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Suzuki GS500E model history
1979—1981, 1989—

I have put tried to tell the Suzuki GS500E model history on this page as I know it. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.

Confusing enough, Suzuki has manufactured two quite different models of GS500E. The original GS500E was one of the original GS models from the late-seventies and early-eighties. The second, far more modern, version of the GS500E was released in 1989. I put a couple of pictures of both of the models on this page.

Suzuki 1980More Suzuki models from 1980
Suzuki model year code: T

The air cooled GS500E engine traces its roots back to the first Suzuki four-strokes. The 1977 GS400 became the GS425, then the GS450, and finally the GS500, which retains the same basic layout and qualities, such as reliability, that made the original GS engines so appealing.

Suzuki GSX400EGS 500 E 1980
Overall Length: 2,200 mm (86.6 in)
Overall Width: 850 mm (33.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,155 mm (45.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,435 mm (56.5 in)
Dry Weight: 200 kg (440 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 486 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 46 hp.

Here's even larger picture.



Suzuki 1989More Suzuki models from 1989
Suzuki model year code: K

Totally new model


The model name GS500E suddenly reappeared in the Suzuki program in 1989. Again, the four-stoke DOHC formula was used but this time there were only two cylinders, with a 270 degree crank. A counterbalancer was used in the engine to get rid of vibrations but despite of the double overhead camshafts the engine had only two valves per cylinder and modest power output. 

But the the GS500E twin had a very rigid frame, Full Floater swingarm, slingshot carburetors, large disc brake at the front and lightweight, holow 3-spoke wheels. The combination made the chassis better than usually found in ”commuter” bikes.

The GS500E has been a popular model for years and it's still in production. No larger upgrades has been made and the bike is still popular, after 14 years in production.

The given specifications vary some between the countries,depending on the emission/noise/insurance regulations etc.


Suzuki 1991More Suzuki models from 1991
Suzuki model year code: M
Suzuki GS500EGS 500 E 1991
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 755 mm (29.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (373 pounds)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, STDCC, 4 valves. 52 hp (38 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 41 Nm (4.2 kg-m)/ 7.500 rpm.
Body color: red, black, green, blue.


Suzuki 1993More Suzuki models from 1993
Suzuki model year code: P
GS 500 E 1993
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 755 mm (29.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (373 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, STDCC, 4 valves. 52 hp (38 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 41 Nm (4.2 kg-m)/ 7.500 rpm.


Suzuki 1994More Suzuki models from 1994
Suzuki model year code: R
GS 500 E 1994
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 755 mm (29.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (373 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, STDCC, 4 valves. 52 hp (38 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 41 Nm (4.2 kg-m)/ 7.500 rpm.

Here's even larger picture.


Suzuki 1995More Suzuki models from 1995
Suzuki model year code: S
Suzuki GS500EGS 500 E 1995
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 755 mm (29.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Ground Clearance; 155 mm (6.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Dry Weight: 169.0 kg (372.6 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. Sweden: 45,5 hp (33,5 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 39,2 Nm/ 7.600 rpm. Unrestricted: 52 hp (38 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 41 Nm (4.2 kg-m)/ 7.500 rpm.


Suzuki 1996More Suzuki models from 1996
Suzuki model year code: T

GS 500 E 1996
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 755 mm (29.7 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 785 mm (30.9 in)
Wheelbase: 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (373 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 52 hp (38 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 41 Nm (4.2 kg-m)/ 7.500 rpm.


Suzuki 1998More Suzuki models from 1998
Suzuki model year code: W
Suzuki GS500EGS 500 E 1998
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.



Suzuki 1999More Suzuki models from 1999
Suzuki model year code: X
Suzuki GS500EGS 500 E 1999
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.

Here's even larger picture.


Suzuki 2000More Suzuki models from 2000
Suzuki model year code: Y
Suzuki GS500EGS 500 E 2000
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.


Suzuki 2001More Suzuki models from 2001
Suzuki model year code: K1
GS 500 E 2001
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47,7 hp (35,1 kW)/ 9.200 rpm, 40,2 Nm/ 7.500 rpm.

Here's even larger picture.


Suzuki 2002More Suzuki models from 2002
Suzuki model year code: K2

GS 500 E 2002
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.

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Suzuki 2003More Suzuki models from 2003
2003 Suzuki year code: K3
GS 500 E 2003
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.

Here's even larger picture.


Suzuki 2004More Suzuki models from 2004
2004 Suzuki year code: K4

For the 2004 Suzuki introduced a model with fairing, GS500F, on the side of the naked GS500E. You could mount a full fairing to model even earlier, a full fairing kit was available at least in Germany. This time the fairing came from Suzuki and was already mounted on the bike. Technically the models are identical. See the GS500F on a separate page.
GS 500 E 2004
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.

GS 500 E 2004
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,045 mm (41.1 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 169 kg (372 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 487 cc inline-2, DOHC, 4 valves. 47 hp (34.3 kW)/ 9,200 rpm, 40 Nm/ 7,400 rpm.



1998 Suzuki GS500E Specifications (USA)

Overall length:

2,075 mm (81.7 in)

Overall width:

745 mm (29.3 in)

Overall height:

1,045 mm (41.1 in)

Seat height: 790 mm (31.1 in)

Wheelbase:

1,410 mm (55.5 in)

Ground clearance:

155 mm (6.1 in)

Dry mass (weight):

169 kg (272 lbs)

Dry mass (California): 170 kg (374 lbs)

Engine type:

Air-cooled inline-2, DOHC, 8 valves

Bore:

74.0 mm (2.913 in)

Stroke:

56.6 mm (2.228 in)

Piston displacement:

487 cc

Compression ratio:

9,0:1

Carburetor:

MIKUNI BST33SS slingshot x 2 *

Air cleaner type:

Polyurethane foam element

Starter system:

Transistorized

Lubrication system:

Wet sump

Clutch type:

Wet multi-plate

Transmission type:

6-speed constant mesh

Gearshift pattern:

1-down, 5-up

Final drive:

DAIDO D.I.D. 520 V6 chain

Front suspension:

Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, adjustable spring preload

Rear suspension:

Swinging arm, Full Floater type, 7-way adjustable spring preload

Front suspension stroke: 120 mm (4.7 in)
Rear wheel travel: 115 mm (4.5 in)

Steering angle (left to right):

 

Caster:

64 30'

Trail:

95 mm (3.74 in)

Turning radius:

 

Front brake:

Single hydraulic disc, floating 310 mm disc

Rear brake:

Single hydraulic disc, 250 mm disc

Front tire size:

110/70-17 54H, tubeless

Rear tire size:

130/70-17 52H, tubeless

Ignition type:

Transistorized

Generator type:

Three-phase A.C. generator

Fuel tank capacity:

17 liter (4.5 US gal), 3,5 liter reserve

Fuel tank capacity (California):

15 liter (4.0 US gal)

Engine oil capacity:

2.9 liter (3.1 US qt.)

Engine oil capacity (without filter):

2.6 liter (2.8 US qt.)

Battery: 12V 11Ah, FB10L-B2
Spark plugs: NGK DPR8EA-9 or ND X24EPR-U9
Headlight: 12V 60/55W
Available colors: Black, Orange

Note: *) Mikuni BSR34 carburator is used for some year models/countries.
The physical dimensions seem to vary some between countries and/or year models.



Need a service manual? Here's one you can order
from Amazon.com.uk:

Suzuki GS500E Twin Service and Repair Manual
Matthew Coombs, Haynes Publications / Hardcover
Published 1998




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