Suzuki GS500E Twin 89-97 Haynes 1997 eng, pdf

Suzuki GS500E Twin 89-97 Haynes 1997 eng pdf


Suzuki GS500E

Twin Service and Repair Manual

Matthew Coombs



Every Which Way

by Julian Ryder
From Textile Machinery to Motorcycles

Suzuki were the second of Japan’s Big Four motorcycle manufacturers to enter the business, and like Honda they started by bolting small two-stroke motors to bicycles. Unlike Honda, they had manufactured other products before turning to transportation in the aftermath of World War II. In fact Suzuki has been in business since the first decade of the 20th-century when Michio Suzuki manufactured textile machinery.

The desperate need for transport in postwar Japan saw Suzuki make their first motorised bicycle in 1952, and the fact that by 1954 the company had changed its name to Suzuki Motor Company shows how quickly the sideline took over the whole company’s activities. In their first full manufacturing year, Suzuki made nearly 4500 bikes and rapidly expanded into the world markets with a range of two-strokes.

Suzuki didn’t make a four-stroke until 1977 when the GS750 double-overhead-cam across-the-frame four arrived. This was several years after Honda and Kawasaki had established the air-cooled four as the industry standard, but no motorcycle epitomises the era of what came to be known as the Universal Japanese motorcycle better than the GS. So well engineered were the original fours that you can clearly see their genes in the GS500 twins that are still going strong in the mid 1990s. Suzuki’s ability to prolong the life of their products this way means that they are often thought of as a conservative company. This is hardly fair if you look at some of their landmark designs, most of which have been commercial as well as critical successes.

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