2006 Suzuki GS Review


Consumers buy sport bikes for the speed, maneuverability, performance, and overall experience. This Japanese-made sport motorcycle capitalizes on aerodynamic design and technology to make the entry-level GS 500F model inviting and competitive in the sport bike market. Although the GS 500F is billed as a starter bike, Suzuki has not spared enticing and hooking experienced as well as novice riders with the aerodynamic look and performance, quick acceleration, comfort (padded seat), and smoother suspension. The larger capacity fuel tank allows longer distance rides.

The 2006 Suzuki GS 500F features a steel frame and plastic body construction. This 2006 sport model comes standard with a four-stroke, two-cylinder, air-cooled parallel twin engine and a six-speed manual transmission. The engine displacement to weight is 1.23 cc with maximum torque of 29.5 lb-ft (40.0 Nm) at 7400 RPM. The GS 500 model engine generates 47 hp (34.3 kW) at 9200 RPM and goes with a flip of its CDI electric ignition.

The standard dry weight of the 2006 Suzuki GS 500F model is 396.8 pounds (180 kg). Overall model dimensions of the GS include a standard length of 81.9 in. (2080 mm), width of 31.5 in. (800 mm), and height of 45.3 in. (1150 mm). The GS 500F’s ground clearance is 4.7 in. (120 mm).

The 2006 GS 500F is equipped with tubeless, aluminum, 17-inch diameter front and rear wheels.

The only standard instrumentation on the GS 500F is the speedometer, trip odometer, and fuel level warning light. There is no GPS, clock, temperature warning light, lap timer, navigation system, oil pressure gauge, shift light, or trip computer.

Other standard features on the 2006 GS 500F include hand grips, standard handlebars, driver/passenger foot pegs, exterior covers and guards, front and rear fenders, lower and upper fairings, handlebars, spoiler, maintenance-free battery, and a kick stand. Bags, storage, and tank divider are not standard on this sport model.

New For 2006

  • The Suzuki GS 500E was introduced in 1989 and underwent various changes and improvements to handlebars, lighter frame, carburetor, tank, seat, and rear plastics. In 2004, Suzuki released the GS 500F to replace the GS 500E. The GS 500F has not undergone any major revisions since then.

2006 Suzuki GS Specs

  • Models: GS 500E; GS 500F
  • Engine Type: 4-Stroke, 2 Cylinders, Air-cooled, Parallel Twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 2.92 in. (74 mm) x 2.23 in. (56.6 mm)
  • Compression ratio: 9.0:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC; 2 valves / cylinder
  • Gear Ratio: 1) 2.46; (2) 1.78; (3) 1.38; (4) 1.13; (5) 0.96; (6) 0.85
  • Fuel System: Regular, Mikuni carburetor
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 6-speed Manual
  • Primary Drive (Rear Wheel): Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal. (20 l.)
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: Data not available
  • Brakes (Front): Hydraulic Disc; 12.2 in. (310 mm); 4-piston calipers
  • Brakes (Rear): Hydraulic Disc; dual-piston calipers
  • Suspension (Front): Telescopic fork; adjustable fork pre-load; adjustable rebound damping
  • Suspension (Rear): Link; Single shock absorber; adjustable rebound damping; adjustable shock/spring pre-load; aluminum/steel twin-sided swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 55.3-inch (1405 mm)
  • Seat Height: Vinyl, One-piece, driver/passenger, non-adjustable; 31.1 in. (790 mm)
  • Dry Weight: 396.8 lbs. (180 kg)
  • Tires (Front): Aluminum, Tubeless 110/70 R17; Tire aspect ratio: 70; Width = 110; 17-inch dia. wheel
  • Tires (Rear): Aluminum, Tubeless 130/70 VB17; Tire aspect ratio: 70; Width = 130; 17-inch dia. Wheel


  • Sport Half Motorcycle Cover
  • Color: Blue / White or Silver / Black

Key Competitors For The 2006 Suzuki GS

  • 2006 Suzuki Katana
  • 2006 Suzuki GSX-R
  • 2006 Ducati 749 Dark
  • 2006 Kawasaki Ninja
  • 2006 Yamaha YZF