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post #1 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Info on a Suzuki GS500E

Hi everybody,
I am looking at one of these GS500E model suzuki's for my daughter. She has her m class and is quickly out growing her DR200. We found a 93 model but the owners want way to much for it. We did find a 99 for a much better price.
I was wondering if anyone had riding time on one, thought's, opinions, and in general what to look for and what to expect.
As she sat on the bike she did like how light it felt and how the ergos felt.
I expect that she will out grow it faster than I'd like but I think it will make a great in between bike before she makes the jump to a 650 something.

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 06:38 PM
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Wow.. People are sure proud of these, aren't they??? I looked at the 1993's ad and while it looks clean, you're right, they want to much money..

Offer $1500.. If they take it, great.. If not, you're not out anything..

There will be more listings as the cooler weather starts.. It was about this time of the year that I found some really good deals on the FZ6's last fall.. Patience.. (yeah, I know.. 16 year old)
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post #3 of 27 Old 09-08-2011, 01:17 AM
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I had a 92. It was my first bike. Put about 35k on it. All I ever did was change the oil. I didn't know anything about doing mods back then. Never had any trouble with it. It is a perfect bike, super simple being air cooled. The seat sucked so I replaced it with a Corbin, but it still had plenty of pep for all the years that I owned it. I crashed it and all I needed to do was replace the handlebars.

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post #4 of 27 Old 02-20-2012, 07:25 AM
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Paper told me you got a Hawk for your daughter. I've got one as well. Is there a thread on it here?
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post #5 of 27 Old 02-20-2012, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't started a thread on it, but it is nearly complete. It was a neglected bike from the previous owner. I like to check thru any bike I buy, especially on that my daughter will be riding. Some of the things I've done is rebuild the front master cylinder, route new stainless steel brake lines, add an air filter, clean mountains of gunk off it, new wheel bearings, update the turn signals, fixing faulty neutral indicator, flush anti freeze, change oil, added a power outlet in the steering head, rebuilt front forks, and just cheacking fasteners and cleaning and touch up painting parts, also rear cowling was cracked in half and had mounting tabs that were broken/ missing. After some plastic repair kits these items are solid but the crack is still visible. Hopefully it will be covered by a soft saddle bag. Oh also had the solo corbin recovered locally, it was heavily UV damaged and the guy re did the foam and recovered it. Here it is sitting in the living room, torn down as far as I needed to be. I will post a few more pics when I get them up loaded.
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post #6 of 27 Old 02-20-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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I also re-packed the muzzy slip-on with a ceramic wool. There was basically nothing left for fiber glass in there. Since doing the work and adding a air filter(nothing in the air box) the Hawk idles better, revs up better, and idles back down much smoother. We didn't do much riding on it last fall, we picked it up late in september, just enough goofing around so she wasn't bugging me all winter long about what's it going to be like. Now I have a impatient daughter, just waiting for spring, like the rest of us. She did ride into town on the DR200 last saturday. I chuckled as the frozen kid came home. It was sunny and 35 out. Here are a few pictures of the nearly completed Hawk. I still need to add bar end weights and a few zip ties to finish off some cable routing and need a new battery. Oh the bearing holder or eccentric had nearly all the teeth ground off ( you know the chain adjustment where the spanner hooks into it). I bought a new one and the other large bearing for the rear tire. I'm looking forward to riding the bike now that the brakes are working great and the front forks have the correct fluid in them. Should be a bunch of fun out on the road.



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Nice!
I like where you put the powerlet.
Mine recently started seaping some antifreeze below the water pump so I ordered a new one from hordpower.
I installed a 520 conversion and went down 1 in front. Can't wait to cruise around on it this summer (didn't have it last summer)


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I like those mirrors. And I see your exhaust runs out the left side. That really frees up that rear wheel. I figure we have about 2K left on these tires then I can get something much better for it. Here is the picture of the eccentric I replaced. Crappy phone pic. And the powerlet is homemade. I have some 2" alum stock and access to a lathe at work. Now I'm NOT a tool and die guy but I took my time and turned one out. It is hogged out on the inside to cover the main nut and then further in for the keeper nut on the powerlett. Wiring routed down thru the head in a wire loom then follows the harness under the tank right to the battery. All held in place by wonderful black RTV. I also want to install a ram ball on one of the clip on's. There is a hole in the stock ones already. I bought the bike for 1300 from a widow and so far I'd estimate I'm into the bike about 2200 total. Yours looks great. So far I'm impressed with the bike. Also removed the rear passenger pegs. No rides!



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post #9 of 27 Old 02-20-2012, 06:48 PM
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Oh dang the PO just beat on it without loosening the nut. I thought about cutting the rear peg mounts to it would look better but still use the cowl tabs. But I hate cutting up old rides that are in decent shape. I added spacers in the front forks to give it a better ride for cheap.
I wish I had your seat.

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Here is the UV damage on the seat. And I can't for the life of me figure out how they managed to destroy almost all of those teeth. Like you said they didn't loosen the nut. I polished the swing arm area where it rotates and put a small film of grease on the new bearing holder. I bought mine from bike bandit but could have saved roughly 20 bucks if I bought it from cheap cycle parts. Oh well ya gotta shop around. 166 bucks vs 147.

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