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Old 07-13-2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Talking SUZUKI GS500 - 1993 - Fix it or sell it?

So when i first got interested in riding motorcycles a found a great deal on a 93 suzuki gs500 that needed some work on it. Originally i thought I'd be able to get a fixers manual and do it myself, but full time at school, and full time at work made me realise quickly that wasn't an option.
It needs:
a new starter button (which I have)
tachometer/speedometer (have it)
new battery (have it)
the gas tank needs to be reconnected
a new seat (or the seat reupholstered)
new gear selector (its a bit loose when changing gears)

It has an aftermarket exhaust, wheels, and tank.

Is it worth selling the bike and all the parts and saving to get a new bike to start riding on?
Or... Is it worth using money saved to get it repaired and to street riding condition?
Help and opinions would be very useful!

Also I'm up for any offers or trades.. this probably isn't much.. I'm just very eager to start riding.

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Old 07-13-2013, 06:59 PM   #2
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If you do the work and have the parts already, what is the problem? You're almost there
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If you do the work and have the parts already, what is the problem? You're almost there
unfortunately i really dont have the time to put in the parts myself, nor figure out how to open up the gear box.. especially moving in a month for college..
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Then sell it as is. I doubt you would recoup money spent after paying to get it done
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #5
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What condition it the engine in?
Have you run a compression test?
Does the transmission shift well?
The older GS500 were notorious for rod bearings going out after 15k or so. How many miles are on yours?
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Old 07-13-2013, 07:31 PM   #6
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What condition it the engine in?
Have you run a compression test?
Does the transmission shift well?
The older GS500 were notorious for rod bearings going out after 15k or so. How many miles are on yours?
I haven't run a compression test on it. I got it without a tachometer on it so I really have no clue. When selecting gears it feels loose, I'm not sure if thats a rod bearing problem or not. I did open up the engine and casing and everything looked in a great condition.

I was hoping on either taking it to a mechanic and having him get it ride ready and using it, or selling it and putting the money towards a bike to start on.. Which is more financially feasible? haha
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It's an alright bike.
I wouldn't say it's worth the time and effort unless you really put some elbow grease into chopping it up.

It has 0 curb appeal.
It's a great little bike to thrash around though and will take quite a beating.

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I haven't run a compression test on it. I got it without a tachometer on it so I really have no clue. When selecting gears it feels loose, I'm not sure if thats a rod bearing problem or not. I did open up the engine and casing and everything looked in a great condition.

I was hoping on either taking it to a mechanic and having him get it ride ready and using it, or selling it and putting the money towards a bike to start on.. Which is more financially feasible? haha
So basically what you have is an unknown quantity and a box of parts,
Honestly, I'd recommend passing on it. I counsel customers almost weekly to not spend money on bikes that are basket cases/or the repairs are more than the bikes value.
Most take the advice, some don't.
Granted, I haven't seen your bike in person, but if it's as you have listed, and you lack the time/mechanical experience to breathe life into it, than it's probably best to sell off the parts and put that money towards a know quantity/running bike.
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Hows the frame and rest of the bike? Pictures?
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$500 cash and I'll haul it off..
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Dammit, much more than I was planning to offer
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$500 cash and I'll haul it off..
Do you have pics of the bike?
Because im a generous guy im going to beat his bid and throw in an extra 50 cents.
So $500.50 to take it off your hands.
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$500 cash and I'll haul it off..
haha thats actually about exactly what i was hoping to get for it if you're serious.
It has a bad paint job, but the frame and all parts are in great condition.
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Do you have pics of the bike?
Because im a generous guy im going to beat his bid and throw in an extra 50 cents.
So $500.50 to take it off your hands.
Yeah, I can take pictures and upload them soon!
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I'm digging my dinky GS500. I upgraded to sonic fork springs, and a Katana rear shock. It is fun if I try and not remember the power of my previous bikes. I originally thought of going wild and converting mine into a streetfighter/café thing but I'm just going to leave it be and ride it. I have some spare parts, let me know if you need anything.
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