So I've had my bike for around 9 months now, time to write a few comments about is from a new rider perspective. Ended up picking up a 2012 model with only 400km's on it, the lady I purchased off really didn't ride it much. In the 9 months I've had it I've put 4000km's on it and so far this thing doesn't have a scratch, looks like it just rolled out of the factory. Reliability So for no problems that have stopped me riding, I've had to push start a few times due to a dying battery, but the upside is I learnt how to push start it so not a bad thing. The engine is very simple, and being air cooled there is less to go wrong. I know water cooled bikes can make more power, but when it's a restricted LAMS bike it doesn't really matter. Suitable for a Learner Absolutely, more than enough power and torque, can easily pull away from everyone at the lights, but I choose my battles, if I filter I don't pull in front of an SS or XR6 Turbo etc. It actually has the perfect amount of power if you just wanted to commute. Will cruise at 120 kp/h easily with more to give. Fuel economy My calculations are 4.85 L/100km, that is with 35% freeway and 65% main arterial roads in peak hour. It has a 20L tank so I am hitting 320km's before switching to reserve for a total range of 410 km but as it's missing a fuel gauge I probably wouldn't push beyond 350 km. Handling I like the way it handles, brakes are acceptable and it's easy enough to filter through traffic on suburban roads, I'm not too game to filter in the city as it seems a tad wide. The front forks are too soft, which means if you jump on the front brake the nose dives more than it should. Things missing A gear indicator A clock (why wouldn't they include one!) A fuel gauge (not that necessary once you figure out the fuel consumption, i.e. fill up at 280 and never worry about it) Would I recommend Yep, decent looking bike, a proper size, cheap easy maintenance and you won't get bored in 3 months....though you will be bored in 6! I'll be selling this in March next year and will be shopping for my next bike. Overall the GS500F is a good bike, but I want something faster.