Kawi ninja 500R vs. Suzi GS500F?

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Kawi ninja 500R vs. Suzi GS500F?

#1 Unread post by newbiker07 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:43 pm

Hey everyone, I'm new to this whole motorcycle scene, i'm 19 and just got my M1 license haha. i'm trying to decide what bike i should start with: its either a ninja 500R or GS500f (also thinking about the ninja 250). I really appreciate your guys' input and knowledge, THANKs.

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#2 Unread post by matthew5656 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:53 am

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#3 Unread post by FatboyJim » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:36 am

I have a 2007 GS500F and I love it. I've never ridden the 500R so I can't comment on that model.

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Re: Kawi ninja 500R vs. Suzi GS500F?

#4 Unread post by jonnythan » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:43 am

newbiker07 wrote:Hey everyone, I'm new to this whole motorcycle scene, i'm 19 and just got my M1 license haha. i'm trying to decide what bike i should start with: its either a ninja 500R or GS500f (also thinking about the ninja 250). I really appreciate your guys' input and knowledge, THANKs.
Find a dealer and sit on em for a while. Look at em for a while.

Decide which one tickles your fancy the most, and get that one.
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#5 Unread post by suzuki500 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 12:40 pm

haha i have the gs500f.
pretty comfy bike.
i think it looks better than the 500r in my opinion
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#6 Unread post by NWTrtle » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:11 pm

I have the 500R. When I went to purchase my bike, the shop had both bikes, so I sat on both and sat on both. The ergonomics of the 500R fit me better than the GS500F. Sitting on both bikes is a must to see which fits your body better.
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#7 Unread post by Batan » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:30 pm

For me this sums it up:
suzuki500 wrote:i have the gs500f.
pretty comfy bike.
i think it looks better than the 500r in my opinion
NWTrtle wrote: Sitting on both bikes is a must to see which fits your body better.

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#8 Unread post by SBK15 » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:28 pm

the GS has more up-right seating posistion with the handlebars are higher. The 500R Would be more of a Sporty-like posistion as the handlebars are lower almost like clip-ons. Look at NWtrtle's avatar.

So if you want a sporty-like bike you might just like the Ninja.
But you still deffinatley need to sit on both bikes first.
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#9 Unread post by NWTrtle » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:26 pm

I installed a pair of bar risers on my 500R. Raised the bars up an inch and a quarter. It was a nice improvement.
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#10 Unread post by gsJack » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:25 pm

I installed a set of GenMar risers on my GS500, moved the bars up 1" and back 1 3/8".
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#11 Unread post by Batan » Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:41 pm

gsJack wrote:I installed a set of GenMar risers on my GS500, moved the bars up 1" and back 1 3/8".
Do you have a picture? I'm wondering what that looks like...

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#12 Unread post by gsJack » Thu Aug 07, 2008 11:29 pm

GenMar Risers on GS500:

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There is also the SW-Motec risers that fit the GS500 that move the bars up 1" and back 1"

http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade/pr ... /2016/101/
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#13 Unread post by Batan » Fri Aug 08, 2008 1:47 am

Wow, that must make it VStrom-ish when it comes to riding position. That would be great with a small windshield for longer trips.

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