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GS500R Super cheap lightweight twin cylinder ADV machine

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    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    The Suzuki GS500 is about as old and unchanged and simple as the DR650, except it’s a twin cylinder and of course 500cc’s.

    In the continuing search for a bike to fit a market niche that the manufacturers have ignored for many years and are just starting to address now, some riders have sought to make their own small bore twin cylinder adv capable machines along the likes of fitting the Honda CB500 twin motor into a CRF250 chassis, others have looked to the Suzuki GS500, like this one.

    A DR650 front end and a SV650 rear shock with a new mounting hole drilled in the same fashion that the DR650 shock has 2 mounting holes gives you a relatively lightweight twin cylinder machine with low maintenance requirements. Sure it’s pretty low key in it’s but that combined with the resultant cheap entry cost is the most endearing feature of the DR650 to most owners.

    https://adventure-motorcycling.com/suzuki-gs500r-overlander/

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    Eddieb
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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    I rode a GS500 a few days ago and decided it wouldn’t make a good ADV motor after all. While the premise of a 500cc motor is good, the GS500 makes it power through revs, all the way to 10,000 of them and has very little the bottom end and mid range where you want it in an ADV bike.

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