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post #1 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
 
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First bike for my son... GS500F?

My son (21 years old) just passed his MSF course this morning and already is bugging me about buying a bike.

Three things:

1) He doesn't want a cruiser (I guess dad raised him right).

2) He doesn't have much money (he's in college - one more year to go).

3) Being a newbie, he's intent on buying new 'cause he realizes he doesn't know enough to judge the reliability/value of a used bike.

Right now, his eyes are on a new GS500F - an '06 at our local dealer discounted to something like $ 4,200.

Any thoughts? Is the GS500F a good first bike?

Also, he's tall. Something like 6' 3".

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post #2 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 08:25 PM
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He'd be happier on the Ninja 500. The GS is tiny and underpowered. He'll quickly become bored.
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He'd be happier on the Ninja 500. The GS is tiny and underpowered. He'll quickly become bored.
The Ninja 500 has about the same displacement as the GS500F? Is it really a faster bike?

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post #4 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 08:54 PM
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I have a 2002 GS500 and have put on it almost 23,000 miles.
It's a great starter bike. I love that bike.
I got it after not riding for 20 years.
Best decision I ever made.
My 11 year old son has already claimed it as his first street bike.
The bike is what you make it. If you rev that engine it moves. Great in the twisties.
It's more fun than the V-Strom. My favorite bike hands down.
Getting that bike will be the best thing you can do for him.
The main thing is to learn to ride safely at that age.
Even if he gets bored and wants to sell it, it's only money.
There is a great community of people that will help him with any
questions. One of the guys even made a video on how to do the valves.
http://www.gstwin.com/
Good luck and tell your son he is doing the right thing.
Plenty of years left to ride those Busa type bikes after he learns on the GS.

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post #5 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 09:47 PM
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I'm 6'4" and riding my fiancee's Ninja 500 isn't uncomfortable for me at all.

(Too bad you're in PA...she's actually selling it right now).

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post #6 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 10:34 PM
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You can find some good info on the GS500 on www.gstwin.com
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post #7 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 10:38 PM
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Hey TomX, a friend of mine has a blue '01(I think)Bandit 600 w/low miles for sale. I know its not new but it is in excellent condition. It would be a good starter bike. He said he wants $2500 but I bet if you offered him around $2000 he'd take it. He's in Greensburg also. PM or Email me if you want more details.

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post #8 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 11:00 PM
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Just a thought, but the Suzuki DR650 or Kawasake KLR 650 would be a good bike for the money.

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post #9 of 26 Old 07-30-2006, 11:01 PM
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my first "real" streetbike was a 1997 GS500E i bought as a freshman in college and racked up 74k miles in 2 years (spent time cutting classes to go riding!). The bike is indestructible and I campaigned it in CCS. Sure the forks are soft when bone stock, and sure it's lacking HP, but it taught me about two wheeled freedom and pride of ownership. The insurance on them is dirt cheap as well. I also had a ninja/ex500 at the same time that i raced and it killed me because it's considered a "Sportbike" under most insurance policies. Something to consider if he's looking on the cheap. My GS was transformed from stock to a classic cafe racer with clipons, bumstop seat etc. I flogged that bike to no end and also suffered my only serious street crash, and the bike bounced back like new....The F is a wee bit heavier than the E due to the fairings, but underneath it is still the same bike. Do it. He'll thank you forever.

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I guess I'm the odd one out; I don't see anything wrong with getting a DL 650 if his first bike has to be new :wink:

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