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Old 08-23-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Thoughts on GS500e Fairing Kit

I don't really know if this is worthy of a thread but I was doing some research on parts for my gs500e I'm going to use as a track bike and found this website
http://www.airtech-streamlining.com/...GS500Titan.htm

the fairings on the bike aren't that good of condition and considering its going to be for track use I thought this would be cool to replace it all with.
Thoughts? Are there any other places you guys know of that sell track style fairings or is this my best bet?
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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Save your money. it's not worth spending that kind of cash on the GS. Do some track days with and upgrade to an SV. The SV is a much better platform that is still pretty darn cheap. Plus, parts are abundant and cheap!
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Old 08-23-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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Save your money. it's not worth spending that kind of cash on the GS. Do some track days with and upgrade to an SV. The SV is a much better platform that is still pretty darn cheap. Plus, parts are abundant and cheap!
haha alright thank you!
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Comfy is right. Just do a couple trackdays days and swap out/make a decision then.
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I agree.
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Comfy is right. Just do a couple trackdays days and swap out/make a decision then.
Thanks!
Just wondering, lets say I do 5 track days with the bike. after that should I upgrade or stay with 500cc? I don't want to overwhelm myself
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A sv650 wont be an overwhelming upgrade as far as power. Its a great upgrade as far as suspension and aftermarket parts.

Ive been riding for over 10 years, I just sold a 500r that I have for 7 years. That bike was a ton of fun and very versatile. You might be surprised with a 500.

Get the 500 enjoy it, ride for a while. You'll know when its time.
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A sv650 wont be an overwhelming upgrade as far as power. Its a great upgrade as far as suspension and aftermarket parts.

Ive been riding for over 10 years, I just sold a 500r that I have for 7 years. That bike was a ton of fun and very versatile. You might be surprised with a 500.

Get the 500 enjoy it, ride for a while. You'll know when its time.
I recently saw a nicely upgraded 2000 SV650 for 1800 bucks... on another forum.... You should get it! I would mention which forum but I don't want to get the bant stick lets just say It starts with H and ends with PC
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Thanks!
Just wondering, lets say I do 5 track days with the bike. after that should I upgrade or stay with 500cc? I don't want to overwhelm myself
I'd go to something better suited for the track. The SV would be the logical choice IMO. Novice, expert, and everyone inbetween loves riding these things for a reason... they are fun and capable! You should be able to find nice ones already set up for track days for 2500-4000 depending on the year. To start, stay away from built motors. Just get something with the suspension alrady done and the normal bolt-on upgrades.

The great thing about SVs is that they are easy on tires and quite capable. They might not have the top end that 600's/1000's do but so what! They only bike I regret selling is my well setup Patrick Edition SV650. it wasn't anything super crazy and it did both street and track quite well.

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A sv650 wont be an overwhelming upgrade as far as power. Its a great upgrade as far as suspension and aftermarket parts.

Ive been riding for over 10 years, I just sold a 500r that I have for 7 years. That bike was a ton of fun and very versatile. You might be surprised with a 500.

Get the 500 enjoy it, ride for a while. You'll know when its time.
Chris,

Your 500 was more powerful and a better chassis than the GS. Thus, much more fun and capable.
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Yea, I rode a Ninja 500 for the first 3 years I rode, hopped on a GS, and it felt like a fat 250.


It will be a good starter for you, but even after 1-2 track days you may be ready to move on.

The GS's suspension and handling are not made for the track, however- the SV650 can be made into a great track tool for dirt cheap, and they are bullet proof. It will be more power than you're used to, but the SV's powerband is incredibly user firendly.
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Yea, I rode a Ninja 500 for the first 3 years I rode, hopped on a GS, and it felt like a fat 250.


It will be a good starter for you, but even after 1-2 track days you may be ready to move on.

The GS's suspension and handling are not made for the track, however- the SV650 can be made into a great track tool for dirt cheap, and they are bullet proof. It will be more power than you're used to, but the SV's powerband is incredibly user firendly.
fahk.. the bike was free and I cant afford selling it and getting an SV so ill have to put up with it for a while.. oh well. a bikes a bike and I'm happy with anything half decent i can ride
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fahk.. the bike was free and I cant afford selling it and getting an SV so ill have to put up with it for a while.. oh well. a bikes a bike and I'm happy with anything half decent i can ride
good attitude there, n00b.

If you want the fairing kit, go for it.

If it makes YOU happy, do eet!
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:42 PM   #13
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good attitude there, n00b.

If you want the fairing kit, go for it.

If it makes YOU happy, do eet!
my only thought process is I don't know when I'll be able to afford a new bike because I'm in college and have to pay for living and stuff.. and I'm not too fond of how the gs looks, and im sure no one is. So reselling would be easier if it was in great cosmetic condition as well as mechanical. and I'd be alot happier with it and more proud of it if it looked nicer. Considering I'm only 18 I'll have plenty of time to trade up bikes and I should just be happy with what I have.
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The thing is that you can pay to make it look better all day long. Will you get your money back though? If you are gonna keep it a while then do what you want. Otherwise I wouldn't spend any money on that bike.
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Noting wrong with the looks of the bike, the gs500e was one of my favorite choices for a first bike.
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For a new rider on a gs500 the fairing would be entirely cosmetic. If you're in love with the look do it, but go in with eyes open. Instead of modding the gs, save your cash for a better platform.

If you really want to upgrade your bike, throw on a set of good tires first. After that, if you still want to spend on the gs, get the suspension worked on. You'll get the most bang for your buck with the tires and suspension on any bike.

You don't have to have a 250 or sv to have a cheap and good time on the track. They are very popular for a reason however.
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I bought a gs 500 for $500 bucks & raced it as it sat. I added a 5 gallon bucket (cut in half & glued together) as an oil catch. That was it. Dry rotted stock tires n all. After selling it n buying an SV I'm not sure I've ever had as much fun as I had on the GS. I taught me a lot. Faster isn't necessarily better.
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Says you'll have to change the bars for those fairings to work, I believe.
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I loved my Gs and would have loved to see what it could do on the track. That said I would not spend any more on the bike, there's just not as many upgrades for it that are cost affective. Since you are not a full blown racer why worry about the look while on the track, the only thing you might want for the track is the wind shield but other than that run her naked. It will also save the plastics incase you fall because there aren't any on the bike. Also I agree with Bluewave, in the sense that making the bike look prettier is not going to make your money back in the long run, but do what makes you happy.
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