Want To Ride?

Interested in learning to ride? Well, it is one of the greatest pleasures that I have found. I started on the first model year of this motorcycle. It is a…Suzuki GS500 and it is one of the best beginner motorcycles out there.

I had just graduated high school and was looking for an adventure so I decided that I would do motorcycle school. Which is the best way to start to ride because they teach you everything you need to know from how to operate the bike, avoid accidents, proper braking and if you get good at riding they have a stunt course as well. When you’re done with your eduaction from the school they give you a certificate for your motorcycle endorsement and WHAM, BAM, thank you MAAM, you’re good to go. Not to mention, you get to screw up their equipment so you don’t have to damage your motorcycle if you make a mistake learning.

I took the course, passed and got my motorcycle endorsement. Now that left me with what bike to purchase. I knew that I wanted a sportbike, but that is not what my Mom wanted me to get. I was 19, a legal adult so I bought a sportbike.

I was responsible and explained to her that I had purchased a beginner bike so I could be a confident rider. Choices are limited for a beginner sport bikes to pretty much a GS500, Ninja 500, or a Ninja 250. I bought a used 1989 GS500E with 21,000 miles on the clock for $1,000.

Here’s the problem when buying a bike that old, that has been laid down, and ridden hard it is likely to give you problems. Luckily, I was a mechanic in training (This bike pushed the limits of my training and patience at the time.). Here’s what I repaired: Rebuilt the carburetor’s six times in a row to get them to stop leaking, replaced all the leaking fuel hoses so it wouldn’t be a ball of fire between my legs, replaced the extremely noisy drive chain with a smaller front sprocket for acceleration, oh, and rebuilt the engine.

Why did I have to rebuild the engine on a motorcycle with only 21,000 miles on it? Because someone laid it down, let it pump all the oil out of the engine and rode it home. I can still smell the burnt rod bearings. MMM, MMM Good!

After all of that was done. It was a great bike and one that taught me to be a better rider. The engine is also awesome and Suzuki still puts it in their GS500F.

If you’re looking to get into riding this is a great start. Don’t be embarrassed either about riding this bike because it is only 500cc, most sport bike riders appreciate these motorcycles and someone who is willing to take the time to learn to ride the right way. I’ll tell you my experience with that on another blog.

I do have to admit Austin’s beginner bike was faster then mine but between the two of us, I made it look good.

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#1 sony on 09.01.11 at 2:06 am

This bike is just awesome

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