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    Registered User Array GordoBlue's Avatar
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    What do you think of this bike for a first?

    Hi, I'm new here. Cool forums!

    Do you think the below is a good deal?

    2005 Suzuki GS500 - 17km on it (quite a lot!)
    One owner
    Laid down once - scratches on the side - says asthetic damage only.
    ~$3500


    I'm looking for a first learner bike. Heard 500's are not bad as a learner, as I will be using 250's learning.
    I'm new into this and will be taking the PRS course soon! Thought it'd be a good idea to look around now for a ride as its off season.

    Thanks for your input~

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    that sounds pretty good, depending on the damage, but a fair price is definitely between $3000-3500 I believe.

    Get a certified mechanic to take a look at it before you buy.

    Also, 17,000 km isn't really that much, that's about 3000km/year...

    500cc is a great size to start on if you are looking for something a little bigger than a 250.

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    i agree with davedc^

    price is about rite, i started on a gs500 same year, and its a great starter bike. a LOT more forgiving than starting with a 600, but ur learning on a 250 in prs neway. so a 500cc is a great next step.

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    Is that the one from the rental place?
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    17k is a lot? Really? I have 162000km on my much more high strung GSXR750. 17k is an average season for a lot of guys.

    Good bike, good price.

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    GS500 is an excellent bike to start on. Not a lot of power; but it has decent brakes, big fuel tank, good fuel economy, nice seat, easy to handle, etc.

    I put 10,000km on mine in 6 months so no, 17,000 is NOT a lot of mileage. It won't even need a valve adjustment at that point, and the OEM tires will still have lots of life.

    I would have kept mine if it wasn't so pokey. Long haul trips on quick highways was a bit of a PITA but otherwise it was excellent

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    17k average for one season!?
    wow. Okay, I guess I don't know what I'm talking about.. haha

    Dustin2, what do you mean by 'pokey'?

    So a 500cc to 600cc is a big jump? (vs 250 to 500).

    Cool, thanks for the advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordoBlue View Post
    17k average for one season!?
    wow. Okay, I guess I don't know what I'm talking about.. haha

    Dustin2, what do you mean by 'pokey'?

    So a 500cc to 600cc is a big jump? (vs 250 to 500).

    Cool, thanks for the advice!
    Ninja 250:
    HP - 26.4
    Torque - 13.6 ft-lb

    GS500:
    HP - 47
    Torque - 29

    GSX-R600
    HP - 125
    Torque - 44

    So, if these numbers don't mean much to you, peak torque is generally related to displacement, but the gsx-r600 has almost 2.5x the power of a gs500. That's a huge difference.

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    was my first bike and a good one to help smooth out my shifting and cornering

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    A 2005 GS500 is good for starter bike.
    That that doesn't kill us forces us to live with a busted up bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GordoBlue View Post
    Dustin2, what do you mean by 'pokey'?
    Slow.

    It's definitely fine for highways and definitely for around town; but if you packed some clothes, food, supplies, etc and headed out on some big trip; you would find yourself annoyed with having to ring its neck any time you got to a hill.

    It's really not painfully slow, but it just didn't suit my needs.

    That said, I've done several 1000km+ single-day trips on it and it was outstanding every step of the way.

    As an alternative, take a look at the Ninja 500 as well. Sportier, lighter and more powerful. Fuel tank isn't as big and not as comfortable I don't think. Still a good bike.

    Keep in mind, the difference between insuring a 250 and a 500 is over double.

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    ^Yes, good point about the insurance.
    After speaking to my buddy... I'm kinda leaning towards a ninja 250 now. Cheaper insurance and my plan is to change it up to a stronger bike after I get more comfortable with riding. Also, i'm not a big guy (~140lbs) so Ninja 250 would probably be better for noobness? Hear Ninja's are like civics, so easy to sell too?

    Thanks for the #'s davedc, had no idea.

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    Can't go wrong with a 250 Ninja, just be prepared to sell it down the line.

    It's definitely not a lifetime purchase

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    If you buy a Ninja 250, it should be a piece of cake to sell when it's time to upgrade. Always tons of noobs on the lookout for that bike. The flip side is that you likely aren't the only one trolling CL for a Ninja 250 right now.

    Whatever you buy, get it checked out by a mechanic and make sure you have enough money left over to buy some proper gear. At minimum textile pants and jacket, proper riding gloves, boots that cover your ankles, and a NEW helmet, not someone's used bucket that has molded to their head, may be past it's useful life and/or has been dropped and compromised.

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    Some random twat who binned his bike is a "fallen comrade?"

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    I'd go for the GS. . . or a Ninja 250. Both are great learners, both can be fun for track days, the GS has a bit more headroom (will satisfy you longer).

    Here's a 2005 GS with only 4000kms, no accidents, $3800.

    http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/va...606155297.html
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