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Old 07-27-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
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Any thoughts on the suzuki gs500 1981?
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Old 07-27-2007, 09:19 AM   #2
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What ever you choose for the first go around make sure you don't invest over $2500 for it. That way when you drop it to the ground or lowside it in your first panic braking excercise you won't be crying about the damage.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:05 AM   #3
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How much? How many miles? Has it been sitting? Give with the detail!

I'm sure Cuddy and Seruzawa can give some insight as to the reliability and any issues that model was known to have.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:45 AM   #4
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4 cylinder 8 valve UJM that will keep running with minimal maint.

The 500 went to a twin cylinder config around 1986, and became a real dog. A impossible to hurt dog that is (based on the 450 twin Suzi).

Don't pay more than $700.00 for a clean example.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:51 AM   #5
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4 cylinder 8 valve UJM that will keep running with minimal maint.

The 500 went to a twin cylinder config around 1986, and became a real dog. A impossible to hurt dog that is (based on the 450 twin Suzi).

Don't pay more than $700.00 for a clean example.
Don't fall for the ridiculous prices that people are pretending their ancient leaky bikes are worth these days. $700 would be for a mint condition 500 without any leaks.
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:59 AM   #6
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My '71 R5 leaks a bit of gas yet, though I was paid to to take it. So maybe you should look for a bike with a bunch of leaks and make money off the deal.
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:57 PM   #7
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My '71 R5 leaks a bit of gas yet, though I was paid to to take it. So maybe you should look for a bike with a bunch of leaks and make money off the deal.
Dude! How ya likin' the R5? Ain't that powerband a kick in the arse? And those double-leading drum brakes aren't as bad as most people think.
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:46 PM   #8
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My '71 R5 leaks a bit of gas yet, though I was paid to to take it. So maybe you should look for a bike with a bunch of leaks and make money off the deal.
You, ah.... kinda-sorta should REALLY look-into gettin' them fuel-leaks fixed. I personally know of SEVEN (7) bikes that burned to-the-ground because of a teeny-tiny itty-bitty leak.........

(and third-degree burns hurt like a Mofo!)
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:54 PM   #9
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How many of those seven (7) bikes did YOU own before you figured that out?
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