Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The naked version of the GS500

The naked version of the GS500 was released into the US in 1989 under the model name GS500E. It was equipped with an air-cooled 487 cc parallel twin engine derived from the earlier GS450. The bike is widely used for commuting purposes due to its good horsepower, decent torque, light weight, highly reliable engine as well as its excellent fuel economy. They are also a popular choice for beginner riders because of their low price and cost of ownership. The GS500 is able to be restricted (or is under the maximum power to weight ratio) for use in countries where restrictive motorcycle licenses are issued (such as the UK Class 'A' motorcycle license) which added to its worldwide popularity. In 2002, Suzuki stopped producing the GS500E for the US market and didn't release a GS500 for 2003. In 2007, Suzuki dropped the GS500E from its U.K. range though still continues to be sold in many other countries.

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