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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 04-30-2006, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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I dont have a bike yet, hoping to in the near future. I have never ridden, except on the back of my bf's bike. He suggested for my first bike I should look for a GS500E. Is this a good bike? Is it to much for a beginner? What do you guys think about this bike? Any any other suggestions for me and my first bike?
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no thoughts on this bike?
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decent bike, shouldn't be to much power plus I am sure you won't get to tired of it right away. I would buy a used one if I were you. You may end up dropping it and it's always more painful to see a new bike go down. To each their own... get what your comfortable with, don't be too worried about looks right now until you get the skill to match. Other bikes to consider are. Kawasaki ex250 and ex500.

Good luck, I am sure lost of people on this site will be more than helpful.

Last thing, get gear...
At minium get a helmet, riding jacket w/ armor, gloves, boots with ankle protection or any high to medium high work boots.
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A lady friend of mine bought one and loves it not to much power and easy to handle. get gear too!
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looks are not really a factor right now, or I would be ridding a new gsxr or R1. I have gear for when I ride with my bf ie jacket, helmet, and gloves. I just want something to get used to riding that I wont kill myself on. So in esence I want a cheap, fun, safe, and reliable bike. Reliable is a huge thing because I am a clueless to anything mechanical.

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GS500's are great little bikes to learn on. You'll do fine with it.

I suggest taking the Motorcycle saftey course offered through a bunch of Ontario Colleges. It's called "Gearing up," it takes a weekend, and when you finish it, you'll have your M2.

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I am deffinetely taking a course, its not even an option for me to skip that. The other bike my bf suggested was a honda nighthawk. He said it would be a good beginner bike as well. Though I dont even know what that one looks like, or anything about it.

try the chat room: http://gabbly.com/http://sbw.sportbikes.com
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I am deffinetely taking a course, its not even an option for me to skip that. The other bike my bf suggested was a honda nighthawk. He said it would be a good beginner bike as well. Though I dont even know what that one looks like, or anything about it.
The Nighthawk he's referring to is probably a 250. It's a very light, beginner-friendly bike. If I were to go the 250 route, I'd probably look at the Ninja 250. I owned the Ninja, and used the Nighthawk in the MSF class....the Ninja is a better overall bike: more acceleration, better brakes, ect.

That being said, the GS500 is a great bike as well. More power than the 250's, but not an intimidating amount. The 500 would have the biggest benefit over the 250 if you plan on doing some freeway riding. Even though the 250's are more than capable(the Ninja will do 100mph), the 500 will just be smoother and have more passing power.

All the above mentioned bikes are very reliable, so to answer your question the GS500 is a reliable bike.
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kawasaki

kawasaki also makes a 500 simaliar to the suzuki
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thanks for all the info guys, what kawasaki are you talking about?

try the chat room: http://gabbly.com/http://sbw.sportbikes.com
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