I've Probably ridden /raced / prepared over five hundred different bikes since the early sixties, so think I can give the GS500E a fair appraisal. Bought last September for £1,500 my K4 model had 3,000 miles and 9 months Road Tax and had been serviced on time intervals by the lady owner. Lack of wear on the original rear Bridgestone told me 'Not Thrashed'. Considering it had been parked outdoors under a cover from new, the finish was OK, anway a few rusty bolts don't affect the ride of this well balanced middleweight. The soft front forks are easily fixed by using more fork oil and a thicker grade sorts the damping. Rear suspension is fine once you get the preload set for your weight. Brakes are really good if they are maintained correctly. Get the wheels in line (don't use markers on swingarm), and it handes well if the tyres are not to old (there's a date code on sidewall of all tyres), with plenty of feel in the wet. Relocating the heavy tool kit from the seat tail to under the battery, or better still under the workbench!, also helps, as does not having a top box. Power delivery is fine for an aircooled 2 valve twin, although five gears would be adequate. Ever fancied something like a sixties British twin but without the dreadful reliability, brakes, vibration and oil leaks etc., yet want to maintain it yourself? Then have a ride on a decent GS500.