My 1989 Suzuki GS500E

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
My 1989 Suzuki GS500E - I call her Suzie - served me well as my daily commuter.
The van in front of me was trying to turn right into this narrow back street.
The collision occurred in the left lane just behind where the Mini is parked.
The impact pushed the license plate holder and rear mudflap forward and up, above the tire.
The impact with the ground dislodged the bar end and bent its retaining screw.
It took a few tries but the engine managed to maintain a steady idle. Engine guards prevented the engine from directly striking the ground.
As sad as I am to let my Suzie go, I can take solace that I was relatively unharmed except for a sprained wrist.
  • Clutch Cover: $187.51
  • Contact Breaker Cover: $52.88
  • Clutch Cover Gasket: $15.20
  • Exhaust Pipe Gasket x2: $14.10
  • Muffler: $756.20
  • Front Turn Lamp Assembly: $62.94
  • Fuel Tank: $601.37
  • Right Handlebar: $39.10
  • Handlebar Balancer: $37.97
  • Mirror Assembly: $61.45
  • Brake Lever: $26.43
  • Front Master Cylinder Assembly: $190.34
  • Front Master Cylinder Cap: $31.46
  • Crankcase Cover Emblem: $13.10
  • Service (est. 6 hours): $588.00
  • Waste disposal fees: $50.00
RIP Suzie 1989 - 2012.
After collecting my plate I took a few minutes to say my final goodbyes.
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