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Im looking at an 06 Suzuki GS 500F to be used for commuting (15 miles one way) and light sport touring, occasionally two up, but Im having a hard time justifying the purchase. My current motorcycle situation. I currently have an 06 KLR 650 that I have set up for commuting, 89/20 street tires, touring windshield, trunk and some other stuff. I love the KLR and will probably keep it but it doesnt do two up well at all. A couple years ago I bought a Yamaha TW200 for my wife in hopes that she would become a rider but she hasn't really gotten into riding on her own, she has only been on the TW a few times in almost 3 years (Ive ridden it more than she has). I wanted her to learn to ride on the trails like I did many years ago, verses starting her out on the street. Im limited on room and money so Im thinking that if I get another bike, something will have to go, it'll be the TW that will get sold.
What are your thoughts on commuting on the GS verses commuting on the KLR?. What are your thoughts on my wife learning to ride on the GS verses the TW.
Here is the GS Im looking at.
http://westmd.craigslist.org/mcy/2766322885.html
 

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My thought is if someone doesn't take to riding they never will.
It's like when someone ask to drive my bike.....ugh!
My self would jump on getting a 100% street bike. I miss the power curve that my 700 nighthawk had and the way it handle the curves.
 

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My thought is if someone doesn't take to riding they never will.
It's like when someone ask to drive my bike.....ugh!
My self would jump on getting a 100% street bike. I miss the power curve that my 700 nighthawk had and the way it handle the curves.
I agree but its not easy to give up on her though. As cool as the KLR is, I do miss having a road bike.
Who are these people who ask to ride your bike. The only time I would ever ask to ride someones bike is if I was buying it. Unless youve known the guy forever or are buying the bike, thats just wrong.
 

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For highway use I would choose the GS, it just makes sense. I bought a GS 750 new in 1978 and drove it for 69,000 miles. I drove it on power line trails (smashed a few headers doing that) and I did a 7,772 mile ride in the summer of 1981 on it. I can't begin to say too many good things about any Suzuki Motorcycle that is called "GS".

78' was when I gave up on MX riding because of age (I was 23 and getting hurt too often) and the GS was my first dedicated hard top ride. I couldn't get the dirt outta my system and I put a lot of off road mileage on it, they were bullet proof. I kept it even after adding a KZ 1100 and a Yamaha XV 1200 to the crew. I wish I still had that bike.............sob, sniffle
 

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GS500E was my first bike (and the F is just the E with bodywork). Great bike, super simple and cheap to maintain. Would make a great commuter. I would buy another one if I found it at a good price.
 

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Here is the one that is for sale near me that Im thinking about. I havent had a chance to talk to the guy or check out the bike yet though.
http://westmd.craigslist.org/mcy/2766322885.html
One of my concerns is that Im having a hard time finding a rear rack for it. I need a bike with a trunk because I often carry my laptop and other stuff to and from work. The bike I had before I got my KLR didnt have a trunk and there were times when I wanted to ride but didnt feel like messing with backpacks or bungies, especially if it looked like rain. I put a trunk on my KLR, now Im spoiled with dry, lockable storage that's big enough for laptop and/or groceries and/or tools, ect.
 

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I dont know what years and what types interchange but that one is for a GS500E, which ran up until 2005. The one I am looking at is a GS500F which ran from 2004 on. I can find stuff for 500Es all day long. From what I reading, the 500Fs where much more popular in Europe so many accessories have to be ordered from there.

From what I have seen, the F has the same rear as the E, so all of the stuff for the E should fit. I think the F just has the fairing, otherwise still the same bike. Of course, I could be mistaken as I don't own one.
 

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F and E are almost identical except for fairing. I would keep looking if you're planning on keeping the KLR. GS500 is somewhat faster and slightly more room, but not much. It's only a minor increase in both departments. Unless you and your wife are jockey sized it won't be enough of a difference to be a game changer.

I'm a Suzuki guy, but suspension/brakes/fit/finish are all bargain basement. If it were me I would hands down pick a SV650 over the GS500. They are available in the same price range if that's a factor, and have 50% more power than the GS (double the KLR) with better suspension, liquid cooling, much better brakes, etc. Upgrades and farkles are readily available and better priced due to larger market. Also a GSXR front end is a very simple swap onto a SV which transforms it into a weapon on curvy roads.

For a little more money you could also get a DL650 (Weestrom). Same bulletproof motor as SV with slightly more upright/touring ergos than the SV. Again Strom is much improved fit/finish over GS.

The GS500 was built to hit a low entry price point and it shows when compared to most anything else. Don't get me wrong it's a good bike (the unfaired version is a GREAT learner bike), bulletproof motor, etc but like the KLR it's all 1980s tech. Due to low MSRP it's a good value comparing new to new, but doesn't hold its own on the used market because so many other bikes in that price range are better outfitted from the factory.
 

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Well I decided I dont need another motorcycle. As nice as it would be to have a dedicated road bike, everytime I take the KLR out, I realize that I dont need another bike. I took the KLR out for a 70+ mile ride today and I couldnt have asked for a better motorcycle.
 
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