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1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

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    1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.


    Surprise! My daughter changed her mind after telling me she wanted to learn how to ride.

    I bought this for next to nothing and resuscitated it. Fluids, filter, and brakes are all new. I replaced a bunch of rusted bolts and crappy tubing, and threw in fork seals so the fork oil won’t ruin your jacket when you hit a bump. The tank is surprisingly good inside.

    You know the GS500: It’s a simple, indestructible Japanese twin. Zombie apocalypse? Jump on this thing and ride off. It won’t break. It can’t break – there’s nothing there to break. It’s an air-cooled, carbureted twin. Traction control? Anti-lock brakes? Wrong century, Fredo. Parts? Everybody’s got them, and you won’t have to take out a loan to afford them.

    Handsome? Hardly. Chips and scratches? It’s a 30 year-old bike - those are battle scars from everyone who learned to ride on the thing.

    Fun? It’s more fun than my ZX1000. (Want to buy that? Let’s talk. I hate that thing.) The first time I took this bike out I went for gas and came back two hours later grinning like my first track day. It makes me giggle. I’ve got short legs and I can reach the ground flat-footed and legs still bent. The bars won’t make you look like Mark Marquez, either. More like Peter Fonda, but he’s dead. Still.

    What does it need? Chain and sprockets. They’ll probably last forever, but they really ought to be changed. The battery is probably as old as that fuzzy green stuff in the back of your fridge. I just put it on a tender every so often. Tires? Same as the chain. Flintstone vintage, and probably will never wear out.

    Let me know when you want to see it.

    1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k.  Runs well, but really ugly.  0.-img_20190822_123221-jpg

    Edit: I forgot - the little plastic trim piece that sits above the taillight is missing.
    Edit edit: The mirrors are new, too.
    Even more edit: Title in hand.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    I had one of those. It was a 99. Thing spent more time on its sides than it did on two wheels. Like 8 people learned to ride on it. Never missed a beat and it was fun as hell to wind out every single gear.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    The bike I started on, mine was a 89 with the clip ons. Had the ultra rare V&H and Yoshi exhaust.


    Ugly? It actually looks pretty good. Hmmmm. This is tempting
    Shit I think I still have tail fairings for one at my parents house lmao

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    I think he means it's ugly as in it's got scars as he mentioned in the post.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcrew View Post
    I think he means it's ugly as in it's got scars as he mentioned in the post.
    You are correct.

    I've had a few inquiries so far - thanks, everyone! Even my neighbor is interested. I'm going to take a few days to sort them all out and will let everyone know what's going on.

    I omitted my location in the post: I'm in Danvers.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    Thanks for your patience, everybody. As soon as I hear from one particular person (not on NESR), I'll reply to everyone.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    Are you still selling this bike ?

    Asking for a friend .

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    Yeah, I'd also fully buy this thing if for some reason your line of likely 15 other people all crumbles into nothingness.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    Whoops, sorry everyone! I'd replied to all the PMs but never updated the thread.

    I've got a committed buyer who plans to pick it up on Friday. If that doesn't happen I'll post up. Actually, I'll post up no matter what.

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    Re: 1990 Suzuki GS500e, 13k. Runs well, but really ugly. $500.

    Bike has been sold! (Sad to see it go, but the new owner was grinning like crazy.)

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