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Old 10-28-2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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I've been doing a lot of research before I get my first bike, and I sat on a Suzuki GS 500 at a dealer the other day. It felt great to sit on, I know 500CCs is a good size to start on and the fact that it's a twin cylinder helps too. However, the guy at the dealer said it was a parallel twin in stead of a V-twin, that it was running on slightly older technology and would require a lot more maintenance than a newer V-twin, like say, a Yamaha FZ6. Is this true? If so, how much more maintenance are we talking? Since I'm no mechanic, would this cost quickly rise to negate the price difference between the GS 500 and a bike like the FZ6?

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Old 10-28-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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Well I owned a gs500 also and I didn't have a hard time just changing out the oils and changing to a K7n air filter. If you are going to comute back and forth they are easy. Just check your oil and change it. You don't need to mess with the radiator since it is air cooled. So means less electrical pieces on it. It is just when you want to upgrade pieces it begins to get hard to find items for it. There is a gs forum that helps you out with stuff also. To be honest I haven't seen much of a difference between the v-twin and parellel twin other then the engine it self. As long as you do the maintainance on it you should be fine with it.
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Old 10-28-2008, 03:23 PM   #3
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i call BS, change the oil just like I-4 and be done w/ it.
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Old 10-28-2008, 07:32 PM   #4
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I've been doing a lot of research before I get my first bike, and I sat on a Suzuki GS 500 at a dealer the other day. It felt great to sit on, I know 500CCs is a good size to start on and the fact that it's a twin cylinder helps too. However, the guy at the dealer said it was a parallel twin in stead of a V-twin, that it was running on slightly older technology and would require a lot more maintenance than a newer V-twin, like say, a Yamaha FZ6. Is this true? If so, how much more maintenance are we talking? Since I'm no mechanic, would this cost quickly rise to negate the price difference between the GS 500 and a bike like the FZ6?

Your two cents are appreciated. I seem to learn more every day.

i do own a gs500 i asked the same question nothing major on maintenance if you have questions just ask me
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FZ6 is an inline 4.

GS500 is very easy to work on. Valves might need more frequent adjustment, but they can be done by you at home with basic tools.

It's older tech, but well proven.

I'd go with a more modern fuel injected bike. The first time you have to rebuild the carbs cause you let it sit too long, you'll wish you'd spent a bit more to get a newer design with FI.
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i call BS, change the oil just like I-4 and be done w/ it.
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I've been doing a lot of research before I get my first bike, and I sat on a Suzuki GS 500 at a dealer the other day. It felt great to sit on, I know 500CCs is a good size to start on and the fact that it's a twin cylinder helps too. However, the guy at the dealer said it was a parallel twin in stead of a V-twin, that it was running on slightly older technology and would require a lot more maintenance than a newer V-twin, like say, a Yamaha FZ6. Is this true? If so, how much more maintenance are we talking? Since I'm no mechanic, would this cost quickly rise to negate the price difference between the GS 500 and a bike like the FZ6?

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do i really need to comment on the blatant suzuki vs yamaha comparison that i bolded???

the salesman was right.
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The Ninja 250/500 are almost identical setups.

Parallel twin = inline.
So its just like the GSXR600 but with 2 less cylinders.
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I've been doing a lot of research before I get my first bike, and I sat on a Suzuki GS 500 at a dealer the other day. It felt great to sit on, I know 500CCs is a good size to start on and the fact that it's a twin cylinder helps too. However, the guy at the dealer said it was a parallel twin in stead of a V-twin, that it was running on slightly older technology and would require a lot more maintenance than a newer V-twin, like say, a Yamaha FZ6. Is this true? If so, how much more maintenance are we talking? Since I'm no mechanic, would this cost quickly rise to negate the price difference between the GS 500 and a bike like the FZ6?

Your two cents are appreciated. I seem to learn more every day.
Unless you're misqouting the salesman, I'd say that he's either an idiot or lying to you. Either way, I wouldn't listen to him. There's nothing about being a parallel twin that automatically means more maintenance. The fact that its older tech actually lends itself to LESS maintenance: most of the bugs have been worked out.
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