The 2009 Suzuki GS500F represents the Japanese company's affordable entry-level addition to the sport bike market. This isn't the sport bike to get if you are an experienced rider looking to drag race. That Hayabusa in the window of the Suzuki dealership would be the choice for you. However, just because this bike isn’t setting world speed records, doesn’t mean it's not a good choice for many riders. The Suzuki GS500F is a great bike for beginners who are not ready for under 3 second zero to 60 times, and for anyone looking for a reliable commuter bike that they can also take cruising for weekend fun.
The fully faired 2009 Suzuki GS500F (the F stands for faired) draws its stylistic inspiration from Suzuki's world class sport bikes. The fairing is simple and aerodynamic, thereby creating a clean, sporty look for the bike. The sport fairing provides fairly good wind protection, which is an added benefit. The wheels are lightweight 17-inch cast aluminum. A sport-styled two into one exhaust system fits with the other styling choices, and provides a nice exhaust note at low- to mid-rpms. The 2009 Suzuki GS500F California model also comes with a catalytic converter, to meet CARB regulations.
The 487cc parallel twin motor offers the level of performance you would expect from a bike of its price point. It is much faster than beginner bikes that sport only 250cc engines, but also noticeably slower than Suzuki's expensive high-end superbikes. The Suzuki GS500F's parallel twin generates 47 horsepower at 9,200 rpm, and 29.5 ft. lbs of torque at 7,400 rpm. These are respectable numbers that ensure the GS500F has more than enough power for a commuter looking to pass a slow moving pick-up truck on the highway. You can feel the power and torque available at around 3,000 rpm, so you'll have plenty of low-end acceleration to make sure you won't get caught behind a postal worker at the stoplight. The 2009 Suzuki GS500F uses twin 34mm Mikuni carburetors for fuel delivery. This design ensures for more consistency than a single carburetor, and promises good acceleration. The twin carburetors help the Suzuki GS500F start reliably in cold weather.
The Suzuki GS500F uses a six-speed manual transmission with a chain drive to transmit the power from the engine to the wheels. A cable-operated clutch provides for smooth, easy shifting. The versatile transmission comes with gear ratios that are appropriate for city street riding, but are sufficient for highway speeds as well.
Suspension on the 2009 Suzuki GS500F is a telescopic coil spring on the front, with a link type coil spring on the rear. What differentiates the GS500F from other Suzuki models that use this suspension is that on the GS, the rear suspension offers adjustable preload. The easy accessibility allows a Suzuki GS owner to make quick adjustments, in order to tailor the rear suspension to their tastes.
With its low seat height, tube-style handlebars and low center of gravity, the Suzuki GS500F handles exceptionally well. The GS's light weight also helps with maneuverability. The bike is designed for new riders to experience little difficulty in cornering, and more experienced riders to get the most out of its agility.
Overall, the 2009 Suzuki GS500F is a solid all-around bike that has enough speed to handle the freeways, while getting good fuel economy. This makes it an ideal choice for commuters who like sport bikes.