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Old 03-10-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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Default 2009 Gs 500f

Hello all, I am new to the board and have been lurking here for some time now, I searched for any threads on this bike already and came up with nothing...

anyways, I have been riding for over 10 years and have owned everything from Honda XR 80's to Harley Davidson Low Riders... I am wanting a new bike that would be good for my commute to school/work and back its less than 100 miles round trip and mostly open Interstate/Highway/Freeway riding.

has anyone here had any experience with these bikes?
and lastly and most important what can I expect to pay OTD on one of these little bikes?

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Old 03-10-2011, 06:48 PM   #2
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has anyone here had any experience with these bikes?
OUR experience doesn't really matter much......for YOU.
I suggest you get a test ride and decide for yourself.

For roughly an hour each way......every day......I think you will find it uncomfortable in short order.

But that's just my guess; never been on one but I've had similar.

P.S. Where do you live? Are you sure that you want to take ANY bike on the Interstate during rush hour ??
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Actually a Suzuki GS500f is a standard (like the Ninja 500R) and should not be uncomfortable at all. They are pretty inexpensive right now.

Here's an eBay listing, but you can get them even cheaper on craigslist:

Suzuki : GS - eBay (item 330540801865 end time Mar-17-11 15:50:55 PDT)
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Old 03-11-2011, 07:11 AM   #4
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Actually a Suzuki GS500f is a standard (like the Ninja 500R) and should not be uncomfortable at all.
Well ACTUALLY that depends on the riders "geometry"; thus my recommendation that he RIDE one before he buys.

For long distances, the seat isn't particularly comfy and if you have short arms like I do, the riding posture is a little more leaned forward than the "average" rider that it's built for.

Whether or not it becomes uncomfortable over an hours continuous ride is very much a personal determination.
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Old 03-11-2011, 08:38 AM   #5
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This bike is a standard. It does not have sportbike ergos. It does not have cruiser ergos. Ergo, compared to sportbikes and cruisers, it has a natural riding position. It doesn't get any more comfortable than that. And it has enough power for a 100 mile freeway round trip commute.

Here are a couple of quotes from topspeed:

"Overall, the Suzuki GS500F is a great, reliable package offering performance and handling in a cheap mean of personal transportation. It is exactly what a beginning rider would want from it and more that an experienced one would expect."

"Setting a successful balance between racing style, day-long comfort and performance to back it up, the 2010 Suzuki GS500F is, unmistakably, the second best decisions that someone who wishes to start riding can do. The first best decision would be to buy protective gear."
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It doesn't get any more comfortable than that.
OK I get it........you don't get it.

All asses aren't created equal.
I spent about 30 of my riding years on "standards" and can't remember ANY of them that didn't get a bit uncomfortable after an hour or so.

While the bike in question might be perfect for.....oh say 80% of the riders out there, it won't be perfect for the other 20%. Nothing is perfect for everybody.

Anyone who buys a bike based 100% on the recommendation of others is being rather foolish. Most of the time it works out; sometimes it doesn't.

I quit.
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Old 03-11-2011, 09:49 AM   #7
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OK I get it........you don't get it.

I quit.
And yet, still you come back again and again for more, KP.
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And yet, still you come back again and again for more, KP.
Yep.
And your point IS.......????
KP ??????
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Yep.
And your point IS.......????
.....apparently missed, KP.....
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