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Suzuki GS500F model history
2004—


I have put tried to tell the Suzuki GS 500 F 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.

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 (presented 1989). 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 GS500E on a separate page.
GS 500 F 2004
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 180 kg (396 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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GS 500 F 2004
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 180 kg (396 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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GS 500 F 2004
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 180 kg (396 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 2006More Suzuki models from 2006
2006 Suzuki year code: K6


GS500F GS 500 F K6GS 500 F 2006
Overall Length: 2,075 mm (81.7 in)
Overall Width: 800 mm (31.5 in)
Seat Height: 790 m (31.1 in)
Wheelbase: 1,410 mm (55.5 in)
Ground Clearance: 155 mm (6.1 in)
Dry Weight: 180 kg (396 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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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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