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    Question 1989 Suzuki GS500e

    I found an '89 GS500e for sale near me for really cheap. It has almost 4,000 miles on it and it looks great. But I'm afraid it might have been sitting for a while. The seller said it had been sitting but not for long and that it starts up although needs minor adjustments. This would be my first bike. Should I buy it?

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    RiderCoach 2000 Posts! speeddemon's Avatar
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    Plan on putting on new tires and chain. Possibly some carb work will need to be done to get it running smoothly, especially if old gas has been allowed to sit in the tank for awhile. How cheap is cheap? If its really cheap, and you are good with mechanical work, it could be worth it.

    The problem with a "fixer-upper" in NYC is often that you don't have a garage space to take the bike apart. There are places in Brooklyn, such as Motogrrl Garage and The Shop that will rent you garage space along with tools and mechanics on duty in case you get in over your head. Good luck!
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    Sounds like it'll need a bit of work. I can get it for about $600.

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    $600 is a decent deal, provided the mechanical items are complete and workable.

    Carburetor rebuilds are a given for things like this. For a complete set of gaskets and o-rings, figure about $25 per carburetor. Kits may be available from certain places.

    One thing to be warned on on the GS500 cycles; they are very rust-prone to the inside of the tank. If it's been sitting empty for a long period of time or if water was sitting at the bottom of the tank, it'll rust with alarming quickness. That'd be my only real concern. Of course, things like chains, fork seals, intake runner o-rings, air and fuel filters, and tires make up the rest of those concerns. If it doesn't need a complete overhaul from the ground up, it should be good to go for about $1200-$1500 total (including the price of the bike), depending on what it needs. Maybe less if it needs very little. But I wouldn't bank on that for any cycle that's been sitting for any period of time.
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