actual handlebars so I could change to any style and position that I wanted. The only thing I hated was the stock seat.



As for the EX500, while I have never ridden one, I do know from folks that have and all claim that this is one bulletproof motor. Yes, it can outgun the Suzuki almost anywhere, but who cares - It's an EX500! If you want to impress folks with your ride get a ZX-10.



Bottom line - Either bike will put a smile on your face, however, the air-cooled GS will be a lot less on maintenance, will cost less to purchase, wonÂ’t intimidate you, and it definitely will not disappoint.

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Old 06-14-2006, 12:38 AM   #46
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bottom line...you had better luck than i did...
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Old 06-14-2006, 07:35 AM   #47
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cool...then again I live in the land of 80+ mph nitrous honda sprees...
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Old 06-14-2006, 10:43 AM   #48
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Actually, here in the bay area, 250 production and 250 superbike are dominated by EX250s, with the occasional old VTR250 or gray market import.

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Old 06-14-2006, 04:06 PM   #49
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oh cool, but I wonder how common that class is?
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Old 06-15-2006, 06:06 PM   #50
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Like everyone's said, they're both good beginner bikes, and fairly reliable, but if you decide later that you really want to have some fun while riding you might want to consider maybe a Suzuki SV 650. It's just as light and easy to ride, and the added lowend and midrange torque make it easier to control in the twisty's. Plus I think they look cool!!!
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