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I have put some Suzuki GS500E info on this page. Please send me more stuff to put here. I want brochures and adverts from all over the world!

Suzuki has manufactured two quite different models of GS500E. The original GS500E was one of the original GS models from the late-seventies and early-eighties. The second, far more modern, version of the GS500E was released in 1989. I have put some GS500L (the custom version) facts on this page.

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Suzuki 1981More Suzuki models from 1981
1981 Suzuki year code: X
The air cooled GS500 engine traces its roots back to the first Suzuki four-strokes. The 1977 GS400 became the GS425, then the GS450, and finally the GS500, which retains the same basic layout and qualities, such as reliability, that made the original GS engines so appealing.

Suzuki GSX400EGS 500 L 1981
Overall Length: 2 185 mm (86.0 in)
Overall Width: 870 mm (34.3 in)
Overall Height: 1 200 mm (47.2 in)
Wheelbase: 1 455 mm (57.3 in)
Ground Clearance: 160 mm (6.3 in)
Dry Weight: 204 kg (449 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 492 cc inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves. 46 hp.

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1981 Suzuki GS500L Specifications (Sweden)

Overall length:

2 185 mm (86.0 in)

Overall width:

870 mm (34.3 in)

Overall height:

1 200 mm (47.2 in)


1 455 mm (57.3 in)

Ground clearance:

160 mm (6.3 in)

Dry mass (weight):

204 kg (449 lbs)

Engine type:

Air-cooled inline-4, DOHC, 8 valves


53,0 mm (2.087 in)


55,8 mm (2.197 in)

Piston displacement:

492 cc

Compression ratio:

9,7 :1


Mikuni BS32SS x 4

Air cleaner type:

Polyurethane foam element

Starter system:

Electric starter

Lubrication system:

Wet sump

Clutch type:

Wet multi-plate

Transmission type:

6-speed constant mesh

Gearshift pattern:

1-down, 5-up

Gear ratios:
    1st gear:
2.666 (32/12)
    2nd gear:
1.777 (32/18)
    3rg gear:
1.380 (29/21)
    4th gear:
1.173 (27/23)
    5th gear:
1.045 (23/22)
    6th gear:
0.956 (22/23)

Front suspension:

Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped

Rear suspension:

Swinging arm, coil spring, oil damped, 5-way adjustable spring preload

Steering angle (left and right):



61 00'


122 mm (4.80 in)

Turning radius:

2,5 meter (8.2')

Front brake:

Twin disc

Rear brake:

Single disc

Front tire size:

3.25H-19 4PR

Rear tire size:

4.50H-17 4PR

Ignition type:


Generator type:

Three-phase A.C. generator

Fuel tank capacity incl. reserve:

12,5 liter (3.30 US gal, 2.75 UK gal)


4,0 liter (1.06 US gal, 0.88 UK gal)

Engine oil capacity:

2,4 liter (0.63 US gal, 0.53 UK gal)

Front fork oil capacity:

196 ml (0.414 US pint, 0.345 UK pint)

12V 43.2 kC (12Ah)/ 10 hours
Spark plugs:
12V 60/55W

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Thanks to Rikard Engdahl for mailing me the specs and a picture of his bike!

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