Earlier this month a customer paid me with a crashed/stolen/recovered bike he bought from a guy who bought it from an auction. I've had lots of bikes and been riding 24 years -- but never a Suzuki. I love it. I changed the oil (filthy, 14,600 miles on the bike, too-small crush-washer on the plug that took 45 minutes to remove). I replaced the stock yellow and broken tail with a CL find of the white/blue one shown. CL also brought me replacement aftermarket un-bent footpegs to replace the stock, substantially bent ones. And my other, daily rider is shown in the second photo, my '84 Interceptor 500. The only work on the Suzuki I might need a shop to do is (1) the rectifier recall, (2) new ignition barrel (punched), and (3) brake lights (none right now). I'm waiting on title anyway from DMV so I have some time to futz -- she needs me to bleed the rear brake, and to buy some hardware store L-joints to mount a license plate (there's some sort of aftermarket fender eliminator on now with a white light shining towards the passenger pegs), and to replace the battery. A new air filter probably wouldn't hurt. Rode the bike the 15 or so miles home though and I LOVE her. Who knew these Suzuki sport bikes (and their easy-start fuel injection) were so fantastic? I'm glad this website and knowledge is here, I've been reading it for weeks now. Have a great holiday, all!
Update: I love the GSXR so much I simply wasn't riding the VF500F so I sold the Interceptor. Brakes and suspension and power are ridiculously good on the Suzuki. Did a 700 mile work trip from the top of Oregon to the bottom and back. The GSXR was fast and smooth on the big sweepers of the coast highway. If it's blasphemy to use these bikes as sport-tourers, I just don't care.
About a week ago I went to adjust the TPS and re-route the throttle cables...and ended up liking how she looks without side fairings. Swapped out the yellow nose cone for a blue/white one I had, to match the tail. I like it. Fits her personality as a wrecked/recovered stolen do-it-all bike. Easier to work on, and man that's a purty motor.