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General GS500 Discussion / Re: carb, tire and brake questions
« Last post by ShowBizWolf on Today at 12:59:42 AM »
Hi shadowplane676!

I have Galfer stainless brake lines on my GS and I am happy with them. Here would be for your bike:

I have also read about people liking HEL lines as well. Not sure where you are located but it looks like the HEL site has international distributors:

Also there's eBay... where you can order lines custom for decent prices... although I don't know too much about that.

Welcome to the forum! :cheers:

Edit: I've had a 140/80 Michelin Pilot Activ rear tire on my GS for two years now. I'll confess though, I'm not a super aggressive rider so I can't say if it's much better than the stock size for performance.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: carb, tire and brake questions
« Last post by mr72 on September 20, 2017, 10:51:51 PM »
It's not rich,.it's lean. And it has a vacuum leak or multiple vacuum leaks and probably clogged pilot jet and maybe a stuck choke.

You just need basic carb service. Don't spray carb cleaner on it if it.
Long time reader, first time poster
Ill give you a brief story below what im looking for, for those that are interested

I have a 2012 GS500f
Heres what im looking for
white/blue front upper fairings without headlight( i already have that) 
I have already found the right had side and also the headlight bracket but am happy to buy it all as a set if the price is right :)

Ok so some f***wit kicked my bike over in a crazy drug fuelled rage  >:( and managed to break almost everything on the right hand side of my bike including but not limited to; indicators on both side, right hand side fairings, handlebars. exhaust and other things. He really went for it and obviously had it in for me and my bike..

Lets fast forward a few months of me dealing with insurance and deciding to buy the repairable ride off from insurance and go about fixing it up so it can get back on the road. I decided to keep it cause its been such a great bike for me and living here in australia i cant get on a bigger bike until im on a full licence(2+ years away). So i fix it all up, remove the fairings, get a cool new headlight, wider bars and start to make it into a bit of a cafe racer thing like i always wanted to.
The next step i had to take is to go for my VIV (vehicle inspection), and thats where i really ran into some trouble ... when i get there i find out that you need to repair your vehicle to the manufacturers specifications not just so it is roadworthy. Therefor it looking like a gs500 is not acceptable and it needs all of it fairings, which mostly got thrown out thinking i wouldn't need them even tho i could have been repaired with some fibreglass.  So that i have done all this i have learnt a valuable lesson on doing your research before getting yourself involved in something...

sorry for terrible grammar and a bit of a rant, its been a while since i posted on a forum or anything..
General GS500 Discussion / Re: clutchless shifting, any good if done right?
« Last post by J_Walker on September 20, 2017, 09:42:33 PM »
the only thing I've had to repair on a wetclutch system where the friction disc themselves. and with the GS500, that's actually one of the easiest things to do, just do it when you change the oil! EZ PZ. or ride 100 miles without oil.  :D
General GS500 Discussion / carb, tire and brake questions
« Last post by shadowplane676 on September 20, 2017, 09:42:13 PM »

New to the GS500, but not new to riding. Currently have a 2013 Ninja 300 (wife's bike) and now a 2008 GS500F as a second bike. I have a couple questions on the carbs, brakes and tires.

Firstly, on the carb troubles. As the ninja is fuel injected, I have been spoiled with flawless starting and running from 0* to 100* :) that being said, I'm not the greatest when it comes to diagnose and correct carb issues. Currently the symptoms are:
1) rich fuel smell
2) very little choking needed on start, a very fine line between a manageable 1500 RPM idle and it revving to 3000 RPM.
3) low RPM hesitation, when trying to modulate the throttle at low RPM, the RPMs are very sluggish to respond and do not like to stay below 3000 and be modulated like I am used to
4) RPMs hang at clutch-in, starting when the RPMs drop to about 3000 and take a couple seconds before they finally fall to idle of 1200.
As the bike is bone stock, my initial thoughts are that something in the carbs is stuck (factory adjustment I believe) or dirty causing an idle/low RPM rich condition. I have seen references to multiple carb types (2 or 3 sets of jets depending on the carb), but not much regarding the idle and low RPM circuits.

Secondly, tires/brakes. The tires on the GS500F are the original Battlax tires that were on the bike new (circa late 2007). I have not found much info on a 140 rear tire for the GS500 and I am not looking at the 140 tire for an aesthetic reason, but for handling and traction. The GS500F has 200cc more displacement, 60lbs heavier and almost 20hp more than the ninja which came with a 110 front and 140 rear. I believe the tire will fit without issue and would be using the Michelin Pilot Street Radial tires, as I have on the ninja (great traction and handling). Has anyone stepped up to a radial 140 tire on this platform?

On the brakes, I haven't found any decent stainless braided brake lines to help firm up the brake feel. These would be coupled with EBC scintered brake pads. Does anyone have info on a good source for said brake lines?

Odds n Ends / Re: Mirror Love Taps
« Last post by mysho22 on September 20, 2017, 09:24:11 PM »
Thanks all! I appreciate the opinions. I don't think I'll be lane splitting at that intersection anymore, though, as the lanes are pretty close together and this isn't the first time I've heard of these little love taps happening there. I'll definitely make sure to pull over if it happens again.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: clutchless shifting, any good if done right?
« Last post by Suzuki Stevo on September 20, 2017, 08:30:02 PM »
Could one argue that it is easier on the clutch? Some of the old bikes had clutches that would use any excuse to start slipping.

No not even, wet clutches unless abuse can outlive the engine  :thumb:
Odds n Ends / Re: Mirror Love Taps
« Last post by ShowBizWolf on September 20, 2017, 08:23:21 PM »
I've watched enough (well, never enough lol) People's Court episodes to know that you should stop to be safe. Have a record of the event somehow and do whatever it takes to show that you wanted to stop and make it right.

Karma corn to you for stopping girl :thumb: :cheers:
General GS500 Discussion / Re: clutchless shifting, any good if done right?
« Last post by ajensen on September 20, 2017, 08:17:27 PM »
Could one argue that it is easier on the clutch? Some of the old bikes had clutches that would use any excuse to start slipping.
General GS500 Discussion / Re: Should I feel guilty that my bike runs so well?
« Last post by ajensen on September 20, 2017, 08:13:33 PM »
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